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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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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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Finger on the pulse: Tucson's Industrial Market

  
  
  
Industrial Warehouse

Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-farm jobs, gaining 5,200 jobs year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Personal income rose 2.7% locally over a year earlier. HomeGoods, a division of TJX Companies, announced intent to open its western distribution center in Tucson, a proposed 800,000-square-foot (sf) facility with an estimated economic impact of nearly $900 million. HomeGoods received Pima County approval and awaits a tax incentive decision from the City in February. The real estate is being brokered in part by Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR.

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The Mixed Story on the Tucson Apartment Market

  
  
  
Apartment market

Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-farm jobs, gaining 5,200 year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Growth in home prices began to flatten, with a 4.6% gain in median selling price in 2014. HomeGoods, a division of TJM Companies, announced interest in opening a western distribution center in Tucson, an operation employing up to 900 with an estimated economic impact of nearly $900 million. HomeGoods received Pima County approval and awaits a tax incentive decision from the City of Tucson in February.

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Miss our Tucson Retail recap? Catch up on market news here

  
  
  
PICOR Tucson retail sales

Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-agriculture jobs, gaining 5,200 jobs year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Personal income rose 2.7% locally over a year earlier, while statewide retail sales were up 1.9% YOY. Tucson home prices ended 2014 with a respectable 4.6% gain in median selling price.

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Tucson Office Market: 2014 Recap and 2015 Forecast

  
  
  
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From an economic standpoint, Metro Tucson ended November with a total of 372,000 non-farm jobs, gaining 5,200 jobs year-over-year (YOY), an annualized job growth rate of 1.4%. Growth in home prices began to flatten, with a 4.6% gain in median selling price in 2014. HomeGoods, a division of TJX Companies, announced interest in opening a western distribution center in Tucson, a proposed 800,000-square-foot (sf) facility with an estimated economic impact of nearly $900 million. HomeGoods received Pima County approval and awaits a tax incentive decision from the City in February. The real estate is being brokered in part by Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR.

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Tucson office market provides unique opportunities going forward: TREND Report

  
  
  
Tucson Office Lease

We’ll start with a short quiz to ask whether you’re seeing some correlation here:

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Tucson's apartment market sees gains in Q3

  
  
  
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For the Tucson apartment market, the third quarter of 2014 continued to report historic progress in absorption and vacancy figures.  Tucson's multifamily inventory absorbed 618 units in the third quarter of the year. The vacancy rate dropped 0.8% to a very encouraging 8.2%.  These two indicators continue to improve in the marketplace mainly due to the declining average rent in Tucson. 

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How's your appetite? Food retailers hungry for Tucson retail sites

  
  
  
Dining Table Tucson retail

With an improving national economic and employment picture slowly lifting all boats, the Arizona and Tucson employment rates followed suit; statewide employment was up 2.1% over a year ago. Residential inventory continued to stabilize and median sale prices gained 6.2% over prior year. Shared Services Center’s expansion announcement netting 200 new jobs made a positive statement about Tucson as a location to service western states.

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Industrial Update: Tucson 3Q Absorption Moves 2014 in the Black

  
  
  
Tucson industrial market

With an improving national economic and employment picture slowly lifting all boats, the Arizona and Tucson employment rates followed suit; statewide employment was up 2.1% over a year ago. Residential inventory continued to stabilize and median sale prices gained 6.2% over prior year. Shared Services Center’s expansion announcement netting 200 new jobs made a positive statement about Tucson as a location to service western states.

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