What survey says about investor sentiment

According to a NREI/Marcus & Millichap Investor Sentiment Survey, commercial real estate investors in Missouri and around the country are less enthusiastic about that sector compared to 2014. While they still believe that commercial real estate is still worth investing in, they are worried about long-term returns. There are several factors that have led to the softening in investor sentiment such as uncertainty about President Trump.

However, factors such as tightening credit markets and increasing property prices were also cited as reasons why investors aren’t as bullish today about the commercial real estate market. The latest survey found that 49 percent of respondents thought that construction levels would rise over the next two years. However, that number was 56 percent in the survey taken just after Trump was elected in November 2016. Furthermore, 27 percent of respondents thought that the United States would enter a recession in the next two years. That was higher than the 18 percent who held this sentiment in the last quarter of 2016.

While 57 percent said that President Trump would have a positive impact on real estate values and levels of investment, that was also down eight points from 65 percent in the last quarter of 2016. Of respondents to the survey, 71 percent said that they thought that prices were close to their peak in this economic cycle.

Buying a commercial property may be an ideal investment strategy for those looking for the potential for reliable long-term returns on their money. Whether they have previous experience in doing so or this is their first time, potential purchasers may want to have their attorney review all of the applicable documentation before going forward.

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