Article submitted by Bob Kirby, Associate Broker for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

Written by Randyl Drummer | February 1, 2017

A pair of new surveys point to continued favorable market conditions for US commercial real estate this year, with a strengthening economy paired with improved property fundamental and ready access to capital shoring up the real estate expansion through 2017.

A survey by KPMG LLP of senior U.S. real estate executives further finds that uncertainties over President Trump’s tax and regulatory policies, rising interest rates and the threat of data breaches and other cybersecurity risks have not dampened bullishness among real estate owners and investors.

Fifty-two percent of real estate executives polled believe that improving real estate fundamentals in 2017 will be the biggest driver of their company’s revenue growth, while 91% of investors are bullish on access to equity capital, with 25% expecting an improvement in 2017 and two-thirds believing that the positive trend will remain the same.

“Although prices of Class A assets in the U.S. are high and yields are lower, the promise of reliable returns leads to sustained interest in the sector overall, especially when compared to other global markets,” noted said Greg Williams, national sector leader for KPMG’s Building, Construction & Real Estate division. “A growing US economy, coupled with healthy real estate fundamentals and strong access to financing and capital, make real estate leaders optimistic about a continued boom in the US market,” 

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Bob Kirby, a commercial leasing and sales consultant with Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, has over 37 years of sales and management experience.  Licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi, Bob is a member of the Mississippi Commercial Association of REALTORS® (MCAR); the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID); a candidate member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); and an affiliate member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and NAR Commercial.

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce; the Baton Rouge Better Business Bureau; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).