PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Mid-Year Tucson Industrial Update

Posted on Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Positive momentum accelerated in the Tucson industrial market during the second quarter, with vacancy improving to 8.6% on positive net absorption of 252,815 square feet (SF). After peaking at 13.4% 3Q 2011, market-wide vacancy improved to its lowest post-recession level, not reporting a sub-9.0% rate since 2008. Many projects reached full occupancy, with multi-tenant inventory inconsistently available. Of note given its nearly two million SF footprint, the UA Tech Park saw activity bringing its vacancy down to 2.0%.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Warehouse, Leasing

4 Location Factors to Consider: Advice for Small Business - Chamber Edge

Posted on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Rent or mortgage payments are likely among the top expense line items in operating your business, right up there with staffing costs. Not only is the direct cost relevant, but also your choice of location and space layout has the potential to impact the productivity of your team, as well as the perception of your brand by customers and clients. With that in mind, let’s explore some key considerations that come into play when choosing a business location.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Logistics, Office, Retail, Medical office

Mid Year Tucson Multifamily Update

Posted on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Tucson’s multifamily market experienced minimal change from the previous quarter. The vacancy rate for stabilized units in Tucson increased 2 basis points from the previous quarter to a rate of 6.83%. This figure is very encouraging, given the seasonal nature of the Tucson apartment rental market. Many residents leave for the summer, escaping extreme heat, along with many students returning home. This is the lowest second quarter vacancy rate reported since 2006. Absorption decreased 29 units over the second quarter. The average monthly gross rent (without utilities) increased $5 (0.75%) to $674 per unit or $0.91 per square foot for the second quarter. The overall economic market has been improving in Tucson and notable optimism has spread throughout many of the owners, investors and property management companies. The tone of the conversations is increasingly positive and encouraging. Financials for most apartment owners have improved over the last few years, and many Tucson investors are now completing capital improvement projects that had previously been neglected, such as roofing, asphalt, and unit renovations. Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR expects to record continued slow growth continue over the next few years.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Housing, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Apartments, Multifamily

6 Tactics to Own Your CRE Market: APTO Guest Post

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2016

As you know all too well, success in commercial real estate doesn’t come easy. Triumphing in this business requires drive, focus, and a lot of hard work. It also demands a systematic approach that helps you direct your limited time and resources to activities that will bolster your client relationships and truly drive business. Identifying these and prioritizing them over everything else will help you work smarter and achieve success more quickly.

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Topics: Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Marketing

Restaurants & Medical Uses lead the Tucson Retail Charge Q1

Posted on Tue, May 03, 2016

Vacancy in the Tucson retail market remained at 6.6% in the first quarter, in line with the stability reported over a two-year span. Comparing year-over-year Q1 net absorption, the delta represented 139.0% more space absorbed in Q1 2016 than was lost in Q1 2015. 

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Retail

Small but Mighty Ruled in the Tucson Industrial Market Q1

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

The Tucson industrial market reported the strongest small tenant activity in recent years, with small startups and smaller company expansions comprising the bulk of first quarter activity. A heart-beat was palpable for larger requirements in the 10,000 to 50,000 square foot (sf) range, though few leases were executed by quarter’s end. Autobahn Indoor Speedway signed the largest lease first quarter, following in the entertainment sector that has enjoyed growth in recent quarters. Slight negative absorption of 28,363 sf in the first quarter ticked overall market vacancy up to 9.6%, with direct vacancy (which excludes available sublease space) ending at 8.7%. Overall average asking rates remained steady, though rates were up about 5.0% year-over-year. Slight increases in effective rents were recorded in the Northwest submarket due to tighter supply.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Warehouse, Leasing

The Big Deals: Top Tucson Office Transactions of 2015

Posted on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

As winner of the Southern Arizona CCIM 25th anniversary Commercial Real Estate Forecast, Rick Kleiner, top-producing C&W | PICOR broker and principal, addressed the audience. What follows is the transcript of his remarks covering the top three office transactions of the year, as well as select slides.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Leasing, Office

Will Modest Growth Remain the Story for the Tucson Retail Market?

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Vacancy in the Tucson retail market ticked down, ending 2015 at 6.6%, a familiar and stable range for over two years. Annual net absorption in 2014 at 467,000 square feet (sf) and 2015 at 452,000 sf lagged the previous three years, which averaged 719,000 sf per year. In addition to traditional retailers, medical users from practice groups to the market’s first standalone emergency department have embraced the visibility, traffic counts, parking, and affordability that retail corridors offer today. On the national level, creating an experience for the consumer beyond a simple product purchase differentiates successful omni-channel/ brick and mortar retailers from their online counterparts. The grocery sector remains dynamic, with the possible re-entry of Albertsons at Broadway and Houghton and expansion from Natural Grocers. Walmart’s unexpected announcement of U. S. store closures will not have much impact on a national level and will not affect the Tucson market. Tucson continues to be an expansion market for Walmart and other discount retailers.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Investment property, Market trends, Leasing, Retail

Tucson Industrial Market - 2015 Recap & 2016 Preview

Posted on Thu, Feb 04, 2016

With 4,700 jobs gained over the first eleven months of 2015, Tucson's employment picture continued to under-perform relative to the state and nation, primarily due to fiscal drag. Tucson has recovered 74.0% of recessionary jobs lost, while Greater Phoenix has recovered 101.0%. Sector performance varied, with positive gains in professional and business services; leisure and hospitality, education and health care; financial activities; and information were largely offset by reductions in the other sectors, with the largest declines in state and local government.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Economy, Investment property, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Warehouse, Leasing

Tucson Office Market - 2015 Recap & 2016 Preview

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

With 4,700 jobs gained over the first eleven months of 2015, Tucson's employment picture continued to under-perform relative to the state and nation, primarily due to fiscal drag. Tucson has recovered 74.0% of recessionary jobs lost, while Greater Phoenix has recovered 101.0%. Sector performance varied, with positive gains in professional and business services; leisure and hospitality, education and health care; financial activities; and information were largely offset by reductions in the other sectors, with the largest declines in state and local government.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Investment property, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Leasing, Office, Medical office