Commercial Real Estate Fares Well in 2012

Commercial Real Estate in 2012

Commercial real estate sales experienced a tremendous increase in 2012, jumping 22% from the previous year. This is the highest annual total since 2004.

Strong developer demand for apartment sites propelled a 3.6% gain in commercial land prices, traditionally a slower segment of the market.

Investment momentum appears to be shifting towards a market dominated by smaller, less-expensive properties.

Construction and multifamily redevelopment increased significantly in 2012. However, the multifamily sector experienced only a 1.4% gain in the fourth quarter, the lowest percentage increase among all major property types. At the same time, annual pricing gains for the apartment sector outpaced all others.

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