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Us Commercial Real Estate Losses take toll on Economy

Commercial real estate investments in the US are likely to see stiff losses in the months ahead, as the lingering effects of the economic downturn come to fruition. This will deal a particularly heavy blow to the life insurance industry. With mounting delinquencies in commercial mortgages and the value of commercial property down 40% since the credit crisis began, companies will need to tap into capital to surmount setbacks. For more on this, see the following article from Property Wire.

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Overdue Mortgages and Foreclosures Reach Record High

By: Reuters

US mortgage delinquency rates and the percentage of loans that entered the foreclosure process jumped in the third quarter, with both reaching record highs, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday.

The percentage of loans on which foreclosure actions were started rose to 1.42 percent in the third quarter, an all-time high, up from 1.36 percent in the second quarter and 1.07 percent in the third quarter of 2008.

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Real Estate Pros more pessimistic about economic recovery

Real estate professionals are less confident the industry will improve in 2010.

A quarterly survey by LoopNet Inc. (NASDAQ: LOOP) found only 50 percent of respondents expect the volume of commercial real estate transactions to rebound in 2010. In July, 66 percent expected a 2010 recovery.

The survey was conducted with more than 1,000 real estate brokers, investors and owners and was conducted in late October.

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Commercial Real Estate Drop Accelerates

Commercial real estate values around the country have dropped 35 percent from their peak in October 2007, according to Moody’s REAL Commercial Property Price Indices.

The decline appears to be accelerating as the index dropped more than 15 percent during April and May. Transactional volume also fell along with value, which is showing signs of effects from distressed sales.

“May marked a new low for both counts,” the report said.

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