Some areas of the real estate business still rely heavily on shuffling paperwork. Mortgages come to mind as one part of the industry still stuck in the past. In order to move ahead, real estate companies in every corner of the sector will need to digitize processes in order to make them more efficient and cost-effective.
The recent collapse of brands like “Toys R Us” and Claire’s has left many real estate investors wondering what will happen to all the retail space that’s suddenly up for grabs. Many landlords will now have huge holes in their retail space to fill, and there aren’t a lot of tenants out there that will want that kind of investment opportunity.
Commercial real estate is under siege by sustained low interest rates that have driven down cap rates and forced companies and individuals to both work harder and take more risk in order to achieve their investment return goals. With the unknown impact of unwinding QE on the financial horizon, commercial real estate firms need to be proactive in restructuring in order to prepare for any eventuality.
The housing market remains strong but what about the national trend of the commercial real estate market? According to most economists, with a rising labor force, a bounding stock market, and a healthy housing industry, the commercial real estate market remains strong.