How Will COVID-10 Impact CRE?

Coronavirus Resources for the Commercial Real Estate Industry

by Jaime Lackey

REBusinessOnline has compiled a number of commercial real estate industry reports and webinars to help readers find the information they need regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and commercial real estate.

The reports are organized by relevance and timeliness. (This page is no longer updated as of June 1, 2020.)


Student Housing Business
Up Close with Bill Bayless (05/04/2020)

How to Maintain Leasing Velocity in Today’s Environment (04/30/2020)

COVID-19 & the Impact on Student Housing: The CEO Perspective (04/17/2020)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Student Housing (03/25/2020)

Marcus & Millichap
Marcus & Millichap Special Update: Multifamily Legislation (05/13/2020)

The Shape of Things to Come: How Will the Economy and Retail Real Estate Look After the Global Health Crisis?

InterFace Conference Group
Seniors Housing Marketing and Sales During the Pandemic and Beyond
(Upcoming 05/20/2020)

California Retail Reboot — How Will California’s Retail and Restaurant Sector Recover Post-Coronavirus? (05/21/2020)

Atlanta Retail Reboot (05/08/2020)

Texas Retail Reboot (05/07/2020)

The Short- and Long-term Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare and Medical Office Real Estate   (04/14/2020, Fee is $79)

Seniors Housing Business
Webinar: How to Keep Marketing During COVID-19: New Engagement Strategies for Operators (03/31/2020)

How to Recruit and Retain Caregivers in a COVID-19 World (04/14/2020, Fee is $79)

Cushman & Wakefield
Are Global Property Markets Recovery Ready?

Recovery Readiness Task Force (04/22/2020)

Post-COVID-19, Positive Signs from China on Retail, Part 5 (04/23/2020)

The Impact of COVID-19 on E-Commerce, Featuring Shopify, Part 4 (04/16/2020)

COVID-19 Impact to the Retail Supply Chain: Will Stores be Fully Stocked and Ready to Open? Part 3 (04/09/2020)

COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Restaurant Sector, Part 2 (04/01/2020)

Colliers Retail Weekly Webinar Series Part 1: Current COVID-19 Impact on Retail (03/25/2020)

Changing consumer behaviors post COVID-19 (04/23/2020)

COVID-19: Workplace Continuity Series (04/21/2020)

COVID-19: Remote work and workplace preparedness (03/19/2020)

National Apartment Association (NAA)
COVID-19 Webinars (Continual Update)

Commercial Real Estate Reports on Coronavirus

Cushman & Wakefield
Recovery Readiness: A How-To Guide for Reopening Your Workplace (04/22/2020)

  • Prepare the building
  • Prepare the workforce
  • Control access
  • Social distancing plan
  • Reduce touch points
  • Communicate for confidence

Coronavirus Impact on the Property Markets: Focus on U.S. & Canada (04/21/2020)

  • The number of new cases has stabilized and appears to have peaked over the last two weeks.
  • However, although trending better globally, the virus is spreading at different rates across different communities.
  • Countries are unlikely to loosen lock downs and restrictions until they are confident that the number of active cases has fallen to a low level and the daily growth in newly confirmed cases is low (~1%).
  • Discussion of next steps has moved from lock down to reopening the economy in many countries and in states across the U.S.

Cushman & Wakefield Announces Creation of Recovery Readiness Task Force to Prepare Businesses fo Post-COVID-19 Recovery (04/08/2020)

  • Recovery Readiness Task Force to lead the development of best practices, products and partnerships to prepare clients for post-COVID-19 recovery and the eventual return to the workplace
  • 6 Feet Office: concept to help create office spaces that encourage social distancing once it is safe to return to work

Energy Conservation & Cost-Saving Measures for Commercial Properties in Response to COVID-19 (03/20/2020)

  • Modifying building system controls & runtimes
  • Assessing opportunities to do work in house
  • Restructuring of staff allocated work hours

The Duality of Volume Shifts in Industrial & Manufacturing (03/19/2020)

  • Critical goods production is ramping up, meanwhile supply chain interruptions spur need for temporary warehouse space.

Marcus & Millichap

Commercial Construction Special Report (04/24/2020)

  • Pandemic shrinks new development pipeline; a modest positive for existing real estate operators.

Podcast: The Coming Wave of Distressed Assets, Forbearance Requests, the Week in Retail and CMBX, More CLO Downgrades (04/24/2020)

COVID-19 Initiates Surge in Late Payments in the Retail Market (04/23/2020)

Duane Morris 
Coronavirus and Construction Contracts (03/18/2020)

  • As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country, it will impact project performance.
  • Duane Morris’ alert includes contract considerations that parties should keep in mind as they evaluate their response to project delays and closures, safety concerns, and vendor and workforce unavailability.

Avison Young
Evaluating the “New Normal” for Commercial Real Estate (04/23/2020)

Sector-Specific Reports & Resources


Marcus & Millichap
Industrial Health Crisis Special Report (04/24/2020)

  • Warehouse and distribution centers partially insulated from health crisis; investors to consider industrial as diversification option

Multifamily Housing

Student Housing

Student Housing Business
Universities Announce Plans for Fall Semester in Response to COVID-19 (Continuous Update)

Article/Industry Insight on Webinar: COVID-19 Webinar Recap: Owners and Operators Talk Best Practices, Industry Impact (03/25/2020)

  • How many residents remain in student housing?
  • The outlook moving forward

Seniors Housing

How Brookdale is responding to the COVID-19 virus (Updated 04/30/2020)


U.S. Retail ViewPoint: COVID-19 Implications for Reopening Restaurants (05/06/2020)

Cushman & Wakefield
The Current & Future State of the Hotel Industry: Opportunities & Strategies (04/23/2020)

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
BOMA International’s Coronavirus Resource Center (Continuous Update)

  • Guidance Documents
  • Links to webinars

COVID-19 Updates for the Retail and Real Estate Industry (Continuous Update)

  • U.S. state-by-state business closures and mandates

COVID-19 Updates for the Retail and Real Estate Industry (Continuous Update)

  • Retailer announcements of temporary closures, adjusted hours or precautions imposed (Continuous Update)


Marcus & Millichap
Office Health Crisis Special Report (04/22/2020)

Lincoln Property Company
COVID-19 Impact on Boston Office & Lab Market (03/25/2020)

Five reasons to remain optimistic:

  • Historically strong office and lab fundamentals
  • Quality and diversity of tenancy
  • Healthcare as an important and stable factor
  • Limited exposure to hardest-hit sectors
  • The ability of employees to work from home

Company & Association Resources with Ongoing Updates

CCIM Institute
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Guidance
(Continual Update)

National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC)

NIC COVID-19 Resource Center (Continual Update)

Avison Young
Resource Centre COVID-19 (Continual Update)

Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA)
MBA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
(Continual Update)

Insights: COVID-19 (Continual Update)

Coronavirus Resources for FMs (Continual Update)

National Retail Federation
Coronavirus Resources for Retailers (Continual Update)

Wells Fargo
Economic Commentary (Continual Update)

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)
COVID-19 resources and information for property managers (Continual Update)

DLA Piper
Coronavirus Resource Center (Continual Update)

Larger Economic Views

Cushman & Wakefield
Global Policy Responses to COVID-19 (04/02/2020)

Foreign Impacts

Cushman & Wakefield
COVID-19 Impacts fort EMEA Real Estate (04/30/2020)

Policy Watch: COVID-19 Economic Measures Across Top Global Economies (04/23/2020)

Colliers International
COVID-19: Insights & Recommendations for APAC Real Estate (Continual Update)

This collection compiled by Sarah Daniels. Please email [email protected] for more information or to share additional industry reports.

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