16Apr

The first quarter 2024 industrial real estate market report is out for the greater Los Angeles area.

Here are a few of the important points from the quarterly update on the greater Los Angeles industrial real estate market: 

  1. Market Conditions:
    • Vacancies and availability increased across all submarkets.
    • Lease rates experienced a decrease.
    • Sales and leasing activity hit historic lows.
    • Construction starts diminished.
  2. Employment and Wage Trends:
    • Unemployment rate fell to 3.8%, with a slight increase in labor force participation rate.
    • Average hourly earnings rose by 4.1% year-over-year, surpassing inflation.
  3. Inflation Concerns:
    • Inflation measures remain elevated, with growing worries that the disinflation process has stalled.
    • CPI report indicates inflation surpassed forecasts, with both month-over-month and year-over-year increases.
  4. Economic Growth:
    • Economy grew by 2.5% on an annual basis at the end of 2023.
    • Forecasted GDP growth for Q1 2024 is around 2.4%.
  5. Investor Sentiment and Market Behavior:
    • Cautious investor sentiment due to uncertainty over potential federal interest rate cuts and geopolitical challenges.
    • Opportunities for owner-occupiers to acquire buildings with less competition from institutional investors.
    • Smaller buildings sought after via SBA loans and conventional financing, but with stringent oversight from lenders.
  6. Tenant Trends and Industrial Real Estate:
    • Lease renewals becoming more prevalent among tenants.
    • Tenants increasingly subletting unused space.
    • Despite market corrections, industrial real estate remains sought after, driven by barriers-to-entry and demand for newer, functional space in infill Southern California markets.

The report ends with a note that the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles are seeing higher volumes.  With West Coast labor concerns resolved and issues at the Panama Canal (drought), Red Sea (safety), East Coast labor negotiations and now Baltimore (FSK Bridge Collapse) expect this trend to continue.

29Jan

The Industrial Real Estate market report for Orange County in the 4th quarter of 2023.

The industrial real estate landscape in Orange County has experienced a notable shift in the fourth quarter of 2023, marked by a noticeable impact on rental dynamics. The moderation in tenant demand has contributed to a increase in vacancy rates during this period thereby leading to a deceleration in rent growth. This shift in market dynamics has implications for both property owners and tenants, shaping the overall economic landscape of the region. 

One of the noteworthy industrial real estate transactions during Q4 of 2023 was the acquisition of 7050 Village Drive in Buena Park, CA, by Buchanan Street Partners. This move underscores the strategic investment decisions being made in response to the evolving market conditions. Additionally, Home & Body Co.'s leasing of 5800 Skylab Road in Huntington Beach, CA, reflects ongoing activity with industrial real estate warehouse buildings, albeit with a focus on leasing arrangements. 

Analyzing specific areas with Orange County warehouse and industrial properties, the sales prices have exhibited distinct trends. Huntington Beach, for instance, has seen an average price of $380.00 per square foot (PSF) over the past year. This figure provides valuable insights into the relative strength of the market in this particular locale. In comparison, Garden Grove has experienced a slightly lower average sale price at $320.00 PSF, indicating variations in the pricing dynamics across different parts of the county. 

Furthermore, lease rates with Orange County industrial properties averaged $1.58 per square foot during the fourth quarter of 2023. This figure serves as a benchmark for property owners and tenants alike, offering a glimpse into the prevailing economic conditions shaping leasing negotiations. The asking lease rates provide crucial information for businesses seeking commercial spaces, influencing decisions on location and affordability. 

In summary, the industrial real estate landscape in the Orange County market is adapting to changing demand patterns, with notable transactions and pricing trends providing valuable insights for industry stakeholders. As the market navigates through these shifts, strategic decision-making and a nuanced understanding of local dynamics will continue to be key elements for success in the region's real estate sector.

11Jan

Some of my recent commercial real estate transactions and available properties from the Pomona, Montclair & Upland California areas.

04Jan

The ±4,000 SF Industrial Warehouse Property at 6309 Alondra Blvd, Paramount is now leased!

• ±4,000 SF part of a Larger Building

• Gated Secure High Image Business Park

• 3 Ground Level Doors

• 18’ Clear Height

• 2 Bathrooms

• Zoning: M-1

• 200 Amps Power

• Minutes to 91, 710, & 105 Freeways

27Oct

The 3rd quarter Industrial Real Estate Market report for Orange County.

The demand for industrial space from tenants in the third quarter showed a continuous decline, with the Orange County Industrial Market experiencing a negative net absorption of 848,736 square feet. This negative absorption is the most significant since the first quarter of 2019. Furthermore, it marks the third consecutive quarter of contraction, resulting in a total negative absorption of 1.8 million square feet for the year. Countywide, the vacancy rate increased by 40 basis points, reaching 3%, the highest it has been in the past 10 quarters. 

Despite these challenging trends, the average rent for industrial spaces has seen an 11% year-over-year increase. However, Lee & Associates' agents have observed a growing trend of landlords offering concessions on new lease agreements and lease renewals. This shift in landlord behavior suggests that they are becoming more attuned to the weakening demand in the market. 

While it may appear that leasing activity is on the decline, the industrial real estate market remains active. There is a notable presence of prospective buyer-users who remain undeterred by the rising interest rates. This indicates that even with the challenges posed by increased vacancies and negative net absorption, there is still considerable interest and activity in the market from those looking to purchase and utilize industrial spaces, especially in Orange County.

24Oct

The 3rd quarter, 2023 Los Angeles - Long Beach Industrial Real Estate Market Report shows an uptick in vacancy.

A prevalent and unifying trend has emerged in the industrial markets of Greater Los Angeles & Long Beach, Orange County, and the Inland Empire during the third quarter of 2023: an uptick in vacancy rates. This development has undoubtedly captured the attention of real estate observers, raising questions about the resilience of these markets amidst evolving economic conditions.

While it's true that asking lease rates and sale prices have moderated from their previous peaks, they continue to hover at historically elevated levels. This is particularly noteworthy in the realm of leasing, where the prevailing rates are higher than what has been observed in the past. The apparent contrast between increased vacancies and persistent high asking rates creates an intriguing narrative within these markets.

The question that naturally arises is whether this shift in vacancy rates is a direct consequence of the recent Federal Reserve interest rate hikes or if it's a temporary slowdown in the market's momentum. The answer to this query remains somewhat elusive, and much like the economic outlook itself, it is subject to ongoing observation and analysis.

One plausible hypothesis is that the impact of the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes has yet to fully materialize. These hikes may have prompted businesses and investors to reevaluate their strategies, potentially leading to a pause in leasing and purchasing activities. The full ramifications of such monetary policy decisions often take time to ripple through the real estate sector.

On the other hand, it is equally plausible that the observed increase in vacancy rates is a transient phenomenon. Industrial markets are influenced by a myriad of factors, including supply and demand dynamics, economic cycles, and regional conditions. Short-term fluctuations are not uncommon, and they may not necessarily indicate a fundamental shift in the health of these markets.

As we move forward, close monitoring and analysis of these markets will be essential to provide a more definitive answer. Factors such as employment trends, trade activity, and consumer behavior will play a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of these industrial markets. Whether the current situation is a harbinger of sustained change or a brief pause in the continued growth of these markets will be revealed in the coming quarters, offering valuable insights into the ever-evolving real estate landscape.

14Sep

The ±4.37 Pomona, CA site is now on the market for sale, residential and industrial warehouse possible.

±4.37 Acres of Land

Mixture of Zoning by Parcel (Majority of M1)

MidTown Segment (2 Parcels) and SB 330 (1 Parcel)

70 Units Per Acre (306 Total) Low Income Housing Possible

18Jul

The 2nd Quarter 2023 Los Angeles - Long Beach Industrial Real Esate Market Report

Every key metric typically used to measure the health of the economy is performing well right now. GDP grew by 2.0% in Q1, and it is estimated to grow by 2.3% in Q2 by the Atlanta Fed . In terms of employment, over the last year the U.S. added 3.8 million jobs and now has an unemployment rate of 3.6%. With regard to inflation, both headline and core inflation are
trending downward. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 3% year-over-year in June and 0.2% for the month, below consensus estimates of 3.1% and 0.3%. This was the lowest rate of inflation since March 2021. And core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, rose by 4.8% year-over-year and 0.2% for the month. The annual core inflation level was
the lowest since October 2021, and its monthly gain was the smallest gain since August 2021.

Most economists, forecasters, and business leaders are anticipating that the Fed will continue to raise rates throughout the year until it reaches its target inflation rate. For this reason, most forecasters still believe a mild and shallow recession is likely within the next twelve months. However, a significant minority are anticipating that the US economy will avoid a recession altogether. For example, in its latest forecast, the National Association of Realtors has the economy growing slowly every quarter throughout 2023 and projects the economy to grow by 1.1% for the whole year. 

Regardless of one’s stance on this issue, it is indisputable that the industrial market is in a favorable position to weather most headwinds the economy might face. Total retail sales grew by 1.6% in May 2023 compared to the same period a year ago , and as a percentage of total sales, e-commerce retail sales (one of the key drivers of the industrial sector) now stand at 15.1% – 3.9 percentage points higher than where it stood at its peak prior to the pandemic in Q4 of 2019. With this said, available space continues to increase and there has been a growing sentiment regarding a shift in negotiating power from Landlords to Tenants

22Jun

The Industrial property at 16400 Garfield Ave in Paramount, CA has leased!

Large Fenced and Paved Gated Yard

Dock High Loading

14'-17' Clear Height

Free Standing Building

High Visibility

Close to 91 & 710 Freeways

16Jun

The West Long Beach Industrial property has leased, contact me for more information.

• Former Food Facility

• Warehouse Floor Drains

• One (1) Ground Level Doors

• Fenced / Paved Yard

• Licensed Cannabis Use Possible at Higher Lease Rate

• Close Proximity to Freeways and Ports

02Mar

±40,000 SF Industrial Warehouse Space Available in Inland Empire West

TERM: 1 Year, Month to Month Thereafter

• ESFR Sprinkler System

• 1-2 Docks Shared

• Office & Bathrooms Possible

• Dead Storage Okay

• High Functioning Property

• Great Strategic Location

• Minutes to 10 and 15 Freway

31Jan

Ron Mgrublian of Lee and Associates Los Angeles – Long Beach and Ed Matevosian of CBRE represented the buyer Hawk Eye Holdings, LLC.

Pomona, January 27, 2023 - In a noteworthy achievement, Lee & Associates, a prominent national commercial real estate provider renowned for its regional expertise, recently concluded a significant sales transaction involving a sprawling 288,195 square foot industrial building situated at 2875 Pomona Boulevard, Pomona, California. This particular transaction stands out as the largest industrial real estate deal in Pomona for the entirety of 2022.

The successful negotiation was orchestrated by Ron Mgrublian from Lee and Associates Los Angeles – Long Beach, in collaboration with Ed Matevosian from CBRE, both representing the buyer, Hawk Eye Holdings, LLC. This strategic partnership and negotiation prowess resulted in the seamless sale of the substantial industrial property.

The industrial real estate landscape in the East San Gabriel Valley has proven to be robust, with vacancy rates maintaining historic lows at 1.1%. Notably, the average market sale price per square foot in this region is an impressive $307, further underscoring the significance and value of the transaction orchestrated by Lee & Associates.

This successful deal not only reflects the expertise and proficiency of Lee & Associates but also underscores the buoyancy of the commercial real estate market in Pomona. As the largest broker-owned firm in North America, Lee & Associates has consistently demonstrated leadership excellence for over 40 years. Operating across the U.S. and Canada, with a substantial presence in various states and provinces, including but not limited to California, Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and more, Lee & Associates boasts a network of over 1,300 brokers nationwide.

The firm's commitment to providing specialized commercial real estate services on a local, regional, and national level has solidified its position as a key player in the industry. Lee & Associates' successful negotiation of the 288,195 square foot industrial building sale in Pomona exemplifies their dedication to delivering outstanding results for their clients while contributing to the vibrancy of the commercial real estate market. .  

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