Dec 17, 2014

Commercial Real Estate Prices Post Steady Gains In October

Improving Occupancies, Rent Growth and Low Interest Rates Continue To Support Broad Gains in Property Pricing

Improving Occupancies, Rent Growth and Low Interest Rates Continue To Support Broad Gains in Property Pricing

(With data through October 2014) 


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Complete CCRSI data set accompanying this release


This month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provides the market's first look at October 2014 commercial real estate pricing. Based on 1,419 repeat sales in October 2014 and more than 130,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity. 






CCRSI National Results Highlights 

  • CRE PRICES ROSE STEADILY IN OCTOBER, SUPPORTED BY BROAD BASE OF POSITIVE TRENDS. Most major property types continued to benefit from minimal speculative construction, a firming economic recovery and rising rental rates. Meanwhile, benchmark interest rates such as the 10-year Treasury continued to decline in October, a positive underlying trend for commercial real estate cap rates. The two broadest measures of aggregate pricing for commercial properties within the CCRSI — the value-weighted U.S. Composite Index and the equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index — increased by 0.8% and 0.9%, respectively, for October 2014.
  • VALUE-WEIGHTED U.S. COMPOSITE INDEX HITS RECORD HIGH IN OCTOBER, SIGNALING STRONG DEMAND FOR LARGE, INSTITUTIONAL-GRADE PROPERTIES. After climbing 0.9% in the month of October, the value-weighted U.S. Composite Index reached a record high, thanks to steady gains in recent months. The index now stands 3.9% above its prerecession peak in 2007, reflecting strong competition among investors for large, high-end commercial properties.    

  • EQUAL-WEIGHTED U.S. COMPOSITE INDEX MOVES WITHIN 15% OF ITS PRERECESSION HIGH.  While its recovery began later, the equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index, which is influenced by smaller property sales, has made solid gains and is now back to 2005 levels, although it remains 15% below its 2007 prerecession peak.  This reflects the general movement of investment capital in search of higher yields into secondary markets and property types, as pricing for commercial property has escalated in the core coastal markets.  Within the equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index, the U.S. Investment Grade segment, which is weighted towards high-value properties, has increased by 15.8% for the 12 months ending in October 2014, while the U.S. General Commercial segment, made up of lower-tier properties, rose by 14.6% during the same period.

  • PROPERTY SALES ACTIVITY CONTINUES TO INCREASE AT DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE. Composite pair volume of nearly $78 billion  year-to-date through October 2014 marked a 23% jump from the same period in 2013. This is a healthy acceleration considering that composite pair volume increased by 22% in 2013 and 25% in 2012, and indicates that investment flows into real estate remain strong.  Repeat sale pair volume in the General Commercial segment rose 27% year-to-date as of October 2014, edging out growth of 21% in the Investment Grade segment as capital continues to move out on the risk spectrum.  
  • OTHER MEASURES OF LIQUDITY CONTINUED TO IMPROVE. The sale price-to-asking-price ratio narrowed by 2.5 percentage points in the 12-month period ended in October 2014 to 90.4% — the highest ratio since 2008. Meanwhile, the average time on market for properties listed for sale fell 4.3% in the 12 months ending in October 2014, and the share of properties withdrawn from the market by discouraged sellers continued to recede, falling to 35.3%. 


About the CoStar Commercial Repeat-Sale Indices

The CoStar Commercial Repeat-Sale Indices (CCRSI) is the most comprehensive and accurate measure of commercial real estate prices in the United States. In addition to the national Composite Index (presented in both equal-weighted and value-weighted versions), national Investment Grade Index and national General Commercial Index, which we report monthly, we report quarterly on 30 sub-indices in the CoStar index family. The sub-indices include breakdowns by property sector (office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality and land), by region of the country (Northeast, South, Midwest, West), by transaction size and quality (general commercial, investment grade), and by market size (composite index of the prime market areas in the country).  
The CoStar indices are constructed using a repeat sales methodology, widely considered the most accurate measure of price changes for real estate. This methodology measures the movement in the prices of commercial properties by collecting data on actual transaction prices. When a property is sold more than one time, a sales pair is created. The prices from the first and second sales are then used to calculate price movement for the property. The aggregated price changes from all of the sales pairs are used to create a price index.




Mark A. Klionsky, Senior Vice President-Marketing (
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About CoStar Group, Inc. 

CoStar Group (Nasdaq:CSGP) is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. Founded in 1987, CoStar conducts expansive, ongoing research to produce and maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of commercial real estate information. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availabilities. Through LoopNet, the Company operates the most heavily trafficked commercial real estate marketplace online with more than 9.0 million registered members. is a premier online apartment resource for renters that matches apartment seekers with great apartment homes and provides property managers and owners a proven platform for marketing their properties. CoStar operates websites with over 17.5 million unique monthly visitors in aggregate during third quarter of 2014. Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar maintains offices throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with a staff of over 2,300 worldwide, including the industry's largest professional research organization. For more information, visit

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