CPE’s Coronavirus Coverage

Check out our latest news updates, features and expert advice on the coronavirus outbreak and its effects on commercial real estate.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold across the U.S. and the world, Commercial Property Executive is covering the health crisis and its impact on real estate through regular news updates, features and expert advice to help inform and guide our readers. 


Our latest coverage (updated regularly):

Office Leasing to Recover by 2025, Cushman & Wakefield Report Predicts

The study expects office sector recovery to be slow, but employment will eventually help spur improvements in absorption, vacancy and rental rates.

How Property Managers Can Stay on Top of the Crisis

Ardmore Residential’s Lisa Russell talks about policies and procedures for navigating the pandemic.

Commercial Construction Could Be Rebounding: US Chamber

The new Commercial Construction Index from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is still far below the first quarter.

Anthony Malkin on the Pandemic’s Impact

ESRT’s CEO talks about COVID-19’s effects on the firm’s portfolio, with a focus on the iconic Empire State Building.

Retail-to-Logistics Conversions Won’t Be Quick or Easy: Prologis

The report also questions whether shopping center owners will want to forego retail rents for lower industrial rates.

Manhattan Retailers Face Uncertainty

Meridian’s James Famularo discusses retailers’ struggles during COVID-19.

Healthy Recovery Starts With Schools: USGBC

The sustainable development organization’s Healthy Economy Forum Report offers insights into creating a successful built environment as the nation faces re-entry.

Century 21 Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Close All 13 Stores

The iconic department store chain has struggled to recover from the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manufactured Housing Stays Strong in Tough Times

Hunt Real Estate Capital Senior Managing Director Chad Hagwood talks about financing options for investors and how rental rates will perform over the coming quarters.

Rent Collection High In Most Asset Types, Marcus & Millichap Finds

While in some sectors more than 95 percent of tenants are meeting their rent obligations, some retail assets continue to struggle.

Construction Disruptions Compounded by Workforce Issues: AGC Survey

A new survey from the Associated General Contractors of America finds that more than half of general contractors have seen a project postponed or cancelled because of COVID-19.

Self Storage Throughout the Pandemic

The William Warren Group’s Gary Sugarman discusses the difficulties the coronavirus outbreak has caused for the storage industry and where the sector is heading.

CMBS Delinquency Rate Declines Again, Trepp Finds

The Trepp CMBS delinquency rate for August dropped to 9.08 percent from 9.6 percent in July.

Flex Office Sector’s Evolution Amid COVID-19

Pipeline Workspaces’ Philippe Houdard shares insights on the present state of the industry and its pandemic-influenced future.

Opportunity Zones Continue to Make an Impact

Edmon Rakipi, principal at Opp Zone Capital, shares why he expects the Opportunity Zone Program to revitalize some of the hardest-hit real estate sectors going forward.

Data Center Real Estate Propelled by Remote Work: CBRE

The 10 most active data center markets in North America all recorded positive net absorption in the first six months of 2020, while showing other signs of pandemic resilience.

Why Diversity, Mobility Are Key in Difficult Times

Arcadia Management Group’s Gary Shaw talks about the global health crisis’ effects and reveals the do’s and don’ts property managers should keep in mind going forward.

Podcast: The Quest for CRE Opportunity

In this new episode of our quarterly FTI Consulting podcasts, Ingrid Noone shares insights on the various asset categories and the conditions for those with access to capital. Tune in now!

Real Estate Market Crash Unlikely, Experts Say

Economists are calling the pandemic-induced recession unique in several ways. Here’s how analysts expect the health crisis to change the real estate market.

Retail Trends That Will Remodel the Industry in 2020 and Beyond

The pandemic is reviving old retail concepts and bringing to life new formats to attract consumers and regain their confidence.

MOB Sector Boosted by Demand and Capital: Marcus & Millichap

The ongoing rise in nonvirtual outpatient health-care activity and the needs of the aging Baby Boomer population will bolster demand for medical office buildings post-pandemic.

Industrial Real Estate Faces Short-Term Decline in NAIOP Report

The resilience that e-commerce offers the industrial market is unlikely to overcome the powerful headwinds of a recessionary economy, according to the latest quarterly forecast from NAIOP.

Stressed Out: Are Commercial Properties Close to Default?

To determine the potential for defaults and investment opportunities, Yardi Matrix analyzed loans from its multifamily and office property database and found prospective trouble spots over the short and long term.

Office Lease Resolution Strategies for a COVID-19 World

Landlords should carefully consider the following best practices while navigating these uncertain times, says Fernando Landa of CGS3.

Infill Logistics Demand to Last: Report

The pandemic-related changes to the supply chain and the need for more cold storage will continue to support demand for infill logistics space for the long haul, according to Elion Partners’ latest study.

Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2020, According to JLL

The latest edition of JLL’s study points toward COVID-19 as an overriding factor behind much of what’s shaping corporate real estate strategies this year.

How Will Crowdfunding Weather the Market Slump?

Amid a flood of opportunistic transactions that commercial real estate crowdfunding will likely pursue, professor Adam Gower, the founder of GowerCrowd, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.