Commercial real estate favored despite rising interest
rates, bank survey finds
March 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Higher interest rates
will not deter investors' appetites for commercial real estate,
according to a national survey of bank real estate loan officers
released today. The Survey of Lenders' Commercial Real Estate
Perspectives for 2006 is conducted annually by Bridger Commercial
Funding, and reflects the opinions of 200 participants.
While slightly more than 60% of bankers surveyed anticipate higher
interest rates in 2006, they expect that commercial real estate
will remain relatively healthy with no increases in delinquencies
and defaults. Three-quarters of respondents foresee continued
stability in rents and occupancy levels in 2006. Almost 60% of
bankers expect cap rates to rise in 2006, and 37% believe they
will stabilize at current levels.
Not a single banker projects lower interest rates in 2006.
Despite the specter of rising rates, acquisition activity will
remain at current levels, according to 61% of bankers. However,
rising rates could chill refinancing activity, with most bankers
expecting refinancing to trend flat or down compared with 2005.
By a 2-to-1 margin, respondents cite rising interest rates as
the single biggest factor that could stave off continuing economic
recovery. Overbuilding was cited as the next highest risk factor,
by 26% of bankers participating in the survey.
Among property types, bankers appear most bullish on multifamily.
Almost half see multifamily supplanting retail as the sector leader
within commercial real estate in 2006, as apartments continue
to recover strength.
The office sector is most likely to lag the overall market again
in 2006, followed, perhaps surprisingly, by retail. Only 9% of
respondents believe that multifamily will be the biggest laggard
in 2006, the lowest percentage for any major property type.
New supply will remain in check, with 82% of bankers expecting
construction activity to either remain at 2005 levels or to drop
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