Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Commercial real estate has taken a huge hit


One more chart to put the home price development in a broader context. This chart compares residential home prices to commercial property prices. Residential prices have fallen about 30% from their peak, while commercial property prices have fallen 40%. Those are serious, significant declines that reflect a huge amount of price adjustment, easily enough to absorb excess inventory. Both charts suggest that we may have found a new equilibrium price. Market participants still fret, however, that this is not the case. Everyone seems to be worried right now that asset prices are poised to decline to new lows, and that this will mark the start of a new depression. I don't believe it. I see too many signs of ongoing improvement: strong commodity prices, rising retail sales, rising incomes, strong manufacturing reports, rising rail shipments, rising container exports, etc.

3 comments:

Benjamin said...

The huge decline in the commercial real estate market does raise a question: We have been told that Fannie and Freddie and the CRA created the bubble that led to the housing market meltdown.

But none of these agencies work the commercial side of the market, and it collapsed too.

Any guesses what happened? The lending of hundreds of millions of dollars on office buildings is supposed to be a sophisticated matter, largely free of government interference or incentives. But that sector bombed too.

W.E. Heasley said...

Mr. Grannis:

“I don't believe it. I see too many signs of ongoing improvement: strong commodity prices, rising retail sales, rising incomes, strong manufacturing reports, rising rail shipments, rising container exports, etc.”

Its an economic recovery. however its not an economic expansion.

Public Library said...

Ten long years of 'malinvestment' as the Austrians would say.

Now those ten years are backed by the full faith and moral hazard of the US Government.