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Oakland, CA | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Multifamily

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 Multifamily Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 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: Oakland, CA

Oakland: 2015 Multifamily Markets to WatchThe rapid gentrification of some of San Francisco’s most iconic and hitherto relatively affordable neighborhoods has forced many recently priced-out residents to look eastward across the Bay to Oakland. They are not alone, but instead have been joined by some investors who are skeptical of San Francisco’s record low cap rates.

By late 2014, surging demand for apartments pushed rent growth in Oakland to nearly 7.0%, according to Chandan Economics’ tracking of mortgage-financed properties. Supporting continued increases, Freddie Mac projects Oakland’s multifamily vacancy rate will hover just above 3.0% in 2015, barely higher than San Francisco. Developers are working to meet demand. The Temescal/Telegraph neighborhood is seeing a flurry of development activity as investors bet that this area can compete with Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto and attract young renters. Deliveries will peak in 2016, relieving some of the upward pressure on rents.

Relocations from San Francisco are not the only drivers of multifamily performance in Oakland. The local economy is strong, supporting local demand that is independent of the Bay Area’s market interplay. The employment picture in the Oakland area has brightened considerably: the unemployment rate peaked at 16.5% in 2009, above the state-wide number, but has since declined to 5.9%, below California’s current 6.5% rate.

To read more on Oakland and other top multifamily markets, download the full version of the 2015 Multifamily Market Update.

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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 franchisors with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.

Oakland, CA | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Office

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 Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 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: Oakland, CA

Oakland: 2015 Office Markets to WatchMimicking the dynamics of the Bay Area’s residential markets, Oakland is well-positioned to welcome tenants fleeing from the relentless expansion of tech companies as they further saturate San Francisco’s office landscape. Spillovers from San Francisco to Oakland are not new – they have been a feature of the market ever since the first tech companies decided to move up from Silicon Valley to the urban core of the city – but higher rents and limited space opposite the Bay Bridge have increased Oakland’s appeal. Outside of a few homegrown tech companies like Pandora and Ask.com, and a stream of freshly incubated tech startups, Oakland has yet to land its first big San Francisco tech migrant (as of early 2015). Brokers are reporting that several tech companies have been “kicking the tires” at the Sears Building, which is currently undergoing renovations to transform the former department store into tech-friendly office space. Other tenants, like chocolatier TCHO, advertising agency EVB, and several law firms, have taken advantage of the disparity in rental rates and taken the short BART ride over to Oakland.

For small- and mid-cap investors willing to accept lower liquidity than in San Francisco, Oakland’s higher cap rates and favorable prospects may offer compelling buying opportunities over the next year. Fundamentals are pointing in the right direction as investors keep their fingers crossed for a flurry of activity should big tech companies put their stamp of approval on the East Bay.

To read more on Oakland and other top office markets, download the full version of the 2015 Office Market Update report here.

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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 franchisors with more than 180 locations in 200 markets.