Don’t know if anyone noticed, but a couple weeks ago, a Moody’s economist used the word “bottom” in reference to commercial real estate in the US. If you follow the link, the quote is located appropriately late in the story.
Economic growth in the second half of 2009 and first quarter of this year have helped lift prices for offices, warehouses and stores from an October low. Property sales jumped 50 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier to $15.4 billion, Real Capital Analytics Inc., a commercial real estate research company in New York, said April 22.
“What we have is a bottom in the market,” Christopher Cornell, an economist at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a telephone interview. “We have seen essentially a flat trend in commercial property prices in the last several months.”