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2022 commercial real estate outlook

Economic, social, and digital disruptions combine to force a change in how CRE is developed, financed, and used

Authors: Jeffrey J. Smith (US), Kathy Feucht (US) & Sally Ann Flood (US)
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As we turn the corner on 2021, hopes that we would be doing the same on COVID-19 have stalled. The Delta variant has clouded the near-term outlook as vaccination, masking, and social distancing requirements have impacted commercial work and gathering facilities. The commercial real estate (CRE) industry is positioned at the forefront of the recovery: Office employers are balancing productivity and safety; retailers face critical turning points in an evolving industry; residences are competing for tenancy amid shifting migration patterns and heightened affordability concerns. Meanwhile, companies face increasing demands to prioritize environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, aging technology infrastructures, a tightening labor market, and increasingly differentiated competition. How the CRE industry proceeds into early 2022 could set the foundation for its success over the next several years.

Here are the key findings from Deloitte’s 2022 commercial real estate outlook:

  • Despite some financial concerns and an evolving regulatory environment, optimism around fundamentals prevails.
  • Most firms continue to depend on legacy technology systems, which could hamper progress and their ability to innovate.
  • Many CRE firms are focusing on retrofitting properties and repurposing spaces for alternate uses to maximize value.
  • Sustainable properties are often key to a better tenant experience; building partnerships to provide new offerings to tenants can also enable real-estate-as-a-service (REaaS).
  • As the CRE industry develops long-term, return-to-work strategies, flexible working arrangements, organizational purpose, and demand for technology skills will shape the talent landscape.
  • Most CRE companies are in the early stages of addressing climate risk; respondents indicated sustainability concerns, and the need to address them were priorities in this year’s survey.

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