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New Census Figures Show Rise in College Educated Renters in Philly

Just before the start of 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau released a treasure trove of its most recent demographic data from 2018. While the census’ data releases are slightly dated, the bureau still provides far and away the most granular insights available on changes in long-term demographic trends that offer a view of the national […]

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Job Growth, Consumer Spending Bode Well for CRE in 2020

The longest economic expansion since World War II in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets shows indications of staying solid in 2020, extending the record bull run for U.S. commercial real estate despite some risks that could eventually move the country toward a recession, according to CoStar economists. Trade wars and a slowdown […]

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2019 U.S. Office Investment, Leasing Shatters Records

Demand for U.S. offices throughout national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets set a post-recession record in 2019 as companies and real estate investors set aside concerns about a slowing global economy and snapped up workspace. The average U.S. office vacancy rate matched a post-recession low of 9.7 percent and office sales and leasing set […]

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Mixed Messages Cloud the View Toward Clarity in Economic Policy

Analysts had hoped to get some clarity in the past week on both monetary policy and fiscal policy fronts. Instead, with all the recent announcements, reversals, and delays related to trade deals, there were many moving parts with which to contend. On the monetary policy side, the Fed formalized its intent to keep interest rates […]

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Are Retailers’ Earnings Reports Telling Us Something?

 “After seven consecutive quarters of comparable sales growth, we experienced a deceleration in our third-quarter sales,” – Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette in a statement accompanying the retailer’s most recent earning release. Retail has been the big story these past few weeks as many publicly traded companies reported earnings for the third quarter. The tone was […]

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Big-Box Store Landlords See Signs Shoppers Still Spending

Some big-box store and mall owners in both national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets are releasing sighs of relief: Consumers still are spending and could keep that up throughout the crucial holiday shopping season and into 2020, lifting any concerns of an immediate acceleration in store closings. Peering into the earnings results of some […]

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Lower Inflation Figures Reflect Slowing Rent Growth

Recently released October consumer inflation numbers indicate less upward pressure on prices throughout national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets, largely driven by weaker growth in housing costs, including slowing rent growth. The weaker inflation report comes after the Federal Reserve has already cut interest rates three times this year, in part to boost inflation […]

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East and West Trade Deals Bring Sighs of Relief, for Now

Recession and trade talks recently have been in the same sentence, with political entrenchment a risk to sap growth through the rest of this year and next. In that case, new preliminary trade agreements between both the U.S. and China and U.K. and European Union offer seemingly good news for national and Philadelphia commercial real […]

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Grocery, Fitness Emerge as Retail Market Bright Spots

As e-commerce accelerates its sweeping disruption of the traditional U.S. retail industry throughout national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets, store tenants that offer experiences and use smaller spaces are driving demand for brick-and-mortar leases, according to a CoStar analysis. Tenants offering something to do rather than buy — think yoga studios, ax-throwing clubs and […]

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Philadelphia Job Growth Slows Heading Into 2020

With construction activity ramped up throughout the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets, and with Center City’s restaurants packed, most residents maintain a positive feeling about the current health of Philadelphia’s economy. But the pace of job growth has also been disappointing in recent months, with total jobs in the U.S. commercial real estate […]

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Midsize Tenants Dominate Demand for Industrial Space

E-commerce and last-mile logistics tenants in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are fueling additional demand for expansion in the U.S. and spurring midsize space users to dominate the industrial market. Midsize industrial tenants – those who occupy 50,000-sq.-ft. to 300,000-sq.-ft. boxes […]

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Philadelphia’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 30-Year Low

After another month of job growth, the Philadelphia market has reached an important milestone: The metro area’s unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in May, the lowest level of unemployment recorded in Philadelphia since the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) began publishing the figure in 1990. This CoStar Realty Information Inc. report involving Philadelphia commercial […]

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