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[ 5th & Yesler ]

In case you hadn’t heard:

Federal Reserve and Treasury officials are scrambling to prevent the commercial-real-estate sector from delivering a roundhouse punch to the U.S. economy just as it struggles to get up off the mat.

The next wave of the credit crisis is about to hit — a collapse in com mercial real estate and potential explosion of bank failures.

Commercial real estate is the “second shoe” to drop in hurting the economy…

More than 66% of 6.5 million square feet of newly constructed commercial space was still vacant at the end of the second quarter of 2009.

In Seattle, the office vacancy rate has hit 18.5 percent, and commercial real estate sales are at a 20-year low. Seattle recently shot up to number one on the list of U.S. cities with the highest rates of troubled real estate loans.

Right on cue, several large office projects are nearing completion or have recently come on line in Seattle:

Business cycles are us.  When the object of the game is to make the most money with the least amount of effort possible, speculation will always be irresistable.  And that would be just fine and dandy but for one pesky detail:  deep economic cycles seriously fuck with people’s lives. 

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