Commercial Property Market Update April/May 2009

Commercial Property Commentary for April/May 2009
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Demand for commercial property has continued to be slow during the month of May. Many commercial agents are reporting a fall off in enquiries following a more promising start to the year. Confidence appeared to be returning following the release of data suggesting that restrictions on bank borrowing had eased slightly. However the reality has been that it is as hard as ever to get any type of bank funding unless businesses can prove their viability.

The commercial market suffered much more than residential in 2008, particularly for properties under £300,000 when Commercial First one of the major lenders stopped lending. Without 35-40% deposits finance is even harder to secure than in residential. However there are signs that the market is starting to bottom out and rental returns are improving versus capital investment.  READ MORE

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Headline Statistics
Commercial property is a massive market broken down by sector and price. We've taken statistics from EIGROUP

Auction Stats

Dec- Feb 09

Feb-Apr 09YoY -/+ RICS Surveyor Reports*Q3+/-Q4+/-
Lots Offered1,1361,391-18.8%Available Space+33%+57%
Lots Sold7941,037-26.2%Occupier Enquiries-54%-62%
Percentage Sold70%75%-9.2%Rental Levels-50%-71%

*This is the proportion of surveyors reporting a rise minus those reporting a fall  

Useful Resources

Read Savills 'Commercial Market in Minutes' udpate

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