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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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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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Philadelphia Employers, Economy Positioned for Growth In 2019

With trade tensions escalating and interest rates in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market on an upward path, economists are increasingly warning the U.S. economy is in danger of slipping into recession in 2020.

While risks of an eventual national economic slowdown in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are real and should not be ignored, Philadelphia-focused real estate investors can take comfort the region’s economic indicators are flashing positive signs for 2019 as the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area’s job gains have strengthened in recent months to a rate of 1.4 percent year-over-year.

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.

The industries powering Philadelphia’s recent job gains are:

Healthcare: In University City, Penn Medicine is now wrapping up construction on the first phase of its 540,000-sf Center for Healthcare Technology. Meanwhile, work continues at the healthcare giant’s largest capital project ever, the 1.5 million-sf Pavilion Hospital, which is expected to be completed in 2021. AmeriHealth Caritas, AmerisourceBergen and Sparks Therapeutics have all recently announced major Philadelphia-area expansion plans.

Information Technology: Philadelphia-based Comcast is in the process of hiring roughly 1,500 new employees as it staffs its recently completed Comcast Technology Center.

Distribution: Retailers and e-commerce firms have been on a tear building new distribution facilities in the region to expedite delivery times for their East Coast customers. Just weeks ago, Amazon completed a major distribution center in Burlington New Jersey expected to employ 600 people, one of five massive distribution centers Amazon has opened in the metropolitan area since 2013.

Many of Philadelphia’s largest publicly traded companies are flush with cash following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which sliced the U.S. corporate tax rate almost in half. Over the most recent four quarters of business among some of the leading national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties, top local employers – including AmerisourceBergen, Aramark, Comcast, and FMC – reported all-time highs in net operating incomes that more than doubled what had been collected during the preceding four quarters.

While the recent tax cuts affecting U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings are expected to add at least $1.9 trillion to the federal debt by 2028, according to the Congressional Budget Office, they clearly have boosted companies’ willingness to expand payrolls.

According to data from the world’s third-largest staffing firm, Manpower, the percentage of companies in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metropolitan area planning to increase staffing levels is at the highest levels recorded during this economic expansion. Meanwhile, the percentage of firms in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – planning to reduce their staff is near rock bottom.

Philadelphia’s employment growth could still decelerate in the quarters ahead despite local companies’ aggressive hiring plans. With the unemployment rate among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings now well below 5 percent, employers will likely find it increasingly difficult to fill many open positions.

On the spectrum of economic challenges, this is one of the less-threatening problems to face, in part because a tight labor market also supports above-average wage growth. Still, the dwindling supply of available workers was likely a driving force behind the brief slowdown in job growth that took hold here in 2017.

The stage is set for total employment to continue rising in Philadelphia through 2019. The question is how strong and how sustainable these job gains will be.

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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Life in the Fast-Food Lane: Restaurants Add Drive-Thrus Across the Country

Jack in the Box Chief Executive Leonard Comma knows his fast-food chain’s sales are dependent on drive-thru lanes. That’s why he said his company is investing as much as $45 million the next three years on digital menu boards and canopies to make the experience faster and more personal.

Quick-service purveyors across the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market such as Starbucks Corp. and Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. are also changing how they view their real estate by collectively spending tens of millions of dollars to let people eat in their cars as customers increasingly demand speed and convenience.

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.

Drive-thru lanes contribute more than 70 percent of San Diego-based Jack in the Box’s sales, Comma said during a recent earnings call concerning the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space. “They represent a sizable sales opportunity,” he said.

Modern drive-thru technology has been around since the 1940s but came of age in “car-crazy California” in the 1950s, according to the National Museum of American History, which noted that by the 1970s “major fast-food franchises nationwide began to install drive-thru windows.”

The concept has never been more popular.

A study by trade publication QSR Magazine found that most fast-food chains among national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties report about 70 percent of their sales happen at a drive-thru window, saying “the outdoor lane is just as important today to quick-service business as ever before – if not more so.”

Starbucks, which said in its Nov. 1 earnings call that it plans to build 600 new locations across North America in 2019, adding to its roster U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, is expanding a push it began last summer to equip about 80 percent of all new stores with a drive-thru lane. Many of those won’t have interior seating, resulting in a much smaller store footprint.

Drive-thru, out-the-window and mobile-order-and-pay combined accounted for more than 50 percent of all orders in the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, in the past three months, up more than 10 percentage points in two years, Starbucks Chief Financial Officer Rosalind Brewer said.

“Last quarter, our stores with drive-thru well outperformed our café comp,” Brewer said. “This format will be a continued focus into 2019.”

Last summer, Seattle-based Starbucks said sales were 25 percent to 30 percent higher at stores with drive-thru lanes. Competitor Dunkin’ Brands Group, based in Canton, Massachusetts, said the drive-thru restaurants among its national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings boast 40 percent higher sales volume.

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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Opportunity Zone Property Sales Up 8 Percent Over Last Year

Investors pumped $2.6 billion more into properties covered by the federal Opportunity Zone tax incentive initiative — an 8 percent increase from the same time last year — even before the Treasury Department released guidelines on the program.

Almost 40,000 properties in the more than 8,760 zones in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market have sold this year, according to CoStar data. More than 51,400 properties are being actively marketed for sale, and the release this month of the first round of regulations is expected to amplify that flow of money through the next couple of years.

This 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.

Opportunity Zone investments are a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last December, deferring or eliminating capital gains taxes for new investments throughout the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – in communities that state and federal officials define as economically distressed. The Treasury worked into October this year to provide regulatory guidelines for the program.

Estimates range widely for the amount of capital that could flow into national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties to take advantage of the tax benefits from investing in properties in these zones and holding onto them for at least 10 years. The federal government calculates the capital flow at $100 billion, while some industry estimates reach as high as $250 billion — and it could go higher if all benefits are factored in.

Not every property in a zone is eligible for tax benefits. To qualify, investment buyers must double the value of the investment in a specific time frame. Many zone properties among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, however, are newly constructed or not in need of new development or redevelopment. Nonetheless, these properties could also see an upswing in investment.

Other investors in the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, will be pumping money directly into businesses in the opportunity zones –- investments that are also eligible for the tax benefits.

This early activity this year tallied by CoStar may provide a clue to where the expected surge of money could flow into national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and for what property types. In CoStar’s analysis of this year’s opportunity zone sales, it excluded properties that were part of portfolio sales of $100 million or more, and that were targeting large national or regional portfolios and not specifically opportunity zone properties.

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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Bank Branch Closings Accelerate as Consolidations Continue to Rise

New Jersey Bill Aims to Help Vacant Malls, Office ParksBanks are closing more branches at a faster pace as clients choose technology over tellers, with the outlets shut in the third quarter running about 50 percent higher than the quarterly average over the past two years.

Branch consolidation in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market has been a response to the growing use of mobile apps to complete banking transactions that used to occur face-to-face. However, in their most recent earnings reports calls, bankers indicate the latest round of consolidations is helping them meet expense reduction goals.

This 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.

The nation’s more than 5,400 banks closed 1,129 offices in the third quarter in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data. They opened only 507, resulting in a net loss of 622 branches or roughly 3.4 million square feet based on the average size of a bank branch. Over the past two years, the net loss of bank branches per quarter averaged 422.

Wells Fargo & Co. is one of the banks most actively shrinking its portfolio in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties market. In the third quarter, it consolidated 93 branches and said it was on track to consolidate 300 branches this year. In the fourth quarter, it expects to complete the previously announced divestiture of 52 branches to Flagstar Bancorp. As of Sept. 30, there was about $2.12 billion of deposits attached to those 52 Wells Fargo bank branches.

Wells Fargo’s downsizing across its U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings began last year. With about 5,940 offices in the United States, Wells has plans to shrink to about 5,000 branch locations by 2020. The moves are designed to help reduce Wells Fargo’s annual expenses expectations for 2018 of $53.5 billion to a range of $50 billion to $51 billion for the full year 2020.

SunTrust Banks too has already been well into the process of consolidating branches in the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space. The institution has closed 74 locations in the past year, according to FDIC data.

“We’ve actually shrunk our branch count by about 25 percent already,” Allison Dukes, SunTrust chief financial officer, told analysts. “As I think about where we could go from here, I’d say, we expect to continue to shrink our branch network somewhere in the range of 4 percent or so a year.”

The percentage to close in SunTrust’s national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings base will be influenced by consumer behavior patterns and the need to deliver continuous efficiency improvement, Dukes said.

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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Office Space Near Philadelphia Independence Hall in Great Demand

Could there be signs the Philadelphia Independence Hall office market is heating up?

Throughout 2015 and 2017 Independence Hall was an outlier with noticeably higher vacancies than other submarkets in and around Philadelphia’s central business district (CBD) such as Market Street West and University City. These higher vacancies were caused by move outs by both government and private sector tenants including the U.S. Navy, the GSA and Dow Chemical.

Independence Hall’s concentration of older office buildings and its distance from key center city regional rail stations are potential drawbacks from many office tenants’ perspective. However, a slew of office renovations, restaurant/bar openings and high-end residential construction throughout the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are now coalescing in what was once a relatively sleepy submarket.

This report on U.S. and Philadelphia commercial properties, being made available through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate – a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm, is part of the Market Insights series from the CoStar Group research organization. These periodic reports provide a snapshot of recent real estate trends. CoStar monitors commercial real estate across 390 metro areas and analyzes the economic trends that move these markets.

Since 2014, Keystone Property Group has re-energized the ground floor of 100 Independence by bringing Independence Beer Garden — which includes outdoor seating and a gaming area — and modernist café La Colombe. One block away, MRP Realty’s newly-renovated Bourse — previously home to the nation’s first commodity exchange — is reopening this fall with an impressive array of new dining and drinking options on the ground floor. Coworking operator Make Offices also recently leased 35,000 square feet on the fifth floor of one of these key national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties.

More than 850 new, high-end apartment units have either completed or broken ground in the Independence Hall submarket over the past five years. Parkway Corporation recently completed its Civic Design review for a proposed 278-unit apartment tower at 709 Chestnut in this key segment of the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market. Toll Brothers is also planning an 85-unit condo development on the 700 block of Sansom Street.

These improvements to Independence Hall’s ambience and amenity offerings are beginning to bear fruit for office owners. A handful of large leases including Macquaire Investment Management, Five Below and a few coworking operators have been signed in recent years. These leases, combined with conversions of older office space into apartments, have helped bring Independence Hall’s office space availability rate — the percentage of space being marketed for lease — back in line with other Center City submarkets in 2018.

Given Independence Hall’s complete lack of new office construction, the submarket’s availability rate has nowhere to go but further down if tenants’ interest in these U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings continues to rebound. It will be interesting to see just how much more tenant interest Independence Hall can garner in the years ahead.

 

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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Landlords Could Seize Opportunity If Papa John’s Shuts Stores

It’s not often that commercial real estate landlords want to lose tenants, but that may be the case with the criticized pizza chain Papa John’s as it faces the prospect of closing 250 restaurants across the country.

Landlords throughout the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are concerned the chain’s highly publicized missteps by its former chief executive, who received swift criticism after using a racial slur on a recent conference call, could dissuade shoppers and they may hope the chain shuts stores, an industry spokesperson said recently.

“There’s a need for that size of space in the market and there’s not that much of it,” the spokesperson explained. “They (landlords) may be able to get higher rents from other tenants.”

This report on U.S. and Philadelphia commercial properties from the CoStar Group research organization is being made through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Papa John’s, the country’s third-largest pizza chain, has suffered public blows this past year from, among others, owners of national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties. Founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive John Schnatter — who still owns about 30 percent of the company — this summer used a racial slur to describe African Americans on a conference call. Last fall, he blamed NFL leadership for allowing players to kneel during the National Anthem and complained the controversy was hurting the chain’s sales. At the time, Papa John’s was an NFL sponsor. It has since been replaced by Pizza Hut.

In a recent earnings call, Papa John’s Chief Executive Steve Ritchie said the chain was struggling and may be forced to close some locations.

“We’re going to evaluate all the options as they’re presented to us, if there is some sort of increase in closures that exist here because of the declines in the sales,” he said.

A Papa John’s spokeswoman declined to comment.

If the chain does close stores, a new commercial real estate report providing insight into the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market offers clues as to which businesses might replace them. The report said non-retail and non-restaurant space in shopping centers increased to 23.1 percent this year from 19.2 percent in 2012. Forty-four percent of shoppers say they prefer to visit shopping centers that have a wide variety of non-retail tenants.

“The growing focus on experience has led to a rising share in non-retail tenants, including food and beverage, salons, movie theaters, fitness centers and medical clinics,” the report said.

Most Papa John’s stores are in shopping and strip centers, and industry observers believe two popular concepts — Mediterranean or taco restaurants — could backfill the space in these U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and drive traffic.

Rival pizza chain Domino’s, the country’s second-largest pizza chain, in particular is taking advantage of Papa John’s woes, said Henry Renaud, president of retail brokerage Renaud Consulting. In contrast to Papa John’s, Domino’s Chief Executive Richard Allison said this summer that the chain was preparing to build about 2,500 restaurants in the next decade or so and two supply chain centers in the next two years to keep pace with growth.

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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Commercial Real Estate Mortgage Debt Surges to New Record

Mortgage debt underlying offices, apartments, and other non-farm commercial real estate rose the most in any quarter on record to a new high of $3.27 trillion in the second quarter of 2018 as all major investor groups increased their holdings amid strong economic growth.

The $52.3 billion growth in debt on office, multifamily, retail, industrial and hotel properties in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – outpaced the previous record growth from the first quarter by 1.6 percent. This led to the record total debt as of June 30, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

This report on U.S. and Philadelphia commercial properties from the CoStar Group research organization is being offered through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

“The four major investor groups all increased their holdings, and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding topped $1.3 trillion for the first time,” Jamie Woodwell, the association’s vice president of commercial real estate research, said in releasing the data.

Overall demand for national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties is rising, fueled by job growth and early benefits of the new tax law passed in December, as U.S. economic growth rose 4.2 percent in the second quarter, the strongest since 2014. The four major investor groups are bank and thrift; federal agency and government sponsored enterprises; life insurance companies; commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities issuers.

Woodwell added that “strong property fundamentals and values, coupled with still-low mortgage rates and strong loan performance” all support the growth of commercial real estate lending.

Commercial banks hold the largest share of the retail, office, industrial, hospitality and multifamily mortgages in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market — $1.3 trillion, or 40 percent of the total. In the second quarter, banks and thrifts had the largest increase in dollar terms in their holdings of commercial mortgage debt – an increase of $23.9 billion, or 1.9 percent.

Life insurance companies hold $486 billion, or 15 percent of the total. Life insurance companies increased their holdings of U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings by $10.6 billion, or 2.2 percent.

Commercial mortgage-backed securities and other asset-backed securities issuers hold $452 billion, or 14 percent of the total throughout the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space. They increased their holdings by $5.7 billion, or 1.3 percent.

While the major groups were upping their holdings, state and local government retirement funds decreased their holdings about 72 percent, according to the Mortgage Bankers.

Separate data released last week from the Federal Reserve shows that real estate investment trusts also shrunk their share of commercial mortgage debt outstanding by about $3.2 billion, or roughly 1.9 percent.

Multifamily mortgage debt made up a huge chunk of the increase with outstanding amounts rising to $1.3 trillion, an increase of $20 billion from the first quarter of 2018, representing a 1.6 percent increase.

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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Big Retailers Shrink Stores to Boost Sales

Plans by fast-food chain Taco Bell to open 300 new small-format restaurants across the country in the next four years are the latest being undertaken by a slew of major national brands experimenting with smaller stores to cut real estate costs and cater to urban millennials.

Taco Bell, Nike, Target, and Nordstrom are just a handful of major brands looking to increase market share in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market – and, at the same time, wring out more dollars per square foot of space in expensive urban markets – by opening smaller brick-and-mortar stores.

This 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.

The decision reflects a rapidly evolving retail environment in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – that is forcing retailers nationwide to reevaluate their real estate footprints. That scramble for space offers property owners and developers new opportunities to reconfigure properties and reshape their tenant mix.

“It’s not much different from what a lot of office users are doing right now,” said one industry expert. “Everyone is trying to be smarter with their space and realize the savings that comes from that.”

Sales at small-format stores among all national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties outgrew those at larger stores by almost 400 percent in 2016 and now constitute more than a $1 trillion market, according to a 2018 report by Koupon Media. It added that 51 percent of millennials – those between the ages of 22 and 37 — say a store’s location is the top factor in a purchase decision.

In other words, the success of small-format stores also relies on convenience.

That’s a driver behind fast-food purveyor Taco Bell’s plan to open – in the next five years – 125 mostly small-format restaurants in New York City, instead of utilizing any other available U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings. The company said it was under-developed in New York and wanted to tap into the city’s thriving urban market.

The Irvine, California-based company’s small-format restaurants — called Urban In-Line and Cantina — are tailored for “highly walkable areas” and have no drive-through windows. The smallest are just 1,200 square feet. The company plans to open 1,000 new restaurants across the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – in the next four years. Thirty percent will be smaller-format concepts.

Many companies opening smaller stores are using technology to capture customer data and personalize the shopping experience.

Nike this year unveiled Nike Live in Los Angeles, a small-format, 4,600-square-foot store that coincides with the release of the Nike app designed to gather customer information and which allows shoppers to reserve items online, scan barcodes for product information, and book personal appointments with in-store experts.

Nordstrom last year launched Nordstrom Local, a 3,000-square-foot store in Los Angeles’ tony Melrose neighborhood with no inventory. Shoppers can pick up items there and even order a drink. It plans to open more.

Target is opening small format stores with an average store size of 50,000 square feet, compared to 170,000 square feet in its larger store, by utilizing both national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings in urban areas across the country.

The small-store trend “shows no signs of slowing, which will inevitably lead to continued growth of small format in 2018 and beyond,” the Koupon report said.

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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Commercial Construction Spending Headed to Record High

Spending on hotel, office, distribution, and other commercial and public buildings likely will expand for an unprecedented ninth-consecutive year in 2019, according to a consensus forecast by the country’s top industry economists.

The panel of experts from construction industry analytics company Dodge Data & Analytics, trade organization Associated Builders & Contractors, and others recently surveyed by the professional organization American Institute of Architects raised its prediction for nonresidential construction spending in 2018 in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market to increase 4.7 percent, up from the 4 percent increase it forecast in January.

The panel also slightly raised its spending forecast for 2019 to 4 percent at midyear from 3.9 percent in January.

This 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.

“If these projections materialize, by the end of next year, the industry will have seen nine years of consecutive growth,” said American Institute of Architects Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Much of the optimism in the outlook is coming from the over-performing commercial sector.”

The panel’s consensus is that spending on commercial buildings in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – will increase 6.7 percent this year, up sharply from 4.4 percent projected at the beginning of the year, and 3.4 percent in 2019, up from 2.9 percent in the January forecast.

Total spending by the end of next year in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties market on nonresidential buildings, which includes public safety, health care, education, and religious facilities, is expected to be 5 percent greater than the last market peak in 2008, Baker said.

The bullish forecast is significant because, as recently as a year ago, the same economists warned a construction industry downturn could be on the horizon for U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings due to a shortage of construction workers, rising interest rates and construction costs, and concerns the economy was slowing. U.S. nonresidential spending increased just 2.2 percent last year, barely outpacing rising inflation in building costs.

One key sign that construction won’t be slowing any time soon is architect workloads in the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space; these continue to increase. Architecture firms saw healthy growth in billings and new project activity last year, and both indicators remain strong through the first half of 2018.

Billings by design firms are an indicator of hard construction spending a year to 18 months in the future. Architects designing all types of buildings and housing types among current national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings are reporting average project backlogs of more than six months, the longest since 2010.

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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Industrial Real Estate Sales Lead All Property Sectors

Industrial property sales outperformed other major commercial sectors across the country in the second quarter, driven by the popularity of online retailer Amazon and the migration of brick and mortar retailers to consumer-driven, e-commerce strategies.

While sales in all four sectors of the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market — office, industrial, retail and multifamily — fell from the same quarter of 2017, industrial sales slid just 2 percent. That compares to sales falling 18 percent for retail, 17 percent for offices and 3 percent for multifamily, according to CoStar Group’s quarterly State of the Industrial Market webinar.

This 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.

Industrial sales in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are coming off a record year, contributing to the slight second-quarter drop as many larger industrial portfolios available for purchase already changed hands, CoStar analysts said. The good news is that prices for industrial properties are still climbing and investor appetite is voracious.

“The quantity of bidders has been surprising to us and to the listing brokers,” industry expert Marshall Loeb said in a conference call this past week. “You are getting well over a dozen to 20-something bidders. There is a lot of global capital chasing constructively leased industrial product.”

It is getting difficult to find value in some portions of the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties market, Loeb added, particularly outside the five largest segments. In markets such as Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Tampa, FL; and Charlotte, NC; yields have slipped to the upper 4 percent range.

Industrial rent growth outperformed office, retail and multifamily, according to CoStar analysts. Rents for distribution and warehouse space among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings rose 5.9 percent from the second quarter of 2017. Rents for food processing, manufacturing, refrigeration/cold storage, showroom, truck terminal, and industrial service space came in even higher, at 6.5 percent. Rents for flexible industrial space that also includes some office space rose 4.7 percent.

Rents in three industrial segments of the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – increased more than their counterparts. Office rents were 1.8 percent higher, while retail rents rose 1.5 percent. Multifamily was up 3 percent in the quarter.

E-Commerce has been the best gift the industrial market could have asked for, CoStar industrial analysts said.

“As more and more shopping has been done online, that has been unequivocally positive for the industrial market, particularly the logistics sector,” said Shaw Lupton, senior managing consultant for CoStar.

Logistics construction is running on all cylinders throughout national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings. About 210 million square feet of space has been delivered in the past four quarters. Demand has kept up with the supply. Vacancies in the sector are decreasing across the board even as new supply has poured in.

“Logistics has seen the most supply not only of any industrial subtype but indeed of any major commercial property sector,” Lupton said. “But demand has also been extremely strong — 2.1 percent demand growth in logistics in excess of supply.”

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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