Feb 12, 2024 - 0 Comments - Observations, Trends -

Video: BGO Economist Ryan Severino’s Shares View on Commercial and Multifamily Real Estate

The Conversation: Navigating the Future; Insights from BGO Chief Economist on the Economy and Commercial Real Estate Market

In this video, BGO Chief Economist Ryan Severino joins America’s Commercial Real Estate Show to discuss the economy and the U.S. commercial real estate market. Discussions include Severino’s views on the various property sectors moving forward as well as forecasts for interest rates, property values, and opportunities in 2024. This discussion is about commercial real estate across the United States. Given this, it should be noted that some observations may apply less or not at all to Miami commercial real estate.

Fed Policy and Market Sentiment:
The dialogue delves into the Federal Reserve’s role in shaping economic trends, particularly regarding interest rates. Ryan provides insights into how the market reacts to Fed tightening and suggests that a clear signal from the Fed about halting rate hikes could boost market confidence.

2023 Market Recap and 2024 Predictions:
The hosts review transaction volumes from the previous year, noting a decline attributed to uncertainty around Fed policies. Ryan predicts a modest rebound in transaction volume for 2024 as market confidence grows.

Banking and Lending Outlook:
The conversation shifts to the banking sector’s cautious approach, with banks being selective due to full balance sheets and potential risks associated with loan performance. Non-traditional lenders may find opportunities in the market dislocation.

Distressed Asset Market and Capital Raises:
There’s anticipation of distressed asset opportunities as more capital is raised, but the actual market activity hasn’t matched the raised capital yet. Ryan expects more distress in certain property types, creating opportunities for investors.

Office Market Dynamics:
The office market receives detailed attention, with acknowledgment of its diverse performance across different regions and property types. While some segments, like Class A and trophy buildings, thrive, others face challenges, especially in large cities like New York. There’s anticipation of a prolonged recovery period for the office sector.

Opportunities in Other Real Estate Sectors:
The conversation highlights opportunities beyond the office sector, emphasizing the resilience of industrial, residential, and even retail properties. Self-storage properties are particularly praised for their stable income potential once stabilized.

Investment Strategy and Risk Assessment:
There’s a recurring theme of recalibrating investment expectations and risk assessments in light of changing market dynamics. The dialogue emphasizes the importance of understanding market nuances and picking investment spots carefully.

The Transformative Power of AI in Commercial Real Estate:
The conversation took an intriguing turn as the host delved into the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the world, particularly within the realm of commercial real estate (CRE). Ryan Severino shared interesting insights derived from firsthand experience with integrating AI into commercial real estate practices.

Acknowledging Skepticism and Embracing Potential for CRE:
Ryan began by acknowledging his initial skepticism toward AI but quickly transitioned into a fervent endorsement of its potential. As someone deeply immersed in data analysis and market strategies, Ryan’s journey from skeptic to believer speaks volumes about the transformative power of AI. “It’s not just about crunching numbers,” Ryan emphasized. “AI liberates us to engage in higher-order thinking, enabling us to focus on strategic decision-making rather than getting bogged down in mundane tasks.”

Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate Market Analysis:
He highlighted AI’s capacity for market ranking, targeting, and forecasting rents, emphasizing its ability to process vast amounts of data at speeds unimaginable to humans. This sentiment echoed throughout the conversation as Ryan elaborated on how AI is revolutionizing portfolio strategy and market analysis within the commercial real estate landscape. “What’s truly mind-boggling,” Ryan noted, “is the sheer volume of data and complex mathematical calculations AI can handle effortlessly. It’s like having a supercharged compass guiding us toward optimal decisions.”

Augmenting Human Capabilities for Informed CRE Decisions:
The conversation also touched upon the evolving role of AI in CRE’s human-centric environment. While AI enhances efficiency and provides invaluable insights, Ryan stressed the importance of maintaining human judgment and intuition in decision-making processes. “It’s not about replacing humans,” he clarified. “AI serves as a powerful tool augmenting our capabilities, guiding us toward informed choices while mitigating biases and oversights.”

Addressing Challenges for AI:
The dialogue didn’t shy away from acknowledging the challenges accompanying AI’s proliferation. Ryan and the host explored concerns regarding AI’s energy consumption, particularly in light of the increasing demand for electricity in an era marked by electric vehicles and data centers. “The rise of AI and electric vehicles poses significant challenges for our energy infrastructure,” Ryan admitted. “We need to confront these issues head-on, ensuring sustainable solutions to meet growing energy demands.”

Cautiously Optimistic Outlook for AI in CRE:
Despite these challenges, Ryan Severino remained cautiously optimistic about the future of commercial real estate. He anticipated a shift in market dynamics, driven by improving fundamentals and a more favorable capital markets environment. “As we navigate the uncertainties of today,” Ryan concluded, “I’m confident in the resilience of the CRE industry. While challenges persist, the cyclical nature of our business promises brighter days ahead.”

About BGO:
Based here in South Florida in the city of Miami Beach, Ryan Severino’s firm BentallGreenOak, known and referred to herein by the trade name BGO, stands as a formidable player in the realm of real estate investment. Serving as the real estate investment arm of Sun Life Financial, BGO has solidified its position as one of the premier firms in North America’s commercial real estate landscape. Their offices are in the 555 Washington Avenue building on Miami Beach, which made it to our Miami commercial real estate weekly headlines posts when it was sold to The Davis Companies by East End Capital and BGO for $52M in 2022 after previously making it for trading for $38M in 2018. With a track record of success and innovation, BGO has garnered recognition as one of the largest real estate investment firms in the region. Its strategic approach and commitment to excellence have earned it accolades and respect within the industry. In a testament to its prominence, BGO secured the seventh spot in PERE’s prestigious ranking of Private Equity Real Estate firms in 2022. This recognition, based on total fundraising efforts over the preceding five years, underscores BGO’s ability to navigate and thrive in the competitive world of commercial property investment.