SOURCE: Marks Paneth LLP

Marks Paneth LLP

December 17, 2013 10:30 ET

New York Real Estate Executives Doubt de Blasio's Support of Commercial Property Owners' Interests, According to Survey by Marks Paneth

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 17, 2013) -  Most New York City commercial real estate executives say they're not confident Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will support the interests of the city's commercial property owners, according to a new survey by accounting firm Marks Paneth.

By contrast, the vast majority of commercial property executives -- 76% -- gave Mayor Bloomberg high marks for his support of commercial property owners' interests in a similar survey conducted at the end of 2012.

In the most recent survey (November 2013), only 7% of New York City commercial real estate executives said they're "very confident" that de Blasio will strongly support the interests of the city's commercial property owners. On the other hand, 21% said they're "not at all confident" and 35% said they're "not too confident."

The findings come from the Marks Paneth Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor, a periodic survey of 100-plus top commercial real estate professionals in the New York City market, including owners and managers, brokers and agents and attorneys and accountants specializing in the sector.

"The city's commercial property industry, based on the survey results, is clearly bracing for a mayoral administration far less friendly to real estate interests than the current one. Of course, the jury won't be in on actual policy for quite awhile," said William H. Jennings, Partner-in-Charge of the Real Estate Group at Marks Paneth.

The Gotham Commercial Real Estate Monitor from Marks Paneth represents the findings of a survey of over 100 top commercial real estate professionals in the New York City market. Professionals participating in the research include owners and managers of commercial property, commercial real estate brokers and agents, and attorneys and accountants specializing in the sector. The inaugural survey was completed in January 2013 and the second in June 2013. The research employed self-administered questionnaires completed online by respondents. The list of professionals surveyed was compiled by Marks Paneth, the research sponsor. In addition, a link to the survey site was included in an online trade publication. Interviews were completed during the period of November 7-30, 2013.

To receive a copy of the Winter 2013 Marks Paneth & Shron Gotham Real Estate Monitor and/or to survey with one of the MP&S leaders who fielded the survey, please contact Katarina Wenk-Bodenmiller of Sommerfield Communications, Inc. at or 212-255-8386.

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