The Federal Reserve has released the latest Beige Book, summarizing how the economies in the Fed's 12 districts are performing, which finds that the reporting districts are "generally upbeat." With respect to real estate, the data indicated that activity was generally improved over the last Beige Book, with stronger activity cited for multifamily construction and commercial real estate. Overall, most districts reported that loan demand grew, credit quality improved, or loan delinquencies fell, with credit standards changing little. An excerpt from the summary follows:
Most reporting Districts characterized nonresidential real estate activity as modest to moderate; Boston and New York indicated little change. Rental rates rose in more than half of the reporting Districts, and vacancy rates were mixed. Most Districts reported modest or moderate growth in commercial construction, and the Dallas District noted high levels of industrial construction in Dallas-Fort Worth. Contacts in the Atlanta District expect construction activity to increase slightly, while contacts in the Philadelphia, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Richmond Districts expect overall commercial real estate activity to continue to strengthen at least modestly.