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Orlando’s Industrial Market Finally Reaches Maturity as Demand Outstrips Supply

Orlando’s industrial market is coming into its own. As high-profile users such as Amazon, Samsung and Best Buy continue to enter the market, major brands are taking a fresh approach to Central Florida’s logistical advantages, and an increased number of national REITs are combing the area for any opportunity they can uncover. Despite an unprecedented boom of speculative industrial building, demand continues to outpace supply. In the industrial sphere, Orlando has become the juggernaut of..

October 2, 2017

Orlando’s Suburban Office Sector is Ready for its Time to Shine

The Central Florida market continues to be a bright ray in the Sunshine State with 68 million plus tourists in 2016, and over $10 billion currently invested in major projects either recently completed or underway. Area theme parks, such as Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, continue investments in new rides and attractions, drawing even more visitors to Orlando, and setting record attendance numbers on an annual basis. Tourism isn’t the whole story in Central Florida, though...

September 25, 2017

Regeneration of Retail Spurring New Development, Investment Activity in Orlando

Orlando’s retail market is experiencing renewed vigor. Construction cranes are rising in key areas due to increasingly high demand, and low vacancies are fueling rental rate growth, which has been somewhat stagnant over the last several years. There is also demand for larger vacated boxes as a result of the downsizing and bankruptcies of retailers. Spaces once occupied by Sears, Sports Authority and hhgregg, for example, are being filled by retailers entering or expanding their presence in..

September 20, 2017

Miami Multifamily Market Remains Strong, But Where are the Deals?

The multifamily market in South Florida is gaining strength but not sales velocity due to converging market and demographic forces. Sales topped $400 million for the third year in a row in 2016, largely because the average price per unit jumped 13 percent to $185,300 per unit. The vacancy rate fell below 4 percent at the end of last year, and rents climbed almost 4 percent on all types of units to an effective rate of $1,351 per month. It’s clear the current upcycle will continue beyond..

August 14, 2017

Rockpoint Group Buys 365-Unit Town City Center Apartments Near Miami for $87M

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. — Rockpoint Group has purchased the 365-unit Town City Center apartment complex in the Miami suburb of Pembroke Pines for $87 million. The Class A community is located at 10700 S.W. City Center Blvd. in Broward County’s master-planned Pembroke Pines City Center development. The seller was The Related Group. Town City Center was built in 2016. It is situated on 11 acres near upscale shopping centers, golf courses, restaurants and nightlife, with Miami and Fort..

August 9, 2017

Miami Office Market Thrives Due to Young Workers Seeking South Florida Lifestyle

Looking ahead to the rest of 2017, we can expect to see continued improvement of Miami’s office market based on strong market fundamentals and employment growth. Key trends to watch in 2017 that will help drive and shape the market, include: • Steady, modest growth in office rents • Declining available office supply • New transit-oriented mixed-use developments that include office space in both Miami’s downtown urban core and other connected walkable neighborhoods such as Coconut..

August 7, 2017

Miami Retail Market Faces Obstacles from E-Commerce, Declining Foreign Tourism

There are two major trends affecting retailers across South Florida: the reduction of affluent foreign tourists in the market and the internet, which is forcing retailers to shift their concepts at an accelerating pace. Both factors have led to a slight decline in market conditions, specifically a deceleration of growth rates, but not significantly enough to cause great concern or to feel South Florida has become a “falling market.” Instead, much like origami, one must shape retail concepts..

July 31, 2017

Harbor Group International Buys 700-Unit Apartment Property Near Miami for $158.5M

PEMBROKE PINES. FLA. — An affiliate of Harbor Group International LLC has acquired the 700-unit Montage at City Center in Pembroke Pines, a suburb of Miami, for $158.5 million. Montage at City Center contains 12 mid-rise buildings and 28 townhome buildings. The community offers a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The property is currently 95 percent leased with an average market rent of $1.55 per square foot. Montage at City Center was built in two phases between 2014 and..

April 26, 2017

Darden Restaurants to Acquire Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780M

ORLANDO, FLA. — Darden Restaurants has agreed to purchase Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction. Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and now has 165 locations, including 140 owned and 25 franchised, across 28 states with average annual restaurant volumes of $4.4 million. "We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of Darden,” says Ian Baines, CEO and president of Cheddar's. “Our operating philosophy and values are similar...

March 29, 2017

Jacksonville Retail Market Finally Makes Broad-Based Recovery from Downturn

While Florida as a whole was able to bounce back from the Great Recession relatively quickly, one market that had been lagging behind in that recovery was Jacksonville. However, a surge of new development and strong population growth has kicked Jacksonville’s retail market back into high gear. Occupancy rates have gone up year-over-year to 91.1 percent and the retail sector currently has 748,000 square feet of new space under construction, according to JLL’s 2016 Florida Retail Report...

February 27, 2017