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Cover of the February 2020 Commercial Real Estate Market Trends and Outlook report
  • This latest Commercial Real Estate Trends & Outlook Report discusses trends in the small commercial market (transactions that are typically less than $2.5 million) based on a survey of commercial REALTORS® about their 2019 Q4 transactions and the latest publicly available data.
  • Respondents reported commercial dollar sales volume rose 4% in 2019 Q4 from one year ago, new leasing dollar volume rose 3%, and commercial development (in square feet) rose 5%.
  • Among respondents, the median commercial sales price growth in 2019 Q4 from one year ago was 3%. Apartment, industrial warehouse and flex, and office class A properties had the lowest cap rates, with a median of 6.5%. Among respondents, the median cap rate for retail mall properties was also 6.5%. The retail trade industry appears to be adapting to the challenge coming from robust e-commerce sales. In November 2019, the retail trade industry gained 15,300 net new jobs from one year ago, in contrast to the job losses in past months.

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