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Orlando’s Suburban Office Sector is Ready for its Time to Shine

The Central Florida market continues to be a bright ray in the Sunshine State with 68 million plus tourists in 2016, and over $10 billion currently invested in major projects either recently completed or underway. Area theme parks, such as Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, continue investments in new rides and attractions, drawing even more visitors to Orlando, and setting record attendance numbers on an annual basis. Tourism isn’t the whole story in Central Florida, though. …

Regeneration of Retail Spurring New Development, Investment Activity in Orlando

Orlando’s retail market is experiencing renewed vigor. Construction cranes are rising in key areas due to increasingly high demand, and low vacancies are fueling rental rate growth, which has been somewhat stagnant over the last several years. There is also demand for larger vacated boxes as a result of the downsizing and bankruptcies of retailers. Spaces once occupied by Sears, Sports Authority and hhgregg, for example, are being filled by retailers entering or expanding their presence in …

Miami Multifamily Market Remains Strong, But Where are the Deals?

The multifamily market in South Florida is gaining strength but not sales velocity due to converging market and demographic forces. Sales topped $400 million for the third year in a row in 2016, largely because the average price per unit jumped 13 percent to $185,300 per unit. The vacancy rate fell below 4 percent at the end of last year, and rents climbed almost 4 percent on all types of units to an effective rate of $1,351 per month. It’s clear the current upcycle will continue beyond …

Miami Office Market Thrives Due to Young Workers Seeking South Florida Lifestyle

Looking ahead to the rest of 2017, we can expect to see continued improvement of Miami’s office market based on strong market fundamentals and employment growth. Key trends to watch in 2017 that will help drive and shape the market, include: • Steady, modest growth in office rents • Declining available office supply • New transit-oriented mixed-use developments that include office space in both Miami’s downtown urban core and other connected walkable neighborhoods such as Coconut …

Miami Retail Market Faces Obstacles from E-Commerce, Declining Foreign Tourism

There are two major trends affecting retailers across South Florida: the reduction of affluent foreign tourists in the market and the internet, which is forcing retailers to shift their concepts at an accelerating pace. Both factors have led to a slight decline in market conditions, specifically a deceleration of growth rates, but not significantly enough to cause great concern or to feel South Florida has become a “falling market.” Instead, much like origami, one must shape retail concepts …

Harbor Group International Buys 700-Unit Apartment Property Near Miami for $158.5M

PEMBROKE PINES. FLA. — An affiliate of Harbor Group International LLC has acquired the 700-unit Montage at City Center in Pembroke Pines, a suburb of Miami, for $158.5 million. Montage at City Center contains 12 mid-rise buildings and 28 townhome buildings. The community offers a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The property is currently 95 percent leased with an average market rent of $1.55 per square foot. Montage at City Center was built in two phases between 2014 and …

Darden Restaurants to Acquire Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen for $780M

ORLANDO, FLA. — Darden Restaurants has agreed to purchase Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen for $780 million in an all-cash transaction. Cheddar's was founded in 1979 in Arlington, Texas, and now has 165 locations, including 140 owned and 25 franchised, across 28 states with average annual restaurant volumes of $4.4 million. "We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of Darden,” says Ian Baines, CEO and president of Cheddar's. “Our operating philosophy and values are similar. …

Jacksonville Retail Market Finally Makes Broad-Based Recovery from Downturn

While Florida as a whole was able to bounce back from the Great Recession relatively quickly, one market that had been lagging behind in that recovery was Jacksonville. However, a surge of new development and strong population growth has kicked Jacksonville’s retail market back into high gear. Occupancy rates have gone up year-over-year to 91.1 percent and the retail sector currently has 748,000 square feet of new space under construction, according to JLL’s 2016 Florida Retail Report. …

Major Expansions, JaxPort Boost Health of Jacksonville Industrial Market

Jacksonville’s industrial market continues to improve as encouraging fundamentals are in place that are prompting developers to commit to building spec warehouse again. The lack of new construction over the last eight years, the expected reduction in regulations and taxes by the new administration in Washington and the commitment to upgrades in the local infrastructure will drive growth in our market. A 5.3 percent vacancy rate for warehouses and distribution space is also a major …

Orlando: The ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ for Industrial Real Estate

Orlando likely resides in the minds of children and children at heart as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and those involved in its industrial market today couldn’t agree more. Over the past five years, the Central Florida industrial market has been transformed from its prior position as a spoke in the wheel of distribution to the hub. To service consumers located in the country’s third most populous state, companies are locating large distribution centers in Central Florida (hub) …

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