SVNIC’s 2016 Market Outlook Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2016. Today we are delving into the 2016 Top Industrial Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 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 - Top Industrial Market to WatchSeattle has experienced significant job growth since the recession and continues to add jobs at an annualized rate of 3.0%, keeping unemployment stable at 5.6% as of January ‘16, according to the BLS. As Seattle hosts major West Coast ports, a major airport, and excellent rail linkages, trade and distribution activities dominate the industrial real estate market. Employment in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector is growing at an annualized rate of 4.2%, making up for losses in the Manufacturing sector that is contracting at an annualized rate of –0.9%. Overall, the Puget Sound ports and infrastructure should drive robust demand for industrial real estate as more and more ship traffic is routed up north from congested Long Beach, California.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Raven

SVN’s Seattle-based Advisors at SVN | Raven have some industrial market highlights to share. Here’s what to look out for in the Seattle industrial market in 2016:

  • Tear down old outdated commercial space for new modern distribution centers
  • HUB/community space on outdated office/industrial flex
  • Owner-user acquisition buildings for assemblage for larger projects

Stay Updated…

Over the next few weeks, the SVN Blog will be featuring posts that will focus on each of the top markets to watch for industrial, multifamily, office, and retail properties. SVN Advisors from selected top markets have provided their industry expertise regarding what to look out for in their specific market in the coming months. Don’t miss out on these important insights – subscribe to the SVN Blog on the right side of the blog homepage.

To read more on other top industrial markets, download the full version of the 2016 Industrial Market Outlook report here.

2016 Industrial Market Outlook

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