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  • Market Commentary Blog
    5/18/2012

    Economic Update (May 18, 2012)

    Construction of new multifamily housing units continues to recover as apartment rental market conditions tighten. Multifamily housing starts rose 4.3 percent in April to a 217,000 annual rate. Despite having tripled from the lows reached during the...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    5/30/2012

    Economic Update (May 30, 2012)

    Commercial property prices were flat in March. The recovery in commercial property prices paused after having regained nearly half the decline that occurred during the financial crisis. Apartment prices edged down 0.1 percent in March. Prices...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    7/6/2012

    Economic Update (July 6, 2012)

    Disappointing job news contrasts with improving multifamily housing trends. There was no silver lining in the June employment report, which showed net gains of 80,000 and the unemployment rate unchanged at 8.2 percent. Job growth in the second...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    8/1/2012

    Economic Update (August 1, 2012)

    The fundamentals for multifamily residential sector continue to improve in the second quarter, as rental vacancy rates fell to the lowest level in a decade. The rental vacancy rate declined 20 bps, to 8.6 percent, compared to a peak above 11...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    8/3/2012

    Commercial Property Update 2012:Q2 (August 3, 2012)

    Performance was mixed in commercial real estate markets in the second quarter, with the apartment sector posting a strong quarter but office and retail moving sideways. These results largely reflect the economic fundamentals, with GDP and employment...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    8/16/2012

    Economic Update (August 16, 2012)

    The manufacturing and industrial sector has had a choppy recovery around a rising trend: Manufacturing production rose 0.5 percent in July and is 5.0 percent above a year ago; Output is still 5 percent below its pre-recession peak (Chart 1...
  • Market Commentary Blog
    11/6/2012

    Commercial Property Update 2012:Q3 (November 6, 2012)

    The commercial property market recovery took a breather in Q3, with smaller improvements in vacancies and slower rent growth in all main property types. Economic fundamentals began to regain momentum more recently, suggesting better times ahead....

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