Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Moody's: Commercial Real Estate Prices declined 1.2% in January

by Bill McBride on 3/22/2011 02:08:00 PM

Moody's reported today that the Moody’s/REAL All Property Type Aggregate Index declined 1.2% in January. Note: Moody's CRE price index is a repeat sales index like Case-Shiller - but there are far fewer commercial sales and there are a large percentage of distressed 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 graph gallery.

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).

According to Moody's, CRE prices are down 4.3% from a year ago and down about 43% from the peak in 2007.