Affordability, Jobs Drive Multifamily Residents to the High Desert

By Bob Basen, Executive Vice President, Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate SolutionsThe High Desert’s multifamily market remained surprisingly strong during the pandemic. Historic low vacancies in the High Desert apartment market, combined with low cap rates in Los Angeles and Orange counties, have made this market a favorite for “down the hill” investors. With the exception of three substantial multifamily projects in Hesperia, there has been no real apartment development in the …

Industrial Demand is Unabated in the High Desert

By Joseph W. Brady, President, Bradco Cos.The High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, also known as the Mojave River Valley, is anticipating exceptional industrial development growth in the upcoming years as the balance of the Inland Empire builds out and has no significant land to further develop. The Mojave River Valley region contains more than 22 million square feet of industrial space. The City of Hesperia has recently experienced a mass grading project — probably the …

Inland Empire Office Demand Stagnates, Medical Office Leasing Remains Strong

By Drew Sanden, Senior Managing Director, NewmarkThe Inland Empire office market boasted very strong fundamentals heading into 2020. The vacancy rate across the 28.3 million-square-foot base was 9.5 percent, lease rates were reaching peak levels and developers were again exploring larger spec developments. Like many markets across the U.S., COVID-19 has greatly impacted the Inland Empire’s office market. Office usage, demand, absorption and leasing transactions are down year-over-year. …

Inland Empire Multifamily Sales Volume Down, but Economics Stronger than Ever

By Cray Carlson, CBREWith 2020 coming to an end, we look back at a year of much uncertainty, confusion and unprecedented restrictions. Yet amidst all that, the Inland Empire multifamily market has been going steady, continuing to thrive in spite of some substantial drops in sales volumes.Total multifamily sales of eight units and larger in the Inland Empire were $2.5 billion in 2018 and $2.1 billion in 2019. That compares with only $1.09 billion in 2020, as of October. We expect total …

Inland Empire Retail Market Poised for Resiliency in 2021

While the Inland Empire economy was hit hard in 2020, we remain optimistic on the retail sector’s recovery over the coming 12 to 24 months. This market is a benefactor of COVID-19 in that more people than ever before are able to work remotely. This has triggered a migration from urban cores to more spacious and affordable housing in the newer residential communities of Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As the population is anticipated to expand here, retail will directly benefit as …

Soaring Demand for Inland Empire Warehouse Space Brings Opportunities for Developers

By Richard Lee and J.C. Casillas, NAI Capital CommercialIn the fourth quarter of 2020, the Inland Empire industrial market continued to battle the effects of an economy that has so far spent three-fourths of the year under a COVID-19 shutdown. After dipping for several quarters, the average asking rent held steady at $0.72 triple net, down 6.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019. The vacancy rate nudged up 10 basis points from the previous quarter’s record low, down 90 basis points …

A Hollywood Ending for LA Retail?

By Matthew M. May, President, May Realty AdvisorsA bird's-eye look at the Los Angeles metro prior to the coronavirus outbreak reveals that the area was already beginning to soften as it worked its way through more than 1.26 million square feet of new retail space that was delivered to neighborhood and community shopping centers over the past five years. According to REIS, about 35 percent of that, or 443,000 square feet, came online in 2018.Vacancy rates increased every year for the …

L.A.’s Office Market Pauses after Robust Start to 2020

By Chandler A. Larsen, Principal, Avison YoungThis year started off where 2019 finished for the Los Angeles office property sector – and that’s red hot! During the first two and a half months of the year, office space absorption was on pace to beat 2019. Rents were steadily increasing past $39.84 per square foot on an annual gross basis, record-high (psf) sales prices were recorded across product types and rising construction costs were complemented by a construction pipeline of more …

Greater LA’s Industrial Real Estate Enters a New World

By Kurt Strasmann, Executive Managing Director, CBREIndustrial properties have been in high demand in recent years both nationally and, particularly, in Southern California and the Greater Los Angeles area. Our region is a strategic hub for goods coming from all over the world, especially Asia, and boasts the necessary infrastructure to store and deliver product regionally and throughout the nation. Greater LA is also a major consumer hub. About 50 percent of product coming through the LA …

Inland Empire Continues to Be an Industrial Market Leader

By David Burback, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Kidder MathewsA 1.4-million-square-foot distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga that was formerly owned by Big Lots, recently sold for $48 per square foot on the land value. The new owner plans to replace the existing building with a new state-of-the-art distribution center.[caption id="attachment_263704" align="alignright" width="150"] David Burback, Kidder Mathews[/caption]By every metric, the Inland Empire continues …

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