Consensus of Economists Sees Promising CRE Outlook Through 2014

CMBS, Investment Transaction Volume Likely To Jump Sharply As Economy Gains Steam
By Randyl Drummer
March 28, 2012

Even among the stream of positive real estate surveys and forecasts recently, the one issued this week by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) stands out. Expressing the consensus views of 38 leading real estate economists and analysts from across the U.S., ULI reported commercial real estate market conditions and the overall economy is expected to see broad improvement over at least the next two years as the recovery cycle kicks into overdrive and shifts into growth mode.

In other key highlights. the ULI forecast expects CRE transaction volume to increase by nearly 50% over the next three years, while issuance of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) is expected to more than double. Institutional real estate and real estate investment trusts (REITs) are expected to provide returns ranging from 8.5% to 11% annually through 2014.

Courtesy of Lee Whistler, Realtor for Century 21 M&M Clovis

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