Opportunistic investors are already actively seeking distressed opportunities, but after eight months in the pandemic, many more distressed deals are likely to hit the market next year. This new wave of COVID-19 cases and new stay-at-home orders are only putting more pressure on businesses and solidifying what will become a thriving investment industry. Ready and well-positioned investors will be able to buy assets for pennies on the dollar, according to Peter Ballance at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

“In the short term, as the pandemic drags out and new protective orders are issued by state governments, many offices, restaurants, hotels, stores and other commercial spaces where people spend their time and/or money will remain either closed, or mostly empty,” Ballance, a partner at the firm, tells Globest.com. “As a result, many commercial properties are facing a combination of tenant defaults, no new demand for space and no readily available capital.  For property owners that are unable to identify solutions to keep their assets afloat, defaults under their real estate financing are inevitable.”

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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 GlobeSt.com 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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