The coronavirus impact on the real estate industry

AZ Big Media | March 16, 2020

Chances are that the world returns to normal. From SARS to Bird Flu to Ebola, it seems there is always some type of health scare that we are told will alter the course of our existence. Hopefully, a few years from now we are able to put coronavirus into the category of other “close calls”. But this one feels different. And it is already altering our lifestyle in dramatic ways that prior health scares did not.  Just this week, the NCAA said that it will hold March Madness without crowds, SXWS canceled its annual event, the Coachella Festival announced that it will be postponed, Google told its 100,000+ employees to work from home, countless other companies encouraged their employees to telecommute, and toilet paper has become an unusually hot commodity. While the real estate industry as a whole appears (at least so far) to not be affected to the same degree as the travel and entertainment industries, what impact can we expect the coronavirus to have on the real estate industry over the course of the next few months and years?

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REIT valuations position the sector as a compelling investment option as we enter 2017, as REITs have already discounted the factors that should moderate returns in the underlying real estate markets this year. For private real estate markets, 2017 is a transitional year as we shift away from low-interest rates assisting cap rate compression and low supply assisting NOI growth. Instead, U.S. real estate markets now face a backdrop of higher interest rates and the first meaningful supply response since the Crisis.

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REIT valuations position the sector as a compelling investment option as we enter 2017, as REITs have already discounted the factors that should moderate returns in the underlying real estate markets this year. For private real estate markets, 2017 is a transitional year as we shift away from low-interest rates assisting cap rate compression and low supply assisting NOI growth. Instead, U.S. real estate markets now face a backdrop of higher interest rates and the first meaningful supply response since the Crisis.

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