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Portland, OR | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Portland, Oregon

portland-415957_1280Multifamily construction has ramped up gradually in Portland, enabling landlords to grow rents even as new supply comes closer to matching the demand for apartments. After two years of adding some 2,000 multifamily units annually to the local inventory, and with a vacancy rate falling to near 3 percent, developers have stepped up the pace and will likely deliver 3,000 apartments in 2014. That accelerated construction activity will be enough to stabilize the vacancy rate and slow rent growth at existing properties. Portland’s enviable quality of life, including outdoor attractions and an expanding cluster of amenities catering to an urban lifestyle, continues to support outpaced job growth. Technology employers, and the service industry jobs that grow around the technology workforce, will help Portland to add about 30,000 jobs in 2014, similar to 2013’s employment growth. With only modest rent growth likely as apartment construction gains momentum, Portland offers opportunities for income investors, and some value-add plays remain for investors willing to invest in significant property upgrades.

To read more on Portland, and other top multifamily markets, download the full version of the Top Apartment Markets to Watch report below.

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It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Las Vegas, NV | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Las Vegas, Nevada

las-vegas-411190_1280Apartment developers are playing a game of chance in Las Vegas. Encouraged by the first increase in average rents since the Great Recession and a recent improvement in the vacancy rate, projects in the pipeline could deliver as many as 3,000 multifamily units in 2014, a tenfold increase from the previous year. Granted, the local population will increase by 2.7 percent this year alone, making it one of the fastest growing U.S. cities. Yet this market must dig itself out of a deeper housing hole than most, and still has a ways to go. The apartment vacancy rate of 9 percent is more than 10 basis points above the historical average. Average rents have only recovered to 80 percent of the pre-recession peak, and thousands of single-family homes remain on the rental market. The nascent recovery merits some development but is unlikely to float all boats in 2014.

To read more on Las Vegas, and other top multifamily markets, download the full version of the Top Apartment Markets to Watch report below.

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Salt Lake City, UT | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Salt Lake City, Utah

salt-lake-city-485867_1280One of the nation’s job-growth leaders since the end of the recession, Salt Lake City boasts a diverse economy with rapid hiring in high tech, finance and other office-using jobs. The unemployment rate of 3.5 percent is one of the lowest in the nation. In 2013, the expanding economy resulted in more than 1 million square feet of net office absorption. A 12 percent vacancy rate at the start of 2014 was the lowest point since 2007, and although rental rates haven’t found a bottom, landlords have gained sufficient pricing power to slash concessions in recent months. Developers appear confident of future demand, however: A 144,000-square-foot tower is already under construction in downtown and a project breaking ground later this year will measure 450,000 square feet. All told, Salt Lake has roughly 1.7 million square feet in the pipeline for the CBD alone, equivalent to a quarter of the downtown inventory. That volume of additional space should raise a red flag among investors, especially since the vacancy rate is already higher downtown than in outlying submarkets.

To read more on Salt Lake City, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Indianapolis, IN | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Indianapolis, Indiana

IndianapolisA growing technology cluster has put Indianapolis on many investors’ watch lists. Employment growth is occurring in key office-using sectors, with professional and business services jobs expanding by 5.5 percent year-over-year in 2013, and financial services growing 1.9 percent over the same period. Unemployment stood at 5.8 percent at the end of the year, slightly better than Boston’s jobless rate and on a par with San Jose. That employment growth hasn’t translated into significant office absorption for Indianapolis, however. Occupancy gains in the suburbs in 2013 were largely offset by a contraction in occupied space downtown, and downtown properties will likely lose more tenants before tightening in the suburbs drives users into the CBD. Submarkets enjoying the greatest demand are the Keystone and North/Carmel suburbs. Those neighborhoods have seen their vacancy rates drop into the middle to lower teens while West Indianapolis grapples with a vacancy rate well over 30 percent.

To read more on Indianapolis, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Sacramento, CA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Sacramento, California

bridge-67773_1280The economic recovery in California’s capital city has lagged those in Los Angeles, Phoenix and other markets that it has followed more closely in the past. The jobless rate ended 2013 at 8 percent, better than the statewide rate of 8.3 percent, but Sacramento hasn’t yet recovered the number of jobs it lost in the last recession. An office vacancy rate in the middle teens has been falling slowly and began 2014 down about 300 basis points from its peak in 2011. Mildly positive absorption over the past two years contributed to a bottoming out in rental rates in 2013 and the beginnings of a turnaround in rent levels in early 2014. Developers have shown restraint in adding new supply, and fundamentals should improve incrementally this year. While its slow job growth elevates risk, Sacramento offers investment opportunities at higher cap rates than are available in many California markets experiencing a more rapid recovery.

To read more on Sacramento, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Richmond, VA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Richmond, Virginia

RichmondHiring that pushed Richmond’s jobless rate to a post-recession low of 5.2 percent in December 2013 also fueled brisk absorption of office space during the second half of 2013. The citywide office vacancy rate, which peaked at more than 24 percent in 2008, has returned to single-digit territory after years of methodical recovery in the market. Even in the central business district, where vacancies increased slightly in the early quarters of 2013, the supply of available offices tightened in the second half of the year. Rents have been flat for Class B office space, but average Class A rents have climbed above $20 per square foot and will likely go higher by the end of 2014. Office buildings downtown and in Northwest Richmond are outperforming the overall market, largely at the expense of landlords in the southwest, who have been losing tenants. Nearly a half million square feet of new space under construction, mostly in the CBD, will do little to undermine the current trajectory. Value-add investors are more likely to find bargain pricing in the southwest.

To read more on Richmond, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Seattle & Tacoma, WA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 and Tacoma, Washington

seattle-416065_1280Seattle’s port handled 3 million TEUs of containerized cargo in 2013, placing it among the nation’s top five ports for finished goods. The port is PPMX-ready, meaning it has the required channel depth and cranes to handle the largest, fully loaded cargo ships that will be in common use following the reopening of the expanded Panama Canal in 2015. The nearby Port of Tacoma, too, has been PPMX-ready since 2011, after having dredged its channels to the necessary depth and adding massive gantry cranes. Tacoma’s containerized cargo volume has surged to more than 1 million TEUs per year as a result, and helped to fuel additional demand for industrial space. Falling market-wide vacancy is nearing 5 percent and demand for space is generating build-to-suits as well as accelerating absorption, which spiked to 1.5 million square feet in the fourth quarter of 2013 alone. The market added more than 1 million square feet of new space in 2013 and has more than twice that amount under construction. A strong employment base, rooted in energy and technology and enjoying a boost in aerospace manufacturing, has helped Seattle to more than recover the number of jobs it lost in the Great Recession. Projected household growth near 5 percent bodes well for the market’s distribution centers. While the newly refitted Port of Tacoma is expanding its market share of cargo traffic, Seattle is also feeling increased competitive pressure from Prince Rupert, a Canadian seaport in British Columbia that is also PPMX-ready following recent upgrades to its facilities.

To read more on Seattle and Tacoma, and other top industrial markets, download the full version of the Top Industrial Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Inland Empire, CA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 : Inland Empire, California

Inland EmpireDemand is mushrooming in this vital industrial market. Companies absorbed nearly 15 million square feet of space in 2013, almost double the roughly 8 million square feet of absorption in 2012. Construction introduced almost 6 million square feet of new supply in the past year, and another 16 million square feet are nearing completion in 2014. Users have already committed to more than a third of the buildings currently under construction. The Inland Empire’s vacancy rate of a little more than 4 percent, although tight, offers greater flexibility and lower average lease rates than users can find closer to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Developers are depending on those competitive advantages to help lease the tremendous volume of new space in the works. As new projects come online, however, the average lease rate of will increase, narrowing the rent rate differential that has helped to offset the added cost of transporting shipped goods between the ports and distribution centers in the Inland Empire.

To read more on Inland Empire, and other top industrial markets, download the full version of the Top Industrial Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Phoenix, AZ | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Phoenix, Arizona

phoenix-lake-489023_1280Phoenix’s jobless rate fell to 6.2 percent at the end of 2013 from 6.8 percent a year earlier, driven by gains in financial services, construction, insurance and healthcare jobs. Already one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Phoenix will see its population expand by more than 2.4 percent in 2014, with a commensurate rise in retail sales and even greater demand for retail space. Overall vacancy fell to near 10 percent in late 2013 in a year when retailers absorbed approximately 3.5 million square feet of new retail space, far outpacing construction that added roughly 1.5 million square feet to the market in that period. Three years of positive absorption will likely bring rental rates to an inflection point in 2014, ending a protracted decline as landlords gain greater pricing control. Already a strong market for discount and necessity retailers, Phoenix’s growth in high-paying professions will fuel sales for middle- and high-end retailers in the years ahead.

To read more on Phoenix, and other top retail markets, download the full version of the Top Retail Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Oklahoma City, OK | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

downtown-188848_1280Oklahoma City’s retail real estate fundamentals are curiously fragile for a market with strong job growth. The metro area has created jobs in numbers well in excess of those lost during the downturn, and although the jobless rate showed volatility in 2013, the rate stood at 4.8 percent in December, one of the lowest in the nation. Retail space absorption is improving, registering stronger results in 2013 than in 2012. That annual gain masked a poor third quarter in which retailers gave back more than 100,000 square feet in neighborhood shopping centers. Mall vacancies have come down from more than 30 percent in 2012, but roughly a quarter of mall space remains dark, and single-digit lease rates at those properties are the lowest of any retail product type in the city. A drawback to the city’s low unemployment rate is a limited labor pool that has hampered corporate growth and recruitment of new employers, contributing to the slow recovery in retail. Job growth should top 2.2 percent in 2014, however, and with above-trend annual population growth of 1.6 percent, the metro has good prospects for increasing retail demand.

To read more on Oklahoma City, and other top retail markets, download the full version of the Top Retail Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Louisville, KY | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Louisville, Kentucky

LouisvilleThe retail hub for a 16-county region, Louisville is slowly recovering from the downturn with employment growth that exceeds Kentucky’s overall performance but lags the national average. The market’s year-end employment rate was 7.5 percent, down from a peak of 10.5 percent in January 2010. In 2013, Cabela’s opened an 88,000 square foot store in the Old Brownsboro Crossing development, alongside Norton Brownsboro Hospital, Lowe’s and Costco. This year, Horizon Group Properties and CBL & Associates will open The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, an outlet mall in Simpsonville on the eastern edge of the Louisville metro. Downtown Louisville welcomed six new retail shops last year and will soon join in the renaissance of mixed-use development taking shape across the nation: a $261 million development in the CBD will bring a 600-room Omni convention hotel, 200 apartments, retail shop space and an upscale grocery. Across the market, healthy absorption at neighborhood retail centers has offset negative absorption in most other retail property types. Completion of new projects in 2013 increased overall vacancy slightly, but the vacancy rate remained in the single digits at year-end, with no major space in the pipeline other than CBL’s outlet project. The slow pace of absorption may not call for large-scale retail construction in the near term, but Louisville offers numerous opportunities to meet existing pockets of unmet demand with infill, value-add plays. Louisville will get a new four-diamond hotel along with a much-anticipated downtown grocery, retail shops and 200 apartments under a $261 million downtown development plan announced by Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear.

To read more on Louisville, and other top retail markets, download the full version of the Top Retail Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Los Angeles & Long Beach, CA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 : Los Angeles and Long Beach, California

long-beach-198911_1280Moves by two shipping companies from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Long Beach in late 2012 contributed to an 11.3 percent year-over-year increase in cargo traffic at Long Beach in 2013, while LA’s volume for the year declined by only 2.6 percent. The twin ports have invested billions of dollars in capital improvements to avoid losing shipping volume to East Coast ports following the opening of the expanded Panama Canal in late 2015. Nearer on the horizon, the West Coast longshoremen’s labor agreement will expire in June 2014, bringing elevated risk levels for port-related industrial users until the sides forge a new agreement. Nearly four years of positive absorption have filled portions of the Los Angeles Basin industrial market, with a vacancy rate of less than 3 percent in the San Gabriel Valley, Central L.A. and the South Bay submarkets. Other submarkets offer only slightly more vacancy, with Orange County topping the list at just over 4 percent. Average rents have been on the rise since the first quarter of 2011 and now top 50 cents per square foot in most submarkets, with landlords in the South Bay and Orange County quoting rent of 60 cents or more per square foot. More than half of the developed space in Los Angeles County and Orange County is 20 years old or older, creating some redevelopment opportunities, while a dearth of large, Class A distribution buildings is accelerating rent growth for that segment. Development activity is brisk with more than 20 million square feet under construction, but is unlikely to fully satisfy the growing demand for industrial space due to the limited availability of buildable sites and a faster pace of absorption.

To read more on Los Angeles and Long Beach, and other top industrial markets, download the full version of the Top Industrial Markets to Watch report below. 

It’s a different world out there.

It requires a different kind of commercial real estate firm working on your behalf in order to be successful. The Lipsey Company has ranked the Sperry Van Ness® organization as one of the most recognized commercial real estate brands in the US for a reason—we know how to deliver a certainty of execution for our clients. Sperry Van Ness International Corporation is one of the largest commercial real estate franchisers with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

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Houston, TX | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Houston, Texas

houston-499802_1280Houston’s multifamily market has been on a two-year high—and lenders are ready to take it down a notch. Construction will add nearly 11,000 units in the Energy City by the end of 2014, more than 6,000 of which will be in a handful of high-end urban submarkets, growing inventory in those neighborhoods by more than 6 percent. With the remaining 5,000 or so units to be completed elsewhere in the city, however, the overall vacancy rate of about 6 percent is unlikely to shift appreciably until 2015 or beyond, and remains low for this market. Houston’s appetite for apartments is growing nearly twice as fast as the pace of construction, which is expected to add 10,000 units annually in 2015 and 2016. Nevertheless, some lenders concerned over the recent volume of development in Houston have tightened underwriting for construction loans, which could create a competitive advantage for investors with other sources of capital.

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Florida Tech Corridor | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Florida Tech Corridor – Orlando to Tampa

florida-67890_1920In addition to boasting some of the top tourist destinations in the United States, Central Florida has cultivated a thriving technology cluster in a 23-county region spanning the breadth of the state. Joint programs by regional universities and community colleges cover a wide range of technology fields, from microelectronics to biotechnology, modeling and robotics, aerospace, wireless technology and digital media. The growing workforce of highly skilled, young professionals is attracting tech employers and fostering startups, adding a significant and expanding source of well-paid residents to help drive retail sales. Tampa and Orlando share a similar overall retail vacancy rate of about 9.5 percent, but Tampa’s malls have outperformed with a vacancy rate below 4 percent and average mall rents of $25 or more per square foot. In Orlando, mall vacancy is 200 basis points higher and average rent is closer to $15. Tampa’s weak spot since the recession has been excess vacancy at strip and neighborhood centers, but falling rents in those subsets showed signs of flattening in late 2013. Orlando in particular has benefited from resurgent tourism that will increase as the economic recovery takes a firmer hold in U.S. markets this year. Investor confidence in Central Florida’s outlook has driven strong demand for net-leased retail since 2011, and would-be buyers are now showing greater interest in multi-tenant properties with below-market rents that offer good upside potential.

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Denver, CO | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Denver, Colorado

denver-69207_1280Denver will add nearly 50,000 jobs in 2014, with much of the growth occurring in high-paying energy, financial services, health care and bioscience industries. Employment growth of almost 4 percent in 2013 and a similar gain expected this year make Denver one of the nation’s fastest-growing job markets. Multifamily rent grew at a remarkable 6 percent in 2013. The addition of 10,000 new units this year will expand the apartment inventory by more than 3 percent, however, enough to slow annual rent growth to a more modest 4 percent. Nearly half of the apartments under construction are in the central business district, where the renovated Union Station is set to open later this year. Existing and planned light rail lines offer development opportunities, as well as value-add plays for investors able to upgrade and reposition existing, older properties in these growth corridors.

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Charlotte, NC | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Charlotte, North Carolina

banks-216156_1280As the second-largest U.S. banking center after New York, Charlotte suffered a severe contraction in office demand following the onset of the financial crisis and is still in the early stages of recovery. Financial services is again a dominant sector, and rapid hiring has driven total employment beyond its pre-recession peak, while the 6.6 percent jobless rate reflects a steady arrival of new workers. The metro’s population of Millennials, ages 20 to 34, will increase by nearly 15 percent over the next five years, or four times the national average. Office vacancy is declining but was still more than 13 percent at the end of 2013. A below-average cost of doing business, coupled with a large and growing pool of educated workers, promises to attract new employers and fuel hiring and office absorption as the national economy accelerates. Downside risks include potential impacts from consolidation in financial services. Properties able to provide flexible, high-density space with rich amenities—favored by Millennials—will be better positioned to attract tenants and grow net operating income.

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Philadelphia, PA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

philadelphia-493829_1280The Philadelphia industrial market has been overshadowed by its faster-growing peers but to its advantage, the market’s fundamentals remain largely unchanged and stable in 2014. Philadelphia County’s more than 360,000 square feet of absorption in 2013, in the absence of major construction, helped to push down the industrial vacancy rate to near 8 percent, on par with the Philadelphia suburbs and lower than the vacancy rates in most of the region’s other markets. Companies seeking space for their own use have taken out more buildings here in the past few years than those leasing space. The population count has decreased by more than 14,000 since 2008 but is back on a moderate growth track. Investors that see Philly’s lack of growth as stagnation may be willing to sell at attractive prices, and those sellers will find potential buyers attracted to the market’s incrementally improving industrial fundamentals.

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Nashville, TN | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : Nashville, Tennessee

NashvilleA state capital with a skilled workforce and diverse economy, Nashville is staging a strong comeback in its retail fundamentals. The vacancy rate dropped by 100 basis points year-over-year in 2013 and is poised to enter single-digit territory this year. Absorption has been positive across all retail subsectors and has been most pronounced in the city’s malls, which accounted for nearly a third of net absorption. Mall fundamentals have firmed up markedly in the past 18 months, reining in vacancies from a rate in the mid-teens to more closely match the citywide rate near 10 percent. With little new space delivered in 2013 and a scant supply in the pipeline, fundamentals are on track for further improvement this year. As Nashville enters the radar screens of more investors at the national level, competition could help to preserve and enhance value as interest rates rise.

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Dallas, TX | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Dallas, Texas

DallasCombine low taxes, mild winters and a business-friendly climate with Dallas’ central location relative to both U.S. coasts, and it’s easy to see why this North Texas metro is enjoying annual economic growth of more than 3.5 percent. Reports early this year that logistics technology firm Omnitracs Inc. may bring as many as 1,000 jobs to the Dallas central business district simply added to the list of more than 50 major employers that have relocated to the metro area in the past two years, adding jobs and fueling population growth that will top 2 percent in 2014 alone. Renters in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro absorbed more than 16,600 apartment units in 2013, more than any other U.S. market, yet average vacancy of approximately 5.5 percent is well below the 10-year historical average of around 8 percent. While these fundamentals suggest good development prospects, the metro is also turning out apartments far faster than any other major market, completing nearly 13,000 units in 2013. That new supply could temporarily hamper rent growth in some submarkets.

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San Antonio, TX | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : San Antonio, Texas

San AntonioNearly 2 percent annual population growth and a diverse employment base are propelling San Antonio’s economy at a healthy clip, but the market lags the performance and rising profile of the other major Texas metros of Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. San Antonio’s longstanding strength in the military and aerospace sectors, coupled with close proximity to Austin’s high tech cluster, has fostered an important cyber security sub sector. Located less than an hour’s drive south of Austin, the Alamo City has also captured a large piece of the Eagle Ford Shale energy boom emanating from South Texas, while its business-friendly climate, thriving tourism and manufacturing jobs attract new residents and fuel home sales. Office tenants were still giving back space in 2012 but absorption turned positive here in 2013. Delivery of several new office projects slowed rent growth and pushed the office vacancy rate into the middle teens last year without softening conditions enough to hamper rental rate growth. More construction is likely to begin in 2014. For investors who missed the opportunity to acquire office assets in Houston, Dallas or Austin at the bottom of the market cycle, San Antonio offers acquisition and development opportunities in a market that is in the early stages of appreciation.

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Miami, FL | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 : Miami, Florida

miamiAs a gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, Miami’s port and intermodal hub is a center of growing demand for modern industrial space. Miami’s overall vacancy rate of 6 percent is down almost 100 basis points from a year ago, but with 1.5 million square feet added to the market in 2013 and a similar amount under construction, monthly rents have been flat at around 70 cents per square foot. The Port of Miami is investing $2 billion to service the largest container ships that will pass through the expanded Panama Canal when it reopens in late 2015. Improvements include dredging channels to a depth of 52 feet, installing massive dock cranes, and building a tunnel under Biscayne Bay to connect the port with nearby highways. Heated transaction volume has compressed cap rates on assets around the port to near 6 percent. Port Everglades, on the other hand, may present interesting opportunities for acquisition or development. Located 23 miles from Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades handled approximately 1 million ten-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containerized goods in 2013, trumping the Port of Miami’s volume by 50,000 and making Everglades the state’s busiest cargo port. The port is dredging its channels to a depth of 50 feet to handle larger ships, and an intermodal container transfer facility under construction will soon enable ships to unload cargo directly onto railcars.

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New York City, NY | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : New York City, New York

3056953388_4512c89d0a_bThe retail recovery is old news in the Big Daddy of U.S. core markets. In New York City, the retail talk in 2014 is about new stores, strong sales, and intensive investment. Massive increases in tourism are a big part of the retail story, with more than 50 million visitors annually in each of the past three years. In 2013, tourists spent $8 billion at local retailers, excluding what they spent on dining and accommodations in the city. Fifth Avenue department stores and other high-end retailers aren’t the only shopping destinations with strong retail sales—the metro area’s dense population and high income demographic has supported more uniform demand across retail classes than in most other U.S. markets. More than 900,000 square feet of absorption, chiefly in the metro area’s neighborhood shopping centers, drove the vacancy rate below 5 percent in 2013. Developers added roughly 400,000 square feet to the local inventory, almost entirely in that same category of neighborhood centers. Outside the core areas and in the broader metro, strip centers have generally fallen behind other product types and experienced a 70,000-square foot demand contraction last year. Competition to acquire well-located properties is intense, and cap rates compressed through competitive bidding are squeezing out even heavily leveraged investors.

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Boston, MA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Apartment

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Apartment Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Apartment 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 APARTMENT MARKET TO WATCH : Boston, Massachusetts

BostonBoston’s position as a top multifamily investment market (just behind New York and San Francisco) has pushed asset pricing to record highs and made construction an attractive alternative for investors. Local builders and institutional developers from around the country are cranking out new multifamily product here at the rate of about 4,000 units per year. That is well behind the pace of new household formation, which will be nearer to 7,000 annually over the next several years here. A falling vacancy rate, currently near 4 percent, has sparked spectacular rent growth of 20 percent or more over the past five years, although rents may plateau as new projects deliver large blocks of space and add vacancy. Much of the new construction is taking the form of large urban towers, answering the demands of well-paid, highly educated young knowledge workers attracted to Boston’s 24-hour culture.

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Chicago, IL | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Office

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office 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 OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Chicago, Illinois

chicago-1342075949YmtElevated but improving unemployment of 8.3 percent is a reminder that Chicago is lagging other major markets on the road to economic recovery. The office sector entered 2014 with nearly a fifth of its office space available for lease or sublease, but leasing activity appears to be accelerating. The central business district is attracting tenants from the suburbs as the urbanization trend takes hold, with employers moving closer to employees that live downtown. Office rents are exhibiting the volatility typical at the bottom of a market cycle, and posted a slight year-over-year decline at the end of 2013. Chicago’s diverse economy positions it for accelerated hiring as the national recovery gains momentum, but that growth is unlikely to bring substantial absorption of office space in 2014. For office investors seeking a bargain on assets in a top tier city, non-trophy assets in Chicago may harbor good opportunities with the potential to increase value as the local economic recovery finds its stride.

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Atlanta, GA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Industrial

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Industrial Markets to Watch.  Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 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 : Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GAConstruction pumped more than 4.5 million square feet of new space into Atlanta’s industrial market in 2013, the largest addition since 2008. Build-to-suits accounted for more than three-fourths of the new space, however, and the additional speculative construction paled in the face of ravenous demand. Absorption hit a post-recession high of nearly 11 million square feet, driven chiefly by small and mid-sized companies. The vacancy rate plummeted 120 basis points from the previous year to end 2013 at 12 percent. The surge in construction and an increasing average rental rate both reflect the difficulty that tenants face in seeking modern, well-located space for growth. Although massive deals such as Home Depot’s 1.3 million-square-foot e-commerce center and a 1 million square- foot project for Procter & Gamble tend to dominate Atlanta’s real estate headlines, investors will find numerous opportunities catering to the small and mid-sized businesses that accounted for nearly 80 percent of the market’s industrial absorption in 2013.

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San Francisco, CA | 2014 Top CRE Markets to Watch : Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Retail Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that are driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.

TOP RETAIL MARKET TO WATCH : San Francisco, CA

San FranciscoConsumers are prospering in San Francisco, and that gives retailers and retail landlords something to celebrate. As one of the U.S. gateway markets that have drawn an outsized share of retailer expansions since the recession, however, San Francisco has essentially filled its inventory of Class A space and offers only limited availability in B properties. The barriers to entry that help to place a premium on existing space are also keeping the construction pipeline in check, forcing some retailers to delay expansions pending an improvement in the availability of suitable space. Cap rate compression and intensive competition for acquisitions have inspired many investors to turn their attentions from this top tier market to cities offering opportunities for larger annual returns. Yet for core retail investors, it’s hard to find a more attractive market than San Francisco.

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