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Commercial Property Price Index

Pan-European Commercial Property Price Index

July 7, 2020

Increasing Sector Divergence

London, 7 July 2020 - The Green Street Commercial Property Price Index increased by 1.1% this past quarter. The increase in the index, which measures pricing of a broad swath of Pan-European commercial properties, was attributed to the industrial and office sectors. Industrial values are showing strength and potentially trending slightly above pre-Covid levels. After a 6% decline from the pre-Covid peak in April, office values are proving resilient. Retail values have yet to find a bottom as an onslaught of retailer bankruptcies stymy investor interest.

“We’re still in the early stages of assessing the full impact the pandemic has had on Pan-European commercial property values, but down about 5% from the prior peak is still a good betting line,” said Peter Papadakos, Managing Director at Green Street Advisors. “Many countries are well into reopening their economies, and, while transactions are limited, there is increasing evidence that volumes are recovering. Meanwhile pricing trends that were already in place pre-Covid continue unabated. Industrial assets are garnering strong investor interest, while most participants are having trouble getting comfortable with the risks in the retail sector at asking prices.”

Take a look at our U.S. Commercial Property Price Index

How is our index different than others that track commercial property prices?

How is our index different than others that track commercial property prices?

Timeliness

Green Street's Commercial Property Price Index is a time series of unleveraged U.S. commercial property values that captures the prices at which commercial real estate transactions are currently being negotiated and contracted. Features that differentiate this index are its timeliness, its emphasis on high-quality properties, and its ability to capture changes in the aggregate value of the commercial property sector. Learn more.

Green Street's Commercial Property Price Index is a time series of unleveraged Pan-European commercial property values that captures the prices at which commercial real estate transactions are currently being negotiated and contracted. Features that differentiate this index are its timeliness, its emphasis on average institutional quality properties, and its ability to capture changes in the aggregate value of the commercial property sector.

Green Street Commercial Property Price Index

Indexed to 100 in August 2007

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Core Sector Average is equally-weighted between the Industrial, Office, and Retail sectors.

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Change in Commercial Property Values

Amount property values have increased over this period

(as of 07/07/2020)



What makes our commercial property price index unique?

There are significant differences between the Green Street CPPI and other indices that track commercial property prices. Green Street's CPPI is appraisal-based. Appraisal-based indices are only as good as the valuation estimates used to construct them, and Green Street has long devoted sizable resources to deriving accurate estimates of the values of the properties owned by REITs. Most other indices are transaction-based.

Green Street's Pan-European Real Estate Analytics platform covers 25 of the most liquid European real estate markets across the industrial, office, and retail property sectors. The Commercial Property Price Index is a time series of unleveraged property values across these sectors and markets, and captures the prices at which commercial real estate transactions are currently being negotiated and contracted. Features that differentiate this index are its timeliness, its emphasis on average institutional quality properties, and its ability to capture changes in the aggregate value of the commercial property sector.

Institutional Quality

Institutional Quality

Average Institutional Quality

The index is based on Green Street's frequently updated estimates of price appreciation of the property portfolios owned by the REITs in its U.S. coverage universe. Since REITs own high-quality properties, the index measures the value of institutional-quality commercial real estate.

The index is based on Green Street's frequently updated estimates of price for the property portfolios of a typical commercial real estate investor. It is driven by the fundamental models maintained by the research team, which, in turn, are driven primarily by changes in market cap rates and net rental income.

Timely

Timely

Timeliness

Our index reflects changes in commercial property values as soon as we hear about them. That's one of the benefits of an appraisal-based index; we don't have to wait for deals to close. Most other indices are based on closed transactions, so they convey information several months old.

The Green Street index value is based on where commercial real estate would transact today. Other indexes, based on either closed transactions or formal appraisals, may reflect market prices from many months earlier.

Value-Weighted

Value-Weighted

Asset Value Weighted

We place more weight on high-quality properties, e.g. a New York skyscraper has a much greater impact than a suburban strip mall. Because our CPPI is value-weighted, it measures what’s happening to real estate prices in aggregate, similar to the Wilshire 5000 that measures what’s happening to the stock market in aggregate. Most property indices are equally-weighted.

Each sector index is created by GDP weighting individual market indexes. The sector indexes are then equal weighted to create the Pan-European Commercial Property Index. Akin to familiar stock price indexes (e.g., S&P 500), GDP value weighting provides a gauge of aggregate (as opposed to average) values. Equal-weighted indexes, by contrast, put the same emphasis on a Dusseldorf industrial building as they do a trophy London office building.