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Economists largely agree that the U.S. economy will continue the moderate growth path it has traveled the last several years. But the consensus among prognosticators obscures a dilemma: The economy is behaving in ways it hasn’t in the past and nobody is entirely sure as to why. Among the issues vexing economists include why—when employment gains are so healthy—workforce participation remains low, while GDP growth and inflation remain subdued.
Growing concern about the long-term prospects for in-store retail is creating a slowdown in the sale of shopping centers.
Urban redevelopment is a familiar story in metros across the country. In the New York City metropolitan area alone, submarkets in parts of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Jersey City and Hoboken (just to name a few) are many years into facelifts that encompass thousands of new apartment units mixed with office, retail and entertainment uses that create a live-workplay environment.
CMBS was bound to face a transitional year in 2017. The market is dealing not only with a new regulatory environment, but also the widespread perception that commercial real estate values are peaking and fundamentals are due to cool.
One topic being frequently debated within and outside of the real estate industry is if the reports of retail’s death have been exaggerated.