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Strong Job and Population Growth Cause Rent Increases for Multifamily Units

The Greater Salt Lake City multifamily market has continued to strengthen during 2012. Vacancy rates have steadily improved, dropping from 5.3 percent in January 2012 down to 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2012. With the market vacancy tightening, average rent growth was 3.6 percent from mid-year 2011 to mid-year 2012. The average rent per unit is now at an all-time high of $802 per unit -- eclipsing the average rental price of $771 per unit in early 2008. Many factors contributed to …

Several large developments spur multifamily recovery.

Salt Lake City is progressing through a healthy apartment sector recovery as large developments near completion and major employers ramp up hiring efforts. The opening of the 700,000-square-foot City Creek Center in Downtown Salt Lake City brings upscale retailers such as Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers to the state, generating a number of retail jobs. More than 4,000 positions are expected to be added in 2012 in the trade, transportation and utilities sectors, which includes …

Forecast for 2012.

Salt Lake City’s retail market will post modest occupancy growth through year’s end, though performance will vary considerably by location, as weak housing conditions weigh heavily on parts of the metro. For example, many shopping centers in the Midvale/Sandy/Southeast, Southwest and Weber and Davis counties submarkets, which were home to significant residential and retail construction during the housing boom, will post vacancy in the mid-teens this year. While weakness will …

Multifamily market remains strong.

The apartment market in the Greater Salt Lake area continues to be strong and vibrant. The past two quarters of 2011 demonstrated an upward pressure on rents. Overall occupancy is at 94.9 percent, up from 93 percent in 2010. Vacancy presently hovers around 5 percent and appears as though it will remain so, which is evidence of a tight rental market. These signs enable managers/owners to increase rental rates and drop concession offerings with exception to newly constructed projects during …

Market less volatile than other Western retail markets

The fast-growing Salt Lake City metropolitan area, also known as the Wasatch Front, stretches about 40 miles north of downtown Salt Lake City to Ogden and about 40 miles south to Provo, now boasting a population of about 2.1 million — or about 75 percent of the state’s population. Highly favorable demographics continue to lure top-quality retailers, restaurants and shopping centers to the region, which enjoys one of the largest average family sizes in the country (3.6), the …

SLC's steady growth.

The fast-growing Salt Lake City metropolitan area, also known as the Wasatch Front, stretches about 40 miles north of downtown Salt Lake City to Ogden and about 40 miles south to Provo. The area now boasts a population of about 2.1 million — or about 75 percent of the state’s population. Highly favorable demographics continue to lure top-quality retailers, restaurants and shopping centers to the region, which enjoys one of the largest average family sizes in the country (3.6), the …

Market's down but not out.

At the end of the second quarter, the total industrial square footage in Salt Lake City was more than 110.7 million with an available square footage of 7.6 million, creating a vacancy of 6.89 percent. Big box space in Salt Lake has a 7.29 percent vacancy rate, compared to 5.62 percent in second quarter 2008. Current lease rates are down 2.38 percent from the second quarter of 2008. The hardest hit industrial segment is in the 0 to 5,000-square-foot size increments, which experienced an 11.54 …

County boasts strongest economy in the U.S.

What area is your expertise? Salt Lake Valley, Utah What trends do you see presently in industrial development in your area? Large flex office, warehouse and light industrial centers are planned for the northwest quadrant of the Salt Lake Valley near the new Pacific Railroad’s Salt Lake City Intermodal hub at Highway 201 and Bangerter Highway. What type of industrial product is doing well in your area? With vacancy less than 5 percent, all industrial products are doing will. First …

Support retail needed for grocery-anchored centers.

What area is your expertise? The greater Salt Lake City area and Utah. What trends do you see presently in retail development in your area? After a record year in 2007, with absorption of over 1.9 million square feet of retail space, this year is expected to slow down somewhat due to the pullback by many retailers nationwide and the tightening of the financial markets. Existing centers will remain strong and should not experience any significant increase in vacancy or decrease in lease rate. …

Development around mass transit spikes.

What area is your expertise? Utah Multifamily What trends do you see presently in multifamily development in your area? Rental rates for apartments are on the rise. Utah realized the highest rent growth in all western states over last year. 9.9 percent increase. The condo market has definitely slowed down considerably. We are starting to see platted projects available for sale as developer confidence with current market conditions are low. Rental rates will continue to climb over the …

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