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CREFC executive director Lisa Pendergast says the industry is well positioned to withstand Omicron.

CREFC Survey Sees Drop in Industry Sentiment

The CRE Finance Council’s Fourth-Quarter 2021 CREFC Board of Governors’  Sentiment Index shows a drop in overall sentiment for the second consecutive quarter. After hitting an all-time high of 119.2 in Q2 of last year, it now stands at 105.2.  

The primary driver for the change was a meaningful shift in the outlook for the U.S. economy in 2022. The Q4 survey indicated only 27% of the board expects the economy to perform better, down from 67% in Q3.  

“Given the increases in COVID-19 infections late in 2021 as a result of the Omicron variant, as well as continued inflationary pressures, it was not entirely surprising to see a drop in overall sentiment this quarter,” said Lisa Pendergast, executive director of CREFC. “However, we are better equipped as a country and an industry to weather the Omicron storm than at any other point in the pandemic.” 

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