Once again, there is talk of an impending recession. These predictions and forecasts come up rather regularly nowadays, but just as often lately, so do reports showing a strong commercial real estate industry.

An example is Trepp’s report on August CMBS delinquencies, which the research firm says are the lowest since the recession, at 2.54 percent across nearly all commercial real estate sectors. This number is down from 3.64 percent in August 2018, and the post-recession peak of June 2017, when they were 5.75 percent.

Since June, the hotel sector experienced the biggest drop in delinquencies, from 2.41 percent of total loans to a current 1.54 percent. That falls in line with recent hospitality industry data, as reported by Hotel News Now. Occupancy rose to 73.8 percent in July, up 0.4 percent from the prior year, while ADR (average daily rates) were $135.04 (up 0.7 percent), and RevPAR (revenue per occupied room) hit $99.62, up 1.1 percent. 

Retail also fell significantly since June, from 4.44 percent to 4.07 percent. Despite the major store closings plaguing the industry, retail real estate is faring rather well, according to many reports. Second-quarter retail vacancy rates were at 6.2 percent, said CBRE, unchanged from the prior quarter and slightly lower than the year before.

Industrial, at 1.75 percent, actually rose from July’s 1.7 percent, but was down from 1.94 percent in June. It was a similar story for office, at 2.83 percent, a rise from July’s 2.71 percent, but down from 3.02 in June. 

Multifamily was the only sector to see a continuing increase in August, at 2.39 percent, from 2.11 percent in June. However, multifamily construction doesn’t seem to be keeping up with demand, so it’s doubtful that this sector is seeing any kind of significant downturn any time soon. 

The largest non-performing beyond-maturity loan in August tracked by Trepp was $240 million for the 1500 Market Street, and office asset in Philadelphia. Called Centre Square, it was purchased in 2017 for $328 million.

The second largest was $110 million, for Colonie Center, a retail center in Albany, N.Y. That mall, which is being revitalized, was put up for sale earlier this year.

Despite a few sizable assets, the CMBS maturity situation continues to look favorable. So, if another recession is on the way, at least many of the problems in the commercial real estate industry as a result of the last one are resolved in this arena.

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