Economic sentiment is shifting. This year, more and more real estate professionals are predicting a recession in the next 12 months, either in late 2019 or early 2020. Christopher Thornberg of Beacon Economics, however, says that there is no recession in sight. While he predicts slowing economic growth, he also there are no imbalances that could trigger a recession in the near future.

“This year, the chance of a recession is zero. Next year, there is a small chance. Something could pop up over the year, but I have no idea what that would be. Every recession has a cause, and that cause has to be a large shock to the system. It has to be large; it has to be rapid; and it has to be sustained: a collapsing housing market; collapsing investment in the business sector; collapsing consumer spending,” Thornberg, a founding partner at Beacon Economics, tells “For anyone who thinks the economy is about to go into a recession, my question for them is, ‘why do you think that, and what is worrying you?’ I look through the range of indicators and study them on a regular basis, and not one of these things is flashing warning.”

Thornberg doesn’t know why so many people are predicting a recession; however, he has gotten used to the discussion. People have been predicting a recession for several years now. “This has been happening for the last couple of years. First, there were concerns about the Fed clamping down on leading,” he says. “That was followed by an interruption in Chinese capital, and last but not least, you had moderately rising interest rates. All of those things slowed commercial real estate activity, but at the beginning of this year, it has started to pick back up.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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