Investors have clearly felt the pinch of a capital crunch and slumping U.S. economy. In fact, 60% of real estate investors cite availability of financing as their top concern in 2009 – according to a recent study conducted by Marcus & Millichap and National Real Estate Investor.
The cost and availability of capital remain top concerns for investors as illiquidity in capital markets continues to drag down investment real estate sales. Most respondents are not optimistic that access to capital will improve anytime soon. Nearly 40% of respondents expect debt financing to be more difficult to obtain a year from now, while 37% expect financing to be about the same, and 23% expect it to be easier to obtain.
Refinancing could pose some added challenges to an already cash-strapped market.
Nearly 40% of respondents say they need to refinance at least a portion of their portfolio in the coming year. The greatest hurdles to refinancing cited by respondents are underwriting terms (45%), economic factors (44%), and higher cost of capital (36%). [Read more…]