Market Reports

"2021 will be the year of retail recovery, but it will be a very uneven, choppy recovery."


"2020 is a year that will long be remembered as one of significant upheaval and uncertainty and the Oklahoma City office market was certainly not immune to that."


The effects of the coronavirus on the tri-county area commercial market remain unclear. Although data from the third quarter is providing greater clarity about local conditions and the short-term real estate outlook, there remains uncertainty surrounding market dynamics and long-term effects. Office Tenants are evaluating what their mid- to long-term office footprint looks like in a post-COVID world. With the growth of consumer online shopping, Industrial/ Flex Tenants are increasing warehouse/distribution space. The retail market will continue to be supported by residential development in our tri-county area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, retail sales during May 2020 were up 17.7% seasonally adjusted from the prior month but down 6.1% year-over-year. That follows a record-setting 14.7% drop in April 2020 (month-over-month).


The last 12 months have been marked by dramatic changes. As of this writing, these events have not seriously affected the Oklahoma City multi-tenant industrial market. Overall, multi-tenant industrial properties have continued the declining vacancy trend seen over the past two years. The bulkwarehouse sector is the exception this year.


During the first half of 2020 the market vacancy rate rose from 20.9% to 23.5% in the first half of 2020. The rise in vacancies has been market-wide with the Central Business District vacancy rate rising from 21.8% to 23.6% and the suburban submarkets rising from 20.8% to 23.4% vacant. Market-wide rental rates showed a slight dip from $19.53 per square foot to $19.45 per square foot. The market experienced negative absorption of nearly 536,000 square feet which was market-wide in nature rather than limited to one or two submarkets. The CBD experienced negative absorption of 146,000 SF and the suburban submarkets totaled nearly 390,000 SF of negative absorption.


The effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the tri-county area commercial market remain unclear. Although data from the second quarter is providing greater clarity about local conditions and the short-term real estate outlook, there remains uncertainty surrounding market dynamics and long-term effects.


The effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the tri-county area commercial market remain unclear. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the tri-county area had strong economic momentum, and the current report largely reflects the environment before the pandemic. It is too early to provide a quantitative assessment or forecast of the ultimate market impact of COVID-19. As with previous reports, our analysis focuses on the market activity reflected in current quarterly statistics. The overnight halt to the tourism industry will likely have repercussions for the local economy. In a year of evident political and economic uncertainty, we expect to see additional tempering in metrics — including asking rent growth and construction starts — as companies look for additional signals of where their businesses are headed this year.


Three quarters of the way through the year, 2019 has been better than expected. DFW growth has continued to increase. DFW still struggles to find labor, and that is the biggest strain on the economy at the present time. There is a true war for talent, and we continue to monitor this closely. Trade tariffs and slowed oil & gas activity continue to be a concern; however, there is enormous interest from coastal markets on the relocation & investment fronts from (New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco). The economy continues to grow, and we feel the fundamentals for Dallas-Fort Worth are positive and the 4th quarter of 2019 will be exceptional.


Three quarters of the way through the year, 2019 has been better than expected. DFW growth has continued to increase. DFW still struggles to find labor, and that is the biggest strain on the economy at the present time. There is a true war for talent, and we continue to monitor this closely. Trade tariffs and slowed oil & gas activity continue to be a concern; however, there is enormous interest from coastal markets on the relocation front and the investment from (New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco), the economy continues to grow, and we feel the fundamentals for Dallas-Fort Worth continue to be positive and the 4th quarter of 2019 is expected to be exceptional.


The Denver retail market has been a cyclical winner. Trade area demographics are supporting retail sales, with the metro's superior growth in population, employment, and income increasing buying power.


The Denver office market is in the midst of a moderate rebound. Rent growth slowed sharply throughout 2015 and 2016 as the market felt the full brunt of the collapse in oil prices, and rents at 4 & 5 Star properties briefly turned negative.


Several indicators emerged or firmed over the past year that point to rebounding demand in Denver's apartment market.


A confluence of events has led Denver to become one of the hottest industrial markets in the country. Robust demand in this regional market with a strong local economy is stemming from the growth of retail sales, employment, and industrial production in the metro area and the greater Colorado region.


The first half of 2019 showed little change in the Oklahoma City office market, but what change occurred was fairly positive.   Vacancies fell from 20.1% to 19.3% and absorption of space totaled 128,000 square feet.


Oklahoma City real estate is known for its relative stability and slow but steady growth.  We typically don’t see the cyclical volatility nor the overexuberance of other markets.  The numbers for the first half of the year reflect this even as retail nationally and locally is undergoing transformational change.


Current multi-tenant industrial vacancy for the Oklahoma City metro area now stands at 16.96%, down from 20.31% in mid-year 2018. These swings seem to be the new normal – multi-year strong absorption and rent growth periods followed by multi-year double-digit vacancy and relative quiescence (a kinder term to use around your developer friends than “stagnation”), culminating in eight to ten-year cycles overall.


The second quarter of 2019 continues to show that the market favors the landlord. Vacancy rates held steady in Q2, while asking rents rose from $7.09 in the first quarter, to $7.17 in Q2.


The industrial vacancy rate for the first quarter of 2019 has shown a minimal increase to 5.50%, up 0.02% from Q4 2018, which was 5.48%.


“As we review and analyze 2018 Investments Sales activity and results in Calgary, one quote comes to mind: “Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.” by Napoleon Hill. Though 2018 results are better than 2017 and 2016 investment sales numbers, we still have a long way to go. The arrow, however, is pointing in the right direction.”


Welcome to Bilfinger GVA’s central London office analysis; our detailed view of the market in Q2 2016. The B word—It actually happened! Despite the fact that the EU referendum has cast a shadow over the last year, when the results came through, it seems that nobody actually expected it. The fallout of the decision to leave the European Union is still to be fully understood but there has clearly been quite a shock wave throughout the whole of the UK and the central London office market.


There are several types of commercial leases and terms, but a common thread among them is that the devil is in the details. Commercial real estate lease contracts are notoriously tricky documents, and a good or bad lease can mean manageable versus inflated real estate costs or even the difference between success or failure for businesses. With so much riding on a single document, it’s wise to consult a professional commercial real estate broker. Many Tenants don’t realize that a commercial real estate broker can also be retained for lease renewals. Tenant representation during lease renewal negotiations helps ensure that the terms are in line with the market and often leads to competitive concessions being received on lease rates and premises improvements. When the economy is soft, Landlords with near term rollover are further motivated to lock-in Tenants rather than risk losing them. This is a critical opportunity to not only renew the lease, but improve the lease.


Stubbornly low energy prices during the first half of 2016 kept the Alberta economy moving at a sluggish pace.The slowed market kept a lid on investment activity in Calgary and prolonged the ‘wait and see’ attitude in the investment market, for major and minor players alike. Many investors continued patiently waiting on the sidelines, looking for opportunities while current owners held onto properties of consequence.


At the end of the second quarter of 2016, the industrial market Class A of Mexico City recorded an inventory of 8.3M Sq.M, with the Cuautitlan submarket which covers a larger share of that inventory (33%) followed by Toluca (20%).


Year-to-date commercial real estate (CRE) investment in the Edmonton market proved resilient against the backdrop of a second recessionary year.


Since Q1 2016, Beltline vacancy has increased by approximately 0.7% to end Q2 at 18.3%. Given that sublease absorption for the quarter totaled positive 30,000 sf the current distribution between headlease and sublease space was adjusted to 75% and 25%, respectively. This quarter witnessed net absorption of negative 51,000 sf.


Vacancy in Calgary’s industrial real estate market has hit an all-time high of 7.49% at the end of the second quarter 2016. A combination of construction completion, major occupant shuffling, and a negatively impacted oil and gas manufacturing and service sector have all combined to continue vacancy’s slide upward from 4.30% at the end of 2014.


Historically speaking, office condo units have traditionally been developed in small quantities in suburban markets and geared towards professional and medical service industries. The office condo concept has created an opportunity for occupiers to own their office space with the advantages of having fixed and clear costs, full control over the design within the premises and, significantly, tax benefits not available leasing tenants.


Over the second quarter of 2016, the vacancy rate in Calgary’s Downtown market reached 21.2%. This represents a record high, comprising 8.8 million square feet of space available for lease within a 41 million square foot (msf) inventory.


THE OVERALL VACANCY RATE IN SUBURBAN CALGARY INCREASED DURING THE SECOND QUARTER TO 21.2%.


At the mid-point of 2016, Calgary’s overall retail market showed initial signs of strain against the pressures exerted by the economic downturn. Retail vacancy sat at 3.4%; slightly above the previous high water mark of 3.1% which was set in the third quarter of 2008. To place these statistics in perspective, Calgary’s retail inventory at that time was approximately 25 million square feet (msf); 63% of current volume.


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As can be expected, the effects of low priced oil, combined with a dramatically changed political landscape in Alberta, affected investor sentiment and caused the investment market in Edmonton to quiet significantly in 2015.


The overall vacancy rate in Suburban Calgary was essentially flat during the first quarter, rising a fraction of a percent to 18.47% from 18.33% in Q4 2015.


As the first quarter of 2016 unfolded, uncertain energy market conditions and a soft economic environment continued to effect office leasing decisions in Calgary’s downtown market.


The industrial market of Mexico City Metropolitan Area at the end of the first quarter of 2016 has 8.2M SM (88.2M SFT) in Class A industrial buildings, mainly concentrated in the Submarkets of Cuautitlan (33%) and Toluca (20%).


The first quarter of 2016 closed with a total office inventory in Mexico City was 5.4 M SM (58M SFT) of Class A+ & A spaces what constitutes the largest in Latin America.


Welcome to Bilfinger GVA’s central London office analysis; our detailed review of the market in Q1 2016. Activity during the first quarter of the year has been relatively strong, with take-up well above the five-year quarterly average. Nevertheless, demand seems to have been dampened slightly with some occupiers looking to ‘wait and see’ for the time being.


Fall 2015 Montreal Market Report (Terramont)

There’s never been a better time in the last 10 years to be a Montreal tenant. With new space coming on the market and large tenants such as Deloitte and Rio Tinto Alcan moving into new premises, now is the time to either trade up to better space or get equivalent to your current space for less.


AS WAS LARGELY EXPECTED, THE EFFECTS OF LOW PRICED OIL, COMBINED WITH A DRAMATICALLY CHANGED POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN ALBERTA, affected investor sentiment and caused the investment market in Calgary to quiet significantly in 2015. In comparison to 2014 when $2.66 billion transacted across the Office, Retail, Industrial, Multi-Residential and ICI/Residential Land asset classes, approximately $1.5 billion was invested during 2015.


This quarter in the downtown market: Net absorption for the year was positive 642,176 square feet. The overall vacancy rate was 13.2%. The West Loop continues to be the Central Business District’s darling with 7 of the 11 proposed and under construction office buildings within its confines.


VACANCY DOWN TO 11%


Regardless of High Vacancies, Construction Progresses


The Richardson/East Plano Sub-Market has shown a decrease in the direct Class A vacancy from 24.7% in the second quarter of 2016 to 22.8% for the start of second quarter 2017. Meanwhile, direct weighted average full-service rents increased from $26.91 to $27.38 per square foot during the same time. Class B vacancy decreased from 15.6% to 13.3% and as a result, full-service rental rates increased from $18.88 per square foot to $19.48 per square foot.


19% VACANCY RATE REACHES A FOUR-YEAR HIGH


The LBJ Corridor is one of the last remaining safe havens for companies that are seeking rent relief. With submarkets like Central Expressway and the Lower Tollway experiencing 10-12% vacancy rates, the East LBJ Corridor has a vacancy rate of just below 25%. We expect this to change drastically in 2017 with companies fleeing surrounding submarkets for the best valued office space in the entire DFW- Metroplex.


The second quarter ended with a vacancy of 14.3%, virtually no change from the first quarter of 14.2%. Rental rates for all property classes on a full-service basis increased marginally to $24.64 up from the first quarter of $24.52. Year-to-date absorption totaled 2,401,965, on pace for another very respectable year assuming the back half of this year reflects the first half of the year.


TCN Worldwide's State of the Market: Central Edition, 2nd Quarter 2017 Prepared by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, Consulting Economist to TCN Worldwide. In this edition: –National and Macroeconomic Overview –Regional Economic Conditions –Commercial Property Investment Trends


The first quarter of 2017 saw vacancy move up from 14.2% in the 4th quarter 2016, to 14.3%. Rental rates increased from $24.13 in the 4th quarter to $24.52 this quarter when considering all classes of properties.


18% VACANCY RATE REACHES A THREE-YEAR HIGH


Deliveries Outweigh Net Absorption for 4th Straight Year


TCN Worldwide's State of the Market: Central Edition, 1st Quarter 2017 Prepared by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, Consulting Economist to TCN Worldwide In this edition: –National and Macroeconomic Overview –Regional Economic Conditions –Commercial Property Investment Trends


This quarter in the downtown market: Absorption for the quarter reached 315,000 square feet; Rental rates dropped a nominal $0.19 to $36.44; 150 North Riverside officially opened and welcomed Polsinelli, Studley and Linden Capital as tenants; In the largest deal of the quarter, Context Media signed a lease for 400,000 square feet at 515 North State Street.


The Upper Tollway Sub-Market has consistently been one of the two main hubs of office real estate activity in Dallas. With relocations of large corporate campuses, such as Toyota, FedEx, and JP Morgan Chase, the area is becoming even more appealing as the influx of developers continue to attempt to capitalize on the enticing market. This recent construction has resulted in a surprisingly large vacancy rate for a market with such an “awe factor.”


The North Central Expressway Sub-Market is defined geographically as the area that is bordered by Hillcrest Avenue to the West, N Haskell Avenue to the South, Greenville Avenue to the East, and Forest Lane to the North. This analysis is focused on Class A and B office buildings that are existing or under construction and contain a minimum of 75,000 rentable square feet.


The Lower Tollway Sub-Market is defined by the geographic boundaries of Alpha Road on the south, President George Bush Turnpike on the north, Preston Road on the east, and Midway Road on the west.


The East LBJ Corridor Sub-Market is defined geographically as the area that is bordered by Midway Road to the West, Forest Lane to the South, TI Boulevard to the East, and Alpha Road to the North. This analysis is focused on Class A and B office buildings that are existing or under construction and contain a minimum of 50,000 rentable square feet.


This East Plano Sub-Market covers the area east of US-75, south of 14th Street, west of Northstar/Los Rios Boulevard and north of President George Bush Turnpike, until it turns south, at which point the southern border of the sub-market becomes Lookout Drive. The included statistics cover industrial and flex buildings that have more than 30,000 square feet of space. The East Plano Sub-Market is experiencing a gradual change making it a more mature and technology focused area.


TCN Worldwide's State of the Market: Central Edition, 4th Quarter 2016 Prepared by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, Consulting Economist to TCN Worldwide In this edition: –National and Macroeconomic Overview –Regional Conditions in the Central States –Commercial Property Investment Trends


Net absorption for the year was at negative 1.9 million square feet. • Vacancy grew to 19.2%. • These dropping statistics were aided by Zurich moving into its new build to suit as well as Jim Beam and ConAgra moving from the suburbs downtown.