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Seattle’s Demographics, Economy Make It Attractive to Industrial Users

Seattle has always been a strong industrial market, known for its busy ports and, more recently, its position as one of the most successful tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley. As the global economy continues to shift toward the Internet of things (IoT), Seattle industrial space is catapulting into a new category of demand. That growth is spurred on by companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google, which continue to expand their footprints here and generate a growing inflow of technology, …

Seattle’s Multifamily Market Is Firing on All Cylinders

Notions of Seattle as a grunge-rock town with logging roots are in the rear-view mirror. While Seattle’s past is marked by the 1850s Klondike Gold Rush, 1970s Boeing Bust and 1990s Microsoft Millionaires run, today’s economy is dotted with news of exceptional growth from Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Salesforce. To say that Seattle’s economy is both booming and diversified is an understatement. A benefactor of such continued growth is the regional rental market. Jobs, Jobs, …

Lack of New Office Supply Pushes Large Users to Tertiary Puget Sound Markets

A decade ago, the Seattle office market was still reeling from the effects of the global recession. Total downtown vacancy had reached 14.9 percent with nearly every submarket from the Central Business District (CBD) to Lake Union experiencing some form of negative absorption. Total vacancy today is slightly more than half of what it was back then, hovering at around 7.7 percent. This is despite the total net rentable area growing by more than 11 million square feet. Seattle has also shifted …

Tech Growth Fuels Apartment Market All Around Puget Sound

From the hottest commercial submarkets, such as Downtown Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, to far-flung suburbs like Lynnwood, the Puget Sound multifamily market has been firing on all cylinders lately. [caption id="attachment_181873" align="alignright" width="100"] David Young, JLL Capital Markets[/caption] [caption id="attachment_181872" align="alignright" width="100"] Corey Marx, JLL Capital Markets[/caption] A major reason for this is the huge growth in tech employment …

The Changing Face Of Puget Sound Retail

The Puget Sound region is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. We are seeing that reflected in the retail landscape, with innovation and expansion throughout the area. We are at the forefront of retail evolution, thanks to having some of the best-known retail innovators in our back yard who have turned the world of retail upside down by giving every consumer access to virtually every product available via home delivery. And yet, they are also innovating into brick and mortar …

Seattle’s Office Market Remains Healthy

Seattle is on the rise, and companies are thriving in the downtown core and surrounding submarkets. Seattle’s office market is one of the healthiest in the country. Leasing continues to be led by a robust technology sector that’s fueled by both the expansion of homegrown companies and the addition of engineering offices from mostly California-based companies. These companies have established significant footprints in Seattle as they have been able to attract, hire and retain workers from a …

Seattle’s Retail Market Continues to Grow

The Puget Sound region may be home to the growing online retail giant of Amazon, but bricks and mortar retail development is in the best shape it’s been in since the beginning of the Great Recession. After five consecutive years of strong employment growth and resultant in-migration of highly paid tech workers, the Seattle market is continuing to enjoy gains in retail sales volumes, which are projected to grow 4.5 percent in 2016. [caption id="attachment_184047" align="alignright" …

The Sustainability of the Seattle Apartment Building Boom

[caption id="attachment_134559" align="alignright" width="150"] Allen N. Safer, Integra Realty Resources[/caption] With all the recent froth in the multifamily markets, knowledgeable observers are expressing concern regarding all of the cranes that are sprouting around Seattle. To assess the apartment market, we have compiled data recently published in the “March 2015 Apartment Development Report” by Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors. The Seattle Metro area is in the midst of an …

Seattle’s CBD Gains in Popularity With Office Users

[caption id="attachment_133722" align="alignright" width="150"] Matt Christian, Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce[/caption] The Seattle office market has been a shining example of strength and solidity. Compared to the U.S. job rate, which expanded by 2.4 percent over the past year to drop the unemployment rate to just 5.5 percent, the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan Statistical Area is looking good. Seattle added jobs at a rate of 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2015. It also saw …

Apartments Still in Demand in Seattle’s Core

[caption id="attachment_121206" align="alignright" width="150"] Joel Deis, Marcus & Millichap in Seattle [/caption] The Seattle-Tacoma metro area is one of the top-performing multifamily commercial real estate markets in the nation. Locally, employers are adding jobs at one of the fastest paces in the country, supporting a strong rental market in the region. In Tacoma, State Farm and other companies have energized the area’s economy and strengthened its apartment operations. In …

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