Small-cap sales dip but remain strong.

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Sales volume for commercial and multifamily assets under $5 million dipped slightly to $7.7 billion in June, but the sector's overall trajectory remained strong, reported Boxwood Means, Stamford, Connecticut.

Small-cap sales fell 1.7 percent in June, the most recent data available, Boxwood Means Principal Randy Fuchs noted. But cumulative sales through the first half of the year totaled $46.1 billion, "ahead of last year's sum and on pace to challenge 2015's record sales volume," he said.

Smaller markets continue to see disproportionate small-cap lending activity, Fuchs said. "Sales activity continues to tilt in favor of secondary and tertiary markets that increasingly present solid investment opportunities for local players," he said, noting the six biggest population centers garnered 20.7 percent of total deal volume in June, down 90 basis points from the same month last year and down 250 basis points from 2014.

On the other hand, 30 smaller cities with at least $100 million in cumulative sales through June posted year-to-date sales gains of 30 percent or more, led by Colorado Springs, Colorado; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Daytona Beach, Florida. Fuchs noted that 60 percent of the 122 markets Boxwood tracks generated first-half sales that exceeded their...

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