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Top 3 Reasons to Invest in the CRE Retail Sector in 2017

The retail real estate market, having long been the most segmented and divided sector of commercial real estate, was the most uniquely impacted in the last downturn and recovery. Grocery anchored neighborhood centers and free standing national credit retail properties have performed exceedingly well while regional malls, power centers, and non-anchored neighborhood strip centers have lagged in terms of price and rents. The slow economic recovery and ever growing share of e-commerce has made investment in retail real estate less desirable to sectors like multifamily and office. However, with this trend most likely changing in the next few years, retail may be one of the best investment opportunities for 2017. Here are three reasons this could be the case.

 

A beautiful new upscale shopping center with no tenants. Hang your own sign!

First, the economy may have now turned the corner and reentered a faster growth phase. GDP was last estimated to be growing at an annualized rate of 3.2% and unemployment has fallen to 4.6%. Retail sales continues to set new all-time records almost every month with annualized growth rates routinely near 3% according to the Census Bureau. As more people work due to the growing economy, they will have more money to spend. In fact, measures of consumer confidence, median household income, and total personal income have all shown strong growth and improvement in the last several months causing some to forecast yet another record breaking year for holiday sales. Regardless of online shopping, people are spending more at all types of retail establishments. Given that there has been a relatively low rate of new retail construction, it is almost unavoidable for retail rents and occupancies to rise resulting in the rising profitability of retail real estate investors. This rate of rent and occupancy growth may be the fastest of all property sectors in 2017 (at least for some markets).

 

Second, the retail landscape appears better equipped to compete in the new “digital” sales marketplace. Traditional retail tenants are now embracing an “omnichannel” approach, meaning dual focus on in-store and online sales, and recent research by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) indicates it is starting to show success. According to ICSC, 80% of Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend shoppers made purchases at physical stores and 28% of those who purchased goods online opted to pick up the orders at a physical store (i.e. “site-to-store”) where 64% of those shopper made additional in-store purchases. Thus, the view that a store can be “online only” appears to be diminishing. In fact, even online giant Amazon is now actively seeking to open physical stores to facilitate order pick-up and enhance impulse purchases. In short, the storefront is not “dead”, just redesigned. Additionally, some categories such as home improvement, furniture, and restaurants cannot be easily moved online. All of these sectors are showing growth in sales and even store openings.

 

Office building with flowers and trees.

Third, many retail properties are located on great pieces of real estate in premier locations. There remain potential shortages for all types of commercial real estate including office, self-storage, heath care, and even apartments in many markets and sub-markets across the country. Retail sites are potentially the best redevelopment and repurposing sites in many in-fill markets. Retail can be converted to office/health care uses with very little costs; even self-storage is feasible for large vacant anchor spaces. Meanwhile, getting new sites approved for development is taking longer and costing more in many, if not most markets and, as municipalities seek to “beautify” older properties the redevelopment of existing buildings is getting relatively easier. Therefore, many retail sites, which are typically relatively low intensity uses, are actually easier to build on than raw, un-entitled land.

 

With an in-depth understanding of the local market, an investor can purchase a substantial income stream today with a potentially great exit strategy in the future. The key is creative vision and a good understanding of the micro forces in the sub-market (think location, location, location).

Spokane, WA | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Spokane, WA

Spokane - Top Retail Market to WatchThe economy of Spokane is attempting to recreate itself from a natural products producer to a more high tech and business-focused cluster but, so far, the results remain mixed. Unemployment has grown recently to 7.7% in January ‘16 but new job creation is occurring at a 1.7% annualized rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Top sectors adding jobs include Information, Professional and Business Services, and Educational and Health Services, which are growing at annualized rates of 13.8%, 6.3%, and 3.6%, respectively. Population grew 4.2% from 2010 to 2015, according the Census Bureau, which means that overall demand for retail could grow. Still, sustained reductions in unemployment will need to be seen for significant growth to occur. As the tech industry grows, this is possible.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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San Francisco, CA | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: San Francisco, CA

San Francisco - Top Retail Market to WatchSan Francisco has been the iconic American boomtown for centuries and this trend continues today as technology firms have helped lead record job growth that has brought the unemployment rate down to 3.9% in January ‘16 as employment continues to grow at a 3.6% annualized rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. San Francisco is also a major port and tourist destination, thus the demand for retail real estate should grow strongly in 2016 and beyond. According to the Census Bureau, population has grown by 5.9% from 2010 to 2014, which is quite impressive given the limited land mass of the city and topography of the Bay Area. As rents and home prices rise, expect San Francisco retail real estate to continue gentrifying as well, causing rent spikes in many sub markets.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Portland, OR | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Portland, OR

Portland - top retail market to watchPortland has experienced surging new employment in 2015 that has brought the unemployment rate down to 4.7% as of January ‘16, while new jobs are being continually added at an annualized rate of 3.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is due to a well-diversified economy and quality of life that will also fuel growth in Portland’s retail real estate market. Top sectors for growth include Information, Leisure and Hospitality, Education and Health Services, and Construction, all growing at annualized rates of 9.4%, 4.6%, 4.5%, and 3.9%, respectively. As the population continues to grow as it has done by 6.1% from 2010 to 2014, according the Census Bureau, there will be greater needs for all real estate including retail establishments in 2016 and beyond.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Bluestone & Hockley in Portland, OR

SVN’s Portland-based Advisors at SVN | Bluestone & Hockley have some retail market highlights to share. Here’s what to look out for in Portland’s retail market in 2016:

  • Increase in on-market for sale properties
  • Decline in available SF for lease
  • Gradual increase of retail lease rate

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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San Diego, CA | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: San Diego, CA

San Diego - top retail market to watchSan Diego has steadily grown since the recession with now record levels of employment that have brought the unemployment rate down to 4.7% in January ‘16, while new jobs continue to be added at an annualized rate of 2.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Population has also grown 6.1% from 2010 to 2014 according to the Census Bureau, as people choose San Diego for its high quality of life and climate. Its diverse economy from military and shipping to research and finance has allowed demand and fundamentals for retail real estate to grow with a trend that should persist through 2016 and beyond. The top sectors for job gains are Construction, Education and Health Services, Professional and Business Services, and Manufacturing, with annualized growth rates of 7.4%, 3.9%, 3.6%, and 3.4%, respectively.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Orlando, FL | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Orlando, FL

Orlando - top retail market to watchOrlando continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the nation, fueled by record tourism and new business openings and relocations. Unemployment remains stable at 4.7% as new jobs are being created at a 4.9% annualized rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Population has also boomed by 9.9% from 2010 to 2014, according to the Census Bureau, creating the demand for more retail real estate. Top employment sectors include Construction, Professional and Business Services, Manufacturing, Educational and Health Services, and Leisure and Hospitality, with annualized growth rates of 14.5%, 8.6%, 7.3%, 4.6%, and 4.4%, respectively. This broad-based growth will enhance the health of the retail real estate sector in 2016 and beyond for both tourist-focused and resident-focused establishments.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Nashville, TN | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Nashville, TN

Nashville - top retail market to watchNashville’s economy continues to boom, as employment sets new record highs with continued 4.0% annualized growth that has brought the unemployment rate to a low of 3.7% as of January ‘16, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This corresponds with a 6.7% increase in population from 2010 to 2014, according to the Census Bureau. This growth is putting pressure on retail real estate as fundamentals improve in face of steady growth; a trend expected to persist in 2016 and beyond. The fastest growing employment sector is Mining, Logging, and Construction followed by Professional and Business Services, then Financial Activities and Information, with annualized growth rates of 9.4%, 8.7%, 4.5%, and 4.4%, respectively. This type of broad-based job growth is sure to boost all real estate sectors including retail.

Advisor Insights: SVN | The Genesis Group in Nashville, TN

SVN’s Nashville-based Advisors at SVN | The Genesis Group have some retail market highlights to share. Here’s what to look out for in Nashville’s retail market in 2016:

  • Strong demand for retail space
  • Declining vacancy
  • High rents
  • Competition for space
  • Very little inventory

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Miami, FL | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Miami, FL

Miami - top retail market to watchAfter facing a deep real estate and economic recession, Miami has fully recovered, has more employment than ever, and continues to grow at a 2.9% annualized pace, while unemployment remains stable at 5.2% as of January ‘16, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth has been led by a new construction boom fed by foreign investment that has construction jobs growing at a 10.5% annualized rate, making it the far and away fastest growing sector. Population has also grown by 7.8% from 2010 to 2015, according to the Census Bureau, and is expected to continue growing, fueling the need for more retail development. Miami’s joint tourism, retirement, and business growth should force rental rates up and vacancies down in the retail real estate sector for 2016 and beyond.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Las Vegas, NV | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas - top retail market to watchAs tourism growth has once again led Las Vegas to new heights in overall employment, the unemployment rate is still falling as it sits at 6.5% as of January ‘16 while jobs are being added at a 2.5% annualized rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction is the fastest growing employment sector at an 11.0% annualized rate followed by Education and Health Services at 8.1%. Las Vegas took a pause in population growth due to the recession but the pace is likely to grow in 2016 and beyond; still, the city grew by 5.0% from 2010 to 2014, according to the Census Bureau. Growth in tourism will spur the need for tourist-focused retail in popular locations like The Strip; however, overall growth will also increase demand for retail to service the local population. Over time, Las Vegas is likely to diversify from tourism and become a more balanced economy.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Charlotte, NC | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Charlotte, NC

Charlotte - top retail market to watchCharlotte has expanded its employment base steadily since the recession bottomed in 2010 and currently has a relatively low 5.3% unemployment rate, as of January ‘16, and 2.8% annualized growth of new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The region has also grown population by 10.1% from 2010 to 2014 according to the Census Bureau, making it prime for expansion and development of retail real estate. Major growing employment segments include Mining, Logging, and Construction, Financial Activities, and Leisure and Hospitality with 6.4%, 4.8%, and 4.6% annualized growth, respectively. As Charlotte continues to be a popular place to work and live, more firms are likely to enter the market, including those seeking to establish corporate headquarters. Despite these positive forces, North Carolina’s recently enacted “bathroom law” threatens to reverse economic growth as businesses and consumers look elsewhere to avoid the perceived discriminatory law; this could cause pain to the retail sector for the rest of 2016 and beyond if not fixed.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Percival Partners in Charlotte, NC

SVN’s Charlotte-based Advisors at SVN | Percival Partners have some retail market highlights to share. Here’s what to look out for in Charlotte’s retail market in 2016:

  • Increasing property values
  • Ongoing new development of grocery anchored centers
  • New grocery stores entering the market
  • Target will start expanding again
  • Continue to see high demand for investment properties

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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Austin, TX | 2016 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

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 Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Austin, TX

Austin - top retail market to watchRetail real estate should perform well in Austin in 2016 and beyond, as this dynamic economy continues to grow and diversify. According to the Census Bureau, the population of Austin has grown 12.5% from 2010 to 2014. Not surprisingly, the economy looks stellar with a 3.2% unemployment rate as of January ‘16 and jobs are growing at 4.7% annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The best sectors for job growth are Mining, Logging, and Construction and Leisure and Hospitality, growing at 11.0% and 9.2% annualized rates, respectively. These forces will keep new residents locating in the metro region and businesses expanding. Retail demand will follow the population and should continue expanding in 2016 with ever-increasing fundamentals.

Advisor Insights: SVN | Tamarack in Austin, TX

SVN’s Austin-based Advisors at SVN | Tamarack have some retail market highlights to share:

Gateway Cities like Austin continue to benefit from diverse job creation ranging from service jobs to higher-end STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It remains an attractive place to live for all generations. Due to the continued numbers of people moving to Austin all property types are attractive but retail properties will continue to be the most favorable investment type.

Austin has a tight market for space so we will see most new construction in sub-markets of Austin such as Lakeway, Leander and Cedar Park.

  • With average rental rates averaging $20 – $23.50 per square foot, rates are expected to increase by more than 4% by the end of 2016.
  • Values in the retail market are expected to increase by 2% – 3.9% by year end.
  • Absorption has been positive for the previous five years and is expected to increase to an estimated 350,000 square feet within 2016. With slightly more than 300,000 square feet of retail space expected to be constructed by the end of 2016 the occupancy rate will also increase above its current 94% rate. Retail properties that are under construction, planned and proposed represent a 3% growth to the current Austin market.
  • Cap rates are currently 6.8% – 7% and are expected to stay relatively flat for the next 6 months.

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 retail markets, download the full version of the 2016 Retail Market Outlook report here.

2016 Retail Market Outlook

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SVN Releases 2016 CRE Market Outlook Reports

New Updates on Trends in Top Markets

This week SVN released the 2016 Market Outlook Reports as a way to update the CRE industry on current trends. Teaming up with the Lakemont Group, Real Capital Analytics, and REIS, SVN put together reports detailing today’s economic conditions and how they impact commercial real estate. These reports also highlight top markets to watch across the U.S., citing cities such as Chicago and Atlanta that CRE professionals should keep an eye on. Broken up into four major asset classes – industrial, multifamily, office, and retail – these reports provide useful insights as we head into the second half of 2016.

Highlights from Each Report Include:

Industrial

Chicago Market Outlook Reports
Chicago, IL
  • Global pressures weigh on growth
  • Net absorption strong as vacancy falls
  • Fundamentals improve for all industrial sectors
  • Demand growth persists
  • Yield seeking investors discover industrial properties
  • Warehouse is the storefront of tomorrow

Multifamily

  • New supply meeting demand
  • Rent growth fuels supply expansion
  • Class ‘A’ leads in rent growth, ‘B/C’ in occupancy
  • Record households and jobs increase demand growth
  • Low cap rates engender price risk fears
  • Baby Boomers may form next rental wave
Atlanta Market Outlook Reports
Atlanta, GA

Office

  • Slow growth and steady gains
  • Record rents amidst still high vacancies
  • ‘B/C’ holds steady while ‘A’ gains
  • Domestic strength and global uncertainty
  • Wide spreads indicate low risk
  • Return of the private office is possible

Retail

  • Discovering a new normal
  • High vacancies restrict the need for new supply
  • Neighborhood centers make gains on power centers
  • Consumer segment continues to grow
  • Opportunities for mispriced assets exist
  • Housing reconstruction to spur retail 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.

 

CRE Market Outlook

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Commercial Real Estate Retail Tenant Synergy

Tenant Synergy in Retail Commercial Real Estate

With ICSC’s annual RECon upon us, it’s about time to talk about retail tenant synergy. The original logic behind the large anchored mall was that people were unlikely to go out of their way to go to an in-line store, like a pretzel shop or a shoe store, but that they were willing to travel to go to a department store, like a Macy’s or a JC Penney. To take advantage of this, commercial real estate developers began building malls that had department store anchors at their corners and lots of little “in-line” shops in between. The department stores frequently got discounted rent, so it was a win for them, and the in-line stores benefited from having lots of “forced” traffic as people going between the department stores walked by. While the model of the mall has changed over the years, the concept of a synergistic relationship between tenants continues.

Retail Tenant SynergyLooking for more examples? Have you ever noticed that most neighborhood centers have a card store right near the supermarket? Or, for that matter, have you ever wondered why neighborhood centers typically have take-out focused restaurants like Chinese or pizza shops near the supermarket? It’s all about convenience.

What is going on here is that these commercial real estate owners have realized the benefit of synergy. Having tenants that fit well together is not only a way to keep their customers happy, but it is also a way to keep tenants happy. A dry cleaner located next to a supermarket, a card shop, a pizza parlor, a family haircut place and a day spa is very unlikely to leave. They benefit not only from their proximity to the supermarket but also from their proximity to other supportive businesses which make that center a one-stop shop. What could be a better place for them?

Retail Tenant Synergy Gone Wrong

On the other hand, commercial real estate landlords who get desperate can sometimes fail to achieve synergy. While this can be a way to keep occupancies high in the short term, it can generate greater vacancy down the line. Here’s a real world example of four tenants at a center in an overbuilt but demographically desirable eastern suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota:

  • High-end wine shop
  • Yoga studio
  • Gourmet food boutique focusing largely on cheese
  • Army recruiting center

I know of another center in an inner-ring northern suburb that has the area’s largest gun shop, a tobacco store, a rowdy drinking establishment and a large health clinic. It doesn’t have a pharmacy.

Over time, these centers will typically lose the tenant that doesn’t fit or will lose more tenants as their outlier tenant changes the nature of the entire center. While few commercial real estate marketing packages talk about this and many commercial real estate investment brokers are unaware of it, achieving tenant synergy is crucial for a retail center to be successful in the long term.

At SVN, creating synergy is a fundamental part of the principles that underlie our Shared Value Network℠. To learn more about how we help retail owners create markets for their properties, join us on our SVN | Live ℠ Open Sales Meeting.

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The CRE Advisor's Guide to Surviving ICSC RECon 2016

Getting Ready for RECon 2016

As you’re probably aware, ICSC’s annual RECon is the event of all events for those in the commercial real estate industry, and an even bigger deal for those who specialize in retail. With over 40,000 attendees predicted to attend, and over 1,000 company booths, it’s a wonder how you will be able to see everything you want to see, learn everything you made the trip to learn, and network with the individuals you desperately need to meet.

Here are a few tips to survive Las Vegas this May:

  1. Plan ahead. If you haven’t already started thinking about this then go do it, like, now. The ICSC website has a list of all the attendees and booths that will be at the conference. Sit down and highlight which markets you would like to focus on, and who you want to meet in those markets. Find out if they have a booth, and schedule as many meetings as possible. Make a map of the convention center, highlight the booths you plan to see, in what order, and try not to get lost!
  2. Get the important things done first. As the conference drags on, many attendees will start to get bored or tired, and may not be hanging around for the last day and a half. Make sure you are scheduling meetings with the people you must see, and must talk to, first. Create a second “potential” list for the people you would like to speak with if you have time, or happen to run into at their booth. This way you are keeping your priorities in order, and making sure your time is well spent.
  3. Enjoy your time. There is no doubt that the conference can become hectic. Take advantage of this opportunity by introducing yourself to as many people as possible. The chances you are connected may be slim, but who knows who you will meet. RECon provides the best opportunity to expand your network and increase your business and deal flow.

Now that you’ve set up some meetings, take a deep breath and get excited for this action-packed weekend. And don’t forget to stop by SVN at booth C162F to find out what our Advisors have been up to! Click here for directions to the SVN booth C162F.

Oh, and amid all this preparation and excitement for #RECon2016, don’t forget to book your flights…

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SVN Restaurant Resource Group Gears Up for 2016

Focusing on Mixed-Use Property, SVN Restaurant Resource Group Starts the Year with New Goals in Mind

After a record-setting year of sales and leasing volume, the SVN Restaurant Resource Group is heading into 2016 with refined focus on mixed-use assets. The team has identified 25 ‘high-opportunity’ retail corridors in Chicago and nearby transportation oriented suburbs.

Why Mixed-Use?

SVN Restaurant Resource GroupMixed-use properties in Cook County offer a unique tax advantage over strictly commercial properties. A mixed-use property’s assessed value is based on 10% of market value while a commercial property’s assessed value is based on 25% market value. Based solely on classification, two properties with identical market values may have dramatically different real estate tax liability.

Better federal tax depreciation benefits are also available for mixed-use property owners. For instance, if residential rentals account for more than 80% of the asset’s overall income, the property improvements are depreciated over a 27.5 year period versus a typical 39 year period.

Investors of mixed-use buildings are often entrepreneurial, making it a “natural fit for our personalities and results-driven market strategies,” as described by SVN Advisor Marcus Sullivan.

High-Opportunity Neighborhoods

SVN Restaurant Resource GroupSVN Advisor Tim Rasmussen details the methodology in determining the 25 target corridors: “We recognized several common characteristics in neighborhoods where our team and clients were most successful: well-defined retail corridors, shifting demographics, high walkability scores, and close proximity to rapid transit.”

It is estimated that over 50% of neighborhood retail/commercial space is occupied by restaurant and other food related business. This trend is likely to continue as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers dwindle in the wake of e-commerce. However, the SVN Resource Group concedes the shifting dynamics present repositioning opportunities for savvy investors and restaurateurs.

Top Tier, Middle Market

The SVN Restaurant Resource Group emphasizes assets valued between $500K- $5.0M. According to SVN Advisor, Jim Martin, “These tend to be fairly easy to finance with local and regional banks, i.e., the MB’s and Bridgeview Banks of the world.”

Martin explains the strategy is consistent with the mid-market world where SVN typically contends. “We rarely compete with the likes of CBRE or JLL, yet we’re able to leverage a national platform, the most sophisticated commercial real estate tools in the industry, and ultimately win the business.”

New Blood

Christian Peppler has joined the SVN Restaurant Resources Group and will provide advisory services for mixed-use property owners throughout the Greater Chicagoland Area. Christian brings six years of commercial real estate experience and has overseen $10M in real estate transactions.

About The SVN Restaurant Resource Group

SVN Restaurant Resource GroupThe SVN Restaurant Resource Group provides first-in-class advisory to clients in the foodservice and hospitality industry. Landlords, restaurant and nightclub operators, bakeries, caterers, hotels, food processors and manufacturers rely on the experience, local market knowledge, industry relationships, and technology advantages possessed by this highly specialized team of commercial real estate professionals. SVN has over 200 offices throughout the US, Mexico and Canada.

To learn more, visit the SVN Restaurants website here.

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Tampa, FL | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Tampa, FL

Tampa: 2015 Top Retail MarketsLike other Florida metros hard-hit by the Great Recession, Tampa’s retail market is now recovering its momentum. Job growth and demand for space are both set to improve in 2015. Across retail subtypes, Chandan Economics reports the vacancy rate declined to 6.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014, in spite of a spike in completions. Asking rents increased by just 1.1% over the year but are projected to accelerate by late 2015.

Supermarkets are among the retailers expanding or looking to expand in the Tampa market. Trader Joe’s opened a location in Tampa in 2014 and, in early 2015, completed another in St. Petersburg that drew crowds to its grand opening. Organic and specialty grocers Whole Foods, Lucky’s Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Earth Fare are each rumored to be on the lookout for locations in the area. Developers have begun to answer a broader call for more development, but currently less than 2 million square feet of retail space is under construction. In the ranks of potentially catalytic projects, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning has proposed an ambitious redevelopment project to revitalize the waterfront district near Amalie Arena, adding close to 3 million square feet of office, restaurant, and retail space.

To read more on Tampa and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Game-Changing Trends in Retail Distribution

Each year, at our Sperry Van Ness® (SVN) National Conference, I talk to our commercial real estate advisors and business owners about game-changing trends. Game-changers occur when people are doing things (working, playing, living) differently than they used to just a few years ago. This year, I compiled them under 4 categories: Communication, Design, Collaboration and Distribution.

Trends in Distribution

The following video features the third portion of my 2015 talk on trends. Watch the video and read the takeaways below.

Main Takeaways in Distribution Trends

Retail establishments will need:

1. “Omnichannel” sales, meaning in person, online and even retailer to retailer distribution.

2. Customized delivery options, including the ability to pay different prices for different rates of delivery (same day, next day, 2-days or more); and pick up in store.

3. Smart fulfillment centers that may even have robots performing most of the work, located near to large population areas.

Most people think of Amazon as a store, but it is truly a distributor of products and their innovations in this area are extraordinary. While it may be a long time before drones will have the flight clearance to deliver our packages from the nearest smart fulfillment center, Amazon is experimenting with actual stores, same day delivery in urban areas, Amazon Prime which rewards loyal customers; and even a new slow delivery option where they give you eBook credits. It will probably not be long before we can order a product via our phones and pick up in the store, and if we haven’t paid online, we can go to a retail location and a robot will bring us our product which we will pay for by a few taps of on our smartwatch.

At Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, we are watching these trends to see how they affect the commercial real estate industry. Our goal is to capitalize on these trends so that our advisors are using the most powerful tools to the benefit of their clients.

To view the full speech please visit our YouTube page.

Orange County, CA | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Orange County, CA

Orange County, CA: 2015 Top Retail MarketsThe retail vacancy rate in Orange County fell below 5% in 2014, down more than 200 basis points over the last two years. Rents have moved in kind, rising 8.1% over the year, according to Chandan Economics. Supply has been restrained but will spike in 2015 as large projects come online. The market is expected to absorb the new space easily, supported by the area’s strong underlying economic and consumer spending trends. In many areas of Orange County, retail sales are back to prerecession levels, at least when measured by sales tax receipts.

Supported by a median household annual income exceeding $75,000, developers are stepping up to provide opportunities for retailers to cash in. Institutional retail property owners are pouring money into remodeling and updating Orange County malls, including South Coast Plaza, which generated $1.6 billion in sales in 2014. The Brea Mall completed its major facelift in 2014, and others, including Main Place in Santa Ana and the Laguna Hills Mall, are soon to receive major remodels as well. In the small- and mid-cap segments of the market, grocery-anchored shopping centers in Orange County have seen an impressive run of 5 straight years of positive net absorption. Developers are also turning to downtown Anaheim and downtown Santa Ana for mixed-use infill opportunities.

To read more on Orange County and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

San Antonio, TX | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: San Antonio, TX

San Antonio: 2015 Top Retail MarketsContrasting national trends, San Antonio’s retail inventory grew in leaps and bounds in 2014. Developers added roughly 2 million square feet of new retail space during the year, nearly doubling the tally of deliveries from the market low point in 2012. Despite the new supply, occupancy has edged higher. CoStar reported a 5.5% vacancy rate for the fourth quarter of 2014, below San Antonio’s long-term average. Asking rents were relatively flat over the year but are expected to ramp up. Investors in the market may find that cap rates still reflect the slower rate of income gains, affording an opportunity for investment at a discount to fundamentals.

The balance of San Antonio’s retail development in 2014 came from large chain stores like Walmart and Sam’s Club. Walmart made big moves with the opening of a new Supercenter, as well as four smaller locations. Texas-based supermarket chain H-E-B also experimented with new concepts in 2014, renovating its oldest operating location on Nogalitos Street into its first two-story market in Texas. H-E-B plans to expand its corporate headquarters in downtown San Antonio, and build an adjoining 12,000-square-foot market, the only grocery store in the urban core. Once-troubled retail corridors, like Austin Highway, are seeing new life thanks to complementary multifamily development in the area.

To read more on San Antonio and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Orlando, FL | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL: 2015 Top Retail MarketsInvestors frustrated by rock-bottom yields in gateway markets may find the right balance of lower asset prices and improving market performance in Orlando. Investment activity has picked up, but the recovery in prices has lagged, reflecting a slow rebound in occupancy and rent growth. While retail rents were flat in 2014, CoStar projects that rent growth will accelerate past an annual rate of 5% by 2016.

Downtown Orlando is sometimes criticized for a lack of weekend activity, but plans are in the works to enliven the city center and introduce new live–work–play opportunities to this Central Florida market. Investors are adding more entertainment draws to the tenant mix. Orlando Fashion Square, sold in 2013 for $35 million, added a bowling alley last August and will become the home of Orlando’s first Element by Westin hotel. The Artegon Marketplace is adding a mix of specialty draws like International Hot Glass, a DIY glass-blowing studio and art gallery, and Gods & Monsters, a 19,000-square-foot comic book concept. A new mall is in the works, as DDR broke ground on the new Lee Vista Promenade in December, despite Target pulling out as one of its proposed anchor tenants.

To read more on Orlando and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Northern Virginia | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia: 2015 Top Retail Markets to WatchThe Northern Virginia retail market has long been dominated by traditional shopping malls, but today’s retail developers are working to recast the area in a more urban mold. Among the most notable projects, the Springfield Town Center, a wholesale redevelopment of the Springfield Mall, opened in late 2014 with more outdoor and community spaces, a movie theater, and play options for children. Development activity has not crimped fundamentals. Northern Virginia ended 2014 with a retail vacancy rate of 6% according to Chandan Economics, down 30 basis points from a year earlier.

Supporting the long-term outlook for the local retail scene, Tysons Corner is due to receive a boost with the long-awaited extension of the DC Metro’s Silver Line. Office leasing in the area is picking up, which will increase the number of riders through the Tysons Corner station. Several new mixed-use retail and apartment developments have broken ground since the Silver Line opened in July. By 2018, the Silver Line will be extended further to serve the Reston Town Center and link up with Dulles International Airport.

The possibility of federal belt-tightening has local economists in the Northern Virginia market warning of a possible medium-term contraction, but there is little evidence of a drop-off in activity thus far. Supermarkets and their developers seem to shrug off these worries as New York–based Wegmans and North Carolina–based Harris Teeter, now a subsidiary of Kroger, are among the retailers expanding into the area.

To read more on Northern Virginia and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Nashville, TN | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Nashville, TN

Nashville: 2015 Top Retail Markets to WatchNashville’s road to recovery has been longer than for most other markets. In the immediate aftermath of the recession, vacancy rates trended above 10%, according to Chandan Economics, and have only recently narrowed the gap. Heading into 2015, the vacancy rate across all retail property subtypes was 6.6%, according to CoStar, approaching the long-term market average of 6.4%.

As property income trends have improved, new development is getting underway. Current projects include mixed-use development with street-level retail, such as developments by local grocer-cum-real estate developer H.G. Hill in Hillsboro Village and Sylvan Heights. Additionally, the opening of First Tennessee Park, the new 10,000-seat ballpark for the Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds, is expected to spur new retail investment into the Sulphur Dell neighborhood, just north of the Capitol. As competition for space in established retail hot spots like the Gulch, Green Hills, and Belle Meade intensifies, local retail investors are turning to the Main Street and Gallatin Avenue corridor of East Nashville for lower prices and a burgeoning local retailer scene that could support upside appreciation. Florida-based supermarket chain Publix has reportedly shown interest in a smaller urban concept near Music Row, satisfying growing demand for grocery store options from residents of newly built downtown submarket apartments and condos.

To read more on Nashville and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Miami, FL | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Miami, FL

Miami: 2015 Top Retail Markets to WatchMiami’s retail sector has never been healthier. Across all subtypes, CoStar reports the market vacancy was just 3.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Malls and power centers circled out the year with sub-2% vacancy rates; neighborhood and community shopping centers, at a still-enviable 5.1%. Spurred by limited availability, rent growth in Miami has hit double digits, rising by 11.2% in 2014 according to Chandan Economics’ tracking of mortgage-financed properties.

Luxury brands from across the globe are clamoring for footholds in the rejuvenated Design District and some of Miami’s large-scale retail construction sites. The westerly suburb of Doral is also heating up, as IKEA opened its only Miami–Dade County location there in August 2014, and giant mixed-use projects Downtown Doral and Doral CityPlace are expected to deliver hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail in 2015. As Doral retail opportunities come online and centrally located mega-projects like Brickell CityCentre add plenty of supply, it remains to be seen how rapidly the pent-up demand for retail will absorb these new additions.

While the relative strength of the dollar compared to most foreign currencies could mean that international travel to Southern Florida will recede slightly, domestic tourism may well increase with cheap gas prices driving Americans to hit the road. For long-term investors, both are issues for the short-term and should not alter the long-term outlook for Miami’s retail sector.

To read more on Miami and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Manhattan, NY | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Manhattan, NY

Manhattan: 2015 Top Retail Markets to WatchRetail is booming, as it always seems to be, in the major shopping districts of Manhattan. The Fifth Avenue corridor below Central Park has stolen Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay crown as the most expensive retail market, with rents for the top deals exceeding $3,000 per square foot. Even when incumbents leave the luxury corridor, their spaces are not vacant for long. Microsoft announced it would take over the space vacated by Fendi, which moved to a no-less-swanky Madison Avenue location in 2014. Microsoft’s new location will be its first flagship to compete with the ubiquitous Apple retail stores.

New York City neighborhoods are seeing an increase in demand for space driven by a strong local economy and large-scale infrastructure and development projects that will transform entire submarkets. In Lower Manhattan, several national tenants are actively in search of spaces near the World Trade Center as the full vision for the neighborhood reaches fruition. Saks Fifth Avenue announced that it would take 90,000 square feet in the adjacent Brookfield Place center as well as open a Saks Off 5th store in 1 Liberty Plaza, the first of its kind in Manhattan. Additionally, Neiman Marcus announced plans to open its first Manhattan location in 2018 at the Shops at Hudson Yards, currently under construction. Not every part of the borough can boast runaway success in retail leasing. While residential investors are betting on the opening of the Second Avenue Subway in East Harlem and the Upper East Side, retail leasing activity has not picked up significantly in anticipation of the new line.

To read more on Manhattan and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Understanding the Retail Anchor

If you attended this years ICSC RECon in Las Vegas then you know retail is on the tip of the tongue of every commercial real estate investor. With acquisitions high,  it’s important to understand retail CRE concepts. One of the most important concepts in retail property is the anchor.

What is a Retail Anchor?

retail anchorA retail anchor is a store or other tenant that drives traffic to a retail center or area.

While large shopping malls typically use department stores as anchors, most private commercial real estate investors buy smaller properties. These strip centers are usually anchored by a grocery store like Safeway, Kroger or Piggly Wiggly or by a drug store like a Walgreen’s, CVS or Rite-Aid. Anchored centers typically carry lower cap rates due to the fact that investors usually prefer them.

Many anchored centers are actually “shadow anchored.” This means that an anchor store is present, but is not a part of the center. A good example of this would be a strip center with a Target store. Since Target almost always owns their stores, the center is shadow anchored by the Target. You can buy the center, and it can benefit from the presence of the Target, but you won’t own the Target itself. If you are considering a shadow anchor center, make sure that you have a good understanding of where the shadow anchor actually is. I have seen brokers describe centers as “shadow anchored” when the anchor is located kitty-corner across a major intersection.

Anchored and shadow anchored centers are some of the best commercial real estate investments. They offer the stability of a large tenant combined with a diverse income stream. Many anchored centers also have a tenant mix which performs well in both up and down economies.

What do you think about anchored retail? Please share your thoughts below.

To read more on retail markets in the commercial real estate industry, download the 2015 Retail Market Update report here.

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5 Key Retail Market Insights from ICSC's RECon 2015

What are the major retail market trends driving today’s real estate economy? That is a huge question, but luckily SVN’s Shari Tucker-Gasser has some answers. As the National Council Chair of Multi-Tenant Retail for Sperry Van Ness, LLC, Tucker-Gasser shared some of her expert retail market insights with GlobeSt.com at this year’s RECon in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Retail Market Insights: 5 Key Takeaways

1. Real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are dominating the retail market space. This means that it’s a tough market for independent investors, who can’t compete with the deep pockets of real estate investment trusts. With greater financial resources, REITs have the ability to take more risks with their property investments. This shuts many independent investors out of the market, because they can’t afford what REITs are willing to pay for properties.

2. Anchors are popular, but not a necessity. Due to the threat of an anchor possibly vacating, some investors prefer to buy unanchored strip centers. So while independent investors may be excluded from certain deals because of powerful REITs, they still have some attractive (and affordable) investment options.

3. “Green” properties in urban areas are purchased based on curb appeal. People often enjoy being able to say that they purchased renovated or “recycled” properties. “Green” buildings are trendy and appealing for certain types of investors, who are typically not as motivated by cash.

4. Revitalization projects can be attractive and mutually beneficial. Developing an area is exciting, because you are uplifting a previously struggling community. Millennials tend to prefer inner city areas, where they can easily commute to work and spend time with their peers. This poses a great opportunity for developers, who can revamp inner city communities to meet the needs of the growing number of city-dwellers.

5. The lack of good leasing brokers is a problem. Due to the recession, many good brokers have left the business. The industry needs a new crop of talented leasing brokers to sustain the commercial real estate field. This new breed of brokers will not appear overnight, but Tucker-Gasser remains optimistic.

To read more on retail markets in the commercial real estate industry, download the 2015 Retail Market Update report.

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Las Vegas, NV | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV: 2015 Top Retail Markets to WatchBrick-and-mortar retailers across the country are struggling against competition from online commerce. In downtown Las Vegas, however, e-retailer Zappos, along with other tech firms, is creating jobs and helping to diversify the market away from its traditional gaming base. In 2013, the online shoe seller acquired the former City Hall building, transforming it into its corporate headquarters. The company’s chairman additionally purchased about 100 surrounding parcels and has invested nearly $350 million in The Downtown Project, backing everything from the development of an elementary school and a healthcare clinic to establishing a tech start-up incubator. While these are not retail investments, per se, they are essential elements of the complementary live–work–play environment that is proving ever more important for the success of retail spaces.

Across the Las Vegas market, CoStar reports an unenviable retail vacancy rate of 9.6% as of the fourth quarter of 2014. Malls boast much lower vacancy rates but are balanced against a 14.8% vacancy rate for neighborhood centers. Vacancy rates are projected to trend lower in 2015 and 2016, owing largely to limited new supply, but rent growth will remain subdued in the near term.

In the realm of retail spaces catering to tourists, the draw of Las Vegas remains on the Strip, and, in recent years, casino operators have been investing in retail and restaurant opportunities. New York, New York added several storefronts along the Strip near the Brooklyn Bridge replica, including the 12,000-square-foot Hershey’s Chocolate World flagship store. In 2014, the LINQ Hotel & Casino opened its 300,000-square-foot open-air retail center, anchored by the High Roller, a 550-foot observation wheel. Other retail additions at Treasure Island, Bally’s, and the new Tropicana are at various levels of completion. Investor interest in Sin City had slumped in the aftermath of the housing bust; however, led by the Blackstone acquisition of The Cosmopolitan hotel complex late last year, many investors now have Las Vegas back in their sights.

To read more on Las Vegas and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

Charlotte, NC | 2015 Top #CRE Markets to Watch: Retail

Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2015 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 2015. Today we are delving into the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2015 Retail 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 Retail Market to Watch: Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC | 2015 Retail Markets to WatchCharlotte is generally well-regarded for its healthy office market and, having recovered substantially from the financial crisis, is drawing retailers with an eye for its improving employment and consumer outlook. With falling retail vacancy rates and only modest levels of construction, market fundamentals are poised to strengthen through 2015 and 2016. Across all retail subtypes, Chandan Economics reports the market vacancy rate for mortgage-financed properties fell below 7% in the fourth quarter of 2014. As compared to a year earlier, the pace of rent growth nearly doubled during 2014.

A burgeoning supermarket war is being waged in the Charlotte region, as Florida-based Publix is rapidly snapping up market share in Harris Teeter’s backyard. Walmart locations are proliferating throughout the region, and Whole Foods announced in early 2015 that it will open its second Charlotte location in the First Ward. Restaurants are also looking toward Charlotte and its hungry workers for expansion. New York–based salad purveyor Chop’t chose the Charlotte neighborhood of Myers Park for its first location outside of New York or DC. Another newcomer to the region is personal shoppers at malls, which are now available at Simon’s SouthPark Mall for a sizeable fee. Investor appetite for the region’s retail is very strong, as most institutional investors have already become comfortable with Charlotte’s fundamentals through office assets. The largest retail transactions of 2014 were closed by Connecticut-based Starwood Capital and Los Angeles–based CIM Group, both of which also own substantial office towers in the CBD.

To read more on Charlotte and other top retail markets, download the full version of the 2015 Top Retail Markets to Watch 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.

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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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.

To read more on the Florida Tech Corridor, 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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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.

To read more on Nashville, 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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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.

To read more on New York 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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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.

To read more on Chicago, 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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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.

To read more on San Francisco, 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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5 for Friday with John McClellan of SVN/Miller Commercial Real Estate

John McClellan, CCIM, Senior Advisor, SVN/Miller Commercial Real Estate
John McClellan, CCIM, Senior Advisor, SVN/Miller Commercial Real Estate

This week, our 5 for Friday features John McClellan, CCIM, Senior Advisor with SVN/Miller Commercial Real Estate.

 1.   What is your geographic market and product specialty?
The Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. I specialize in office, industrial and retail properties.

2.  What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?
I have found great success in 3 key areas:

  • Daily planning
  • Using my spreadsheets to track all deals by date and probability
  • Blocked time with phones and email shut off to “get stuff done”

3.  What’s been the biggest change over on how you run your business in the past decade? 
The biggest change would have to be the surge in how we use technology to connect with and update potential buyers and clients. The use of social media, websites, even apps for iPads and other devices, have become invaluable tools in how I conduct day-to-day business.

4.   What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?
“Brokers who Dominate” by Rod Santomassimo

5.    What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you?
I am a passionate but conflicted college football fan having graduated from Penn State but with two kids in college at South Carolina and Alabama.

 

*All Sperry Van Ness offices are independently owned and operated.

5 for Friday with Neal Bowman of Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group

It’s time for Five for Friday! This week we ask five questions to Neal Bowman of Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Neal Bowman, Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group
Neal Bowman, Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group

1. What is your geographic market and product specialty? 

My market is northeast Indiana / Fort Wayne  and my specialty is  sales and leasing for retail and industrial.

2. What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share? 

Listings bring opportunity and driving your market is the best way to prospect. If the parking lot is bare then the business may be struggling and may need to sale and/or downsize. If the parking lot is at capacity, then they may need to sale and/or secure more space.

3. What’s been the biggest change over on how you run your business in the past decade?  

I plan each day the night before and stay focused and organized.

4.What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

 Winning In Commercial Real Estate Sales: An Action Plan for Success by Thomas Arthur Smith

5. What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you?  

Upon graduating from college, I enrolled in the Peace Corps in West Africa.

 

*All Sperry Van Ness offices are independently owned and operated.

5 for Friday with Bob Lovelace of SVN Florida

Five for Friday this week turns its sights on  Bob Lovelace, CCIM, MAI, Senior Advisor at Sperry Van Ness Florida, at the New Smyrna Beach, FL location.

Bob Lovelace
Bob Lovelace, MAI, CCIM, Senior Advisor, SVN Florida

 1.       What is your geographic market and product specialty?

I have specialized in East Central Florida commercial real estate for 30 years with a particular focus on the Interstate 4 corridor between Orlando and Daytona Beach.  I have worked with a broad variety of property classes and client types.  Over the past five years, I have worked primarily with distressed assets and lender REO including large land tracts, office, and retail properties.

 

2.      What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?

Jerry Anderson, CCIM, recently noted that SVN Advisors’ access to Real Capital Analytics data is one of our organization’s most powerful tools to identify opportunities.  I was guilty of overlooking it.

 

3.      What’s been the biggest change over on how you run your business in the past decade?

Ten years ago I set a goal to transition my full-time appraisal practice to one of a full- time brokerage.  I completed the CCIM program, affiliated with some good brokerages along the way, and feel as though the transformation has culminated in my association with Sperry Van Ness Florida.

 

4.      What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

Because of a recommendation by Bo Barron, CCIM, I just finished Michael Hyatt’s “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World”.  As promised, the book delivers great guidance on how to better structure and leverage one’s marketing in the social media universe.

 

5.      What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you?

I was drawn to New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet many years ago because of surfing, and I haven’t left yet.  Through surfing, I met and married a local girl in a ceremony at the top of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.  This little beach town has been good to me.

 

*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.

 

Five for Friday: The collaborator who puts 'multiple eyes' on listings

Neil Johnson of Sperry Van Ness/Landmark Commercial Real Estate in Geneva, Ill. talks about the benefits that come with the team approach – and the move from hitchhiker to advisor in this week’s Five for Friday.  

Neil Johnson, managing director/broker at Sperry Van Ness / Landmark Advisors
Neil Johnson, managing director/broker at Sperry Van Ness / Landmark Advisors

1. What is your geographic market and product specialty? 

The focus of my brokerage work for 15 years has been in Kane County, Ill. and the surrounding suburban areas about one hour west of downtown Chicago. As an office, our advisors handle retail, office, and industrial properties – plus vacant land. We do quite a bit of leasing, which has created relationships for some of our best investment sale opportunities.

2. What’s your latest best practice tip that you can share?

Collaboration on listings with the other advisors in my office has proven to be particularly productive. There are many benefits to the team approach, including better service to our clients.  We get the benefit of multiple eyes looking at each stage of the listing or transaction. It is also more fun to work as a team.

3. What’s been the biggest changeover on how you run your business in the past decade?

We are trying to be more selective on the quality and size of opportunities that we take on. Otherwise, it is too easy to race around chasing every small deal that turns up. We are working hard to increase our focus on investment sales, and larger lease deals, especially now that the market is picking up again.

4. What business book do you like to recommend to your colleagues?

I try to spend some time reading the Bible every day. Scripture can be helpful in addressing the challenges of  human relationships.

5. What’s a fun fact that not everyone knows about you? 

In my early 20s, I hitchhiked more than 20,000 miles, across the U.S. and Europe. To the casual observer, I’m sure I appeared to be a typecast hippie.

*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.

 

Tips and Tricks for a Successful ICSC RECon Convention

ICSC LogoThe International Council of Shopping Center  (ICSC)  RECon event takes place every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. This annual event  brings together more than 30,000 developers, brokers, tenants and owners from all over the world to the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you (or anybody you know) do anything involving retail shopping centers, it’s a must-attend event.

Attending the conference can be expensive, but well worth the cost as an investment in your business. With some advanced planning, you can minimize the cost, and still have a positive impact on your business.   In fact,  just going to ICSC RECon says that you take the business seriously.

As an experienced attendee, let me give you some pointers.

  1. To reduce attendance costs, consider bunking up with a friend or co-worker to save on hotel cost. Book your airline flight early to get the best rate. Make certain to attend the lunch and breakfast sessions where you’ll get a free meal (included in the registration fee) while getting to hear insightful and educational speakers talk about some of the challenging issues facing retail environments.
  2. Wear comfortable shoes. You can always tell the first timers– it’s the women in high-heels and the men in leather soled penny loafers.
  3. Bring lots of business cards, more than you think you might need.
  4. Get on the phone now and start booking appointments with the folks you want face time with.  That’s what the convention is all about.  Go to the 2013 RECon website and access the list of registrants, which includes their contact information. Don’t assume that if they’re not registered, that they will not be attending. Call them!
    The convention is spread out over several different halls– North Hall,  Central Hall and two levels in the South Hall. Walking through thousands of people and going from one hall to the other can take 30 minutes. Try and book together all your appointments in one hall.
  5. Do not bring lots of flyers, brochures, or marketing packages. Bring one copy, maybe two, to show folks that you’re meeting with, but don’t leave a copy with them, since it will never make it back to their office and it gives you a reason to follow-up afterward.  Also, this will eliminate the need to lug around a briefcase. It may be even better to bring along a tablet, since you can use it to show important information to your contacts.
  6. Stay focused, stay hydrated and stay sober. Being in Las Vegas brings about all kinds of distractions. If you’re making the costly investment to attend, be smart and use your time wisely.

Need more information? More pointers? Download floor plans? See who’s attending the event? Visit the show website by clicking here. See you in Las Vegas!

 

Prepared by:

Shari Tucker-Gasser, Council Chair of Retail Properties
Shari Tucker-Gasser, Council Chair of Retail Properties

Shari A. Tucker-Gasser

Council Chair of Retail Properties

Sperry Van Ness, LLC

Phoenix, AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.

 

Top Trends in Secondary CRE Markets

Diane Danielson Sperry Van Ness
Diane Danielson, Chief Platform Officer, Sperry Van Ness International Corp.

Earlier this month we released our Top Trends and Markets to Watch in 2013 Report. Our goal with this publication is to look at trends beyond the largest commercial real estate markets like NYC, Boston, SF, LA and Washington DC. Many of those markets have been in recovery mode, and as a result, future opportunities will likely reside in some often-overlooked markets.

Of course, not every secondary and tertiary market is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel just yet, but if you read through our 2013 Markets to Watch Report, you’ll be able to identify certain factors that could lead to CRE opportunities with upside. Below is a quick overview of a few of the trends we are seeing.

Large-scale infrastructure projects

In 2015, the widening of the Panama Canal will be complete, allowing larger ships to pass through its locks. This has set off a race to dredge ports along the Eastern seaboard.  Industrial properties in areas around ports able to receive these larger ships like Miami, New York/New Jersey, Jacksonville and Charleston and Savannah stand to benefit.

Energy-related growth

Newly discovered gas reserves and recent advancements in drilling and extraction technology have paved the way for significant economic growth and investment opportunity in places like Louisiana, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Demographic shifts

With an aging Boomer population moving into retirement, and generation Y (the Boomer’s kids) facing an extended period of adolescence and underemployment, we are going to see a shift in attitudes about housing. Even if they could take over their parent’s McMansions, they might not want to be in that market.  Gen Y (or Millennials as they are also known) are more environmentally conscious and value-oriented.

This is a generation that is attracted to mixed-used developments along transportation lines (not all of them can afford cars when they have the weight of student loans) and nearby retail and entertainment. In big cities like Boston, they are attracted to 300-sf mini-units, with zipcar parking and shared communal space.  However, not all can afford big city prices. This presents a good opportunity for those secondary markets with emerging high-tech communities.

With lower costs of living, and lower barriers of entry for new high-tech companies (many of the companies developing apps don’t need to be right in Silicon Valley anymore to attract talent), markets like Austin, Texas; and Florida’s new tech corridor  (from Orlando to Tampa) stand to benefit.

These are only a few of the trends that we cover in our 2013 report that may be affecting your local Apartment, Office, Industrial or Retail markets.

Review or download the Sperry Van Ness® Top Trends and Markets to Watch in 2013.

Read more on the 2013 Markets to Watch Report at National Real Estate Investor.

By Diane K. Danielson, Chief Platform Officer, Sperry Van Ness International Corporation.

All Sperry Van Ness® offices are independently owned and operated.