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Office Space Tenants Are In A Cost Cutting Mode

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"Cost cutting is still going to be the highest priority" for corporate real estate in 2010, Peter Riguardi, president of Jones Lang LaSalle’s New York region, said in a webcast on office occupier trends Wednesday afternoon. That’s because economizing remains a watchword for many companies, and reducing real estate expenses--whether through blend-and-extend leases or outright shedding of space--represents low-hanging fruit.

Blending and extending, which has come back into favor in the current leasing market, will remain a big trend for the foreseeable future, Riguardi said. It’s one of many opportunities for tenants in these days of reduced rents and greater landlord concessions. The current climate also offers plenty of chances for upgrading the location and the space, and for using market leverage to enhance non-economic lease provisions.

Full Article: For Tenants, It’s About Shaving Costs

Another contributor to the problems to come in the Commercial Real Estate market.

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Bad News From California on Commercial Delinquencies

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According to Bizjournals "Delinquencies in the commercial mortgage-backed securities market skyrocketed more than 500 percent in October from a year ago, with California reportedly topping the U.S.

Numbers released Monday by RealPoint Research show more than to $32.6 billion worth of loans are in default compared to $5.4 billion in October 2008. The total unpaid balance for the CMBS market for October 2009 was $810.9 billion, up from $805 billion in September, according to the Horsham, Penn.-based research firm.

California reported $4.7 billion in bad loans, or 14 percent of all delinquencies. The bulk of the state’s delinquent loans were concentrated in the Los Angeles and Orange County metropolitan areas. Sacramento reported two troubled spots in October when Natomas Crossing and Del Paso Retail were liquidated."

This right on the heels of the Dubai Commercial Real Estate crisis...

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Commercial Real Estate Crash Begins with Dubai

Dubai World's credit problems are not going to seriously affect the economy of the US, but are they a forewarning of things to come? We have been hearing about the coming Commercial Real Estate Crash in the US. Well, it has happened in Dubai where overbuilding has led to a glut of space and no money to pay the mortgages. While the government of Dubai could step in and take responsibility for the debt, it appears they are unwilling to do so.

What are the risks to the US economy?

From WSJ - The (US's) $3.4 trillion outstanding in debt backed by office buildings, shopping malls and other commercial real estate is easily large enough to pose a real threat to the recovery.

The Moody's/REAL Commercial Property Price Index has lost 43% of its value since peaking in 2007, recently falling to its lowest level since 2002. As commercial property values fall, debt defaults rise.

This problem has been well-telegraphed and will likely take a long time to unwind—through 2012, according to Guy LeBas, fixed-income strategist at Janney Capital Markets. That might lessen the impact on financial markets.

But much commercial real-estate debt is held by regional banks that aren't too big to fail and that, during this slow unwinding, might be hesitant to lend more money. That should, at the very least, keep the brakes on the economic recovery.

From Bizjournals - The commercial mortgage-backed securities market has collapsed – there has not been a single issuance since mid-2008. If this huge monster lumbers unchecked, it has the potential of massive portfolio destruction, devaluation and crumbled investor confidence in the capital markets, and in any hope for rebound of commercial real estate any time soon. Our industry agrees this must not happen and looks for the Fed to exhibit strength and competence in the form of meaningful legislative rescue driven by private sector ideas.

Let's hope we can all hang on for the ride.

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Bad News from Fed for Office Space Recovery

According to new projections released Tuesday, top Federal Reserve officials expect unemployment to remain elevated for years to come, suggesting that the economic recovery will be too gradual to create rapid improvement in the job market.

The forecast of 17 top Fed officials anticipates that unemployment rate will still be in the 6.8 to 7.5 percent range at the end of 2012. With a 10.2 percent rate in October, it is an improvement, but a slow one to get down to a healthy level of around 5%.  They stated that they "anticipated that about five or six years would be needed for the economy to converge fully to a longer run path."

As we have discussed in previous posts, the office space recovery is linked with employment.  If there are no new jobs or a slow growth in jobs, office space vacancy will remain high. What this message tells us, if it turns out to be accurate, is that the office space recovery will take at least five to six years going hand in hand with employment growth.

So what does this mean to businesses looking for office space for lease? It means that it will be a tenants market for the next five to six years with rates perhaps dropping a little in the short term and remaining stable for at least the next few years.

Businesses can make sure to take advantage of this opportunity by obtaining the services, at no cost, of a qualified tenant representative.

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Jones Lang LaSalle Predicts mid 2010 CRE Recovery

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Washington Business Journal Thursday, November 19, 2009: The initial U.S. commercial real estate recovery is likely to begin in the second half of next year, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s 2010 forecast.

Nationally, leasing demand levels are expected to bottom out this quarter and remain stagnant next year. And national office vacancy are expected to near 20 percent by late 2010.

D.C., which has a 12.3 percent vacancy rate that includes sublease space, is expected to come close to topping out at about 15 percent before stabilizing, said John Sikaitis, research manager in the D.C. office of JLL.

“We have significant supply issues with a large development pipeline but significant demand with the government looking to mitigate the problem,” said Sikaitis.

Expected boosts in the federal budget will continue to cushion the D.C. office market and shift absorption back into positive territory in 2010.

But the continued delivery of speculative construction projects in the area is expected to force vacancy rates further upward and keep leverage squarely with tenants, said JLL.

The D.C. area’s 15.5 percent vacancy rate is expected to escalate to 17 percent by the end of 2010.

Northern Virginia’s rate of 16.5 percent is expected to go up slightly to 17.2 percent and in suburban Maryland, its 18.5 percent rate is expected to go up to north of 19 percent, added Sikaitis.

One region that’s fairly tight, he said, is the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor which “outperforms the rest of the region” based on the lack of development activity and tenant demand from D.C. and areas outside the beltway.

Rental rates are expected to keep dropping through the first half of 2010 but will stabilize in the third quarter due to pent-up federal demand soaking up large blocks of vacancy in the market, said JLL.

The region’s asking rents have already come down about 12 percent since the height was established at the beginning of 2008, he said. Effective rates -- which includes rental concessions -- have come down even further, at 20 percent, and are expected to see a 25 percent decline.
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It looks like conditions will get really ugly in the DC area before a turnaround, even if JLL is correct on a recovery mid 2010.

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