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Monday, November 05, 2007

Commercial Real Estate Update

by Calculated Risk on 11/05/2007 04:20:00 PM

With the release of the Fed Loan Survey, we have further evidence of a possible Commercial Real Estate (CRE) slump.

Fed Loan Survey Nonresidential InvestmentClick on graph for larger image

This graph shows the YoY change in nonresidential structure investment (dark blue) vs. loan demand data (red) and CRE lending standards (green, inverted) from the Fed Loan survey.

The net percentage of respondents tightening lending standards for CRE has risen to 50%. (shown as negative 50% on graph).

The net percentage of respondents reporting stronger demand for CRE has fallen to negative 34.6%.

Loan demand (and changes in lending standards) lead CRE investment for an obvious reason - loans taken out today are the CRE investment in the future. This report from the Fed suggests a slowdown in CRE investment in the near future.

Data Source: Net Percentage of Domestic Respondents Reporting Stronger Demand for Commercial Real Estate Loans