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It’s no secret that the U.S. commercial real estate market is down–down by a lot in most regions–from the peaks reached in 2006 and 2007. But considering the fundamentals, the current cycle looks a lot better than past downturns, according to Susan Smith, manager of the real estate services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. New construction, on a whole, has been restrained and cash flow assumptions on the part of real estate investors are more realistic. “The market is poised to rebound once the economy turns around,” says Smith. “Investors are finding comfort from the notion that the fundamentals are still much better than they were during the last downturn in the mid-1990s.”

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