US commercial property market are showing signs of improvement, with vacancy rates expected to drop over the coming year. According to the National Association of Realtor s’(NAR's) quarterly commercial real estate forecast, a strengthening across all sectors of the market is anticipated. Two-thirds of the professionals questioned stated they believe there will be an improvement during the first quarter of 2012, while rental increases are also on the cards. NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun commented: "Sustained job creation is benefiting commercial real estate sectors by increasing the demand for space. Vacancy rates are steadily falling."
A decline in the empty space available in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily housing sectors is predicted between the first three months of this year and the same period in 2013, with vacancy rates in the retail industry likely to fall the most - dropping from 11.9 per cent at present to 11 per cent in a year's time.
Annual industrial rent is expected to rise 1.8% in 2012 and 2.3% next year. Net absorption of industrial space nationally is seen at 40.6 million square feet this year and 57.7 million in 2013.
Retail vacancy rates are forecast to decline from 11.9% in the current quarter to 11% in the first quarter of 2013.