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Marcus & Millichap Article Review: “Is a Strong Jobs Report Bad News for CRE?

February 28, 20232 min read

The commercial real estate industry has been a topic of discussion since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While many businesses suffered during the initial shutdowns, the industry has been showing signs of recovery since the pandemic's peak in 2020. Recently, Marcus & Millichap, a leading real estate investment services firm, released a video titled "Is a Strong Jobs Report Bad News for CRE?" that addresses the current state of the commercial real estate industry in light of the latest jobs report.

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The video explains how the strong jobs report, which showed an increase in employment in January 2022, could impact the commercial real estate industry. According to the video, the increase in employment could lead to higher demand for office spaces, which had seen a decline in demand during the pandemic. With more people returning to work, businesses will require more office spaces to accommodate their employees. This could lead to an increase in office lease rates, which would be good news for the owners of commercial properties.

However, the video also discusses the potential downsides of a strong jobs report for the commercial real estate industry. The video notes that the increased demand for office space could lead to higher construction costs and a shortage of available spaces, which could drive lease rates up further. Additionally, the video points out that the recent rise in interest rates could make borrowing more expensive for developers, which could slow down construction projects and limit the availability of new office spaces.


Overall, the video concludes that a strong jobs report is good news for the commercial real estate industry, as it indicates a strong economy and increased demand for office spaces. However, the industry needs to be cautious and prepared for the potential downsides of increased demand, higher construction costs, and borrowing expenses. By carefully monitoring these trends, commercial real estate owners and investors can make informed decisions and capitalize on the current market conditions.

In conclusion, the commercial real estate industry has faced many challenges over the past two years, but the latest jobs report shows signs of recovery. The video by Marcus & Millichap provides an insightful analysis of the potential impact of the strong jobs report on the commercial real estate industry. While there are both benefits and potential downsides to the increased demand for office spaces, the video highlights the importance of staying informed and making well-informed decisions. The video provides a valuable resource for those in the commercial real estate industry looking to navigate the current market conditions.

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