Transaction Flow in US Property Markets Down 16% But Pricing Firm
Colliers International’s outstanding research team has analyzed Real Capital Market trends for the first half of 2016 vs prior year’s and found:
- Investment sale transactions nationwide were down 16% from the first half of 2015, with much of the decline in portfolio purchases.
- Investment capital remains robust with volume up 15% from the 2014 level, which was the high watermark until last year.
- Composition of transactions has changed significantly from the first half of 2015 to midway in 2016, with only multi-family (apartment) sales up (+9.7%) and the other major categories all down, led by hotels (-55%), Industrial (-31%), Retail (-20%), and Office (-12%).
- Despite the slowdown, pricing remains firm, even rising, led by office product (+13.6%), then industrial (+7.6%) then hotels (+4.5%), while apartments (+2.7%)and shopping centers (-0.5%) lagged. My own editorial – less volume, but higher prices; hmmm, makes one wonder about the quality of the product being traded or external influences such as a bottoming of interest rates…
- Through 2017, the Colliers mothership expects prices to continue rising and investor interest to remain strong as transaction volumes regain traction as a reflection of the strength and stability of the U.S. economy and remarkably low interest rates, with a warning: keep an eye on risks and avoid chasing yields as the growth cycle continues.
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