This Week’s Election Has a Big Impact on the Industry:

However you may have voted in last week’s presidential election, which drew record-breaking turnouts to many polling places around the US, there’s little doubt that the outcome was momentous. That seems to be the case especially when it comes to commercial real estate; asked whether the election would have a big impact on the industry, 74% of you voted yes. Exactly what form that impact will take is open to interpretation at this point and remains to be seen in any case—although many in the industry believe it’s likely that Barack Obama will seek to increase the capital gains tax. We asked Michael Slattery, SVP at the Real Estate Board of New York, for his take on what we can expect from the new administration and Congress.

“I’m hopeful that the effects will be positive. The change will be beneficial compared to the uncertainty prior to the election. The key thing for the real estate market will be the availability of credit, and it does from the early press events that the president-elect recognizes that and has made it a priority. That should be one reassuring element. He is still not in a position to do anything, unless he does it on the Senate side. It’s not likely to be focused on the real estate industry, more likely a stimulus package for the economy as a whole.

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