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Tucson Office Market Snapshot - Q2 2015

Office   Downtown Tucson by Will Dobbs cropped

Home prices increased in June, thanks to inventory at a 21-month low coupled with steady consumer demand and favorable interest rates. U. S. consumer confidence was up significantly, and personal income statewide slightly outpaced the rate of gain nationally.

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Gears Turning in Tucson Industrial Market

Industrial gears turning

As we entered the second quarter of 2015, key drivers for the Tucson industrial market included logistics and call centers, with the mining industry preparing for the next wave.
Tucson’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage point to 5.6% in February, considered close to full employment. That being said, the slow pace of job growth remained of primary concern and impeded stronger market progress.


Positive net absorption of 255,000 square feet (sf) marketwide during the first quarter improved overall vacancy one-half percentage point from 10.7% at year-end to 10.2%.  This represents the third consecutive positive quarter. While up 3.0% year-over-year, the Tucson economy has not regained enough traction to improve effective rates measurably. Activity and lease interest remained fair, with the most activity under 10,000 sf.

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Creative Brokerage Brings HomeGoods Tucson Distribution Center | RE Daily News

Rob Glaser PICORThere has been much written about the new HomeGoods Tucson distribution center lately. What hasn’t been told until now, is the creative brokerage it took by a group of real estate professionals to assemble the land for the HomeGoods Tucson deal to come together.  It really started almost two years earlier, when the Massachusetts-based TJX Companies, HomeGoods’ parent company, broadcasted its requirements for a 100-acre site appropriate for a new western regional distribution center to be built.

Rob Glaser, CCIM, SIOR, Principal at Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR credited as the mastermind behind this real estate assemblage told us when he first heard of the requirement it was just his intuition that told him Tucson would be an ideal place for the company.

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#CRE Coffee Break: Q&A with Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens

Doug Stephens Retail Prophet

Ever wish you had a crystal ball to inform your next commercial real estate move? In our latest edition of #CRE Coffee Breaks, we do the next best thing, inviting insights from an internationally respected retail industry futurist, Doug Stephens. Doug paints a future that shakes up traditional thinking, with regard to shopping centers vs. e-commerce, innovation and consumer expectations, among others. Read on... 

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Healthcare Remains the Big Story in Tucson's Office Market First Quarter

Tucson MOCA Will Dobbs

As you will read in our quarterly Tucson office market update, healthcare remains the big story in the market in 2015. From an economic standpoint, Tucson’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3 percentage point to 5.6% in February, considered close to full employment. That being said, the slow pace of job growth is still of primary concern and impedes stronger office market progress.

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Governor Ducey appoints Hammond to represent Pima County on State Transportation Board

Mike Hammond picorPHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey has appointed Michael S. Hammond to the State Transportation Board, representing the Pima County region in the planning and development of Arizona’s transportation network.


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Tucson Dealmakers: CoStar announces 2014 Power Brokers

C&W PICOR 2014 Top Producers

Each year since its 2005 Tucson commercial real estate market entry, Costar, the leading provider of industry market intelligence, has tracked and awarded the highest-producing companies and individuals in the Tucson marketplace.

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#CRE Coffee Break: Q&A with Tina Olson RPA FMA

PICOR CRE Coffee Break

Grab your cuppa joe for our inaugural "CRE Coffee Break!" Join us for a quick chat to get to know Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR shareholder and property management division leader, Tina Olson. In addition to heading up the firm's market-leading management team, Tina has been active in industry leadership with BOMA Tucson, BOMA International, and numerous community efforts through the PICOR Charitable Foundation, Greater Tucson Leadership and Educational Enrichment Foundation.

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The Changing Geography of Retail: TREND Report

Downtown Tucson Streetcar Retail 2014 by Kerry Stratford resized 600

A short time ago, in modern America, there were some maxims that simply applied at all times. After a solid 60 years of suburban expansion in the Automobile Age, it seemed like “retail follows rooftops” and “drive until you qualify” were principles of urban expansion and of real estate development that were immutable and everlasting. Cheap energy, our reliance upon automobiles, and our vision of the American Dream created a long-lasting and frenetic drive to suburban and exurban communities.

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Tucson Office Market: Come Fly with Me

Kleiner Tucson office 2015

Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR's Rick Kleiner, MBA, won the 24th annual Southern Arizona CCIM Forecast competition for most accurately predicting the Tucson office vacancy at year end. What follows is the transcript and slides from his recent presentation to the CCIM chapter forecast. Be sure not to miss the aerial video tour of Tucson at the end of this post!

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