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Connect Investment & Finance Panelists Confront a Volatile Market

‘It’s a little chaotic out there,” said MSCI Real Assets chief economist Jim Costello in his keynote presentation at Connect Investment & Finance, which set the stage for the panel discussions that followed. “There’s a lot happening in the economy, a lot of things are moving. And it’s hard to make sense of it all.” 

That being said, we’re also coming off a period during which commercial real estate investments generated sizable returns even amid the pandemic, especially in the U.S., Costello noted. The job of mapping out what lies ahead for the industry professionals who gathered for this afternoon event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL fell to Costello and a group of heavy hitters in ownership, development and finance. 

The panelists spoke candidly and insightfully about the challenges of drawing that map. In the “Developer/Owner’s Perspective” panel, developer Bob Six, CEO of Zeller, noted that there has been “some sort of a downturn” every eight years or so in his four-decade career.  

However, there hasn’t been one in a dozen years or so until now, meaning that a generation has come up through the ranks that doesn’t have the experience of dealing with one. “This one will be different, because we’ve got inflation and rising interest rates at the same time,” said Six. 

Mark Goodman, president of Mark Goodman & Associates, noted, “I think we’re heading into a repricing cycle. We’ll adjust to it, and there will be opportunities.” However, he added, “we’re in a transition now, and we don’t know exactly what that transition is.” 

The lay of the land is different now than it was after the last downturn, which began in 2008 and subsided over the next few years as the market came back. “Today I don’t even know if there are a lot of CMBS conduits even quoting right now,” EVP Ryan Nelson with the Farbman Group commented during the “Capital Markets” panel.  

However, neither the capital markets panelists nor the experts gathered for the aptly titled “Under Pressure: Financing in a Volatile Market” panel would call the current circumstances a recession. “We’re going to come out of this in decent shape, because there’s so much capital that wants to get into the space,” said “Under Pressure” panelist Thomas Lorenzini, SVP of Tremont Realty Capital. 

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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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