Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 Market Update Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Industrial Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Industrial Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that is driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

Top Industrial Market to Watch: Seattle, WA

Seattle: 2015 Industrial Markets to WatchSeattle’s industrial vacancy rate fell to 4% in the first quarter of 2015, down more than 100 basis points from a year earlier. High occupancy rates, impressive rent growth trends, and investors’ favorable assessment of the general market opportunity are prompting significant new development. More than 4 million square feet was under construction in late 2014, representing more than 3% of the market’s current industrial inventory.

With one of the fastest growing urban cores and most highly educated populations, Seattle’s economic and investment outlook position the Puget Sound region as a contender for gateway market status. In the Urban Land Institute’s latest Emerging Trends Report, Seattle ranks in the top ten markets nationally for its attractiveness as a target for investment across all property types. It ranked fourth nationally for development and redevelopment opportunities, behind only Houston, Dallas, and San Jose and ahead of all of the coastal gateways. For industrial investment specifically, Seattle ranked second in the nation, 88% of investors assigned Seattle’s industrial sector a buy or hold rating while only 12% reported a sell recommendation.

To read more on Seattle and other top industrial markets, download the full version of the 2015 Industrial Market Update report here.

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