Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Commercial Real Estate Collapse Continues

WSJ details:

U.S. commercial real estate prices fell 3.3% in August from a month earlier, putting prices at 2002 levels after a third straight month of declines, Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday.

Prices for office buildings, shopping centers and apartment complexes are now down 45% from their late-2007 peak, said Moody's. Rental demand has diminished, shrinking properties' cash flow, while a tighter financing market has restricted investors' ability to inflate their returns using leverage.

The decline in nominal terms is to 2002 levels. In real terms... we are at pre-index levels.

Source: MIT / BLS

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