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 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

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

Why We Will Return to the Office: TREND Report

Posted on Tue, Oct 06, 2020

Much has been written about the return to the office after the “Great Pandemic of 2020.” In March 2020 when millions of workers were sent home, speculation began about the “new workplace.” Many said working from home was the wave of the future and would spell the death of the office. Initial surveys showed that as many as 75% of workers wanted to work from home. With the elimination of drive-time, and being home with family, who wouldn’t? Even productivity seemed higher. Then, over time, started the little murmurs, that perhaps the office was not completely extinct. There was perhaps, still a need for the office and that workers wanted to return to the workplace. Recent workforce surveys demonstrate that the 75% want to return to the office, many of them younger, newer to the working world.

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Topics: Tucson, Economy, Technology, Commercial real estate, Investment property, Market trends, Construction, Office

Observations & Opportunities

Posted on Tue, Apr 07, 2020

It's been a couple of weeks since we updated you on "business as unusual" at Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR. With daily changes in guidance from every level of government and deeper understanding of our responsibilities to support health at the human, property, and community levels, we have continued to flex, too.

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

Business as Unusual at C&W PICOR: COVID-19 Update

Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2020

When the going gets tough, the tough get flexible! Our resilient team of Tucson commercial brokers, property managers, and support staff are weathering these strange days with good humor and a service-first mentality.

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Topics: Tucson, Commercial real estate, Market trends

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

Coronavirus Update: 5 Reasons for Optimism, CW Research

Posted on Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Much of the analysis regarding the coronavirus impact — including ours at Cushman & Wakefield — has understandably been focused on the negative impact of the outbreak and downside scenarios. The situation is fluid, and there remain many unknowns. However, to inject a little bit of optimism and to help provide perspective, we offer five “glass half full” observations:
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Topics: Commercial real estate, Community, Investment property, Market trends