PICOR Connect | Trends in Commercial Real Estate

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

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

Back to Business with C&W | PICOR's Kleiner

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Last week, Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR principal and office properties specialist Rick Kleiner joined the Back to Business Radio Show and Podcast on KVOI, the Voice, in Tucson. Hosts Rob Davidson and Alan Miklofsky had an exchange with Rick about such topics as the impact of COVID-19 on various sectors of the Tucson commercial real estate market, including office and medical, industrial, retail and multi-family properties.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Vacancy, Leasing, Office, Retail, Medical office

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 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