PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Tucson Office Market Marches On

Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

Tucson’s office market ended 2018 with an overall vacancy of 8.4%, reflecting consistency and stability in the market for three straight quarters. While higher in 2017, 2018’s positive net absorption of 146,000 square feet (sf) marked the fifth year in positive territory. On this solid platform with firm fundamentals, tightening inventory has created rent pressure in select niche markets. Average rates market-wide increased slightly over the year to $19.16 per square foot (psf), with class A rates ending the year at $23.82 psf. 

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

Arizona Native Molly Gilbert Joins C&W | PICOR Office Team

Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

After a 17-year career with the University of Arizona Tech Park, Molly Gilbert joined Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR specializing in the sale and lease of Tucson office properties. While at the Tech Park, she led many initiatives, including Community Engagement efforts, managing community, government, university, and tenant relations. Molly is a co-founder of the Arizona Center for Innovation, one of the oldest business incubation programs in the state. She helped start numerous initiatives designed to bring stakeholders together and promote workforce development including the Arizona Business Incubator Association, Next Steps for Vets, Tucson Innovation Partnership, and Racing the Sun. She has written grants resulting in over $5 million in federal funding. Molly was the project manager for The Bridges and oversaw the construction of infrastructure improvements on the property. She has also worked as a middle school educator, retail store manager, and entrepreneur.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Community, Office, Leadership, Medical office

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

Tucson Office Vacancy Hits 7-Year Low

Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017

Year over year improvement in office market metrics continues, with a second consecutive quarter of overall market vacancy hovering at a seven-year low. Positive absorption of 31,000 square feet (SF) contributed to a 10.6% vacancy. Increased hiring by employers in engineering and financial services is expected to bring meaningful positive momentum for professional office absorption and eventual upward pressure on lease rates.

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Topics: Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Office, Medical office

State of the Tucson Office Market: TREND Report

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016

The office leasing market has been fragile for some time. Out of all the commercial real estate sectors, office seems to be last to the finish line of recovery. Overall the health of the office market is a reflection of the state of Tucson’s economy, specifically jobs.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Office, Medical office

Tucson Office Market Posts Highest Occupancy in 7 years

Posted on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

As a result of steady, organic recovery and job growth, surplus and sublease office space in the Tucson market has largely shaken out. Overall market vacancy hovered around 12.0% for six solid years. At its current 11.5%, Tucson office vacancy is at the lowest point since Q4 2009. The data reveal a strong differential between older and newer buildings, with those built prior to the new millennium sitting at 13.9% vacant, and those built since 2000 enjoying a much healthier 6.0% vacancy. Absorption for the year is on pace to exceed the prior two years, standing at 289,278 square feet (SF) through the end of Q3.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Office, Medical office

Tucson Office Space: Mid-Year Momentum

Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2016

Mid-year Tucson office market metrics were on a positive path. Positive year-to-date absorption of 205,301 square feet (SF) brought overall market vacancy down to 11.8%, nearly half a point below the historical average which skewed up in the recession. Existing and new call center requirements were present in the Tucson office market, as well as interest for medical, behavioral health and ancillary health care uses. 

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Office, Medical office

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

Tucson Office Market Improves in Q1

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Preliminary BLS data reported that Metro Tucson added 12,999 jobs year-over-year through February 2016, with total employment of 455,754 and an unemployment rate of 4.8%. These results demonstrate significant positive progress for the Tucson labor market. If preliminary figures hold, this level of employment would represent a record and the lowest rate of unemployment since April 2008.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Market trends, Vacancy, Lease rates, Office, Medical office

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