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Chart: Global Activity Tracker, Sinking Into September

By on September 15th, 2020

Commercial real estate transaction activity in the Americas has fallen 40% in 2020 so far versus a year ago, the latest Real Capital Analytics data indicates. The drop in transaction volume in Asia Pacific is 38% year-over-year and 22% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The rates of decline for all three global regions have steepened since midyear.

Through Sept. 6 – day 250 of the year – the drop in the count of deals is also worst for the Americas. The tally of transactions $10 million and greater is 40% lower than a year prior, in line with deal volume. For EMEA, the picture is worse for deal tally than for deal volume – down 33% year-over-year. For Asia Pacific, the deal count is 31% lower than the same point in 2019.

In addition to the thumping of transaction activity, the coronavirus crisis has taken a toll on liquidity worldwide. Market liquidity fell in 111 of 155 global commercial real estate markets in the second quarter of 2020, according to the midyear update of the RCA Capital Liquidity Scores. 

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Real Capital Analytics will publish the new edition of US Capital Trends with August volume and pricing data on September 23. To learn more about how RCA’s reports, data and tools can inform your investment decisions, contact us.

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Chart: Global Activity Tracker, Americas Woes Continue