Report Shows Strong Demand For Global Distressed Commercial Real Estate

A global distressed property report shows growing interest in the commercial sector from specialist investors. Distressed listings are actually declining in a number of regions, but commercial recovery …

A global distressed property report shows growing interest in the commercial sector from specialist investors. Distressed listings are actually declining in a number of regions, but commercial recovery is showing cracks with no shortage of properties listed below market value in places like Ireland, Spain and the US. See the following article from Property Wire for more on this.

Interest is growing in distressed commercial properties across the globe and particularly in Ireland, the US and Spain, a new report shows.

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of countries in which real estate professionals are reporting greater interest in distressed properties, according to the Global Distressed Property Monitor for the third quarter of 2010 from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The report, which looks at 25 key markets worldwide, defines a distressed property as one that is under a foreclosure order or is advertised for sale by its mortgagee. Distressed property usually fetches a price that is below its market value. An increased rate of distressed properties entering a country’s market can be seen as a negative economic indicator while a decrease may signal recovery.

The survey asked respondents whether the level of interest from specialist funds in distressed properties was increasing. They indicated that 20 countries experienced increased interest in distressed properties in the third quarter, compared to 11 in the second quarter.

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Growth in interest from specialist funds was highest in the Republic of Ireland and Spain although respondents have reported a pick up in interest across most markets with only Russia apparently seeing an easing of specialist fund interest.

In terms of activity in the third quarter, there was a slight decrease in countries showing an increase in distressed properties coming onto the market from 13 in the second quarter to 12 in the current quarter. In addition, overall distressed listings fell or grew at a slower pace during this quarter across most markets, with the exception of New Zealand, Italy, Spain, the   UAE and Czech Republic.

Despite the slight decrease in the third quarter, respondents expect the number of distressed properties coming onto the market in the fourth quarter of 2010 to increase across 16 of the 25 countries surveyed, an increase of two countries over the last quarter.

Professionals expect Ireland, US, UK, Spain, Portugal and Hungary to show the biggest increases in distressed listings over the next quarter. Conversely, there is much more positive news from Hong Kong with a large decrease of 53% expected next quarter compared with last quarter’s expectation of a 17% drop for the third quarter. Significantly decreases are also expected for Russia, South Africa, Brazil and Germany with the latter experiencing the most notable turnaround in sentiment since last quarter.

‘With the commercial property market recovery faltering across several countries in the third quarter there is an expectation that banks might be becoming less lenient in extending terms for real estate loans. Renewed falls in rental values may also be making banks more nervous as to the size of their property loan books,’ said Oliver Gilmartin, RICS senior economist.

‘Significantly, specialist investors appear to be showing increasing interest in distressed property listings. However, ultimately banks hold the keys as to how the market for distressed property listings will evolve in the coming year,’ he added.

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