Commentary on Industrial Markets

Commentary on Industrial Markets

Week of November 9, 2020

Transactions are down. Working on more, smaller deals to make up the difference. There is a greater appreciation for competency and referrals due to reputation. Finding greater cooperation in the market and less posturing.
Industrial real estate is the best of all product types. Still, there is more available in the lease market. Sale buildings are hard to find. Pricing has softened in the sense they are not going up 10% a year. More a plateau. Expectations are down but nothing is standing in the way of the institutional appetite. Private buyers are better served with situational deals or making a mark in the “sub-institutional” category.
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Streaming Industrial Real Estate

Streaming Industrial Real Estate

Streaming is the talk of Hollywood. The biggest adaption since television. Technology is replacing human  decisions with lessons from on-line, eCommerce and subscription. It’s happening to industrial property.  Real estate is already a superior cash streaming business, now with more means to enhance revenues. Visible effects of streaming appear with large space take-downs by studios and independent producers. Agency, too, is being disrupted because the value of data is surpassing personal relationships.  Financial concentration and streaming technologies are creating a new real estate business. Virtual and artificial intelligence programs are essential to move forward in these new conditions. Continue reading “Streaming Industrial Real Estate”

Four Current Forces of the Industrial Real Estate Business

Four Current Forces of the Industrial Real Estate Business

The current robustness in industrial real estate markets obscures many forces that can balance and protect your investment and location decisions.   Technology, Monetary Policy, Political Risk, and Space Transparency are important factors that provide support during good times and bad.
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Race for Space – The New Dynamism

Race for Space – The New Dynamism

Dynamic pricing is becoming a greater influence on space leasing and building sales. By dynamism, I mean fluctuating rents separate from conventional underwriting.  A “spot market” is emerging to satisfy demand for smaller, flexible, and elastic spaces. Many examples include Truck Yards, Warehouse Sharing, Creative, Cannabis, and other categories of sub-space where “street rents” are disconnected from contract rents.  WeWork and Amazon are two primary examples that contract with the Landlord at one rent, and lease out space bits at higher rents. Public Warehouses, Self-Storage, Swap Meets, Studios and Truck Yards operate along the same model by collecting additional rent by offering “alternative occupancies” with varying degrees of added services. The revolution is any building can be pieced out especially with easily acquired technology that can create “smart” buildings for automation, surveillance, and access.
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Winter News 2016 – Industrial Real Estate Profits

Winter News 2016 – Industrial Real Estate Profits

development Deal Strategy

The current cycle is being propelled by three major conditions: Space Scarcity, Capital Markets Pressure and Rent Surge. Market dynamics are still very favorable for development and will only be disrupted if demand begins to weaken. Otherwise, strong fundamentals are the prevalent condition in most major U.S. markets.
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