Monday, December 20, 2010

Moody's: Commercial Real Estate Prices increase in October

by Calculated Risk on 12/20/2010 03:29:00 PM

Moody's reported today that the Moody’s/REAL All Property Type Aggregate Index increased 1.3% in October. 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).

According to Moody's, CRE prices are about 42% below the peak in 2007.

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

Here is an article from Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-20/u-s-commercial-property-rises-for-second-consecutive-month-moody-s-says.html