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The Industrial Market Grows Up

In many ways, Portland’s industrial market has experienced a dramatic shift over the past five years, emerging as a market to be reckoned with. Demand has exceeded supply for the past six years, pushing vacancy to a 25-year low and rents up 18 percent year-over-year. Industrial users have grown in size, and large users have grown in number. Developments are bigger and migrating further from the traditional industrial submarkets. Investors are keen on Portland assets and are willing to pay a …

Rents have returned to pre-recession levels

The Portland multifamily market continues to slowly improve in spite of the unemployment rate stalemated at 10.6 percent — now entering its 10th month. When Portland headed into the recession, many believed its multifamily market would experience a similar plight to that seen in the Southern California and Arizona multifamily markets. It certainly dipped, but fortunately didn’t hit their low values estimated to be 50 to 60 percent below the original prices for some properties …

Smart planning helps in down economy.

With a population of 2.2 million, Portland is the 28th largest metropolitan area in the country, the fourth largest city on the West Coast and the largest city in Oregon. Sportswear and equipment businesses Nike, Adidas-America and Columbia Sportswear are all headquartered in Oregon. National publications often cite the Portland area for its coolness factor. In 2009, Men’s Journal named Portland the third “Best Beer Town in the U.S.,” the Wall Street Journal dubbed it the …

Market in solid position for recovery.

Three significant Portland multifamily buildings delivered downtown in the first two quarters: Cyan/PDX (352 units developed by Gerding Edlen Development) and the Ladd (332 units developed by Opus Northwest) and the Riva on the Park (294 units developed by Trammell Crow). Downtown Portland has historically been a healthy submarket for multifamily, and much recent construction has been centered there, so the area is now becoming very competitive. All three of the aforementioned projects are also …

We expect demand to continue for big box distribution space.

What area is your expertise? Sales and leasing of industrial and commercial property in Portland, Oregon. What trends do you see presently in industrial development in your area? Industrial development continues to be fairly strong, provided land can be found to be developed. Overall, within the Portland Metropolitan Area industrial land supply is short on top-quality sites. Consequently, secondary and redevelopment sites, though limited in supply, continue to be the choices available to …

Downtown core continues climb.

What area is your expertise? Central Business District, Portland What trends do you see presently in office development in your area? We see a lot of new class A properties coming out of the ground, delivering approximately 2010, with a lot of rehab in the Class B market. Who are the active office developers in your area? Shorenstein, based out of San Francisco; TMT, a local developer; Winkler; and Unico are a few of the most active companies right now. Please name one or two …

Portland Multifamily

What area is your expertise? Apartment brokerage in Portland What trends do you see presently in multifamily development in your area? Downtown development is strong. Large, high-end transactions from late 2007 continued into first quarter 2008. The high level of acquisition activity on the institutional front will continue in 2008. By the end of 2007, activity of smaller (below $5,000,000) properties was down 20 percent from 2006. This will be the trend for 2008. Who are the active …

New tenants bring more opportunity.

What trends do you see presently in retail development in your area? Developers continue to move forward on projects in which they have an anchor tenant and financing. Land and construction costs have risen to a point where the rents developers need aren’t feasible to tenants, thus putting the project on hold. What type of retail product is doing well in your area? Regional malls and our two lifestyle centers continue to perform very well. What retailers are new to your area? …

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