PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Tucson Metro Chamber Urges Tucsonans to Support Local Restaurants

Posted on Tue, Mar 17, 2020

"We face unprecedented and uncertain times because of COVID-19. However, the Chamber has been here for 123 years, and we intend to be here to lead businesses for another century. For this reason, based on available information, we emphatically believe it is in the best interests of the community, our restaurants and the employees that work in these establishments, to modify their operations to takeout and delivery only. In a meeting led by Mayor Regina Romero, including Vice-Mayor Paul Cunningham, our members, restaurateurs, Visit Tucson and the Pima County Health Department, this recommendation was strongly advocated for by the Chamber. Restaurants are regulated on having strong health and safety standards and they have been amplified during this crisis. Mayor Romero has called a Local Emergency to go in effect tonight at 8:00 p.m., to maintain public health. Dining rooms in restaurants, bars and food courts will be closed. Mayor Romero stated, “My top priority, above all else, is to protect public health. This is a painful decision that I do not take lightly. Our restaurants and small businesses need clear, uniform direction, and this order provides them exactly that.”

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Market trends, Retail

A New Stage in the Evolution of Retail: TREND Report

Posted on Tue, Mar 10, 2020

The retail sector has always been a dynamic arena of flux and of change. As our society and our culture has evolved and progressed, so has retail. The process of selling and the delivery of consumer goods has throughout history always progressed in order to keep pace with changes in transportation, technology, demographic shifts, and the resultant changes in consumer preferences. Today’s media is full of news of bankruptcies and store closures while simultaneously reporting year over year increased retail sales. While this may seem like a daunting and dangerous business environment this is business as usual for retailers and the industries that serve them. Retailing has always been a business and science that is constantly evolving. The current state of retailing is another evolution and stage of growth that will, inevitably, lead to the next stage of growth.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Technology, Market trends, Leasing, Retail

Tucson CRE’s Momentum Unwavering: TREND Report

Posted on Wed, Aug 14, 2019

Like Forrest Gump and Jenny, or peas and carrots, commercial real estate and the economy enjoy a special relationship. Thus at Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, we introduce our quarterly commercial real estate update with an economic backdrop to inform our perspective.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Investment property, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Office, Retail, Multifamily

Tucson Industrial Insights at Midyear

Posted on Mon, Jul 15, 2019

The Tucson industrial market remained strong at midyear, as evidenced by our primary metric: Vacancy rate. Once again, vacancy has ticked-down, this time to 5.1%. Echoing the comments last quarter, Tucson is experiencing a “plateau effect” in the industrial sector in that the dynamic run-up in absorption slowed as the market leveled off at a highly-occupied equilibrium. 

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Commercial real estate, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Lease rates, Warehouse, Leasing, Manufacturing

Multifamily Mojo Continues in Tucson Region

Posted on Wed, Feb 27, 2019

The vacancy rate of conventionally-operated, stabilized units increased 0.17% from last quarter to 6.1%. The University submarket had the lowest vacancy of any submarket at 3.7%. South Central Tucson, Southeast Tucson, and Pantano/Lakeside were the only three submarkets to record vacancies over 7.0%, with vacancies of 8.3%, 7.7% and 7.0% respectively. Five of the 15 submarkets experienced improved vacancy, with Tucson Mountain Foothills leading the way with a vacancy reduction of 2.0%. 

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Housing, Commercial real estate, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Leasing, Apartments, Multifamily

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

Mid-Year Tucson Office Market Review

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Improvement in the Tucson office market's performance continued into Q2 2018. Positive year-to-date absorption of 146,400 square feet (sf) improved the overall market vacancy a full 50 basis points to 8.4% from last quarter’s 8.9%. Vacancy reached its lowest mark since Q3 2008.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Absorption, Lease rates, Leasing, Office, Medical office