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Monday, August 22, 2011

Moody's: Commercial Real Estate Prices increased in June

by Calculated Risk on 8/22/2011 10:05:00 PM

From Bloomberg: Commercial Property Prices Rose 0.9% in June, Moody’s Says

U.S. commercial property prices rose 0.9 percent in June, the second straight monthly gain ... The index, which measures broad price trends, is down 6.6 percent from a year earlier and 45 percent below the peak of October 2007.
The article mentions some of the events that have impacted commercial real estate since June, so July and August might be weaker:
Europe’s debt crisis, signs the U.S. will remain mired in sluggish growth through next year and the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the nation’s credit rating roiled financial markets and triggered a selloff in securities linked to debt on commercial real estate. ...
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 6.6% from a year ago and down about 45% from the peak in 2007. Some of this is probably seasonal, although Moody's mentioned a price pickup "beyond trophy properties and major U.S. coastal cities". Note: There are few commercial real estate transactions compared to residential, so this index is very volatile.

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