PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

Demand for Tucson Office Space - Less, Same or More? TREND Report

Posted on Wed, Oct 06, 2021

Not a day goes by that one of our landlord clients, an appraiser, or lender doesn’t ask us what the Tucson office market will look like once we work our way through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We certainly wish we had a crystal ball that could see through this conundrum; however, it just isn’t that easy. The crystal ball, as clouded as it is, probably would not hold a vision of this pandemic ending tomorrow and all office workers returning back to their offices. The likelihood of this happening approaches zero. But, let’s just say it does end tomorrow, what happens to the office space?

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Market trends, Office

Tucson Office Market: In Flux or Flexing?

Posted on Tue, Aug 24, 2021

In Q2, Tucson’s post-pandemic office market began to re-center itself, as vaccinations became more widespread, and employers planned their return to office strategies. Vacancy rose to 9.5%, with an expectation it will approach 10.0% by year-end before stabilizing. Activity was strongest in the healthcare-related fields, with hospice, home health care, counseling and therapy uses most prevalent.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Absorption, Market trends, Vacancy, Lease rates, Leasing, Office, Medical office

Tucson Industrial Market Sees Soaring Demand

Posted on Fri, Aug 20, 2021

In Q2 2021, Tucson industrial and flex space of all types remained the darling during tumultuous pandemic times and for the foreseeable future. E-commerce and expanded consumer buying power drove logistics and fulfillment demand and a 5.5% vacancy rate in the market.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, E-Commerce, Commercial real estate, Absorption, Warehouse, Leasing, Logistics, Development

Tucson Multifamily Market Sizzles Mid-Year

Posted on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

For investors looking for investments $20 million and under, Tucson ranked number 4 on the list of small/middle sized markets. A larger driver of the demand for multifamily in Tucson is the attractive year-over-year (YOY) average rent growth of 9.1%. The shortage of affordable and traditional housing in Tucson also fuels apartment rental demand. With construction costs tripling on certain building materials, housing development has slowed down drastically over the past 12 months. In a market with the typical average residential for sale inventory at about 6,000 listings, fewer than 1,000 homes are for sale. This shortage has led to increased demand for multifamily living, which in turn has driven down Tucson’s vacancy rate.

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

An Active Tucson Retail Market at Mid-Year

Posted on Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Tucson’s Q2 retail vacancy held steady at 6.2% amid a resurgence in demand for consumer goods, entertainment, and travel as vaccine availability and guidance opened the door for spending like it’s 2019. Summer midweek waitlists at restaurants have become a thing. With continued strength in class A space, class B and C properties saw improved absorption and declining vacancies. Among the sizzling regions in the retail market include the Central East submarket (Campbell Ave corridor, and the University area), Foothills submarket (Oracle Rd and Ina Rd), and a return to the Downtown submarket. Medical and service-based users have increased appetites for neighborhood-based locations, with competition between multiple clinic brands entering the Tucson market.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Market trends, Vacancy, Leasing, Retail

Top Tucson Commercial Real Estate Brokers Recognized by CoStar

Posted on Fri, Mar 12, 2021

CoStar Group, Inc., the data/analytics leader of the commercial real estate industry, has announced this year’s Power Broker Award recipients, recognizing professionals and firms who closed the highest transaction volume in commercial real estate deals, leading in their respective markets. In Tucson, AZ, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR maintained uninterrupted achievement among both the Top Leasing Firms and Top Sales Firms ranking highest in productivity. At the individual recognition level, C&W | PICOR professionals represented the majority of the most active Tucson dealmakers, capturing 12 of the top 21 spots. C&W | PICOR team members comprised at least two of the top five in every category, including office leasing, retail leasing, industrial leasing, and sales.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Leasing, Office, Retail, Leadership, Multifamily

State of the Tucson Office Market

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2021

The Tucson office market had a strong showing to finish 2020, with 162,000 square feet (sf) of office space coming off the market during the fourth quarter. Quarterly absorption contracted to negative 19,000 sf from the previous quarter’s negative 181,000 sf. The vacancy rate improved by twenty basis points to 9.2% from 9.4%, while the overall average rental rate for the metro area dropped to $20.52 per square foot (psf), from that of $20.91 psf in Q3 2020. The shift is subtle but shows Tucson office landlords are proactively responding to a changing marketplace, enticing tenants with more advantageous deal terms.

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

Tucson Multifamily Shines in Turbulent Times

Posted on Thu, Feb 11, 2021

With new COVID-19 relief bills making their way through Congress, Arizona businesses are expected to receive additional economic relief in the following months. Arizona’s unemployment has risen from 5.9% in August to 7.8% in November largely due to the ramifications of the pandemic. Tucson’s unemployment correlated almost exactly to Arizona’s, increasing from 5.9% in August to 7.6% in November. The national unemployment rate stands at 6.7%. California residents have moved in large numbers into the Phoenix and Tucson markets due to the lower cost of living. This increase in population will likely have positive impacts on the market in 2021.

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Retail Real Estate: Rattled Yet Resilient

Posted on Fri, Nov 06, 2020

As in most markets in the United States, the Tucson retail real estate market strained in the third quarter to adapt to the realities of COVID-19 era business. Some large format retailers already pressured by online retailing and changing consumer preferences have simply been unable to continue operation.

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How is the Tucson Industrial Market Faring in the Age of COVID?

Posted on Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Supply in the Tucson industrial market remains stable, with only one new industrial project under construction. We do hear of numerous proposed industrial developments in the region with 5,000-10,000 square foot (sf) bays. We expect supply of small-bay industrial (under 5,000 sf) to remain consistent until rents grow by 35%-50%.

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Topics: Tucson, Industrial, Commercial real estate, Absorption, Warehouse, Leasing