February 6, 2016 Commercial Headlines

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Commercial Real Estate Experts: Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected in 2016

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WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) — Despite various global and domestic hurdles hindering economic growth, steady job gains and stable leasing demand should help keep commercial real estate activity expanding in 2016, according to the authors of an annual report published jointly by Situs Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), Deloitte and the National Association of Realtors®.

According to the report, Expectations & Market Realities in Real... Read More

Expectations and Market Realities in Real Estate

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As 2016 gets underway, there has been a definite slowdown in the velocity of commercial real estate sales volume, per Real Capital Analytics. We expect commercial real estate to take on more of a defensive role in this environment, and as values and prices begin to level off, investors will likely benefit from it being a hard asset, as well as from its strong income flow, especially if long-term interest rates and 10-year Treasury rates remain low, as expected.

With respect to investment, it is always difficult to separate market realities from the “... Read More

Commercial Research Webinar on February 4th

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Along with Deloitte Consulting and Situs RERC, NAR will soon release the Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2016 report. Attend the webcast hosted by Deloitte on Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. ET for insights into macroeconomic conditions, capital markets trends, details on the main property types, and the outlook for 2016.

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Commercial Innovation Grants

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The Commercial Innovation Grant Program assists REALTOR® associations by making funding available to help launch new commercial projects and services, or innovative enhancements to existing programs locally.

2016 Application

Apply using the 2016 Commercial Innovation Grant Application (DOC: 32KB). The application process opens January 11, 2016 and closes February 29, 2016.

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Tips for MIPIM Attendees

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Attending MIPIM?  It will be helpful to get a lay of the land before you go. Following are business strategy tips along with some practical information to make the most of your time in Cannes. Enjoy!

Business Strategy
  1. Go online. Soon after completing your registration with the organizing group, you will receive an email with login details (or information on how to change your login). Your email is your user name. Login to the online MIPIM site ( to complete your profile and... Read More

Technology Ease Meets Commercial Real Estate

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How one brokerage is using technology to simplify the search for commercial properties.

Professional & Business Services Employment Drives Demand for Office Space in Q3.2015

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Commercial fundamentals in REALTORS® markets continued improving during the third quarter 2015, as noted in the Commercial Real Estate Outlook: 2015.Q4. 

Factory Conversions Spark Tech Office Interest

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Learn what’s driving technology, media, and other information-related firms to look at repurposed industrial buildings for their workforce.

Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected for Commercial Real Estate Markets

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WASHINGTON (November 24, 2015) — Sustained job growth throughout the country and improving credit conditions are forecast to help keep commercial real estate activity expanding into next year, but property prices are likely to slightly cool off after reaching their peak in some major markets, according to the National Association of Realtors® quarterly commercial real estate forecast.

National office vacancy rates are forecast by Realtors® to decrease 0.8 percent to 14.8 percent over... Read More

Economic and Commercial Real Estate Outlook

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These slides were presented by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun at the Commercial Economic Issues & Trends Forum at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego, CA, on November 13, 2015.

Commercial Real Estate May Peak in Expensive Markets, says Realtors® Chief Economist

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WASHINGTON (November 13, 2015) — While commercial real estate has been steadily recovering in recent years, industry experts expressed concern that prices may have reached a peak during the Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum at the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the fundamentals of the commercial real estate market have been gradually improving and this has led to prices rising to new peaks.

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2015 Q3 Commercial Real Estate Market Survey

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The REALTORS® Commercial Real Estate Market Survey measures quarterly activity in the commercial real estate markets. The survey collects data from commercial REALTORS®. The survey is designed to provide an overview of market performance, sales and rental transactions, along with current economic challenges and future expectations.

2015.Q3 Survey Highlights
  • Sixty-three percent of commercial REALTORS® closed a sale.
  • Sales volume rose 7.2 percent from a year ago.
  • Sales prices increased 3.8 percent year-over-year.
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The Relationship Between the Small Business Administration and Commercial Real Estate

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This infographic contains information from NAR's survey of REALTORS®' use of Small Business Administration loans, education, and training.

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Commercial Market Opportunities: Medical Office Buildings with Mark Alexander, CCIM

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Mark Alexander, CCIM, specializes in helping medical practices do sale/leaseback transactions on their office buildings. He joined this segment of the Commercial Podcast to talk about this potentially lucrative corner of the market, his experience working with clients across the country, and his time as past Commissioner of the Fort Myers Housing Authority.

Commercial Real Estate Research 2015

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This infographic contains a list of the commercial reports NAR's research department has created or contributed to in 2015.

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Real Estate Ready for Safe, Responsible Commercial Drones

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Published in The Hill

The Federal Aviation Administration recently crossed a major milestone. 

Over 1,300 Section 333 waivers have now been issued for the commercial use of small, unmanned aerial systems – also known as UASs or drones – that weigh less than 55 pounds. That’s big news in the real estate industry, as a significant percentage of those waivers have gone to users in the business of real estate.   

Although wide-scale commercial use for drones is currently prohibited, the FAA’s work to streamline the... Read More

NAR President Testifies Before House Judiciary Subcommittee in Support of Responsible Commercial Drone Use

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NAR President Chris Polychron testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

WASHINGTON (September 10, 2015) – Today, National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet at a hearing entitled “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Commercial Applications and Public Policy Implications.” NAR testified on the growing interest in the use of drones, their commercial application in the real... Read More

Webinar Playback: The Internet of Things

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Learn how big data is expected to affect infrastructure and the real estate industry. Chad Curry, managing director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology, gives a high level overview of the "internet of things" as it relates to real estate and the potential impact to business.