Retail sales mixed in February. Consumer spending increased a modest 0.3 percent last month, although much of the gain was driven by climbing fuel prices. Excluding energy costs, core retail sales retreated 0.4 percent in February, as widespread inflation eroded some consumption. Spending was nevertheless 15.8 percent above the same level last year, indicative of an overall more active consumer base. In a potential benefit to physical properties, the largest drag last month came from… Read More
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Home prices climbing, despite a slowdown in buying. For the first time since 2019, the average rate for a 30-year mortgage breached 4 percent in March, then accelerated at an even faster pace, following the Fed’s first interest rate hike in over four years. Higher mortgage rates make houses less affordable, in an environment where elevated prices are already an inhibiting factor. In February, fewer existing homes sold than in any of the previous five… Read More
Employment growth continues at rapid clip. Employers created 678,000 jobs in February, exceeding the 2021 monthly average of 560,000 positions. The strong opening salvo in hiring for 2022 has lowered the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent. Down from the pandemic peak of 14.7 percent in April 2020, the measure is just 30 basis points above the pre-health crisis benchmark, which in itself was also a historically tight rate. There are nevertheless 1.4 percent fewer people… Read More
Consumers step forward in January. After an early holiday shopping season led to a quieter than normal December, retail spending bounced back last month. Several sectors recorded strong gains, though online retailers and furniture stores posted the largest month-over-month increases at 7.2 percent and 14.5 percent, respectively. Spending was influenced by the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19, with more people staying home. Despite this recent setback, the economy is much more open than it… Read More
Employers tackling labor shortage in new year. The job market continued to recover in the opening month of 2022 as 467,000 jobs were created. While unemployment also rose, the labor force participation rate improved by 30 basis points to 62.2 percent, a post-recession high, as wage increases lured job seekers. Another factor indicative of the tight labor market is the declining number of people who want a full-time job but can only find part-time work.… Read More
Economy exceeds expectations in fourth quarter. Annualized gross domestic product jumped 6.9 percent in the final period of last year, largely on the back of an increase in inventories. Personal expenditures contributed nearly 2.3 percent to last quarter’s gain, primarily due to holiday spending that was spread throughout the period. Much of the positive momentum could carry into 2022. While the influence of stimulus on capital markets is fading, the ongoing labor shortage is applying… Read More
CNBC Features Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji Commercial Real Estate Gathers Momentum; Performance Gap Widens by Property Type Why Broad-based Recovery Should Continue in 2022 Latest Perspective on the Office Sector, Suburban vs. Urban Outlook Potential Risks and Headwinds
Fox Business Features Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji Pandemic Accelerates Migration; Boosts Commercial Real Estate Demand Why workers are migrating from major cities How are different property types benefiting from the rising population? West Palm Beach serves as an example of robust office trends
Marcus & Millichap’s President and CEO Hessam Nadji joins Fox Business: What’s Driving Investor Demand for CRE? Investor Demand For Commercial Real Estate Strong; One Property Type Lagging Broad-Based Recovery Current state of recovery in vacancies by property type The Fed, liquidity and inflation impact on CRE capital flows How much should Omicron weigh on the outlook?
TD Ameritrade Features Marcus & Millichap CEO Hessam Nadji The Holiday Shopping Outlook And Potential Implications for Retail Real Estate Key forces supporting retail sales How the revival of experiential retail is reinforcing retail real estate prospects Supply chain issues and impact on in-store sales Inflation, the Fed, and implications for commercial real estate