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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

Starwood, Trinity Capital, Vanderbilt Partners Sell Raleigh-Durham Office Portfolio for $105.5M

RALEIGH AND DURHAM, N.C. — A joint venture between Starwood Capital Group, Trinity Capital Advisors and Vanderbilt Partners has sold a seven-property office portfolio in Raleigh-Durham to an institutional investor for $105.5 million. The portfolio contains a total of 581,619 square feet within the Perimeter Park business park. The properties are located at 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 2000 and 2250 Perimeter Park and 3800 Paramount Parkway within the Research Triangle Park submarket of..

September 20, 2017

Myriad Factors Help Explain Why Kansas City Office Market Has Not Reached Full Altitude

The Kansas City office market is poised for increasing rental rates and decreasing vacancy rates for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Kansas City has realized its 14th consecutive quarter of increased rental rates (through March 2017), while vacancy has decreased in the overall metro area due to lack of new office construction and a steady pace of absorption. Several factors contribute to the complexity of why the market is good but not great, steady but not dynamic, with no one factor..

September 14, 2017

Charlotte’s Ballantyne Office Submarket Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The housing market remains hot in Charlotte with sustained growth in both sales activity and sales price. Affordable prices, a strong market and robust salaries are driving first-time buyers to take the plunge and purchase their first home and there’s no better place to live in Charlotte than in the 28277 zip code, otherwise known as Ballantyne. The Ballantyne area is nationally known for not only a place to work with more than 5 million square feet of Class A office space, but also a..

September 4, 2017

Dramatic Rise in Tech Jobs Propels Growth in St. Louis Office Market

Rapid growth in the tech sector is dramatically impacting the St. Louis office market. The city boasted an increase of 6,220 high-tech jobs during the last four years, over 2,000 of which were generated in the past year alone. Given the total number of tech jobs in St. Louis is 57,300, this amounts to  a healthy growth rate of 10.9 percent. From well-known companies like Square Inc., Yurbuds and Answers.com to newer ones such as LockerDome, Aisle411 Inc. and MediBeacon Inc., the St. Louis..

August 24, 2017

Ashkenazy Acquisition Acquires South Station Transit Hub in Boston

BOSTON — Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. (AAC) has purchased South Station, a Boston transportation hub known as “the gateway to New England,” for an undisclosed sum. AAC will assume the 98-year leasehold for the transit station’s concourse and upstairs office space. The South Station Train Terminal is part of the Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center, Boston's busiest transit hub. Opened in 1898, the historic train terminal now serves thousands of commuters, travelers,..

August 23, 2017

Cleveland Office Market Sees String of New Projects

Cleveland’s central business district (CBD) continues to make headlines as events like the Republican National Convention, the 2016 and 2017 NBA Championships and the 2016 World Series earned national attention. Within the office market, trends such as “flight to quality” and  office-to-residential conversions, which are driven by a hot apartment market, have reduced surplus supply and lowered vacancies. This has shaped metrics positively, and has put Cleveland in a position of strength..

August 17, 2017

Competition Increases for Hawaii’s Office Space

Hawaii’s office market is dominated by Honolulu, which is home to 70 percent of the state’s population and commerce. More than 90 percent of the state’s 12 million square feet of multi-tenant Class A and B office space is located in Honolulu, with nearly 80 percent of Honolulu’s inventory situated in the four-mile stretch between the Central Business District and Waikiki. [caption id="attachment_181933" align="alignright" width="100"] Jamie Brown, Hawaii Commercial Real..

August 15, 2017

Houston’s Office Market Rides Out Oil Downturn, Poised For Stability

Over the past few years, Houston’s diverse economy has proven resilient. This diversity helped the city weather a major drop in oil and gas prices that, during previous downturns, severely affected the office market. While Houston has taken its share of recent hits, it appears poised to move forward into a period of stability and steady growth. While most of Houston seems to be in recovery mode, the local office market historically trails the oil and gas industry and usually takes additional..

August 11, 2017

Despite Challenges, Fairfield County Office Market Shows Improvement Potential

With employment representing one of the most critical factors in the health of the office sector, people naturally look to the unemployment rate as a key metric to quickly assess a given market. By this standard, Fairfield County should be thriving, with the unemployment rate at 4.4 percent in April 2017 — just under the 4.8 percent rate reached just prior to the recession. And yet, the availability rate in Connecticut’s largest office market stood at 24.5 percent at the end of the first..

August 9, 2017