Real-estate prices are enticingly low in many areas of the country, prompting business owners to pursue sweet deals on storefronts, manufacturing facilities and other commercial properties. But because banks remain wary of commercial real-estate loans, landing financing to make such a purchase can be time consuming and tedious.Compared to peak prices in October 2007, commercial property values are down 42%, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Price index reports compiled by Moody’s and Real Capital Analytics Inc. show that as of March 2010, the cost of industrial and office space fell 32% in the last two years. Retail space also plummeted 28%."There is excess space, which opens an opportunity for small firms," says Bill Dunkelberg, chief economist at National Federation of Independent Business, a Washington advocacy group. "You won’t see prices like these for a long time."
By Emily Maltby, June 3, 2010 WSJ

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