California-based investors in commercial real estate might want to take a look at several different trends that might help them gauge what the performance of their sector will be like in the months ahead. One of those trends is economic and political uncertainty worldwide. While the International Monetary Fund expects emerging markets to result in growth globally, Brexit in the United Kingdom has caused a lack of certainty that may be good for commercial real estate markets in the United States.
In fact, because of stability along with high yields and transparency, the commercial real estate market in the United States continues to be attractive to foreign investors, and foreign investment is growing. Despite some downturns in the economy for potential buyers in China and Europe, investors in other countries continue to have the necessary capital. Another trend is the volatile energy market driven by the oversupply of oil. While this has hurt a few communities with economies that are dependent on oil, much of the country is benefiting from lower gas prices.
Low interest and cap rates are likely to continue for at least a little while. The interest rate is unlikely to go up significantly, and while cap rates might begin to climb, there probably will not be a large increase. Finally, new supply remains slow.
New real estate investors may want to work with an attorney. However, even an investor with a sophisticated understanding of the market may benefit from legal guidance throughout the process of real estate transactions as well as during real estate ownership. From enforcement of liens to zoning issues to development and issues around refinancing, an attorney may be able to advise and to turn to litigation where necessary.