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Positive Economic, Demographic Trends Fuel Detroit’s Apartment Rental Market

Throughout metro Detroit, employment and population gains are bolstering apartment demand. Following the creation of 40,200 jobs one year ago, employers in the metro area added 22,200 people to payrolls during the past four quarters. The hiring brought the unemployment rate to 4.5 percent in March, down 10 basis points year over year. The tighter rate may make it more difficult for some employers to find qualified workers to fill openings. During the past 12 months, the hospitality sector …

Detroit Office Market Development Quickly Accelerates

The most exciting story in Michigan’s overall recovery from the Great Recession has been the revitalization of downtown Detroit. For locals and out-of-towners, Detroit’s development boom is surprising, exciting, refreshing, and at times, hard to believe. This real estate cycle may go down as the most important and consequential in 50 years. Indeed, the numbers and the anecdotal evidence demonstrate that we are not just witnessing a hot market — we are witnessing a once-in-a-generation …

Outlets of Des Moines Fills a Retail Void in the Metro Area

Outlets of Des Moines brings some of the best brand names in retail to the Des Moines metropolitan area, one of the strongest economies in the country. Retailers include such favorites as American Eagle, Asics, Bath & Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Converse, Express Factory Outlet, francesca’s, Le Creuset, Levi’s, LOFT Outlet, Lucky Brand Jeans, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Skechers, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Bradley and Under Armour. [caption id="attachment_204673" align="alignright" …

Des Moines Industrial Sector Can Compete With Other Tech-Centric Markets

When hearing the names Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, one’s mind might automatically shift to the Silicon Valley: the West Coast mecca of technology and computing. But you can find those same companies in the corn and soybean fields of Iowa. The state has become synonymous with state-of-the-art data centers for these familiar technology companies and others. [caption id="attachment_204667" align="alignright" width="100"] Chris Pendroy, CBRE|Hubbell Commercial[/caption] When I …

New Chicago Office Markets Shape Perception of the City

It’s an exciting time to be part of the action in Chicago’s real estate market. While Illinois remains an “outflow” state, construction cranes dot the Chicago skyline and the city’s inflow numbers remain positive. Large employers are considering Chicago for campus-like headquarters operations and exciting markets are continuing to grow.[caption id="attachment_204662" align="alignright" width="100"] Kimberlyn de Buhr, Transwestern[/caption] In particular, west side blight continues …

Deconversions, Adaptive Reuse Drive Chicago Multifamily Investment

Resilience in the Chicago apartment market amid a historic construction boom is creating opportunities for multifamily investors, particularly those who are willing to go the extra mile — sometimes literally — to capitalize on rent growth outside the downtown core.[caption id="attachment_204657" align="alignright" width="100"] David Goss, Interra Realty[/caption] Across the city in outlying neighborhoods like Uptown, Rogers Park and Pilsen, value is being discovered in vintage buildings …

Kansas City Industrial Market Ranks in Top 10 for Speculative Construction Growth

“If you build it, he will come.” Yes, you’ve heard the Field of Dreams reference before, but never has it rang truer than with the Kansas City industrial market. The construction of 500,000-square-foot buildings suddenly ignited tenants’ interest in that space size, so much so that in the past two years Kansas City has experienced a tremendous surge in growth. In fact, Kansas City is now ranked No. 6 on the list of the top 10 U.S. industrial markets for speculative construction …

Led by Aerospace, Wichita’s Industrial Market Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The industrial sector remains the prime beneficiary of the numerous technological shifts occurring throughout the economy. E-commerce continues to fuel demand for distribution and warehouse space in the national industrial sector. The Wichita market remains focused on the aerospace cluster, advanced manufacturing and the growing advanced materials sector to sustain and grow the industrial segment. [caption id="attachment_202256" align="alignright" width="100"] Glenn Cox, NAI …

In Detroit, the Retail Market Continues Upward Trajectory on Several Fronts

Detroit’s economy is reinventing itself and slowly gaining its footing after the Great Recession and the city’s bankruptcy. Low interest rates supported record auto sales in 2016 and another strong showing last year, adding some stability to the metro area’s bellwether industry. [caption id="attachment_202252" align="alignright" width="100"] Ashish Vakhariya, Marcus & Millichap[/caption] A rejuvenated downtown and new, growing industries are invigorating the retail market. The …

Investors Take Notice of Office Rebound in Detroit’s CBD and Suburbs

Metro Detroit’s office recovery continues to steadily march forward. Local and national commercial real estate investors are showing a renewed appetite for buying and renovating existing buildings, and even developing new product. [caption id="attachment_202247" align="alignright" width="100"] Bill Harvey, Transwestern[/caption] The City of Detroit has experienced the quickest recovery, going from near stagnant activity with a vacancy rate of 21.5 percent to a single-digit vacancy of 8 …

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