Robert Carr

Q1 Office Crawls, But Forecasts Show Rosy Outlook

Businesses are showing their confidence in the economy in early 2015, actively seeking growth and space expansion. Though national office fundamental growth crawled even slower in the first quarter than in previous months, it’s clear the industry’s reset button has been hit hard, experts say, and the next three years should beat records for quick rent growth and absorption.

Tech Talent Changes the U.S. Office Market Landscape
Two new studies show that investors, developers and brokers have accepted that catering to the tech sector, and the new-fangled space needs of its employees, is the best path to low vacancy and high rents.
Demographics, High Entry Barriers Support Hotel Growth in U.S. Cities
The top 25 hotel markets in the U.S. had an average occupancy growth of 5 percent in 2014, as the industry proved it is just about fully recovered from the devastating impact of the recession. U.S. cities with improving job and housing markets are doing best of all.
Industrial Land at Premium as Users’ Needs Shift
Demand for e-commerce fulfillment centers and new manufacturing facilities has shifted industrial space requirements from large properties to mid-sized buildings, already in short supply following the recession. The shift is contributing to higher prices for infill land parcels.
Most U.S. Office Markets Firmly in Recovery, Expansion Mode
Researchers are now painting most national office markets as heading out of recession and into recovery.
New Investors Enter Seniors Housing Sector as ROI Blossoms
A recent report on the seniors housing industry touts the strong positive momentum for occupancies, transaction volume and returns that have continued into this year.
Conversions of Older Office Buildings are Pushing Prices and Rents Higher
Demand has increased in recovering downtown office markets, with a lack of available space forcing investors to put in high bids for even class-B and class-C office towers.
Rising High-Rise Rents Boost Demand for Lower Office Floors
Brokers are trying to keep up with the changes in space demands, including a new trend of preferring low-rise buildings or lower floors in high-rise buildings to higher-priced floors at the top.
Private Equity Pours Money into Self-Storage Deals
Investors are crowding into self-storage as the sector continues to post the highest long-term returns of any commercial property type, according to a recent quarterly industry survey.
As Port Expands, Miami’s Industrial Market Attracts Investor Attention 1
Miami’s industrial market, currently enjoying record low vacancy of about 4.5 percent, is attracting more powerful investors who want to buy in as demand overwhelms supply and new Panamax-sized ships pull up to the newly expanded port.
Institutional Investors Seek Partnerships on Speculative Industrial Development to Boost Returns
Institutional industrial investors unhappy with current low cap rates for existing class-A properties have instead begun to partner with developers on new speculative construction in anticipation of higher returns.
Low Vacancy, Limited Construction Boost Medical Office Building Sales
Medical office investors today have to be thankful they’re already in the game—vacancy in the sector is down, investment sales are at their highest and new construction is still falling behind current demand.
Data Links Sustainability with Office Tenant Satisfaction 3
Office building owners know it’s almost impossible to measure the success of adding sustainable features, as most tenants don’t make their leasing decisions solely on the basis of water or electricity savings.
West Coast Port Strike Won’t Impact Long-Term Growth in Industrial Sector
The U.S. industrial markets have been chugging along with record-low vacancies, and the outlook appeared smooth for 2015—until a labor dispute slowed to a crawl work at 30 ports along the West Coast this past week.
Expanding Tenants Drive Industrial-to-Office Conversions in Tech-Heavy Cities
The technology industry, which led the U.S. office sector recovery since the recession with growth of more than 5 percent a year, is now encouraging owners of warehouses and manufacturing sites in high-demand areas to sell their properties for high-profit conversions.
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