NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. urban commercial real estate markets probably will not recover until 2017, the head analyst of commercial mortgages for Deutsche Bank Securities (DBKGn.DE) said on Monday.
“The froth is still working itself out,” Richard Parkus, Deutsche Bank head of Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities and Asset-Backed Securities Synthetics Research said at the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit in New York. “We are currently in something which is comparable to what we saw in the 1990s and potentially worse.”
U.S. commercial real estate values could fall by more than 50 percent from the peak in 2007, he said.
Although asking rents are down about 28 percent in New York, factoring in free rent and other perks by landlords, rents are down about 50 percent, Parkus said.
“Rents will be back to where they were in 2017,” Parkus said. Building prices also will take six to eight years to recover, he said.
The U.S. commercial markets are deteriorating at an increasing pace as rent dries up and demand plummets. That is leaving borrowers struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments.
“The number of new loans that are becoming delinquent each month are defaulting at rates between 5 percent and 8 percent per year, with the most loosely underwritten loans of 2007 defaults at 8 percent per year, Parkus said. That puts accumulated losses at about 4 percent this year, and 12 percent over the next four years.
Loans loses ranged between 7 and 11 percent a year during the commercial real estate crash of the early 1990s.
“We are not only not approaching stability, we are at a period of maximum deterioration,” Parkus said.
Reporting by Ilaina Jonas, editing by Matthew Lewis