Commercial Practitioners Are Upbeat About 2020
February 5, 2020
Eighty-three percent of commercial real estate professionals say they expect stable to improving business in 2020, according to the Commercial Real Estate Market Trends & Outlook Report for February.
Last year’s performance in the commercial sector may be a big factor in what’s driving their optimism heading into 2020. Commercial dollar sales volume increased 4% in 2019 in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago. New leasing dollars rose 3%. Commercial development was up 5% (in square feet), according to NAR’s report.
Further, the expected improvement of trade relations between the U.S. and China with the signing of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Deal on Jan. 15 may be part of what is boosting confidence about the economic outlook too, notes Scholastica Cororaton with NAR’s research team on its Economists’ Outlook blog.
Of the 690 respondents surveyed by NAR, commercial practitioners reported the largest increases in these sectors:
- 76% reported an increase in multi-tenanted office buildings;
- 71% reported an increase in retail properties that are being repurposed;
- 68% reported an increase in senior housing;
“February 2020 Commercial Real Estate Market Trends and Outlook,” National Association of REALTORS® (February 2020) and “83% of NAR Commercial Members Expect Stable to Improving Business in 2020,” National Association of REALTORS® Economists’ Outlook blog (Feb. 4, 2020)
Updated: February 21, 2020