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WCRE Second Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Market Shows Strong Fundamentals

WCRE Second Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Market Shows Strong Fundamentals, Appears Poised For Growth

July 7, 2017 – Marlton, NJ – Commercial real estate brokerage WCRE reported in its latest quarterly analysis that the Southern New Jersey market, which started off 2017 on a cautiously optimistic note, continued picking up steam through the second quarter.

“The overall mood of the market seems to be positive, riding a wave of steady moderate growth in the national economy, increasing expansion locally, and investor interest from outside the region” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “Office occupancy needs increased during the quarter, and we have been seeing increased capital spending and construction hiring this year for the first time in years.”

There were approximately 395,155 square feet of new leases and renewals executed in the three counties surveyed (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester), which represents an increase of approximately 24 percent compared with the previous quarter, and a remarkable 58 percent increase over the second quarter last year. While leasing showed this notable rise, the sales market had a dip in volume during the second quarter, with some 554,590 square feet worth more than $46.1 million trading hands.

New leasing activity accounted for approximately 43.4 percent of all deals. Overall, gross leasing absorption for the quarter was in the range of approximately 85,000 square feet.

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Other office market highlights from the report:

Overall vacancy in the market is now approximately 10.4 percent, which is a solid improvement over the previous quarter’s 11.05 percent.

Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$14.50/sf NNN or $20.00-$24.50/sf gross for the deals completed during the quarter. This is essentially unchanged from the previous two quarters.

Vacancy in Camden County improved dramatically, standing at 11.7 percent for the second quarter, down from 13.3 percent in the first quarter.

WCRE has expanded into southeastern Pennsylvania, and the firm’s quarterly reports now include a section on transactions, rates, and news from Philadelphia and the suburbs. Highlights from the second quarter in Pennsylvania include:

The Philadelphia industrial market remains very healthy, and the outlook is positive. Vacancy rates for flex and industrial properties in Philadelphia are well below the regional and national averages, and the expectation is that supply will continue to meet demand.

Philadelphia’s office market continues to gain strength across the board, with far lower vacancy rates than regional and national averages for both Class A and Class B properties in the Central Business Districts and around the suburbs. Conditions are in place that seem to bode well for continued growth, including increasing employment and new construction.

The Philadelphia retail sector has not been immune to the systemic challenges facing retail businesses everywhere. Namely, the massive shift to online retailing and away from brick-and-mortar. Still, there were some positive signs amid the spate of announced store closings. Community shopping centers remain an area of strength in the market, with vacancy rates nearly half the national average. 

WCRE also reported on the Southern New Jersey retail market, noting that e-commerce sales were high and moving higher still, while brick-and-mortar retail sales were growing at a modest two percent. Overall retail sales were 3.9 percent higher this year compared to 2016. Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

Retail vacancy in Camden County stood at 9.4 percent, with average rents in the range of $11.33/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Burlington County stood at 10.5 percent, with average rents in the range of $13.35/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Gloucester County stood at 7.1 percent, with average rents in the range of $13.78/sf NNN.

The full report is available upon request.

About WCRE/CORFAC International

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

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WCRE First Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Market Is Weathering Global Uncertainties

WCRE FIRST QUARTER REPORT: Southern New Jersey Market Is Weathering Global Uncertainties with Characteristic Strength

April 6, 2017 – Marlton, NJ – Commercial real estate brokerage WCRE reported in its latest quarterly analysis that despite political uncertainty at home and around the world, the Southern New Jersey market has started off 2017 on a cautiously optimistic footing.

“Even with an expected winter slowdown affecting office leasing activity, and added anxiety with the transfer of political power in Washington, the overall mood of the market seems to be positive,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “As we’ve seen the past couple of years, several business sectors increased their occupancy needs during the first quarter, and we continue to see increased capital spending, construction hiring, and expansions.”

There were approximately 317,886 square feet of new leases and renewals executed in the three counties surveyed (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester), which represents a decrease of approximately 18 percent compared with the previous quarter, but is essentially unchanged from the first quarter last year. While leasing slowed a bit, the sales market doubled in volume during the first quarter, with some 767,988 square feet worth more than $133.5 million trading hands. New leasing activity accounted for approximately half of all deals – a big increase over the fourth quarter. Overall, net absorption for the quarter was in the range of approximately 122,572 square feet.

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Other office market highlights from the report:

Overall vacancy in the market is now approximately 11.05 percent, which is a nominal increase from the previous quarter.

Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$14.50/sf NNN or $20.00-$24.50/sf gross for the deals completed during the quarter. This is essentially unchanged from the previous two quarters.

New Jersey’s unemployment rate moved down to 4.4 percent, putting it below the national rate of 4.7 percent.

WCRE has expanded into southeastern Pennsylvania, and the firm’s quarterly reports now include a section on transactions, rates, and news from Philadelphia and the suburbs. Highlights from the first quarter in Pennsylvania include:

Office demand in Center City is still exceptionally strong, as rental rates continue on an upswing and vacancy levels are compressing to all-time lows.

There is a significant amount of inventory of multi-family, including recently developed, under construction, and proposed, in both the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia suburbs. Rental rates have either remained relatively stable or decreased slightly. Concessions are becoming commonplace at many apartment communities.

While much of the pricing for commercial real estate accounts for increasing interest rates, many purchasers are showing signs of hesitation and fears of potential decreases in market fundamentals.

The industrial market in the City of Philadelphia and its suburbs is fetching price points never experienced in the marketplace. The lack of available product coupled with significant demand is putting further upward pressure on overall pricing.

WCRE also reported on the Southern New Jersey retail market, noting an incongruous mix of consumers earning more and showing a willingness to spend, and a high number of retailers declaring bankruptcy. The report attributes this to a growing shift to online shopping and other changes in spending habits. Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

The Conference Board reports that consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2000.

Nine retailers filed bankruptcy in the first quarter, which is the same as the total for all of 2016.

Retail vacancy in Camden County stood at 6.4 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.92/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Burlington County stood at 11.1 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.31/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Gloucester County stood at 5 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.01sf NNN.

The full report is available upon request.

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

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WCRE Fourth Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Gathers Strength but Pauses

WCRE FOURTH QUARTER REPORT: Southern New Jersey Gathers Strength, But Pauses Due To Uncertainties

Fundamentals Continue to be Strong, and the Elements are in Place for a Period of Sustained Growth

January 10, 2017 – Marlton, NJ – Commercial real estate brokerage Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) reported in its latest quarterly analysis that although the Southern New Jersey market has proven resilient, key players seem to be in wait-and-see mode in the wake of the Brexit vote and the US presidential election.
“We see the potential for tremendous performance by the market, and good economic news has been easy to find this quarter. But still, we didn’t see many bold, decisive transactions as 2016 gave way to 2017,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE.

There were approximately 388,987 square feet of new leases and renewals executed in the three counties surveyed (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester), which represents an increase of 6.5 percent compared with the third quarter. Prospecting activity was unchanged compared to the previous quarter, with about 250,000 SF of lease deals in the pipeline and expected to close in the near term. Still, the trend of positive absorption continued, making up approximately 127,149 square feet of total activity. Vacancy rates posted slight increases, and one major REIT put its entire area portfolio up for sale as the year wound down.

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Other office market highlights from the report:

Overall vacancy in the market is now approximately 10.85%.

Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$14.50/sf NNN or $20.00-$24.50/sf gross for the deals completed during the quarter. This is essentially unchanged from the previous two quarters.

All of the major private owners and REITS showed moderate leasing and prospect activity for the quarter – with Burlington County vacancies tightening up, many larger vacancy opportunities are also shifting towards Camden County, which is not controlled by these ownership entities.

New Jersey’s unemployment rate moved down to 4.9 percent, and the national rate is now at 4.6 percent.

WCRE has expanded into southeastern Pennsylvania, and the firm’s quarterly reports now include a section on transactions, rates, and news from Philadelphia and the suburbs. Highlights from the fourth quarter in Pennsylvania include:

Although the presidential election threw the market into a holding pattern, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs continue to demonstrate favorable demand in both leasing and sales activity throughout all asset classes.

Most investors appear positive with regard to real estate in the months ahead. Despite the most recent increase in interest rates and anticipated increases over the next 12 months, capitalization rates are forecasted to increase, but at a much slower pace.

The appetite for core center city office inventory is significantly strong, while suburban office space is still lagging behind in both rental growth and occupancy.

There is significant multi-family inventory under construction or proposed for Center City, but some financial institutions are second guessing the depth of the market for additional units, and have demonstrated less involvement on several high profile development projects. In addition, although many apartment projects have indicated limited increases in rental growth, rental rates still remain extremely strong and occupancy levels, while decreasing 1%-2% over the last 12 months, are anticipated to remain flat for the coming months.

WCRE also reported on the Southern New Jersey retail market, noting an especially solid holiday shopping season. Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

Overall retail sales and spending were up significantly over last year, and consumer confidence is up, as well.

Retail vacancy in Camden County stood at 11.4 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.20/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Burlington County stood at 10.4 percent, with average rents in the range of $13.15/sf NNN.

Retail vacancy in Gloucester County stood at 6.4 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.01sf NNN.

The full report is available upon request.

About Wolf Commercial Real Estate (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 online at www.wolfcre.com, on Twitter & Instagram @WCRE1, and on Facebook at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, LLC. Visit our blog pages at www.southjerseyofficespace.com, www.southjerseyindustrialspace.com, www.southjerseymedicalspace.com, www.southjerseyretailspace.com, www.phillyofficespace.com, www.phillyindustrialspace.com, www.phillymedicalspace.com and www.phillyretailspace.com.

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Philadelphia vs. Camden?

Philadelphia vs. Camden?

The battle for new business.

Philly vs Camden

Following the passage of the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act in 2013, a number of high-profile developments and corporate relocations in Camden have made front-page news. Attracted by public incentives, Subaru and the Philadelphia 76ers have announced moves to downtown Camden. Liberty Property Trust is also planning a nearly $1 billion multi-use development, with more than 1.7 million square feet of office, retail, and housing in two towers on the Camden waterfront.

As the regional business community gathered in recent months to assess the coming year, many questioned whether the explosive growth in Camden could hamper business attraction efforts or eclipse developments in Philadelphia. The consensus seems to be that, for the next few years, public incentives will make Camden an attractive alternative.

The 2013 New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act amended and consolidated economic incentive programs to encourage development for specified uses in designated areas of the state.   The two most prominent programs offered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) are:

  • The Grow New Jersey Assistance Program (Grow NJ), which provides incentives to employers for job creation and retention; and
  • The Economic Redevelopment and Growth (ERG) Program, which provides incentives to developers for qualified projects.

Both programs take the form of tax credits, and will be accepting applications through June 30, 2019.

Grow NJ offers credits of $500 to $5,000 per job created for projects in eligible locations which meet capital investment and job creation/retention benchmarks. The ERG program provides incentives to developers for up to 30-40% of an eligible project’s total development cost. Both programs have intricate requirements for defining eligible costs and calculating economic impact and job growth. In addition, both programs offer additional bonuses or lowered eligibility thresholds for projects with specified uses and/or located in designated geographic areas.

How does this compare to incentives offered in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania offers a mix of grants, low-cost loans, tax abatements, and tax credits, administered through many different agencies. Major projects tend to be awarded incentives on a more ad-hoc and project specific basis, making the pursuit of incentives a more intense process for developers. Traditionally available incentives such as the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) have experienced reduced growth over the last few years, while newly-enacted programs such as the Multi-Modal fund have made grants available for transportation-related projects.

New Jersey’s state incentives are largely streamlined under the NJEDA programs. Tax credits can be used over ten years and, unlike many Pennsylvania programs, are generally transferable. According to the NJEDA, statewide there are 160 active Grow NJ projects with awards totaling $3.1 billion, and 42 active ERG projects with awards totaling $819 million. Compared to available Pennsylvania incentives, New Jersey’s spending represents significant competition.

No one has suggested that Camden’s growth heralds a downturn in Philadelphia. Over the past decade, Philadelphia has experienced strong growth in the multi-family market, increased population in its downtown, and a higher retention of graduating students. The “meds and eds” sectors will continue to drive growth, and major projects are on the horizon in University City and Market East. However, until the Grow NJ and ERG programs close in 2019, generous incentives will make Camden a legitimate player in the ongoing effort to attract major businesses.

For more information about Philly or New Jersey office space, Philly or South Jersey retail space or other Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 or 856-857-6300 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) Leor Hemo (leor.hemo@wolfcre.com) or Lee Fein (lee.fein@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a leading Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm with expertise in Philly office space and Philly retail space.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that provides a full range of Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, 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 and South Jersey commercial real estate broker that specializes in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial real estate listings, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philly and New Jersey office space or Philly and South Jersey retail space with the Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey commercial properties that best meets their needs.  As experts in Philadelphia and New Jersey commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our Philadelphia and South Jersey commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia and New Jersey commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for Philly or Camden office space or Philly or Camden retail 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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