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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.

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.

Commercial Construction Surges as Demand Counters Higher Labor, Materials Costs

Robust commercial construction is projected to carry through the second half of 2018 and into next year, overcoming a shortage of skilled workers and any effects of tariffs on the cost of lumber, steel, and other building materials.

Total spending on new construction and engineering in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – is projected to rise six percent and surpass $1.3 trillion for the first time by the end of this year, exceeding the four percent increase for all of 2017, according to construction management and consulting firm FMI Corp. The gains will be powered by an almost 10 percent increase in transportation, residential, and office projects, FMI reports.

Building on that forecast, the Commerce Department recently reported total construction spending in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets rose 0.4 percent in May from the previous month, with spending at a record $1.31 trillion on an annual basis. Multifamily construction jumped 1.6 percent in May, while single-family building rose 0.6 percent.

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.

“As we enter the dog days of summer, the weather isn’t the only thing getting hot. Construction spending is heating up just as much, about a 50 percent increase in total growth from last year,” said FMI Managing Director Jay Bowman. “What’s even more impressive is this will mark the seventh-straight year of growth since 2011, one of the longest sustained periods we’ve ever seen.”

About 150 million square feet of offices in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties market were under construction as of June 30, up slightly from the 144 million square feet under way a year earlier, according to CoStar data. That’s more than the historical annual average of 126 million square feet under construction, the data show.

Nonresidential building starts were up 18 percent in May, boosted by transit projects in Los Angeles and Boston that each are valued at more than a $1 billion, and the start of a $1 billion Facebook data center expansion in Nebraska. Other large projects include the $764 million expansion of the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle and a $740 million airport terminal project at Salt Lake City International Airport, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

Total new construction starts included among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings rose 15 percent in May from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $783.6 billion, according to Dodge. The increase follows a 12 percent decline in April, with total construction activity reaching an eight-month high.

There are, however, signs of slowing for next year. Annual new office construction starts are declining and deliveries are forecast to peak this year. With supply largely in check with demand in most cities, average U.S. rents grew at roughly a 2 percent rate while occupancy hovered near 90 percent during the first quarter, according to CoStar Portfolio Strategy data.

Ken Simonson, chief economist for Associated General Contractors, warned growth in private nonresidential spending remains modest and inconsistent. Rising costs for materials and shortages of qualified workers “may stall all kinds of projects,” he said. The rising cost of steel and aluminum, which could stem from higher government tariffs may make some projects unaffordable, according to Associated General Contractors.

Even so, total construction spending in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – is projected to increase by double digits in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Florida, Maryland, and Virginia in 2018, according to FMI’s Bowman. In addition, this spending is increasingly concentrated, with 20 U.S. markets representing half of all expenditures over the next five years. At the state level, California, Texas, Florida and New York comprise 50 percent of total construction spending.

Total spending next year in relation to both national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings is forecast to increase at a slightly lower 5 percent, still well above the historical rate of inflation, Bowman 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.

Zeroing in on Center City Philadelphia’s Tightest Office Micro Markets

Market Street West – the portion of Market Street running from City Hall to 21st Street – is seen by most Philadelphia office space brokers and investors as Center City’s premier office district, and with good reason.

Public transit access is exceptional along that corridor, which is home to more than 12 million square feet of Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space as part of the U.S. commercial real estate market. This is more than double the amount of office space located on other major Center City thoroughfares such as JFK Boulevard, South Broad Street, or Market Street East.

This CoStar report is being offered through Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings.

However, Market Street West’s concentration of modern office skyscrapers has made it a favorite among large, publicly traded companies based in Philadelphia, a feature which is both a blessing and a curse for local office landlords working in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets.

Clearly, Market Street’s popularity among large tenants is a plus for landlords that can retain them. Giant long-term leases by companies such as Independence Blue Cross or Beneficial Bancorp help some office owners keep large portions of their national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties filled for years or even decades on end.

The problem is that thanks to high business costs, Center City’s Philadelphia office space does not have a strong track record when it comes to attracting and retaining large corporate headquarters among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings. Many of Philadelphia’s largest white-collar employers such as Sunoco, Dow Chemical and PNC have all either vacated or downsized their Market Street office space in recent years as part of cost-cutting efforts.

The result is that, in terms of the percentage of office availability rates, Market Street West does not currently stand out as particularly tight in the overall U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space.

The tightest Philadelphia office space micro markets (in terms of both physical vacancy rates and percentage of space listed as available for lease) among all national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings currently are Rittenhouse Square and Logan Square. Both are located a few blocks off Market Street and are home to some of Center City’s most coveted public greenspaces.

In contrast to Market Street West, the bulk of Philly office space stock in the Rittenhouse Square area is comprised of office properties located along Walnut Street, smaller than 350,000 square feet and built before 1970.

These properties cater almost exclusively to tenants looking for Philadelphia office space of less than 15,000 square feet, often in industries like legal services, healthcare, and accounting. These mostly privately-held firms do not face the same scrutiny from public shareholders and as a result, are less likely to relocate out of Center City to cut costs.

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.

Philadelphia’s Proposed One Percent Tax on New Construction

One Percent Tax on New ConstructionIs Philadelphia’s proposed one percent tax on new construction a good compromise or a fools bargain? The Philadelphia City Council announced new legislation on April 11, 2018, that includes a new one percent tax on new construction that would raise revenue for the Housing Trust Fund, the city’s dedicated source for developing new affordable housing, preserving existing housing and preventing homelessness.

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WHAT IS THE TAX/IMPACT FEE?

Proposed Bill No. 180351 would impose a new Construction Impact Tax/Impact Fee on all projects that are eligible for the city’s 10-year tax abatement. The funds raised from the tax are intended to help the Housing Trust Fund provide funding for more affordable and workforce housing development, which would be available to both nonprofit and for profit developers.

HOW MUCH IS THE TAX?

The tax/impact fee is 1 percent of the stated cost of construction, including repairs, construction, additions and alterations of the building and is paid when the applying for a building permit. (Note that there is some discussion to change the time when payment would be due from the building permit application to the time a zoning permit is filed.) While a one percent tax on new construction may not sound like a lot, consider the tax on a $1 billion new technology center, a $300 million new multifamily high rise or a new $800 million stadium. In each instance, the tax for these projects would be $10 million, $3
million and $8 million, respectively.

ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF BUILDING EXEMPT?

As currently drafted, all buildings that are “for human occupancy” and that are eligible for the 10-year tax abatement would be subject to the tax/impact fee. These buildings would include not only residential structures, but commercial and industrial structures as well. Rather than single out one particular kind of developer (i.e., multifamily developers), the proposed tax would apply to any project that qualifies for a 10-year tax abatement in Philadelphia.

COALITION BUILDING

There appears to have been more compromise than usual between the trades, the Building Industry Association, City Council members, members of the development community and other civic-minded individuals as the merits and concerns over the 10-year tax abatement were debated, as was the Mixed Income Housing Bill, both being offered as potential solutions for addressing Philadelphia’s affordable and workforce housing needs.

NOVEL APPROACH

Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation Senior Research Fellow Kevin Gillen told the Philadelphia Business Journal, “The impact fee being considered here is a truly unique hybrid. It is tied to the abatement rather than to inclusionary zoning. And it is the type of program that is traditionally used by low-cost, low-tax Sun Belt suburbs that have experienced decades of rapid population growth, but the bill’s sponsors want to apply it to a relatively high-cost, high-tax Northeastern city that until recently has experienced decades of depopulation.”

Impact on the Mixed-Income Housing Bill

If the new bill is passed, the Mixed-Income Housing Bill will become completely optional and will be amended to include numerous beneficial bonuses such as extra height (7 feet) and density (25 to 50 percent bonus) in RM-1, CMZ-1/2/2.5, amongst other potentially attractive zoning bonuses. These bonuses will continue to have a mixed-income housing requirement or payments in lieu of an additional 1 to 2 percent of construction costs depending on the amount of the
bonus.

EFFECTIVE DATE

As proposed, the effective date would be July 1, 2018, although some are already pushing for a later effective date of January 1, 2019. Duane Morris attorneys will continue to monitor and report on any development in this issue.

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Bala Cynwyd Office Market Appears to be on the Rebound

Bala Cynwyd’s office market, while not currently experiencing five percent rent growth, currently is experiencing its highest occupancy rate in 15 years – 92 percent – and has seen gradual tightening annually since 2010.

Coming out of the Great Recession, Bala Cynwyd struggled to compete for office tenants in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – with nearby suburbs like Conshohocken or Radnor, both of which offer prospective lessees a larger stock of newer or more recently renovated office properties.

However, a gradual progression of development and renovation projects in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets has helped Bala Cynwyd reassert its competitive edge.

This report on 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 2007 opening of a 120,000 square foot Target across City Line Avenue from Bala Cynwyd added an additional anchor for retail traffic to the area’s national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties. That new Target had helped support a range of popular restaurants along the periphery of the relatively new shopping center, including California Pizza Kitchen, Naf Naf Grill and Starbucks.

Since then, more than 750,000 square feet of office space comprising U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings has been renovated along the portion of City Line Ave., stretching from Interstate 76 to the Bala Regional Rail Station at Conshohocken Road. Lower Merion Township also approved new zoning ordinances to promote dense, mixed-use, and transit-friendly development, and Post Brothers renovated and up-scaled roughly 1,000 apartment units at Presidential City.

Office owners in this area of the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are beginning to see the benefits of these upgrades as existing financial tenants such as Investedge and Allied Mortgage both chose to stay in Bala Cynywd and expand their office space within the submarket during 2017.

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.

Banks Ease Lending Standards for CRE Loans

For the first time in nearly three years, U.S. banks report they have loosened their lending requirements for some types of commercial real estate loans.

The latest Federal Reserve survey of senior loan officers in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – found banks are easing standards and terms on commercial and industrial loans to large and middle-market firms, while leaving loan standards unchanged for small firms.

Meanwhile, banks working in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets eased standards on nonfarm nonresidential loans and tightened standards on multifamily loans. Lending standards on construction and land development loans were left unchanged.

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 survey of senior loan officers on the topic of bank lending practices in both the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties market included a special set of questions intended to give policy makers more insight on changes in bank lending policies and demand for commercial real estate loans over the past year. In their responses, banks reported they eased lending terms, including maximum loan size and the spread of loan rates over their cost of funds.

Almost all banks that responded they had eased their credit policies cited more aggressive competition from other banks or nonbank lenders as the reason. A significant percentage of banks dealing in U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings also mentioned increased tolerance for risk and more favorable or less uncertain outlooks for property prices, for vacancy rates or other fundamentals, and for capitalization rates on properties for easing these credit policies over the past year.

A modest number of domestic banks in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – indicated weaker demand for loans across the three main commercial real estate categories, citing a reduced number of property acquisitions or new developments, rising interest rates, and shifts of customer borrowing to other bank or nonbank sources.

Reports of reduced loan demand involving national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings coincided with the latest Lending Momentum Index, which tracks the pace of U.S. commercial loan closings. The index fell by 8.8 percent between December 2017 and March 2018.

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.

Shopping Center Closures Near 100 Million Square Feet

Retailers are focusing on their top-performing locations and shedding marginal stores with announced closures so far in 2018 totaling nearly 100 million square feet as demand for mall and shopping center space by retailers fell to its lowest level in six years in the first quarter.

This U.S. commercial real estate market balancing act, which includes Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, was reflected in the first quarter 2018 U.S. retail vacancy rate, which at 4.6 percent was unchanged from the fourth quarter of 2017 and just a tenth of a percentage point lower than a year ago.

Net absorption of retail space throughout the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets, fell to 11 million square feet, the lowest quarter for mall and shopping center demand since 2012, according to data presented in CoStar’s First-Quarter 2018 State of the U.S. Retail Market report.

This report on 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.

“As the national retail vacancy rate has begun to flatten, the pace of the recovery has slowed. In fact, we can call an end to the recovery,” said Ryan McCullough, senior managing consultant for CoStar Portfolio Strategy, who co-presented the report with Director of Research Suzanne Mulvee.

While retailer demand for store space has slowed in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties markets, it has not stopped, contrary to perceptions in the broader market fueled by headlines of closures and bankruptcies of big-box tenants like Kmart and Toys R Us.

Expansions by restaurants, grocery stores and other food-focused retail tenants, as well as health-care and other service providers and smaller local shopping center tenants throughout myriad U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings, continues to drive leasing and net demand growth for the retail sector, McCullough said.

The retail property segment of the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – is performing differently in different parts of the country. In recovering housing markets and other high-growth Sunbelt metros, retail vacancy has continued to decline and post strong leasing momentum.

The net in-migration throughout the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings has produced the kind of population, job and income growth that creates ready-made consumers and drives retail spending, the report noted. 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.

CRE Loan Prices Compress as Lending Competition Increases

Despite record liquidity, demand for commercial real estate loans softened in recent months, leaving eager lenders chasing fewer borrowers. As a result, competition among lenders has ratcheted up noticeably with loan prices compressing.

In fact, deal pricing and structures in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – have gotten so competitive that many of the nation’s banks, including its 25 largest cumulatively, are starting to back off from commercial real estate lending.

This report on 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.

Federal Reserve data earlier this year first revealed the trends among banks, which held up through the entire quarter. Now in the past week, bank executives in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate market have started providing color and analysis to the data in their first quarter earnings conference calls.

First the numbers. The total amount of commercial real estate loans on bank books related to national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties increased $26.4 billion to $2.1 trillion through the first quarter from year-end, according to Federal Reserve data.

However, real estate loan exposure concerning U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings pulled back at the nation’s 25 largest banks, dropping off about 1 percent on an annualized basis. Those 25 banks account for 33 percent of commercial real estate bank loans outstanding.

Meanwhile, the rest of the nation’s domestic banks doing business in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – continued to grow their loan portfolios by 7 percent on annualized basis.

The appreciation that has occurred in property values has contributed to a lower level of inventory available in the market. Deal volume is also down as investors are taking a more cautious stance in the current environment.

Some banks report a majority of their first quarter commercial real estate loan production consisted of refinancing; with interest rates beginning to climb, some bankers expect refinancing volume could slow down.

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.

Outlet Center CRE Market Will Weather Nine West Closures

The recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization filing of shoe and apparel wholesaler Nine West Holdings Inc. focused the retail spotlight on the outlet center segment of the commercial real estate industry.

Despite the bad news that Nine West is closing all 70 of its stores in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, the good news is that leasing demand for outlet store space has been outpacing availabilities.

This report on 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.

Privately held Nine West’s filing seeks to restructure about $1.6 billion in debt, much of it racked up in the national and Philadelphia commercial real estate markets when private equity firm Sycamore Partners Management acquired the company and affiliated brands in the 2014 for $2.2 billion.

While 80 percent of Nine West’s sales come from wholesale operations based in numerous national and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties, it also operates 70 brick-and-mortar retail stores – all of which it has now closed and is asking the court to cancel the leases on those locations. Sixty-seven of those locations were in outlet centers.

The store closures hit two publicly traded retail landlords hardest. Simon Property Group will lose 35 stores. Simon owns and operates a portfolio of 91 centers through Simon Premium Outlets and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers will see 19 stores currently among U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings closed out of its portfolio of 44 upscale outlet shopping centers.

The stores typically ranged about 3,000 square feet in size on average, which means about 105,000 square feet of newly vacant space for Simon and 57,000 square feet for Tanger.

That is a bigger chunk of the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space –comparatively for Tanger. During 2017, Tanger recaptured 201,000 square feet within its portfolio. The 2017 amount is nearly double the amount it took back a year earlier. Overall occupancy declined from 98 percent in 2016 to 97 percent last year.

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.

New Fed Chair Expects Inflation Rate to Move Higher

In a widely expected but still worrisome move for commercial real estate investors and financial markets, the Federal Reserve Bank recently raised the federal funds rate a quarter point from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent, the first of three rate hikes expected in 2018 by the central bank and the sixth quarter-point increase since the beginning of 2016.

The Fed, in its first policy meeting under new Chair Jerome Powell, also raised the longer-term “neutral” rate, the level at which monetary policy neither boosts nor slows the economy. In a news conference, Powell said the economy in general, as well as commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, has recently gained momentum and he expects inflation to finally move higher after years running below its 2 percent historical target.

This CoStar report on the most recent Fed meeting and its effect on national and Philadelphia commercial properties is being offered through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

The Federal Open Markets Committee noted in a statement at the end of its most-recent two-day meeting that the market of U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties has continued to strengthen, and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate.

The FOMC noted job gains in recent months, underscoring the central bank’s growing confidence that tax cuts and government spending will continue to boost the economy surrounding national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings.

While the Fed plans to follow a path of gradual rate increases, Powell said policymakers need to be cautious about inflation. The chair warned that financial market asset prices in the U.S. commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – are high relative to their longer-run historical norms in some areas.

“You can think of some equity prices. You can think of commercial real estate prices in certain markets. But we don’t see it in housing, which is key,” Powell said. “Overall, if you put all of that into a pie, what you have is moderate vulnerabilities in our view.”

In its Monetary Policy Report to Congress last month, Fed policymakers noted “valuation pressures continue to be elevated across a range of asset classes, including equities and commercial real estate. In general, valuations are higher than would be expected based solely on the current level of longer-term Treasury yields,” the report said.

Although rates remain low by historical standards, interest rate increases are top of mind for executives this year involving U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings. In a sentiment survey by law firm Seyfarth Shaw, 80 percent of respondents expected multiple rate increases, and clearly expect that the increases will begin to weigh on commercial property markets in 2018.

More than one-third, 37 percent, of those dealing with U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties who were surveyed in February by the Chicago-based firm predicted three rate hikes by the Fed over the next 12 months, up from just 14 percent a year ago.

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.

Playtime Is Over; Toys R Us Closes Its Remaining 735 Stores Nationwide

Beloved by kids and landlords, but largely shunned by consumers this past holiday shopping season, Toys R Us has officially announced it is winding down operations and closing 735 stores, encompassing an estimated 29.3 million square feet of mostly big-box retail space.

The Wayne, NJ-based toy retailer already had closed or had planned to close 8.5 million square feet of its brick-and-mortar stores as part of the Ch. 11 bankruptcy reorganization it initiated last September. This latest move by a major player in the commercial real estate market – including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space – impacts nearly 33,000 employees.

It also wipes out about $1 billion in value of U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties, according to Toys R Us estimates of the difference in value of 791 occupied vs unoccupied stores. The appraised value of the stores unoccupied was listed at $1.55 billion. Toys R Us owns 273 of those stores and either leases or ground leases the other locations.

“I am very disappointed with the result, but we no longer have the financial support to continue the company’s U.S. operations,” said Dave Brandon, chairman and CEO of Toys R Us, in announcing an “orderly process to shutter” its U.S. operations.

This CoStar report on the Toys R Us closing and its effect on national and Philadelphia commercial properties is being offered through Philadelphia commercial real estate broker Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Despite the closing announcement, there still is a chance up to 200 U.S. stores among the firm’s national and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings could remain open. Toys R Us is negotiating a deal for its Canadian operations and the bidder is reported to be interested in a transaction that could combine up to 200 of the top performing U.S. stores with the retailer’s Canadian operations.

A spokesperson for Van Nuys, CA-based toymaker MGA Entertainment recently confirmed CEO Isaac Larian and affiliated investors have made a bid for the retailer’s Canada operations.

“If there is no Toys R Us, I don’t think there is a toy business,” Larian said in a statement. “Toys R Us Canada is a good business. They run it efficiently and have good leadership. At the right price, it makes economic sense.”

While discussions continue involving this major development in the U.S. commercial real estate market, including Philly office space, Philly retail space and Philly industrial space, Toys R Us is seeking court approval to implement the liquidation of inventory in all the U.S. stores, subject to a right to recall any stores included in the proposed Canadian transaction.

Although Toys R Us officials said they did not foresee this outcome dealing with its U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate listings when it initially filed for bankruptcy reorganization last fall, the timing of the bankruptcy heading into this past holiday shopping season appeared to contribute to a negative perception among shoppers regarding the retailer’s viability.

The retailer reported dramatically lower than expected holiday sales at its stores in its U.S. and Philadelphia commercial real estate properties, a factor on which the company had been counting to bolster support among its creditors, the company detailed in the bankruptcy court filing.

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.