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Denver, CO | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Office

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 Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 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: Denver, CO

Denver - top office market to watchDenver remains one of the most rock-solid metropolitan economies in the nation with 3.0% unemployment in January ‘16, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while maintaining steady, slow growth that has total employment at record highs. The office market is equally steady with a relatively low level of vacancy and fair asking rents. This stability and growth should persist in 2016 for the office sector as key employment groups – Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, and Information – are all showing strong-to-decent annualized growth of 3.9%, 3.2%, and 1.8%, respectively. Denver maintains a diversified set of economic base activities including aerospace, bioscience, and energy, just to name a few. As such, the office market is likely to withstand any negative impacts of global uncertainty and oil price declines for the foreseeable future.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Denver Commercial

SVN Advisors at SVN | Denver Commercial have some office market highlights to share:

  • Over 2 million square feet of newly delivered space is coming on the market, temporarily inflating vacancy rates.
  • Energy industry impact on office vacancy is significant as energy prices stay at their low prices. Sublet opportunities are up, and many energy company offices have closed completely. Vacancy rates have risen to mid-to-high teens.
  • Mixed use, co-work spaces continue to flourish, especially in the burgeoning CBD area. Conversion and re-purposing of old warehouses and factories is prevalent in the market.
  • Denver is creating jobs, with over 45,000 new positions in the last twelve months. Demand for office should rise concurrently with the job creation trend. Denver has become a desirable 18 hour city that attracts top talent in many industries.

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 office markets, download the full version of the 2016 Office Market Outlook report here.

2016 Office Market Outlook

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Denver, CO | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Multifamily

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 Multifamily Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Multifamily 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 Multifamily Market to Watch: Denver, CO

Denver - top multifamily market to watchThe Denver multifamily market has experienced significant additions of new supply as its population has grown 10.6% from 2010 to 2014, according to the Census Bureau. Further, the employment market is outstanding with 3.0% unemployment as of January ‘16 and annualized job growth of 2.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Denver features a larger renter population with approximately 50% of its metro’s housing units used for rental purposes; still rental rates are relatively affordable for a metro of its size, giving it room to grow. Top sectors for employment growth include Leisure and Hospitality, Financial Activities, Manufacturing, and Professional and Business Services growing at annualized rates of 6.0%, 3.9%, 3.5%, and 3.2%, respectively. As such, rent growth could hit 7% in 2016.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Denver Commercial

SVN’s Advisors at SVN | Denver Commercial have some multifamily market highlights to share. Here’s what to look out for in Denver’s multifamily market in 2016:

  • As population grows, (over 100,000 additional people since 2014), demand grows likewise for multifamily.
  • Household formation is growing with a younger demographic makeup in Denver. The CBD area alone now is housing a population of 90,000 residents, mostly in multifamily buildings.
  • Rents have risen significantly over the past few years but are now reaching affordability limits.
  • Renters are demanding fully amenitized properties when higher rents are asked by landlords.
  • Expect to see more micro-apartments to address affordability issues, especially in the CBD area.
  • Vacancy rates are now approaching more “normalized” conditions of 5-7%, versus virtually nil in the last couple years. This is due to increased delivery of new apartment units to the region, somewhat outpacing demand.

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 multifamily markets, download the full version of the 2016 Multifamily Market Outlook report here.

2016 Multifamily Market Outlook

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Denver, CO | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Industrial

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: Denver, CO

Denver: 2015 Industrial Markets to WatchThe Denver industrial market is reaping the dividends of the state’s move to legalize marijuana production. Demand for space in Denver itself, where production is permitted, pushed the vacancy rate below 3% in late 2014, the lowest level on record. The surge in demand amounts to a positive shock of between 3.5 and 5 million square feet, according to different sources. Developers are responding slowly, with roughly 1 million square feet of space currently under development. That imbalance augurs continued strength in rent gains; the sector’s greater liquidity, borne out by higher transaction volumes, suggests resilience in asset values once interest rates begin their upward hike.

In spite of its visibility, marijuana production represents a tiny fraction of industrial space leases in the Denver area. The strength of the local economy — the unemployment rate is below 4% as of early 2015 — is supporting demand across light manufacturing, distribution and logistics, and warehousing. Investors will find the market’s rosy outlook commands a high price. Cap rates in Denver declined to an average of 5.7% in 2014 across property sales and refinancing activity, lower than some coastal gateways including Washington, DC and Boston.

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

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