Steve Shanahan Shanahan: “The combination of the presidential election, the transitioning to the new administration and the gradual increase in interest rates have temporarily pushed some investors—both buyers and sellers—to move toward the sidelines.”

SAN DIEGO—While there has been a leveling off of activity due to macro factors, there are still plenty of investment opportunities out there; however, now the opportunities are shifting back to core properties, Real Capital Markets’ executive managing director Steve Shanahan tells In 2016, the firm facilitated the disposition of 8,508 commercial properties, bank REO and loans, connecting buyers and sellers across more than 70 countries. We spoke with Shanahan about the trends he is noticing in CRE deal volume and what he predicts for the year ahead. What trends are you noticing in terms of deal volume for the commercial real estate industry in general?

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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