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Navigating the Future of Commercial Real Estate: Key Strategies for Success

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I would like to present the results of a recent survey that was conducted among the leading finance professionals at the top commercial real estate brokerages in the United States. This survey is important in helping us understand the current state of the commercial real estate market in 2023.

2023 Commercial Real Estate Outlook!

2023 Commercial Real Estate Outlook!

Most real estate leaders around the world are worried about the economy as they plan for the rest of 2022 and 2023.

The worldwide commercial real estate industry is plagued by uncertainty. Focusing on strategic execution, talent, and new ideas can help leaders in the real estate industry navigate the future.

In 2023 and beyond, the global real estate market will change how high-rises are used, valued, and sold because of a course correction caused by a pandemic. The industry may be further impacted by global economic insecurity. In the near future, a regional or global recession or stagnation could hurt the financial services sector.

A survey was given to some of the biggest owners and investors in commercial real estate to find out about their plans for the workforce, compliance with regulations, and technology, as well as their growth plans. In this question, structural changes and investment priorities for 2023 were inquired about.

The research shows what commercial real estate (CRE) leaders think is most important to help their companies stay alive and grow in this time of uncertainty. To meet the ever-changing needs of investors, tenants, and regulators, real estate companies must come up with new, well-thought-out plans.

When making plans for an unpredictable year, the top priorities were strategic portfolio execution, putting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) first to meet regulatory and stakeholder needs, understanding recent and upcoming changes to the tax structure, rethinking talent approaches, and using technology to innovate and improve efficiency.

Leaders in the real estate industry are rethinking their business plans because of recent worries about income.

Most real estate executives around the world are worried about the economy for the rest of 2022 and into 2023. Respondents thought that revenue would go in different directions in 2023: 40% thought it would go up, 48% thought it would go down, and 12% thought it would stay the same. The numbers from last year were much more optimistic: 80% predicted revenue increases in 2022.

Because of this, 33% of respondents expect to cut spending, which is up from 6% the year before.
In the next 12 to 18 months, respondents think that issues related to high inflation that doesn’t go away, managing the workforce, cyber risk, and climate-related regulations will have the biggest effect on revenue. Most of the people who answered were not optimistic about the industry’s ability to handle a variety of possible problems. Concerns varied considerably between regions.

Respondents are optimistic about real estate fundamentals despite near-term performance concerns. 66% of respondents anticipate that real estate fundamentals—cost of capital, capital availability, property prices, vacancy levels, leasing activity, transaction activity, and rental rates will improve or remain stable in the coming year. Respondents said that there is the most room for improvement in leasing activity, reducing vacancies, and rental growth.

In the next twelve to eighteen months, the best risk-adjusted returns will be found in downtown and suburban office spaces. In contrast, people in Europe (35%) liked suburban offices, people in Asia-Pacific (43%) liked digital economy properties, and people in North America (43%) liked logistics and warehouse spaces.

In the coming years, irregular projections may change the direction of the industry. CRE owners and investors will have to make smart investment decisions in the face of a lot of uncertainty. As regulations around the world get stricter, CRE firms will have to pay more attention to ESG disclosure and tax regulation trends.

According to the survey, real estate companies are still managing ESG compliance requirements. Only 13% of those who answered the survey are ready to make changes right away to meet new regulatory requirements, and only 7% use ESG data and analytics to decide how to invest. Within the next two years, the majority will incorporate ESG data.

Companies in the real estate business must keep up with changes to regulations and follow reporting rules. Industry associations can give observations, information, and suggestions to the more than 45% of survey respondents who want guidance or a response from the industry. CRE leaders should also give importance to social and governance issues.

Trends in tax regulation were also closely monitored. Due to global tax policies, the industry was concerned about increased tax rates, transfer pricing/profit-sharing changes, and automated enforcement.
Transparency of automated reporting and data requirements for regulatory enforcement in certain jurisdictions. ESG tax implications, real estate organizations may be eligible for tax credits for activities that qualify.

Many regions have competitive labor markets. Employees are taking advantage of low unemployment, rising wages, and remote working. Many people moved when work-from-home became the norm during the pandemic. Remote work is a talent trend CRE firms should consider.

Because they expect to make less money, more respondents plan to cut or cap their technology spending in 2023 than they did in 2022. Fewer than half of companies expect to spend more on technology. This is especially true in Europe, where most companies expect to spend less. Last year, only 7% of Americans anticipated spending cuts, while two-thirds anticipated spending increases.

Insufficient investment in technology may be shortsighted. Real estate companies that are flexible and willing to take risks can use technology to their advantage in the long run.

Companies in the real estate business should think about how proptech and outside service providers can help their business run better. By outsourcing back-office functions, CRE firms could spend more time enhancing their core services. Innovative technology partners can also distinguish leading-edge products from rivals. Eighty percent of responding companies are investigating smart contracts, which are blockchain based, and the metaverse, which could improve existing services.

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