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Atlanta’s Office Market Continues to Thrive, Though a Test Looms on the Horizon

It is no secret that Atlanta has been a booming market in the post-recession era. Metro Atlanta added more than 85,000 jobs in 2016, while the unemployment rate has dropped to 4.9 percent, back to a prerecession level (2007). Atlanta has ranked near the top of the largest 10 office markets in annual job growth, outpacing the likes of New York, Los Angles and Chicago. There was 3.3 percent job growth in 2016, outpaced by only one large metropolitan peer, Dallas-Fort Worth. Rent Growth The..

July 17, 2017

Atlanta Industrial Market’s Record Performance Drives Investment Demand

The Atlanta industrial market continues to grow in popularity when it comes to real estate investors’ appetite. Industrial assets are “hot items” in current investment sales transactions as the region’s economic momentum continues to position Atlanta as one of the healthiest industrial markets in the Southeast. Some of the major local and macro-economic trends affecting the industrial market include the ongoing growth of infrastructure, logistics and manufacturing industries...

July 10, 2017

Retailers are Seizing the Opportunity to Backfill Shuttered Stores in Atlanta

It’s long been known that Atlanta, along with many other markets in the United States, is over-retailed. However, not all retailers are “overstored.” With the recent number of store closings announced (Sports Authority, hhgregg, Kmart, Sears, JC Penney, to name a few), it’s understandable that some have concerns over the current state of retail. That said, for many retailers, these closures become opportunities to enter certain markets or grab better positions within an existing..

July 3, 2017

Atlanta’s Office Market Experiencing Positively Boring, Safe Growth

The Atlanta office market has continued down a path of steady recovery and absorption, although the pace remains somewhat muted from prior recovery cycles. As outside investors have warmed up to the city of Atlanta, they have been comforted by a safe and positively boring period of growth. For the last couple of years, investors have been committed strongly to value-add opportunities throughout metropolitan Atlanta, including areas that have historically been out of favor like Alpharetta and..

January 16, 2017

Retailers Try to Keep Up With Atlanta’s Dynamic Consumer Population

To understand the state of retail in Atlanta in 2005, you first looked at where and what developers were building, then to where retailers were locating and lastly to how consumers were shopping. Simply put, if a developer built it and a retailer occupied it, the consumer was sure to shop there, but that’s no longer the case. To understand the state of retail in Atlanta today, you need to start with the Atlanta consumer. Go Big or Go Home From 2000 to 2010, the Atlanta Regional..

January 9, 2017

Banyan Street Capital, Oaktree Acquire 191 Peachtree in Atlanta for $268M

ATLANTA — A partnership between Banyan Street Capital and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management has purchased 191 Peachtree Tower from Cousins Properties in downtown Atlanta. The partnership bought the 50-story office tower for $268 million. The 1.2 million-square-foot office tower was 93 percent leased at the time of sale to tenants such as the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Deloitte, Cooper Carry, Hall Booth Smith and The Commerce Club. The Metro Atlanta Chamber is also relocating..

October 26, 2016

Mid-America Apartment Communities to Acquire Post Properties in $4B Multifamily REIT Merger

MEMPHIS, TENN., AND ATLANTA — Mid-America Apartment Communities (NYSE: MAA) has agreed to acquire Post Properties (NYSE: PPS) in an all-stock deal that values Post, a developer and operator of upscale multifamily communities, at nearly $4 billion. The merger will create a Sunbelt-focused, publicly traded multifamily REIT. The acquisition brings together two multifamily portfolios totaling approximately 105,000 multifamily units in 317 properties. The combined company plans to focus on..

August 15, 2016

Adidas to Open Shoe Factory in Metro Atlanta, Move Production from Asia

ATLANTA — German sportswear brand Adidas has announced plans to open a new footwear production site in the Atlanta area in 2017, eventually bringing part of the company’s manufacturing from Asia to the United States. The facility, which will be known as adidas Speedfactory, is designed to allow the company to create products more quickly and closer to U.S. consumers using a highly automated process. The 74,000-square-foot facility will be located in Cherokee County, a suburban area..

August 10, 2016

Atlanta Retail Market Experiences Demand in Hottest Submarkets

The Atlanta retail market continues to be robust, with vacancy tightening in key submarkets and rents trending upward. Overall vacancy fell slightly from 7.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2015 to 7 percent in the first quarter of 2016, according to CoStar. However, the decline is greater in hot submarkets such as Buckhead and Central Perimeter that boasted vacancy rates as low as 2.8 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in the first quarter. Demand Up, Supply Tightens There is..

August 1, 2016

Talent, Innovation Are Driving Today’s Real Estate Decisions in Atlanta

There has been a seismic shift in the way that companies throughout America make their relocation decisions, and it applies to Atlanta as well as its competitors. Companies are driven to locations that can provide a robust pipeline of talent and tight-knit innovative communities. This focus has created new demands on cities that want to build and sustain competitive economies. Companies have always taken talent into consideration but ultimately there was a belief that the talent would follow..

July 25, 2016