Subcontracting Capacity, Code Changes Affect Apartment Market

The tide is changing for subcontracting in the Washington, D.C., multifamily market. In the past year, while much of the country has been in recovery, Washington construction managers experienced a white-hot market in wood-frame, market-rate apartments. Along with multiple building opportunities, there was an abundance of qualified subcontractors offering extremely competitive pricing. Currently, new properties continue to be developed, but reductions in the subcontracting pool and changes in …

Federal Leasing Has to Navigate Recent Government Gridlock

The government shutdown impacted local economies and real estate dynamics in many U.S. markets, but none moreso than the Washington, D.C., region. With anywhere from a quarter to over a third of metro D.C.’s privately owned office leasing tied to the federal government, the inability of the federal government to engage in long-term real estate planning has serious implications for the office sector. Non-federal tenants in the region are impacted as well in that a significant portion of …

Tenant-Favorable Conditions Persist in Slow-Going Office Market

In 2013, Washington’s office market has been characterized by tenant-favorable conditions, lower-than-average deal volume and absorption reliant on a handful of major transactions. The metropolitan area has recovered its pre-recession employment levels; however, with the federal government being the region’s major economic driver, there has been considerable impact on the office market from BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure), sequestration, the recent government shutdown and the …

Jobs, Income Growth in Washington, D.C., Give a Boost to Retail Sector

The Washington, D.C., area boasts the lowest unemployment rate among major metros, at 5.5 percent as of February 2013, which is about two percentage points below the total U.S. unemployment rate of 7.6 percent. In the 12 months prior to February 2013, the area fell only behind New York, Los Angeles Basin and Houston in terms of job growth, with 39,700 new jobs created. At the same time in 2012, retailers shed approximately 1,100 jobs. While the effects of sequestration legislation are still …

Retailers Expand, Adjust Footprints in D.C.

Washington, D.C. continues to grow and thrive but in a very different manner than it did in the past. While the national debt surpassed $16 trillion, the local economy has benefited from the government spending — which has resulted in the metro area having the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Additionally, D.C. continues to reap the benefits of having seven out of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the United States located within the metropolitan trade area. Furthermore, …

Uncertainty Causes Rising Vacancy Rates

The uncertainty created by the nation’s current economic and fiscal conditions continues to dampen confidence for both government and private sector tenants resulting in increasing vacancy rates and declining net absorption in the D.C. market. In anticipation of the looming possibility that the government will fail to resolve its budget impasse, and so enforce mandated federal budget cuts (i.e., “sequestration”), companies that rely on federal spending are consolidating …

Multifamily Construction On The Rise

A slight decline in vacancy this year confirms that Washington, D.C.’s apartment sector is in a new phase, where a closer alignment in tenant demand and completions will maintain vacancy within a tight range. Solid rental absorption promises to persist as employers hire workers who create new households and homeownership remains out of reach for many who cannot qualify for mortgages. However, potential cuts in defense spending might dull future housing demand in Virginia. The …

Cassidy Turley looks at upside potential in DC's industrial sector.

Washington, D.C.’s suburban industrial markets in Maryland and Northern Virginia have seen limited new development due to supply constraints for well-located and developable land. Currently, suburban Maryland’s industrial activity is centered around the redevelopment of inefficient but well-located properties to meet the needs of today’s warehouse users that require features such as ceilings with at least 24-foot clear heights, 120-foot truck loading courts, trailer-drop …

What recession?

Market Overview Unlike most major markets across the U.S., the retail real estate landscape in the Washington, D.C. MSA, which includes the inner-city core as well as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland, looks quite similar to that of 2006. While most big cities face the issue of too much supply and not enough demand, D.C. is busy developing new centers to keep up with demand. For example, Hines’ CityCenterDC project in downtown D.C., now under construction on the 10-acre site of the …

Tenants careful about commitments

To take measure of the recession’s effect on office transactions in the Washington market, simply watch the city’s tenant base. In a town where the market-wide vacancy rate is 10.8 percent, lessees are being very careful about any real estate moves they make. Tenants who are active are obtaining short-term deals, hoping a brighter day is in the immediate future. “Getting decisions made takes considerably more time than in years past,” says Wendy Feldman Block of …

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