Seth Weissman Seth Weissman

It is that time of the year when investors ponder what 2020 will be like. Next year, many investors are anticipating a recession, but those that aren’t are expecting a slowdown in investment activity all of the same. However, there are a lot of factors to consider. Like this year, the cycle will be mature, but next year, factors like the presidential election could sway the market activity.

“I’m expecting activity in 2020 to slow down a little, as people wait to see how the dust will settle after the election,” Seth Weissman, a partner at JMBM, tells “I expect interest rates to stay flat (and low by historic standards), but that may not lead to greater activity.  I expect greater regulation aimed at protecting renters and requiring more affordable housing.  I expect experiential retail to continue to replace traditional retail at malls and shopping centers.  In Southern California I expect media content providers to continue to grow, which may trigger demand for office and studio space.  I expect traditional office users to downsize their footprint, without any corresponding reduction in headcount.”

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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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