May 27, 2009 / 7:52 PM / 10 years ago

US commercial property off 10.5 pct in qtr--report

NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) - U.S. commercial real estate prices fell 10.5 percent in the first quarter and 12.2 percent in 2008, according to British real estate data and analysis provider IPD’s first analysis of the U.S. market.

Including monthly income, which rose 5.4 percent in 2008, the overall total return for U.S. commercial real estate was down 7.4 percent, according to the report released on Wednesday.

Including monthly income, which rose 1.4 percent, the total return for U.S. commercial real estate fell 9.2 percent in the first quarter of 2009.

Office property turned in the worst performance for the year with a total return down 8.2 percent and values falling 12.8 percent in 2008. Apartment values slid 12.2 percent, industrial property sank 11.7 percent and retail real estate was down 11.4 percent in 2008.

In 2008, U.S. western states posted the largest decline with values falling 13 percent, followed by a 12.3 percent decline in the East, 11.1 percent in the South and 11 percent in the Midwest.

“A clear feature of these U.S. results is the apparent synchronization in the downside performance,” Simon Fairchild, IPD’s U.S. managing director. said in a statement. “What ever manner in which we analyze the data — either across regions or sectors — market values have been written down at broadly the same rate.”

The Annual Index was derived from IPD’s core U.S. Portfolio Analysis Services, which started in 2005 and measure the relative performance of individual funds against peer group benchmarks. The index is based on U.S. commercial real estate portfolios worth $121 billion and is expanding substantially in coming years.

The IPD U.S. Quarterly Indicator monitors quarterly movements in U.S. commercial real estate value trends and returns. (Reporting by Ilaina Jonas; Editing by Gary Hill)

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