For the first time in three months, U.S. commercial real estate property values rose in April, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Index rose 1.7% from March; however, prices declined 16% from April of 2009 and are down 41% from the Index’s October 2007 high.

From a Bloomberg report:

Economic growth in the second half of 2009 and first quarter of this year have helped lift prices for offices, warehouses and stores from an October low. Property sales jumped 50 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier to $15.4 billion, Real Capital Analytics Inc., a commercial real estate research company in New York, said April 22.

“What we have is a bottom in the market,” Christopher Cornell, an economist at Moody’s in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said in a telephone interview. “We have seen essentially a flat trend in commercial property prices in the last several months.”

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