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Institutional Capital Doubles Down on San Antonio Industrial Market

For many years, San Antonio’s industrial sector was considered, at best, a lower-tiered secondary market for investment of institutional capital. But over the last 18 to 24 months, this market has seen a major increase in the amount of institutional funds competing for placement. According to the latest research from JLL, during the last 24 months, institutional buyers have acquired approximately 11 million square feet of industrial real estate in San Antonio. This investment activity …

Relocations, Expansions Push Birmingham Office Market to a Tipping Point

Birmingham is a unique market for Class A office space. Last year had its fair share of notable transactions (both sales and leases), but overall a few key transactions from previous years pushed absorption in the negative figures. The most significant deal that is still impacting our market was a tenant relocation into the Red Roofs Colonnade (Colonnade North and South) located at the interchange of Highway 280 and Interstate 459, the heart of the 280/459 office submarket. Southern Co. …

Office Developers Are Bullish on San Antonio’s Suburban Markets

Today, San Antonio’s downtown office market gets the most media exposure because new office development was nonexistent since the late 1980s and is recently picking up speed with the Pearl office buildings and Frost Tower. San Antonio’s low cost of doing business and strong population growth should lead to continued expansion in the office market citywide. What isn’t getting the attention is the fact that new development in the suburbs is still holding strong. Many companies expanding or …

Office Amenities Drive Tenant Decisions in Des Moines Market

In the last few years, the greater Des Moines metro area has been a title holder, reigning as a “Top Place to Live,” “Top City for Young Professionals” and even “Best Place to Retire.” Meanwhile the economy, business environment and commercial real estate sector hold titles like steady, stable and reliable.  However, over the past 24 months, the commercial office market could add thriving, prosperous and robust to that list of adjectives. As office lease rates continue to rise 1.5 …

Rent Growth in Pittsburgh Office Market Leads to Development Wave

The Pittsburgh office market has experienced significant new development over the last five years, particularly in the urban and downtown fringe submarkets. This is expected to continue in the coming years, with several new developments that are currently in planning or under construction. Historically, urban office supply in Pittsburgh has been constrained due to the economic hurdles of new development. With limited sites for new projects, land costs at a premium and significant site work …

San Antonio Retail Market: We Want It All, and We Want It All Now

San Antonio has at times been characterized as “a big city with a small-town feel.” However, with an MSA surpassing 2 million people and a claim to being one of the country’s largest and fastest growing cities, the small-town feeling is fading quickly. With robust population growth, strong job numbers and a decade of prosperity to lean on, our retail business is more dynamic than ever. It should be of no surprise to this readership that like other areas of the country, San Antonio is …

Central Birmingham’s Multifamily Development Pipeline Set to Expand Significantly

Contrary to some Southeast markets’ recent shift in focus to the suburbs, construction in Central Birmingham continues to boom with activity. The Central Birmingham cluster — encompassing the CBD, Southside, Parkside District, University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) and Lakeview neighborhoods — has established itself as a strong-performing submarket with 3,800 multifamily units total, according to CoStar. The growing number of desirable amenities such as parks, restaurants, museums and …

Airports Shield Retailers From E-Commerce

E-commerce has cut through brick-and-mortar retail in a Darwinian fashion, establishing clear winners and losers and drastically re-shaping landlords’ approaches to leasing. Purveyors of certain soft goods — apparel, jewelry, electronics — have seen their footprints at malls and retail centers dwindle as online shopping has infiltrated American consumer behavior. But given a little financial credit and strong branding that integrates local culture, these same concepts can find success in …

Greater Indy Multifamily Sector Draws Interest from Larger Pool of Investors

Demographic shifts and the subsequent demand for affordable housing are currently impacting the greater Indianapolis multifamily sector, but the most marked influence is increased and expanded investor interest. Demographic shifts in population are influencing developers and owners in their long-term decision making when it comes to the multifamily sector. Two primary factors are at play. One, the traditional renter’s segment is changing as millennials age and delay having children. Two, …

Landlords Target Dining, Personal Services and Fitness to Woo Customers

Shifting consumer preferences for convenience and variety have become key drivers for brick-and-mortar retail. And when it comes to creating co-tenancies that drive traffic to retail properties, dining, personal services and fitness are among today’s most desirable categories. Fortunately, they also are among the sector’s most active space users in today’s market. Strong restaurant demand among brands new to, and expanding in, the regional market continues unabated, and year-to-date …

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