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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At 2014's midway point, the Tucson retail market continued its positive performance. Read more, as we detail the highlights for the quarter.
Stronger employment and income growth are boosting the rate of growth of consumer spending. That’s great news for the economy. Consumer spending accounts for 68% of total gross domestic product. Stronger consumer spending growth means stronger economic growth. This is an important element in our forecast for much stronger economic growth over the next 12 to 18 months. It also suggests that the commercial real estate sector will continue to improve.
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: