New Mexico’s Industrial Market Looks for Solid Footing

[caption id="attachment_132275" align="alignright" width="150"] Tom Franchini, Colliers International[/caption] The industrial market had a notable year in 2014. Vacancy declined 270 basis points from the first quarter of 2014 where nearly 1 million square feet of space was absorbed. It has been more than seven years since absorption has registered similar figures.The primary factor driving last year’s success was a handful of large deals with more than 50,000 square feet. The supply of …

Retailers Expand, Enter New Mexico

[caption id="attachment_131376" align="alignright" width="150"] Glenn Wright, Sperry Van Ness / Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage Inc.[/caption] The New Mexico retail market is continuing to change in a positive manner, which bodes well for property owners and businesses. There are new national, regional and local tenants looking at this market, moving in and around the shopping centers of New Mexico. New shopping centers are being built, while existing shopping centers are being redeveloped …

New Mexico's Industrial Market Attracts New Companies

Southern New Mexico’s industrial market, specifically Dona Ana County, remained stable throughout 2013. We project solid growth in this arena for 2014. We have not seen much growth in the first quarter of 2014, though the industrial market has remained stable. Rents have also remained about the same. They have decreased in some instances as landlords compete for the few new tenants entering the market. Fortunately, Southern New Mexico has experienced an uptick as a few companies …

Slow Healing For New Mexico's Office Market

The New Mexico office market has gained more traction and absorbed a healthy level of excess inventory this year. Vacancy fell to its lowest level in more than two years. This decline can be attributed to an absorption of vacant inventory and an increase in demand for medium-sized spaces. One of those purchases was carried out by the State of New Mexico, which acquired the 60,000-square-foot Plaza Maya, a vacant building that’s no longer competing for tenants. Downtown’s vacancy …

Tight Market Increases Demand for Industrial Space

Southern New Mexico's industrial market, particularly Dona Ana County, has remained stable through 2013. We project solid growth in this arena for 2014. A majority of the growth will be in the Santa Teresa area where Union Pacific is in the middle of a massive investment that will create the largest intermodal inland port in the United States. This project has already brought jobs and more than $40 million to New Mexico contractors so far. It is expected to create more than 600 permanent …

Market capitalizes on close border proximity.

The southern New Mexico industrial sector remained strong in 2011 and we expect 2012 to be a year of continued expansion and growth. The largest concentration of growth in the industrial arena has taken place in Santa Teresa and the immediate surrounding area. The industrial market in this trade area has benefited greatly from its proximity to the border with Mexico and work done by Gov. Susana Martinez in attracting industrial tenants to the area. We have also seen an influx of manufacturing …

Vacancy rate amid low activity stays steady.

Leasing activity in the Albuquerque industrial market has been inconsistent during the first half of 2010. The market cannot seem to sustain any positive momentum, with many starts and stops so far this year. As is the case in many other markets, there has been virtually no speculative construction in the Albuquerque industrial market in the past 2 years; positively, this trend has helped keep vacancy rates from rising even more than they have. The industrial market vacancy rate for …

Market positioned for future success.

Since the beginning of 2009, six new office projects containing 254,000 square feet of space have been delivered. As of the second quarter, these projects were 53 percent occupied. This strong absorption came primarily from one tenant, Fidelity Investments, which moved into a 112,000-square-foot build-to-suit project designed to handle the firm’s human resources outsourcing work. This project was developed by Forest City Covington in Mesa Del Sol, a master-planned, mixed-use community …

‘Under All is the Land’ may have new meaning in current market.

The proverbial good news–bad news scenario is at play when it comes to land values and transactions in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As always, the good news first. Albuquerque did not experience the effects of mammoth overbuilding and the resulting plummeting disintegration of value that has infected many other markets. The 180 degree reversal of values that commenced in the run-up to 2008 in areas like Phoenix and Las Vegas and continues as we write is in stark contrast to current …

Retailers still considering market.

The Albuquerque metro is maintaining a steady retail market. Keys to this steadiness include year-over-year positive job growth, consistent population expansion, low unemployment and a measured expansion of retail inventory since 2000. On the other side of the coin are two items of concern: some flatness in retailer sales figures and retailers being impacted by their stores in other marketplaces outside the Albuquerque metro. Albuquerque’s retail sector of 27.28 million square feet …

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