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Story Idea—Commercial Real Estate on Upswing as Demand Rises

While many people only deal with real estate when they buy and sell their homes, commercial real estate has a huge impact on the national economy. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, things are improving for commercial real estate and expected to stay that course throughout the year. According to NAR’s quarterly commercial real estate forecast, demand for commercial real estate is on the rise and vacancy rates for commercial space are falling, especially for retail (expected to be down 0.4 percent through the year) and industrial properties (expected to be down 0.3 percent). While this is generally good news, the growth is slow and there are still some possible speed bumps that could spring up and hamper this progress, such as global economy weakness, overseas economic sluggishness and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.

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Story Springboard

Review NAR’s latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook and news release. Talk to a REALTOR® in your area to see how commercial real estate is faring in your community. Find a commercial property owner to see how they are feeling about the commercial market for 2015.

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Each month, NAR produces a few story ideas for the media, presenting timely topics accompanied with background information and facts related to the real estate market. These housing and real estate story ideas are designed to help media generate content for news stories, hopefully serving as a helpful resource to those in the media looking for stories or new angles.