Monday, November 22, 2010

Moody's: Commercial Real Estate Prices increase in September

by Bill McBride on 11/22/2010 11:52:00 AM

Moody's reported today that the Moody’s/REAL All Property Type Aggregate Index increased 4.3% in September. This reverses the sharp decline in August. Note: Moody's CRE price index is a repeat sales index like Case-Shiller - but there are far fewer commercial sales - and that can impact prices and make the index very volatile.

Below is a comparison of the Moodys/REAL Commercial Property Price Index (CPPI) and the Case-Shiller composite 20 index. Beware of the "Real" in the title - this index is not inflation adjusted.

CRE and Residential Price indexes Click on graph for larger image in new window.

CRE prices only go back to December 2000.

The Case-Shiller Composite 20 residential index is in blue (with Dec 2000 set to 1.0 to line up the indexes).

It is important to remember that the number of transactions is very low and there are a large percentage of distressed sales.

From Bloomberg: Commercial Property Prices in U.S. Increase the Most on Record, Moody Says

U.S. commercial property prices rose 4.3 percent in September from the previous month ... “Each of the summer months this year recorded declines in the 3 percent to 4 percent range, followed by this month’s sizeable uptick,” Nick Levidy, a Moody’s managing director in New York, said in the statement. “The relatively large swings seen in the index recently are due in part to the uncertain macroeconomic environment and the effects of a thin market with low transaction volumes.”
The headline for the Bloomberg article is a little misleading - there was a large reported increase in September, but that was pretty minor compared to the price declines over the summer.

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