Tuesday, September 27, 2011

After Repairing CRE Damage, Many Banks Re-Entering Lending Arena

More Than Half U.S. Banks Posting Noteworthy Increases in Nonresidential, Multifamily Lending

While commercial real estate continues to burden the nation's 7,522 banks and thrifts that reported results to the FDIC as of June 30, the severity of the CRE-related impairment is gradually decreasing and lending is on the increase. 

Overall, banks continued to scale back the total amount of commercial real estate loans on their books. However, most of the drop came from loans for construction and development activities. Banks actually increased lending for multifamily projects over the first quarter by about $1.4 billion. 

Significantly too, half the nation's banks boosted their lending on nonresidential and multifamily properties by $50 million or more in the second quarter of the year. 

Five banks did so by more than $1 billion. 
* Manufacturers and Traders Trust Co., $3.36 bl 
* Hancock Bank of Louisiana, $2.58 bl 
* First Niagara Bank, $1.55 bl 
* NAFH National Bank, $1.35 bl 
* Wells Fargo Bank, $1.13 bl 

All but Wells Fargo of that group increased commercial real estate lending across the board, including construction and development loans. Wells Fargo's construction and development loan portfolio dropped by $2.2 billion. 

Banks continued to increase their own holdings in real estate as well in the form of bank buildings and fixed assets with the amount increasing from $120.7 billion to $121.2 billion first quarter to second quarter. The number of full-time equivalent employees reported by insured institutions - 2,104,698 - was 12,124 (0.6%) higher than in first quarter 2011. 

Impairments on the Mend

The total amount of foreclosed commercial real estate and delinquent or restructured CRE loans for the nation's banks dropped 7.5% from $187.7 billion to $173.6 billion at the end of the second from the first quarter. 

Most of the recuperation is stemming from write-downs and attrition in construction and development loans, and the lack of new lending in that area. 

Of the 7,522 insured reporting banks in the country as of June 30, distressed commercial real estate assets made up 1% or less of total assets at 4,177 banks -- 56% of the banks in the country. That was down from 4,298 banks in the first quarter. 

As deteriorating conditions lessen, the amount of capital that banks have available to loan should increase. Banks are already setting aside fewer dollars to deal with the losses, according to the FDIC. Loan-loss provisions totaled $19 billion, a decline of $21.4 billion (53%) from second quarter 2010. This is the seventh consecutive quarter that provisions have declined from year-earlier levels. 

The nation's banks have also been whittling away at the amount of assets held for sale. 

Foreclosed real estate holdings including single-family dropped from $52.5 billion in the first quarter of this year to $51.4 billion as of June 30. The commercial real estate portion of that stood at $31 billion down slightly from the first quarter. Multifamily was up from $2.48 billion to $2.67 billion. Nonresidential was basically unchanged at $10.7 billion. Construction and development projects property holdings dropped from $18 billion to $17.7 billion. 

The total amount of loans and leases banks held for sale also declined significantly from the first quarter - dropping from $121.2 billion to $108.6 billion. 


The amount of commercial real estate loans delinquent more than 30 days also showed significant improvement dropping 12% in the second quarter from the first quarter. The amount dropped from $121.6 billion in the first quarter to $107 billion at the end of June. The biggest improvement came from construction and development loan category dropping from $53.8 billion to $45.8 billion - a 15% decline. Multifamily dropped from $10 billion to $8.8 billion - a 12% decline. Delinquent nonresidential loans dropped from $57.8 billion to $52.4 billion - a 9% decline. 


Banks continued to work with commercial real estate borrowers in restructuring their loans. The total amount of restructured CRE loans went up from $34.9 billion to $35.7 billion. Of the total amount of CRE loans restructured, $16.7 billion was classified as delinquent more than 30 days as of June 30. 

Individual Bank Distress

Six banks decreased their total CRE lending by more than $1 billion. 
* Wilmington Trust Co., -$3.42 bl 
* Bank of America, -$3.1 bl 
* Regions Bank, -$1.34 bl 
* JPMorgan Chase Bank, -$1.31 bl 
* Branch Banking and Trust Co., -$1.12 bl 
* KeyBank, -$1.05 bl 

The 10 largest banks in the country hold $35.5 billion in delinquent, foreclosed or restructured assets (20% of the total in the country), down significantly from $41.6 billion at the end of the first quarter. 

Distressed commercial real estate assets made up 30% or more of total assets at four banks closed since June 30, 2011. Three existing banks had ratios of more than 40% as of June 30. 
Name, Location, Total Assets 
* SunBank, Phoenix, AZ, $31.8 ml 
* The First State Bank, Stockbridge, GA, $564.2 ml 
* Builders Bank, Chicago, IL, $301.5 ml 

Officially, the number of institutions on the FDIC's "Problem List" declined for the first time since third quarter 2006. At the end of the second quarter, there were 865 "problem" institutions, down from 888 at the end of the first quarter. The total assets of so-called "problem" institutions declined from $397 billion to $372 billion. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Raising Real Estate Funds in Today’s Environment

9/7/2011 | By Carisa Chappell

Successful real estate fundraising is still possible in today’s environment, according to Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Bob O’Brien, vice chairman and U.S. real estate services leader for the firm.

“After a couple of relatively quiet years, fundraising has returned in earnest to the real estate industry,” he said.

During a Sept. 2 webcast, O’Brien discussed keys to success in real estate fundraising. He said they include attracting capital, fund and investment structuring, sourcing and qualifying investment opportunities, operational excellence and investor reporting, and exit strategies.

Lynn Kawaminami, partner at Deloitte Tax LLP, said that as of January 2011, 52 percent of real estate fund investors come from North America, while 35 percent are from Europe. The remaining 13 percent hail from Asia and the rest of the world.

“We’ve seen a fair amount of capital from Canada being invested in the United States over past couple of years,” O’Brien said. “In prior years, we’ve seen countries like Germany and Australia lead the way. So there clearly is a large amount of capital from Canada being targeted to the U.S.”

In terms of sourcing and qualifying investment opportunities, Jeff Daily, partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, said executing transactions in today’s market requires more research. Assessing the quality of earnings and assets, identifying liabilities, and understand working capital and cash-flow trends are among the due diligence items required, according to Daily.

“Make sure you demonstrate an understanding of the important issues and conduct due diligence effectively,” he said.

Daily added that the complexity of real estate transactions, particularly in dealing with large portfolios, requires investors to navigate different motivations between buyers and sellers, as well as consider the distinct feature of assets.

“As we have seen in the past year, deal activity in the real estate space has largely been driven by distressed investors and a consolidation of public and private companies, including REITs,” he said.

When it comes to exit strategies, Joseph Wisniewski said it’s never too early to consider the exit strategy from a fund.

“At the start of a fund, the exit from the fund should also be considered,” he said.

This means determining whether the fund will be open or closed ended, as well as considering liquidation timing and implications, Wisniewski said. He added that initial public offering (IPO) readiness should be considered early in the process, which includes considering the requirements for qualifying as a REIT. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Synchronicity: CRE Prices Increase Across the Board for 3 Months Running

Transaction Activity Remains Stable, General Commercial Sales Increase in Deal Size
September 14, 2011

For the first time since the downturn in 2008, the CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Index (CCRSI) showed synchronized price increases across the board, from investment grade to general commercial, for more than three months, according to the latest release of the CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI).

The consistent positive price movement in general commercial property sales ended the bifurcation trend observed in commercial real estate prices during the second half of last year. 

The monthly National Composite Index increased by 1% in July, 2011, the fourth consecutive month of positive price movement. 

In July, the price gain was 2.4% for the Investment Grade Index, and 0.7% for the General Commercial Index, and both marked the fourth month of increasing prices. 

CCRSI Index Results 

  • CoStar's Composite Commercial Repeat Sales Index increased by 1% in July 2011. It is now 1.6% below the same period last year and 33.1% below its peak in August 2007.

  • CoStar's Investment Grade Commercial Repeat Sales Index increased 2.4% in May 2011 and is now 6.8% above the same period last year and 32.4% below its peak in August 2007.

  • CoStar's General Grade Commercial Repeat Sales Index increased by 0.7% in May 2011, and is now 3.4% below its year-ago level and off 33.5% from its August 2007 peak.

The CCRSI September 2011 report is based on data through the end of July 2011. Transaction activity decreased slightly in July, with a total of 766 sale pairs compared with the monthly average of 834 in the last six months. 

A similar slowdown in transaction activities was observed in both the Investment Grade and the General Commercial indices. The former reported 120 sales pairs, down from its six-month average of 130, while the latter had 646 pairs, down from a monthly average of 704. The decrease appeared to be a normal monthly fluctuation. At the low point in the most recent downturn, only a total of 375 transactions were recorded in January 2009. 

Consistent with the decrease in pair counts, the overall dollar volume of sales also dropped slightly in July. While the average transaction size remained stable around $20 million for Investment Grade sale transactions, the average deal size for General Commercial transactions increased to $1.9 million, from an average of $1.6 million in the last six months. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Commercial Real Estate Now

by Pete Baldwin | Posted on: Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

1.      Commercial lending is the best it’s been in decades

Don’t believe what you hear when it comes to commercial loans not being available; they are plentiful and at the lowest interest rates I’ve ever seen on commercial property. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans were once known as long and painful and about as much fun as a root canal! Well, the times have changed and so have SBA Loans. Be sure to get with your real estate broker to locate a dependable and professional SBA lender. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results and products you find.

2.      The Bargains are far and few between

The word on the street is that commercial inventory is high. In some cases this is true, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that certain areas in the Phoenix area, such as north Phoenix and north Scottsdale, have very low inventory. A lot of the inventory you will find may not be suitable for you and may typically be in a bad location, have problems, etc. In other words – the good buys and good properties are nearly gone! Don’t take my word for it; get your real estate broker to pull comps and listings for you. Don’t wait any longer; get out there and find that piece of property you need!

3.      Different commercial verticals are on the rise

Whether it’s healthcare, general office or anchor retail, residential areas that realized significant growth four or five years ago are finally getting the local commercial amenities needed to help these communities thrive. The simple act of going to a grocery store has been very cumbersome for some outlying residential subdivisions. The good news is these empty commercial buildings are finally filling up, and the sellers are offering great incentives to buyers such as tenant improvements, deep discounts and even seller carry-backs in some cases.

4.      Commercial growth and construction will begin to increase again

While the inventory flies off the shelves and vacant properties fill up, commercial construction will once again begin to increase leaving the commercial buyer in a supply and demand dilemma. Let’s face it; we all want a good deal, and if you look hard and long enough you and your commercial real estate broker will find one; but be ready, the odds are you’ll have to act fast to get your offer accepted.

5.      Commercial Real Estate Brokers are in The Know

When you make the decision to start your real estate adventure, make sure you work with a local commercial real estate broker who knows where the deals are, what’s happening with current growth patterns, and what large employers are in the area. He or she should also have in-depth knowledge of the city’s zoning laws where you are looking. These key pieces of knowledge and good negotiation skills are going to be your secret weapon when it comes to getting a good deal on your next commercial real estate purchase.
So, you’ve heard me rant on and on about how you need to buy commercial real estate now. I can’t stress to you enough that the good properties are not getting cheaper, interest rates will likely get higher and commercial construction will, again, begin to pick up leaving the commercial buyer with a sense of, “I missed the boat.”
Stop waiting; don’t miss the boat, and get out there and buy the property you need; and remember to hire a licensed commercial real estate broker for all of your commercial needs.
Happy Buying!
These tips are provided by Pete Baldwin, designated broker and owner of Platinum Realty Network with offices in Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Ariz. With over 25 years of experience in business and real estate, Pete specializes in country club communities and second home investments, including large commercial portfolios. He also owns an Arizona branch of a family-owned, Montana-based company Baldwin Log Homes – Arizona Territory and has become the area leader in full- custom, handcrafted log homes in Northern Arizona. For more information, please visit www.PeteBaldwin.com.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Got Vacant Space? Think Inside the Box

The good news about tough economic times is that they breed ingenuity. Leasing specialists in retail and other property sectors need to think “inside the box” –- the vacant big box, the empty warehouse, or the small office building abandoned by the busted start-up firm. By thinking short-term instead of long-term lease, entertainment instead of shopping, farmers market instead of vacant lot,  that space –- particularly in well located areas –- may be suited to new opportunities.

Backfilling Space

Landlords faced with grim prospects for finding large, long-term tenants should consider the development of new, creative uses for space including pop-up retail venues, theme parks, entertainment centers, children’s play areas, and other “people-intensive” activities, some of which may require only a short-term lease or permit. 
Pop-up retail is a trend catching on across the country because it helps anxious landlords fill spaces that have sat empty for months. It also provides retailers with a way to create a store with little overhead. These transactions usually have simple leases and do not include profit sharing. Halloween stores, which generally lease space from August to November, are the most common type of pop-up retail establishments, often taking over mall spaces left empty by electronics, furniture, and other large retailers.
Last year, Spirit Halloween Stores, one of the largest pop-up retailers in the country, operated more than 900 U.S. locations, according to Acon Investments, which owns the brand as part of Spencer Gifts. Many of them transformed into ToyZam! Stores, another Acon brand, and remained open through the holiday season. Spirit Halloween locates stores “in power centers, strip centers, free-standing stores, major downtown retail locations and in major malls surrounded by a national retailer mix, such as big box discount department stores and electronics stores … in communities with a population of approximately 50,000+ in a 3- to 5-mile radius with a car count of at least 25,000 cars per day. Good visibility from the major traffic road is a must,” according to the company’s Web site.
Traditional retailers also are trying out pop-up retail for a variety of reasons, such as testing new markets without a major commitment or taking advantage of vacant spaces they could not otherwise afford. Toys’R’Us, for example, opened 600 Express pop-up stores and 10 FAO Schwarz pop-ups during the 2010 holiday season, according to RetailingToday.com. The pop-up trend offers advantages to many types of retailers, as well as landlords, according to RetailingToday.com columnist David Berliner:  “For example, an online business that has clearance items or inventory that it does not want could open a physical pop-up store to sell these goods. If landlords adopt and execute such a strategy, it should help them bring a new level of excitement to their properties.”  
Family entertainment or themed attractions are another idea for large, vacant retail buildings. Typically, these tenants look for safe, high-quality environments, often in regional malls. Merlin Entertainments Group operates 63 themed attractions in 14 countries, including SEA Life Centre Aquariums, Legoland Discovery Centers, and Madame Tussaud’s. Similarly, family entertainment centers such as X-Scape are backfilling anchor stores in regional and strip malls. X-Scape provides indoor entertainment, a restaurant and sports bar, a ride and game area featuring amusement style rides, go-karts, mini bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf, and arcade games.  Children’s museums, gyms, or indoor play spaces are also popular tenants.

Signage Opps

Despite some zoning obstacles, signage remains a viable alternative to make money in real estate, especially in prime advertising locations. While some cities have taken steps to ban off-site advertising, others are increasingly turning to signage development agreements as a way to supplement existing revenue during very difficult financial times. These agreements give property owners the right to erect and maintain off-site signage for a set period of time in exchange for a share of revenue. Depending on the location of the signage, one development agreement can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars for a city over the life of the agreement, and millions of dollars for the property owner. In negotiating development agreements, billboard companies and property owners often have more success when they capitalize on creative billboards that enhance the urban streetscape or use “green” signs, especially when there are digital components to the sign.
If outdoor signage isn’t possible, property owners can go indoors. Zoning codes rarely, if ever, regulate signage not visible from the public right-of-way.  Signage on elevators, parking structures, urinals, and interior walls can produce significant revenue and add a fresh “hip” feel to unused space in a building.

Undeveloped Land

For vacant land, creative land use options vary, including farmers markets, urban gardens, and parking and vehicle storage. A great example is the development of bicycle storage and repair centers popping up near bus and train stops. Mobis Transportation Alternatives, for example, has opened Bikestations, bike storage facilities near public transit facilities in a number of cities. They offer secure bicycle parking, repair services, and showers for cyclists heading to work.

Entitlement Issues

Obtaining the proper permits for creative land uses can be tricky. Even if it is assumed that only a simple tenant improvement permit would be required for the new use, alterations or improvements to buildings may trigger a review of the building’s conformance with all current building, fire, plumbing, and electrical codes. Changing a retail space to a amusement park-like use could also trigger environmental review. The local government may consider these uses more intense, or worry that the project will create additional traffic impacts or demands upon public services, triggering environmental or other discretionary review. If the temporary use is subject to zoning restrictions (for example a farmer’s market or a swap meet), a lengthy governmental review and approval process is typically required. Additionally, creative uses can meet with community resistance, especially if vocal neighbors make their opposition known to the local officials.  
If a proposed use will require a substantial investment, it is important to consult with a land use attorney, the appropriate local government office, and the surrounding community to avoid problems.
 Ellen M. Berkowitz is a partner at law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, which represents clients in the development of residential, mixed-use, industrial, and commercial projects. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Retail Sector Begins to Bounce Back

Posted September 8th 2011
CCIM.com Newscenter

Consumer data and fundamentals point to a renewed recovery in the retail sector after the anemic GDP growth and rising gasoline prices that defined the first half of 2011, according to Cassidy Turley. Retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July, and June sales figures were revised up to 0.3 percent. Consumers also bought more appliances, clothing, electronics, furniture, and motor vehicles in July, driving a 0.5 percent increase in real consumer spending, the largest gain since December 2009. Wages and disposable income saw their largest increase since April, growing 0.4 percent in July. A 40-cent decline in gas prices since mid-May is also good news for consumer spending, according to the report.
Household balance sheets show the clearest improvement among retail sector fundamentals, with the debt-to-service ratio falling to 11.5 percent in July. From April through July, the retail sector also experienced the strongest four-month period of employment growth since the recovery began, adding 105,000 jobs. And prior to the 2Q11 slowdown, the retail sector had seen three quarters of positive net demand, stabilized vacancy, and rising rents in primary markets. However, a net loss of 8,000 retail jobs in August, as well as a volatile stock market, could further delay the fragile retail recovery.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gyms Working Out for Landlords

Influx of Health Clubs Helps Shopping Centers as Traditional Tenants Pull Back


Vacancy-plagued shopping centers in the U.S. are getting a lift from tenants who deal in sweat rather than typical retail goods.
Health clubs and gyms accounted for 8.8% of new leases signed so far this year by retail chains in the U.S., compared with 7.9% at the same point last year, according to real-estate research company CoStar Inc. The rush into shopping centers has helped fuel a 57% increase in square footage occupied by U.S. health clubs since 2007, to more than 70 million square feet.
Urban Active Fitness
Retail landlords focus more on nonretail tenants. This Urban Active health club opened in Pittsburgh in 2009.
The influx of health clubs comes at a time when retail landlords are scrounging for new tenants to offset a pullback among many traditional retailers. Retail vacancies in the top 80 U.S. markets remain near multiyear highs, reaching 11% for neighborhood shopping centers and 9.3% for regional malls in the second quarter, according to Reis Inc.
To compensate, retail landlords are focusing more effort on recruiting nonretail tenants such as dentists, medical offices, classrooms and insurance agents. Gyms, typically overlooked in boom times by landlords flush with other options, are emerging as big favorites in this category.
"As we expand, that is where we're going to go," Gold's Gym International President Jim Snow says of shopping centers. "That's what everybody is looking at."
Gold's, with 500 U.S. gyms either owned by the company or franchised, intends to open 17 gyms this year and 30 next year. The Dallas-based company recently introduced a 15,000-square foot express-gym format, which is less than half the size of its traditional clubs. Gold's has found that its express gyms fit well in spaces vacated by defunct or shrinking retailers. The chain recently opened gyms in Oklahoma City in locations that previously housed a Circuit City and a Sportsman's Warehouse.
Other rapidly growing health-club chains include L.A. Fitness International LLC, which intends to expand its stable of 370 clubs by opening 50 in each of the next five years. Global Fitness Holdings LLC's Urban Active is looking to add seven to 10 new clubs to its 37 by the end of 2012.
The expansions dovetail with a recent increase in health-club memberships nationally. According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, health-club membership in the U.S. increased 10.8% in 2010, to more than 50 million members, after several years of remaining relatively stagnant.
Also expanding in shopping centers is a close cousin of health clubs: day spas. Massage Envy Franchising LLC, which franchises massage clinics averaging 3,000 square feet, opened 43 clinics last year and another 43 so far this year, bringing its total to roughly 700. Many of the Massage Envy venues are popping up in fashion-oriented shopping centers frequented by female shoppers.
Not every health-club operator is following the herd. Clubs operated by Life Time Fitness Inc. are so huge, with indoor soccer fields, basketball courts and indoor and outdoor pools, that they typically are built as freestanding structures.
For landlords, health clubs are a cavalry riding to the rescue. In many cases, the clubs pay rent comparable to or only slightly less than what big-box retailers pay. L.A. Fitness's chief real-estate officer, Bill Horner, says his gyms are paying roughly $12 a square foot per year in the South and in the "high teens" in northern states. Gold's Mr. Snow says some older retail spaces can be had for $6 to $10 a square foot.
What is more, the costs for landlords of setting up a health club's facilities aren't onerous, roughly matching that of retailers in many cases, landlords say.
"Generally, health clubs are pretty good rent payers, in the sense that you will be able to recapture your [set-up] costs as part of the rent," says Michael Pappagallo, chief operating officer of Kimco Realty Corp., which owns stakes in 900 shopping centers in North America. "They're paying market rents for the space."
The trick comes in placating a center's other tenants about a gym's pending arrival. Parking often is a concern, as gyms tend to draw most of their patrons on Monday through Thursday nights, clogging parking lots. Fortunately, gym traffic tends to be light during key weekend shopping hours.
In addition, retailers typically want complementary stores around them to attract traffic. Health clubs don't often deliver many shoppers for fashion stores and jewelers.
In contrast, gym patrons do frequent nearby vitamin and supplement stores, pharmacies and casual restaurants that offer takeout service.
In this economy, an occasionally crowded parking lot might be tolerable if the alternative is a vacant storefront.
"We're always of the opinion that the more people we can get to a shopping center, the more chances we have" to boost the center's sales, says Greg Maloney, president and chief executive of brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle's Americas retail practice. "If [health clubs] don't come, we have no chance at all."
Write to Kris Hudson at kris.hudson@wsj.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

New App for Commercial Real Estate Analysis

Commercial Real Estate Analysis Your Way is a comprehensive financial analysis app that analyzes the cash flow of commercial real estate investments, leases, and loans along with calculating discounted cash flow measures like IRR and NPV.
It calculates IRR, NPV, and Cash on Cash before tax, after tax, before leverage, and after leverage so you can fully analyze the property.

This app also computes and shows metrics such as Cap Rate, Debt Service Coverage Ratio, and Loan to Value. You can forecast revenues, expenses, financing, cash flows, resale, rates of return, tax liabilities, and much more.
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► As you move the slider the app recalculates ALL the metrics in real time

  • Email Properties! You can email a property to anyone with the app so they can have all your inputs. They can even make updates and send it back! This feature will also allow you to archive your properties or move them to another device. You can even email screen captures of many screens.

  • Email PDFs! You can email a professional report with a cover sheet with the calculations for a property right from the app! See below for an example.

  • Transparent Calculations! There is no need to worry about how the app is calculating the numbers and if it is correct. In the calculation modules the app shows how it is calculating all the tax numbers, cash flow numbers, and P&L statements for every year of the deal so you can validate the calculations or just understand the logic.

    Very Convenient! You can input as much or as little detail as you want. For example you can enter one annual expense amount or enter up to 19 categories of expense such as trash, electric, insurance, and management expense.

  • Powerful! This app has all the calculating requirements of a much more expensive desktop financial analysis program but has been heavily optimized to run on an iPhone. It has been fully tested on an iPhone 3GS and an iPad 1  with no background activities running. If you have a slower device or significant background activity there may be some lag in the app since it is very computationally intensive.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

C-III Capital Partners Acquires JER Partners - Daily News Article

GlobeSt.com - C-III Capital Partners Acquires JER Partners - Daily News Article

Vacancy Drops in Key Logistics Hubs

Posted September 7th 2011
CCIM.com Newscenter

With absorption of more than 11.2 million square feet, California’s Inland Empire was the top performing U.S. logistics market in the first half of 2011, according to Grubb & Ellis Global Logistics Market Trends report. Inland Empire, along with Dallas (4.5 million sf), Atlanta (4.0 million sf), Chicago (2.6 million sf), northern New Jersey (2.6 million sf), and central Pennsylvania (2.0 million sf), constituted 85 percent of 1H11 absorption nationwide.
Minimal supply — a record-low 5.4 million sf were completed in 1H11 — and rising demand have driven the overall national vacancy rate down to 11.8 percent, a 200 basis point drop since year-end 2009. Philadelphia recorded the nation’s lowest vacancy rate at 2.2 percent, followed by Los Angeles (3.7 percent), Minneapolis-St. Paul (5.0 percent), Charleston, S.C. (5.4 percent), and Oakland, Calif. (6.8 percent). With fundamentals indicating the logistics market has officially hit bottom, completions are expected to rise in the second half of the year as the more than 7 million sf in the pipeline comes to market, according to the report.
Asking rents overall were up 0.7 percent nationwide over the past six months. The five highest rental rate markets across the U.S. include Los Angeles ($6.12 psf), Austin, Texas ($5.80 psf), Oakland, Calif. ($5.72 psf), Cleveland ($5.48 psf), and Minneapolis-St. Paul ($5.31 psf).

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