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Analysts See Strong Warehouse Demand Despite Varied Concerns

Leasing and sales of distribution centers and other industrial properties reached records across the country last year, signaling strengthening demand in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets as shoppers accelerate their shift to buying online.

Industrial activity was robust for a ninth-straight year in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – as overall economic growth and goods consumption drove unprecedented warehouse sales and leasing across the United States in 2018. The data, however, shows some signs pointing to slower growth this year.

This Co-Star report involving U.S. and Philadelphia commercial properties is being made through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Investors, meanwhile, continue to pile into industrial space given its strong and consistent occupancy, rent growth, and return on investment. Total sales volume involving U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings tipped the $100 billion mark in 2018, the highest on record, and industrial sale prices rose about 10 percent over the prior year, an impressive feat this late in the economic cycle and easily the largest increase of all the major property types.

CoStar’s forecast expects new logistics buildings will be completed at a record pace this year as developers try to capture the demand. The research firm is tracking about 275 million square feet of industrial space under construction, equal to about 1.7 percent of the nation’s total supply. That amount of development among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties translates into what’s likely to be a high-water mark for new warehouse and distribution building this year to support the delivery of goods to households shopping online.

That’s a change from last year when the amount of new industrial space in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – dipped 11 percent in 2018 from the prior year. Construction finished the year on the upswing, but even that still may be insufficient to meet demand as more retailers move onto online platforms that require more warehouse space.

White demand remains robust, CoStar predicts the vacancy rate among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings will gradually rise and rent growth will slow as developers finish new buildings, more space hits the market, and the beneficial effects of tax cuts and fiscal stimulus begin to diminish and cool the economy.

For more information about Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space or other Philadelphia commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a leading Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a full-service CORFAC International brokerage and advisory firm, is a premier Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, property management services, and marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker with expertise in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philly office space, Philly retail space or Philly industrial space with the Philadelphia commercial properties that best meets their needs.

As experts in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philly office space, Philly retail space or Philly industrial space for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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A Tenant for Your Commercial Rooftops-Commercial Rooftop Solar Installations

Commercial Rooftop Solar InstallationsCan rooftop solar installations increase the profitability of your commercial buildings? Lets explore your options. Experts say the US is past the point where solar is ‘alternative energy.’ In 2018 alone, a new solar project was installed in the US every 100 seconds. Although regulations and incentives vary state-by-state, commercial real estate owners in all 50 states are taking advantage of the benefits of adding rooftop solar installations to the buildings in their portfolio.

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Up to now, the owner of the real estate also owned the solar system and was responsible for all maintenance. Starting in 2019, this isn’t necessarily the case for commercial real estate owners and investors in New Jersey. Now, commercial real estate owners in NJ can take advantage of Community Solar due to the newly unveiled/ launched NJ Community Solar Pilot program. Real estate owners in other states, such as Rhode Island, New York, and Maryland, have found great success with similar programs.

About the Program:

The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program enables utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property and is currently under development. Subscribers from the community pay for subscriptions. Funds from the subscriptions go to a Community Solar Project Owner or a Subscription Organization. The solar energy from that project goes into the electricity grid. The power from the grid is then delivered to the subscribers, who receive credit on their electric bills for their involvement.

Commercial real estate owners in NJ can take advantage of this program by working with an experienced Community Solar Project Owner. The Community Solar Project Owner pays the commercial real estate owner for use of their rooftop and is responsible for all aspects of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The Community Solar Project Owner applies for the program, builds and maintains the solar system, and pays the taxes. Commercial real estate owners simply collect the checks!

Top 5 Perks for Commercial Real Estate Owners:
• Portfolio’s net operating income is immediately increased
• Additional positive cash flow line item is added to the corporate balance sheet
• All costs for the solar projects’ viability and development process are paid for by the Community Solar Project Owner
Ongoing ownerships costs are absorbed by the Community Solar Project Owner
• Additional property tax on the solar equipment is paid by the Community Solar Project Owner

For more information, NJ C/I Real Estate Owners can contact:

Jacob Yaeger
Managing Principal
Green Skyline Solar
267-994-8723
JYaeger@GreenSkyline.Solar

Green Skyline Solar is a vertically integrated partner in the deal-flow process in utility scale, Community Solar, and large net-metered solar projects. Green Skyline Solar’s investor consortium has leased/ purchased and developed 75% of the first Rhode Island Community Solar program equaling $50M in investment capital and 20% of the first Maryland Community Solar program equaling $30Min investment capital. Green Skyline Solar’s team has developed over 500mW nationwide.

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WCRE APPOINTED EXCLUSIVE AGENT TO MARKET 30,000 SQUARE FEET AT THE MOORESTOWN MALL

WCRE APPOINTED EXCLUSIVE AGENT TO MARKET 30,000 SQUARE FEET AT THE MOORESTOWN MALL

WCRE | CORFAC International is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by PREIT as the exclusive office leasing agent to market +/-30,000 square feet at the former Macy’s store located within the Moorestown Mall in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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This unique 30,0000 square-foot leasing opportunity is located contiguous to the newly opened HomeSense, Five Below and the soon-to-open Sierra Trading Post in the former Macy’s and is situated in a prime location with an average traffic count of 88,000 cars passing by the Mall each day. Located in the most affluent suburb in Southern New Jersey, Moorestown Mall offers direct access to Route 38 and is within close proximity to Route 73, I-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

This large block of space is ideal for a variety of non-retail uses including education, training centers, back office operations, call center, etc. Surrounded by brand name retail, state-of-the-art entertainment and numerous restaurants, the Moorestown Mall offers a diverse mix of high demand uses.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with PREIT and market a first-class property on behalf of a top-tier owner and operator in the region,”

said Jason Wolf, managing principal of WCRE.

WCRE’s Vice President and Principal Chris Henderson and Wolf will be working closely with PREIT to facilitate the leasing of this well-trafficked property.

“Adding WCRE as the exclusive office leasing agent for this unique opportunity, one of our core assets in Southern New Jersey, is the next logical step for us in the redevelopment of Mooretown Mall,” said Joe Aristone, executive vice president of PREIT. “We are confident that WCRE’s local leasing and marketing expertise will further enhance our vision for this dynamic opportunity by introducing differentiated uses that will add value to our property.”

A marketing brochure is available upon request and additional information can be found at the links below.

WCRE – 30,000 SF Leasing Opportunity at The Moorestown Mall

PREIT – The Moorestown Mall

About WCRE

WCRE is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in office, retail, medical, industrial and investment properties in Southern New Jersey and the Philadelphia region. We provide a complete range of real estate services to commercial property owners, companies, banks, commercial loan servicers, and investors seeking the highest quality of service, proven expertise, and a total commitment to client-focused relationships. Through our intensive focus on our clients’ business goals, our commitment to the community, and our highly personal approach to client service, WCRE is creating a new culture and a higher standard. We go well beyond helping with property transactions and serve as a strategic partner invested in your long-term growth and success.

Learn more about WCRE at www.wolfcre.com, on Twitter & Instagram @WCRE1, and on Facebook at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, LLC. Visit our blog pages at ww.southjerseyofficespace.com, www.southjerseyindustrialspace.com, www.southjerseymedicalspace.com, www.southjerseyretailspace.com, www.phillyofficespace.com, www.phillyindustrialspace.com, www.phillymedicalspace.com, and www.phillyretailspace.com.

About PREIT

PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets. PREIT’s robust portfolio of carefully curated retail and lifestyle offerings mixed with destination dining and entertainment experiences are located primarily in the densely-populated eastern U.S. with concentrations in the mid-Atlantic’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the Company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on portfolio quality and balance sheet strength driven by disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Rising Interest Rates Change the Makeup of Securitized Loans

Headwinds from rising interest rates and investor caution as U.S. economic growth approaches a record stretch are likely to lead to less traditional lending terms for commercial real estate loan securitization in 2019 throughout the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets.

While the Federal Reserve’s rate increases appear to be having little meaningful economic impact on the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, they do seem to be influencing a preference for commercial mortgage-backed securities with shorter-term floating-rate debt or interest-only payments, a survey of credit rating agencies said.

This Co-Star Research report involving U.S. and Philadelphia commercial properties is being made through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Full or partial interest-only loans among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings made up 87 percent of the commercial mortgage securitization market last year and, according to CoStar analysts, this trend is continuing in early 2019.

These loan dynamics have contributed to single-borrower deals and commercial real estate collateralized loan obligations among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties having a very good year in 2018. Those two types of securitizations accounted for $52 billion in deals in 2018, up from $42 billion in 2017, said CoStar analysts.

While the Kroll Bond Rating Agency is forecasting up to $55 billion in these types of issuances in 2019, traditional commercial mortgage-backed deals with longer-term loans in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – started out the first half of 2018 with a solid increase in activity. These deals, however, slowed noticeably in the second half as annual volume in 2018 decreased to $41 billion as compared to $44 billion in 2017.

Overall issuances of this type among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings could fall a bit more next year. One of the main factors that could drag down lending volume is a shrinking pipeline of loans coming due for repayment. With fewer loans maturing, there is less demand for borrowing. Loan maturity volume dropped from highs of about $83 billion in 2016 and 2017 to about $34.65 billion in combined maturities over the next two years.

For more information about Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space or other Philadelphia commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a leading Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a full-service CORFAC International brokerage and advisory firm, is a premier Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, property management services, and marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker with expertise in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philly office space, Philly retail space or Philly industrial space with the Philadelphia commercial properties that best meets their needs.

As experts in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philly office space, Philly retail space or Philly industrial space for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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Is Real Property Subject to NJ Sales & Use Tax?

Is Real Property Subject to NJ Sales & Use Tax

Is Real Property Subject to NJ Sales & Use Tax

Is the new construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance of Real Property subject to NJ Sales & Use Tax? While we can generalize, there is no easy answer to this question as there are many variables that need to be considered to make a proper determination. Additionally, your contractor often isn’t much help as they simply just charge tax or solicit an exemption certificate from you to protect themselves with little thought as to the actual taxability of the services to be provided. That being said, let’s see if we can simplify things.

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MATERIALS & SUPPLIES – NJ Sales & Use Tax

In NJ a contractor is deemed to be an individual or business entity engaged in the business of improving, altering, or repairing real property. By law, contractors are the consumers of materials & supplies they purchase in the course of performing their services and as such are required to pay NJ Sales or Use tax on these purchases unless the work is for an exempt organization, a qualified business in an Urban Enterprise Zone, and a qualified housing sponsor, or they hold a valid direct payment permit. Therefore, you should never pay NJ Sales or Use Tax on separately stated charges for materials & supplies billed by your contractor regardless of the type of work being performed. Your contractor is solely responsible for the payment of the tax on materials & supplies and it must be presumed that the tax is included in the separately stated charge.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT – NJ Sales & Use Tax

A NJ Contractor is performing a capital improvement when their installation of tangible personal property increases the capital value or useful life of the real property and the item(s) installed are permanently attached to the real property. The labor charge for a capital improvement is exempt from tax and should be supported by the issuance of an ST-8 Capital Improvement Certificate to your contractor. An analysis of the specific work to be performed needs to be done to see if the above criteria are met. To meet the criteria of an increase in capital value, a NJ auditor will often look to verify whether or not the project lead to an increased assessed value for local property tax purposes.

Further, in verifying the useful life of a project, a NJ auditor will review the accounting treatment of the project. If the project in question is not treated consistent with real property that has an increase in useful life for Internal Revenue Service purposes, it will likely not be considered to meet said criteria. Lastly, if the item(s) being installed are not permanently attached, the project will not be deemed a capital improvement exempt from tax. The permanently attached criteria is met when the item(s) are attached in such a way that its removal would result in substantial damage to the real property.

“TAXABLE” CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS – NJ Sales & Use Tax

Despite what we note above regarding a capital improvement project, NJ law identifies three “taxable” capital improvements that regardless of the facts and circumstances are always taxable. They are landscaping services, the installation of hard-wired security, burglar, or fire alarm systems, and the installation of carpeting and other flooring. This is so even when these services are provided under a multi-trade construction contract for a new building or renovation. However, the incidence of the tax will vary. If you hire a contractor for a multi-trade construction contract and they directly perform a “taxable” capital improvement, you should be charged NJ Sales Tax and/or remit NJ Use Tax on these items. However, if your contractor hires a sub-contractor to perform a “taxable” capital improvement the incidence of tax is between your contractor and the sub-contractor.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE – NJ Sales & Use Tax

Labor charges for the maintaining, servicing, and repair of real property by a contractor are taxable. A repair is work that maintains the existing value of the real property or restores the property to working condition. They do not add value or prolong its life.

CONCLUSION

Generally, the new construction and renovation of real property is exempt from NJ Sales & Use Tax (other than “taxable” capital improvements) while the repairs & maintenance of real property are taxable. That being said, as noted above, great care should be exercised in determining a capital improvement versus repair & maintenance to ensure proper tax treatment.

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