‘Industrial’ Archive

Bayou City Outpaces The Nation

Houston’s economy continues to add jobs well above the pace of the nation and in other large metropolitan areas. The unemployment rate in April was 4.6%, far below the national rate of 5.9%, with more than 85,000 jobs added over the last 12-months. The rate of job growth has averaged between 3% and 4% since […]

Positive Momentum For The Industrial Southeast

Cushman & Wakefield’s recent Southeast Industrial Client Webinar highlighted significant gains in the region’s fundamentals and indicate strong, positive momentum going forward. Construction, which has been confined mainly to build-to-suit or build-to-own opportunities over the past several years, saw solid growth on the speculative end, with over 2.5 million square feet currently under development. In […]

Construction On The Rise: Supply Barely Keeps Up With Demand In The Burgeoning I-81 And I-78 Distribution Corridor

Chances are if you’ve heard of them, they have a presence in the I-81/I-78 Distribution Corridor: Walmart, Lowes, Amazon.com, Nestle, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble – and the list goes on. With access to over 50% of the U.S. population and 60% of Canada’s within a 24-hour truck drive, it’s not surprising that a wide range […]

E-Commerce Boom Triggers Fundamental Changes In The Industrial Sector

Online retail sales for 2013 were estimated at $263.3 billion, an increase of 16.9% from 2012 and are anticipated to reach $370 billion by 2017. E-tailing is the wave of the future. Sales from online purchases make up a higher percentage of the total sales for traditional retailers than ever before. E-tailing will continue to […]

Strong Returns Expected To Continue In 2014

From a risk-adjusted standpoint, the regional retail mall sector ranked first on RERC’s RAR (Risk-Adjusted Return) metric at 1.3, followed closely by the Industrial Warehouse and Power Center asset classes which both tied at 1.1. Power Centers showed the largest year-over-year change, moving from an RAR Metric rating of 0.9 in 2012. Rounding out the […]

Atlanta Markets Hot Out Of 2014 Gates

It’s no secret by this point that Atlanta is a commercial real estate market that’s back on a hot streak after taking a big hit during the recent Recession. All the fundamentals have been moving in the right direction for months now, and we entered 2014 with plenty of wind at our backs. Dig into […]

Houston: More Than Energy

Southeast Texas, specifically the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land 10-county region, has been one of the most consistently productive and growing metropolitan areas in the country for several years. Since the end of 2011, year-over year (YOY) job growth has remained above 3.0% (often exceeding 4.0%), and ended 2013 with an annual increase of 82,000 jobs. This accounted […]

U.S. Employment Update: January Jumble

U.S. employment growth remained weak in January 2014 as the economy added only 113,000 jobs, the second-smallest increase in the past 18 months. Only December 2013 experienced slower employment growth when just 75,000 jobs were added. This back-to-back weakness follows six months when the average gain was slightly more than 200,000 per month, suggesting that […]

Increased development in the industrial sector – E-commerce is a huge driver for big-box space.

The U.S. industrial market continued to show momentum with strong leasing velocity and absorption, as well as construction levels that have already surpassed last year’s total. The overall vacancy rate fell to 8.2% in the third quarter, 300 bps below its recessionary peak in the first quarter of 2010. The U.S. industrial sector has now […]

What’s the value in that?

The sluggish recovery lingers, and the new standard for most commercial real estate investments is lower returns.  Still, compared to stocks, bonds or cash, commercial real estate remains an attractive investment. RERC’s latest survey reports that ,on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), commercial real estate scored a 6.7, the […]