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Jul 31, 2018

Trends In Latest CoStar Composite Price Indices: Healthy Commercial Real Estate Market Fundamentals Continue To Support Broad-Based Price Gains

Multifamily Led Growth Among Property Indices While Retail Lagged; West Topped Regional Index Growth

CCRSI RELEASE – JULY 2018
(With data through June 2018)

 
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This month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provides the market's first look at commercial real estate pricing trends through June 2018. Based on 1,080 repeat sale pairs in June 2018 and more than 195,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity.

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CCRSI National Results Highlights

  • COMPOSITE PRICE INDICES SHOW STRENGH THROUGH MID-YEAR. The value-weighted U.S. Composite Index, which reflects the larger asset sales most common in core markets, rose 4.1% while the equal-weighted U.S. Composite Index, which reflects the more numerous but lower-priced property sales typical of secondary and tertiary markets, rose 2.1% in the six-month period ended in June 2018.

  • MARKET FUNDAMENTALS SUPPORTED BROAD-BASED PRICE GROWTH THROUGH SECOND QUARTER. Commercial real estate fundamentals remained in solid shape in the second quarter of 2018, with cyclically low vacancies and sustained rent growth supporting price gains across most property types and regions.

  • U.S. RETAIL INDEX PRICE GROWTH WAS RELATIVELY FLAT. The U.S. Retail index rose just 0.9% in the second quarter of 2018, the slowest quarterly rate among the four major property type indices. The U.S. Retail index rose 2.2% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018. Retail pricing has been flat overall and has regressed in centers with elevated vacancy rates.

  • WEST MULTIFAMILY INDEX TOP PERFORMER AMONG THE 16 REGIONAL PROPERTY-TYPE INDICES. The West Multifamily Index advanced 6.7% in the 12- month period ended in June 2018, which was the strongest growth rate of the 16 regional property-type indices in that time period.

  • OVERALL TRANSACTION VOLUME DOWN MODESTLY. Composite pair volume of $132.3 billion in the 12-month period ended in June 2018 was down 0.5% from the 12-month period ended in June 2017. However, the lower end of the sales market had more momentum in terms of sales volume as reflected in the General Commercial segment where composite pair volume increased 7.7%, while it declined 3.5% in the Investment-Grade segment in the 12-month period ended in June 2018 compared to the previous 12-month period ended in June 2017.


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Quarterly CCRSI Property Type Results

  • COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SECTORS POSTED MODERATE SECOND QUARTER GAINS. The four major commercial property types posted average price growth of 1.5% in the second quarter of 2018. The Prime Markets Indices within each property sector, which are dominated by the large, core, coastal metros, generally increased at a similar pace to the national property type indices, confirming that commercial property price gains have become broad-based.

  • MULTIFAMILY INDEX LED GROWTH AMONG FOUR MAJOR PROPERTY TYPES. The U.S. Multifamily Index expanded 1.8% in the second quarter of 2018 and 4% for the 12-month period ended in June 2018, the strongest quarterly and annual growth rates among the four major property types. Investment capital continues to move down the risk spectrum, as secondary markets have seen stronger pricing gains more recently. The Prime Multifamily Metros Index increased at a slower rate of 1.5% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018.

  • OFFICE PRICES CONTINUE TO SHOW SOLID GAINS THROUGH MIDYEAR. The U.S. Office Index increased 1.8% in the second quarter of 2018 and 2.1% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, as office vacancy rates nationally remained at a cyclical low of 10% and annual rent growth averaged nearly 2%. Price growth in the Prime Office Metros Index advanced by a faster 7.3% rate in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, influenced by foreign investors acquiring large core assets. These investors typically have long hold periods and are willing to pay higher prices and lower cap rates.

  • STRONG FUNDAMENTALS SUPPORTED INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY PRICE GROWTH. Industrial fundamentals were exceptionally healthy in the second quarter of 2018 as cyclically low vacancies below 5% have driven sustained above-trend rent growth. Pricing has increased, with the U.S. Industrial index up 1.6% in the second quarter and 2.9% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018. Core markets remained in favor as the Prime Industrial Metros Index advanced 9.6% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018.

  • RETAIL PRICING RELATIVELY FLAT IN SECOND QUARTER. The U.S. Retail index rose 0.9% in the second quarter of 2018, the slowest quarterly rate among the four major property type indices, and 2.2% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018. Retail pricing has been flat overall and has regressed in centers with elevated vacancy rates. The Prime Retail Metros Index advanced by a solid 7% in the 12 months ended in June 2018, suggesting well-leased retail locations nationally remain in favor.

  • U.S. HOSPITALITY INDEX POST STEADY GROWTH. The U.S. Hospitality Index was up 0.2% in the second quarter of 2018, contributing to annual gains of 6.9% for the 12-month period ended in June 2018. Fundamentals remain in solid shape as national hotel occupancies remain well above average and RevPAR (revenue per available room) growth continues. The U.S. Hospitality Index was 13.4% above its prerecession peak as of the second quarter 2018.

  • U.S. LAND INDEX GROWTH HEALTHY DESPITE RECENT VOLATILITY. The U.S. Land Index is currently the most volatile of the property type indices. After falling 2.5% in the second quarter of 2018, the U.S. Land Index was still up 24.5% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, on the strength of continued demand for development sites.


Quarterly CCRSI Regional Results

  • WEST REMAINED TOP PERFORMING REGIONAL INDEX. The West Composite Index advanced 4.6% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, propelled by strong growth in the West Multifamily and West Industrial indices. The West Multifamily Index grew 6.7% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, which was the strongest growth rate of the 16 regional property type indices in that time period.

  • OFFICE AND MULTIFAMILY INDICES PROPEL SOUTH REGION. The South region showed strength across the board in the last 12 months, but the South Office index led pricing growth for the region, expanding 6.1%, while the South Multifamily index grew by 5.5% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018.

  • NORTHEAST REGIONAL INDEX LOST SOME MOMENTUM. While the Northeast Region led the pricing recovery coming out of the recession, all four regional indices are well past prior peak levels and subsequent gains have naturally slowed. The Northeast Composite Index advanced by a modest 0.3% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018. The Northeast Office Index was the best performer in the region, expanding by 6.6% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, while the Northeast Retail Index had the slowest growth, expanding by just 0.8% in the same period.

  • MIDWEST OFFICE HELD BACK REGIONAL INDEX. The Midwest Composite index fell 5.4% in the 12-month period ended in June 2018, largely due to weakness in the region’s office sector. The Midwest Office Index fell 14.1%, while the Midwest Industrial and Retail indices fared better, advancing by 1.5% and 3.2%, respectively, in the 12-month period ended in June 2018.

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, and 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 once, 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.

        

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Richard Simonelli, Vice President, Vice President Investor and Public Relations; (202) 346-6394  (rsimonelli@costar.com).

For more information about the CCRSI Indices, including the full accompanying data set and research methodology, legal notices and disclaimer, please visit http://www.costargroup.com/costar-news/ccrsi.

ABOUT COSTAR GROUP, INC.

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This news release includes "forward-looking statements" including, without limitation, statements regarding CoStar's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. These statements are based upon current beliefs and are subject to many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. The following factors, among others, could cause or contribute to such differences: the risk that the trends represented or implied by the indices will not continue or produce the results suggested by such trends, including trends related to commercial real estate fundamentals, price growth, and investment; and the risk that transaction volume and commercial real estate pricing levels and growth will not continue at the levels or with the trends indicated in this release. More information about potential factors that could cause results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those stated in CoStar’s filings from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in CoStar’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, and CoStar’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, each of which is filed with the SEC, including in the “Risk Factors” section of those filings, as well as CoStar’s other filings with the SEC available at the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). All forward-looking statements are based on information available to CoStar on the date hereof, and CoStar assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.