PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Tucson Industrial Market Review & Outlook

Posted on Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Positive momentum continued its five-year trend in 2018 in the Tucson industrial market, with vacancy improving to 5.7%, cut in half from its highest point in recent years. At year end, vacancy was lowest in the city center at 1.5% and highest in the Southwest/Airport area at 12.8%. Net absorption was 50.4% stronger than in 2017, and thanks to Amazon’s two projects, space under construction has quadrupled year over year. Significantly, Amazon is entering the market with an 850,000 square foot (sf) distribution center under construction in the southeast sector and a new 50,000 sf service center in the southwest.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Market trends, Vacancy, Lease rates, Logistics, Manufacturing

Are These the Best of Times?

Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Trends in the commercial real estate sector often parallel a community’s economic health, and the Tucson business climate is no exception. Industry metrics like vacancy rates, rent trends, and sale prices can track with business sentiment and performance, providing a helpful barometer of the times.

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Topics: Economy, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Market trends, Leasing, Development, Construction

Regional Infrastructure: An Important Issue in 2019: TREND Report

Posted on Mon, Jan 07, 2019

Over the last year, education was the most visible issue in Arizona.  But, if you were watching closely, infrastructure and water issues were discussed and debated throughout the state as well.  In some cases progress was made, in others, the conversations continue. In the opening weeks of the 2019 Arizona legislative session, two infrastructure issues dealing with water and highway funding will take center stage. 

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Economic development, Transportation, Construction, water

Accessing Arizona’s Opportunity Zones: Guest Post

Posted on Wed, Sep 05, 2018

A bipartisan measure tucked into the 2017 federal tax law is providing a significant opportunity for investors to reduce their capital gains taxes while spurring economic growth in designated areas of Arizona.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Economic development, Community, Investment property, Distressed assets, Finance

Reuter Elected Tucson Metro Chamber Board Chair

Posted on Wed, Jul 18, 2018

The Tucson Metro Chamber announces the election of the 2018-19 board chair, six new board members and the full slate of board members.

The Tucson Metro Chamber board of directors elected Barbi Reuter, president for Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, as chair of the board for the 2018-2019 term. Reuter has held a seat on the board of directors since 2016 and has volunteered countless hours working with the Chamber on business and community issues. 

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Community

A Tale of Three Cities - Revisited

Posted on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

The purpose of this report is to show the strengths and weaknesses of Tucson, Arizona and its sister cities, Albuquerque, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The three cities are sisters since they have many commonalities including climate, population size, and each city having a military base and a university. The stats and data shown herein are used to illustrate the bigger picture and may not reflect exact figures.

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Topics: Industrial, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Office, Retail

Let the Good Times Roll! Tucson Industrial in 2018, TREND Report

Posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2018

“Wow!  What a great time to be in Industrial real estate!” These are sentiments not heard in almost a decade.  During the depths of the doldrums, the Tucson commercial real estate market was marked by Foreclosures and REO sales, “blend and extend” lease negotiations, downsizing (or “rightsizing” as it was more positively termed) and a general sense of survival.

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Topics: Economy, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Investment property, Market trends, Lease rates, Warehouse, Transportation, Logistics, Manufacturing

INSIDE BASEBALL ON D. C.: TUCSON METRO CHAMBER GUEST POST

Posted on Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Believe it or not, something good may be happening in Washington, D.C. Last week 12 local business executives, Tucson Metro Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Robert Medler and I visited Arizona's senators and representatives to advocate for our local community. 

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Topics: Economy, Economic development, Community, Investment property, Transportation, Construction

Tucson Industrial Market Sees a Surge

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

With accelerating improvement in vacancy from 9.2% to 7.8% year-over-year, Tucson’s industrial market reported the strongest annual gain since 2006 and the lowest vacancy mark since Q3 2008. With occupancy above 92% and no speculative space under construction, the market will experience upward movement in rents. Rent pressure has already occurred for spaces 5,000 square feet (SF) and under. Net absorption for 2016 nearly doubled that recorded in 2015 at nearly 1.5 million square feet (MSF). Absorption over the past twelve months exceeded all years since 2006’s high of 1.9 MSF.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Commercial real estate, Economic development, Vacancy, Warehouse, Leasing, Logistics, Manufacturing

Project Prosperity – Business & Government Working Together to Create Jobs: Guest Post

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

In a 2014 Tucson Metro Chamber survey of local business executives called the Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) Report, the Chamber learned that the interface between the City of Tucson and the private sector needed some refinement so it could operate more smoothly and help more job creators open their doors. 

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Economic development, Community, Investment property