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Tucson: A Hotbed for Apartment Investors | Q2 Market Snapshot

  
  
  
Tucson Investment Property

The second quarter of 2014 saw historic progress in absorption and vacancy figures. 235 units were absorbed in the second quarter of the year with the largest gain in South Central Tucson. Downtown Tucson had all the buzz, and many prospective residents were looking for properties within this submarket. The overall vacancy rate dropped 0.28% to a very encouraging 9.05% at the year’s midway point. The net rents for the Tucson market continued to stay flat with no gain over the last six months. Tucson sales were averaging $639 per unit and $0.86 per sf (without utilities) in Metropolitan Tucson. The highest average rent was found in the Oro Valley/Catalina submarket at an average of $838 per unit. The lowest average rent of $512 per unit was found in the South Tucson/Airport area.

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Wind in the Retail Sails/Sales: Tucson Retail Market Update

  
  
  
Tucson retail wind in the sails

At 2014's midway point, the Tucson retail market continued its positive performance. Read more, as we detail the highlights for the quarter.

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Tucson Industrial Market Mid-Year: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

  
  
  
Tucson industrial good bad ugly

For the sake of ending on a positive note, let's do the good, the bad, and the ugly in reverse for this mid-year Tucson industrial market overview: 

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Market Minute: Briefs on the Tucson Commercial Real Estate Markets

  
  
  
Tucson commercial real estate

The unemployment rate for the Tucson metro area as of May 31st was 5.8%, 60 basis points (bps) lower than year end and 50 bps below the national rate. Decreased government spending impacted both Tucson’s market momentum and activity. Home prices and inventory flattened in the second quarter, while the inventory of Tucson residential listings increased.

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Office Market Mojo: Tucson's is Ticking Up

  
  
  
Bright outlook for Tucson office market

If our firm’s revenue and activity are indicative of the market, Tucson office market momentum has clearly increased, with annualized lease and sale transactions up 44.7% over 2013. Our team was busy helping clients position themselves to best avail themselves of opportunities, with regard to pricing and availability whether for lease or investment. With continued tepidness in job growth, creativity and resourcefulness ruled the day.

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Steady as she goes: Tucson's apartment market continues modest improvement

  
  
  
Tucson Apartment Chart

The Tucson apartment market has been remarkably steady for the past few years with occupancy remaining in the 90% to 91% range and rents slowly edging higher. Rental concessions have also continued to improve modestly, helping to boost property operating incomes.

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Velocity up in the Tucson industrial market

  
  
  
Velocity

The national economy picked up in demand following the extreme winter. While statewide job gains are expected to outpace the nation in 2014, post-recession job recovery locally has lagged, leaving job creation the most pressing demand driver. March unemployment in Tucson was 6.6%, which was under both the state’s rate of 7.3% and the U.S. 

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Tucson Industrial Market Snapshot: Thank You, Small Business

  
  
  
Warehouse Doors Tucson Industrial

With Tucson and Arizona post-recession job recovery lagging the nation, the Tucson industrial market sneaked in progress throughout 2013 in bite-sized increments, fueled by the health of startups and other small businesses. Available buildings over 100,000 square feet (sf) were the market’s enduring opportunity, while market drivers included activity in the mining sector and refocus on trade and logistics.

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Tucson Retail Market Snapshot

  
  
  
CW Retail Tag Crop

Despite fewer shopping days in the critical holiday season, retail spending was up 3.5% nationally, aided by deep discounts by retailers. In the Tucson housing market, residential sales volume and median prices ended the year higher (14.0% and 7.1%, respectively), as positive recovery continued.

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Tucson Multifamily: Student Housing & Class A Construction Lead the News

  
  
  
Level at University of Arizona

Operating fundamentals continued to slowly improve in Tucson with modest decreases in vacancy, positive absorption, a small increase in rental rates and some continued decline in rental concessions. Average vacancy dropped from 9.4% to 9.3% and the average rental rate essentially held steady, averaging $635. In a continuation of a four-year trend, higher occupancies and stronger increases in rental rates occurred in submarkets with higher-grade properties. The Northwest, Catalina Foothills, and Northeast submarkets, which have the strongest demographics in the region, had the lowest submarket vacancies in Tucson.

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