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Commercial Real Estate Recovery May Accelerate In Second Half Of 2013 According To Jones Lang LaSalle

CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. presidential election may be over, but economic uncertainty will continue to hinder corporate decision making and impede improvement in commercial real estate fundamentals well into 2013, according to Jones Lang LaSalle's 2013 National Commercial Real Estate Outlook. Experts from the firm's Research group presented key findings from the report in its annual media webcast event Tuesday.

"The election itself doesn't clear the air of the uncertainty in the marketplace," said Ben Breslau, Jones Lang LaSalle's Americas Research Managing Director. "We have reasonable confidence that some, or all, of the fiscal cliff may be averted, but the Euro crisis may get worse before it gets better, and will continue to drag on global confidence and the U.S. economy into 2013."

A recession is unlikely in 2013, Jones Lang LaSalle's researchers concluded, but businesses, lenders and investors are still waiting to see how legislators will deal with the fiscal cliff, which consists of tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year and federal spending decreases scheduled to begin in January. Most aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, too, will be implemented starting in 2013.

"It takes time for policy action to translate into business activity," Breslau said. "If we're able to clear some of these hurdles without a big near term fiscal drag, the release of some pent up demand could accelerate growth in the second half of 2013."

With a new recession unlikely, the forecasters called for moderate performance improvement in the multifamily, hotel, and industrial sectors nationwide, while balanced new construction and absorption will negate any net change in retail fundamentals. Growing bifurcation in the office market will increase rent growth and net absorption in urban markets driven by technology, healthcare and energy jobs, while occupancy and rent stagnate in most of the nation's suburbs and in markets with little exposure to those growth industries.

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