Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate: 2013

Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2013—Turn the Page

Frustrated by continued uncertainty, a sluggish recovery, and a challenging investment environment, investors are eager to put the past behind them and adjust to the new normal, as outlined in Expectations & Market Realities in Real Estate 2013—Turn the Page, the new annual report published jointly by Real Estate Research Corporation (RERC), Deloitte, and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Recognizing that this environment will likely be with us for the foreseeable future, investors recognize that adjustments may need to be made to maximize commercial real estate investment performance and yield in our continuing slow-growth economy. 

The three organizations have drawn on their respective capabilities to examine the economy and capital markets, as well as the commercial real estate property markets, to thoroughly assess and analyze existing research, and to offer an outlook for commercial real estate for 2013 and beyond. Findings indicate that the economy is expected to improve only modestly in 2013, with the budget deficit, tax increases, and cuts in government spending expected to continue the economic uncertainty.  In general, capital remains available for commercial property investments, but the discipline for capital has been inching upward and is becoming more selective. The report also carefully analyzes and offers an assessment of the office, industrial, apartment, retail, and hotel property types.