The Federal Reserve Beige Book, the national summary of the economy as published eight times yearly by the Federal Reserve Board arrived April 19. What’s the commercial real estate national market picture at-a-glance? Here’s an executive overview by district.
New York: Housing markets have improved somewhat except at the high end, while commercial real estate markets have been steady to slacker. […] industrial market continued to strengthen. New construction activity has been sluggish–both on the commercial and residential side. Banks reported that loan demand strengthened, while delinquency rates were mostly steady.
Minneapolis: commercial real estate activity was steady at strong levels.
Boston: Commercial real estate markets were somewhat mixed in the region. [..] Office construction activity continued to be restrained across the District. […] Apartment construction activity remained significant but the pace of new deliveries slowed and the pipeline of planned projects contracted somewhat amid evidence of slowing rent growth.
Philadelphia: Commercial real estate loan volumes grew notably […]
Richmond: On balance, commercial real estate leasing rose moderately. Industrial and retail leasing and sales activity remained very active throughout the District. […] Commercial real estate loan demand generally strengthened, but varied throughout the District.
Atlanta: Demand for commercial real estate continued to improve and construction increased from the year-ago level across most of the District. […] Most commercial real estate contacts noted improvements in demand that continued to result in rent growth and increased absorption, but cautioned that the rate of improvement varies by metropolitan area, submarket, and property type
Chicago: The pace of commercial real estate activity increased only a little overall, and the gains were limited to the for-lease segment. That said, a number of contacts reported signs of slowing activity, particularly in the retail segment.
St Louis: Commercial real estate activity has been flat since the previous report. Local contacts indicated that demand has remained steady for most property types. Contacts noted some concerns that St. Louis office vacancy rates will rise in the near future due to new construction combined with expiring leases of vacant properties. […] Commercial construction activity was mixed.
Minneapolis: […] commercial real estate activity was flat at strong levels. […] Office vacancy rates in Minneapolis-St. Paul have ticked higher after significant new office development. There were reports of more preleasing before new projects move into the construction phase. A Minneapolis-St. Paul source noted that retail vacancies had crept up to 6 percent, but that “is still considered very low. Prime retail areas are very tight and have high rents.”
Kansas City: […] [C]ommercial real estate sector activity continued to rise at a modest pace as vacancy rates declined and absorption, completions, construction underway, sales and prices increased. A moderate expansion in the commercial real estate sector was expected in the coming months.
Dallas: Apartment leasing activity slowed and occupancy fell in the first quarter. Annual rent growth was solid in Dallas-Fort Worth but moderated in Austin. Rents were flat to down in Houston. Contacts generally expect slower rent growth this year.
Demand for office space was healthy in Dallas-Fort Worth, and office construction continued to be elevated there. In Houston, office demand was mostly weak and office construction tapered.
San Francisco: In some regions, activity in the commercial real estate sector slowed to a modest pace. In Alaska, residential and commercial construction activity declined, as commercial investment stalled and overall economic activity remained sluggish.