The World’s Empty Office Buildings Have Become a Debt Time Bomb

From San Francisco to Hong Kong, higher interest rates and falling property values are bringing the commercial real estate market to a perilous precipice.

By Natalie Wong, John Gittelsohn, Jack Sidders and Shawna Kwan

23 June 2023 at 00:01 GMT-4

… Major institutional owners including Blackstone, Brookfield and Pimco have already chosen to stop payments on some buildings because they have better uses for their cash and resources. “There’s significant stress,” says Harold Bordwin, a principal in New York at Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC, which specializes in renegotiating distressed real estate. “People don’t give up assets so easily unless they just don’t see any hope and they recognize that they’re pretty well underwater.”…

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