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Survey: 2010 Will Be Buyers’ Market for Commercial Real Estate

The ideal time to invest in commercial real estate is 2010 – that’s when commercial property prices will hit bottom, according to a recently published survey of industry experts, including investors, developers, lenders, brokers, and consultants.

The Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010 study, released last week by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), says commercial real estate (CRE) players predict vacancies to continue to increase and rents to decrease across all property sectors before the market hits bottom next year.

The consensus is that property values will ultimately drop 40 to 50 percent on average from 2007 market peaks, making 2010 and 2011 the opportune time for investors to buy at or near cyclical lows.

“Our report participants find that a sense of nervous euphoria is growing among liquid investors who can make all-cash purchases,” said Stephen Blank, ULI’s senior resident fellow for real estate finance.

The survey data also indicates that investors believe capital will slowly begin to flow back into commercial real estate markets by the end of 2010, led by all-cash investors.

via Survey: 2010 Will Be Buyers’ Market for Commercial Real Estate.

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