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REALTORS® Report Positive Trends in Commercial Market with Increases in Income, Transactions

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Similar to the median sales volume, the median lease transaction volume increased this year by more than $70,000. In 2012 commercial members reported a median lease transaction volume of $476,400. Twenty-one percent of commercial members did not have a leasing transaction in 2012. The median dollar value of lease transactions was $169,100 and the median square footage was 4,200.

Commercial members who manage properties typically managed 40,000 square feet, representing 15 total spaces. They also typically managed 16,000 total office square feet, representing six total offices.

A majority of commercial members, 63 percent, reported they derive more than half of their annual income from the real estate industry. Thirty percent of respondents did not derive any income from commercial real estate leasing in 2012. Only 32 percent derived at least half to all of their income from leasing property. A large percentage, 85 percent, of commercial members earned at least some personal income from commercial real estate investments.

Sixty percent of NAR’s commercial members are brokers. Licensed sales agents were the next largest segment at 25 percent. Most commercial members reported working in a firm that is local and 58 percent work within an office that has a mix of commercial and residential brokers and agents.

Investment sales proved to be the most popular business specialty among commercial members. Identified by the highest proportion of members as their primary business specialty, investment sales was also the top ranked secondary specialty area. Land sales and retail leasing followed closely behind.

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