Commercial Real Estate Fundamentals Improving, Lending Tight for Small Business

WASHINGTON (May 28, 2013) – With vacancy rates modestly falling and rents moderately rising in commercial real estate sectors, market fundamentals have improved, but financing remains a challenge for small business, according to the National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the market is showing an uneven recovery.  “The wheels appear to be greased for the big players, but not so much for small business,” he said.  “Overall, the commercial sectors are firming nicely, with multifamily continuing to show the best performance.”

National vacancy rates over the coming year are expected to decline 0.1 percentage point in the office market, 0.5 point in industrial, and 0.3 point for retail; however, the average multifamily vacancy rate is forecast to rise 0.2 percentage point, with that sector still showing the tightest availability and biggest rent increases… more

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