BOMA Advocates Commercial Real Estate’s Business Case

BOMA LogoIn BOMA International’s 2015 Industry Issues Report, the Building Owners and Managers Association International highlights information about the makeup of BOMA membership and their impact on the commercial real estate industry.

Membership by Function:

  • 53% Property Manager
  • 11% Building Engineer
  • 11% Owner/Investor/REIT
  • 9% Facility Manager
  • 8% Asset Manager
  • 4% Architect
  • 3% Developer
  • 1% Leasing Broker

Membership by Building Size:

  • 90% manage more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space

Membership by portfolio size:

  • 86% manage multiple buildings
  • 34% manage more than 20 buildings

Industry Impact:

  • $71.7 billion in new personal earnings
  • $82.4 billion spent on building operating expenditures
  • $227.6 billion contribution to US GDP

What is Expected in 2015

The 2015 report suggests that the industry shouldn’t expect much change in the low productivity of Congress.  BOMA issues include:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Tax and Financial Issues
  • Other Legislative Issues
  • Codes and Standards

State and Local Issues within the federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations are included in the 2015 Industry Report.

Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including 10.4 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $227.6 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.

Property Owners and Construction Get a Win!

BOMA Scores Win on Leasehold Depreciation; Senate Adjourns without Action on TRIA

From BOMA International 12-17-14 Newsletter
US Capitol DomeLast night, the U.S. Senate approved a package of tax “extenders,” including a one-year, retroactive extension of the 15-year depreciation period for tenant improvements, which had previously expired at the end of 2013. This means that building owners can deduct expenses for tenant improvements made in calendar year 2014 over 15 years instead of 39—a significant victory for commercial real estate!

Unfortunately, the Senate failed to extend the federal terrorism insurance backstop program, known as TRIA, which is set to expire on December 31. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a seven-year extension with overwhelming bipartisan support. Debate on the issue dragged on in the House, and finally, in the Lame-Duck session, the House passed a different version that would have extended the program for six years; the bill then had to go back to the Senate for a final vote. Unfortunately, it was not a “clean” bill and contained other provisions that were objectionable to many in the Senate. Ultimately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could not overcome an objection to the bill raised by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who objected to an unrelated provision and refused to budge. This has been a priority issue for BOMA and our real estate partners, and we will work to ensure that this is on the top of the congressional agenda when the 114th Session convenes on January 6.

Thank you to all of you who contacted your senators to weigh in on these issues.