Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Grim reality still grips U.S. commercial real estate

Posted by: Andrew Pia
Written by: Ilaina Jonas

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Executives do not expect the U.S. commercial real estate market to emerge from critical condition any time soon, according to a survey by The Real Estate Roundtable.

Although the three indexes tracked by the "Sentiment Survey" have risen dramatically since the near-collapse of financial markets last year, they reflect the respondents' collective sense of relief at having survived the worst of the turmoil, according to The Real Estate Roundtable.

The U.S. commercial real estate market has been in a downward spiral for more than two years. On the whole, U.S. commercial real estate values have fallen about 40 percent from their peaks in 2007. Borrowers face shortfalls in financings when loans come due, while other borrowers are struggling to meet even monthly payments.

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