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Commercial Property Prices Continue to Decline

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According to Loopnet "Commercial property prices, as measured by the Moody's/Real Commercial Property Price Indices, or CPPI, are now 40.6% down from their October 2007 peaks.

The all property-type index fell 3% in August to 114.06, which is down 32.8% from a year ago.

The national office index value actually increased in the second quarter by 4.1% from the first quarter to 128.96. But it's down 27.4% from two years ago.

Each of the remaining property sectors - industrial, multifamily and retail - saw declines in the second quarter when compared to the first. Industrial values were down a whopping 20.4% from the first quarter to 131.3; multifamily was down 16.3% to 131.93, and retail was down 7.9% to 138.3."

What does all this mean to the office tenant? According to the report, Landlords have lost over 27% of the value of their buildings over the past 2 years.  As I mentioned in a previous post, it is imperative for the prospective tenant to know what the financial situation is for the building that they are considering occupying. An average loss in value of over 27% means that some have lost more while other less. This is a situation that can be compared to that of residential short sale, where the value of the building is less than the mortgage outstanding. Many owners just walk away in these situations and it can happen with office buildings as well.

The key for the prospective tenant is to make sure that they have a non-disturbance clause in their lease agreed to by the Lender, not just the Landlord. The last thing you want to have happen is to be evicted without notice. Tenants and prospective Tenants need to know what is going on with building financing.  It is not always easy to find out. This is another good reason to work with a tenant representaive who knows your market.


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