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WCRE THIRD QUARTER REPORT: LOCAL MARKET REMAINS STEADY DESPITE NATIONAL ECONOMIC VOLATILITY

Strong Employment Figures, Healthcare and Insurance Expansions Keep the Southern New Jersey CRE Market Moving

LOCAL MARKET REMAINS STEADY DESPITE  NATIONAL ECONOMIC VOLATILITY (PDF)

October 6, 2015 – Marlton, NJ – While the national economy was affected by turmoil in the global markets, the Southern New Jersey commercial real estate market continued its progress for another quarter, according to the latest quarterly analysis from commercial real estate brokerage WCRE. An expected summer slow-down did slow the pace of transactions, but overall growth, expansion, and positive absorption stayed on track. Healthcare, insurance, financial services, defense contracting, and technology companies led the way.

“As in the past several quarters, we saw a healthy volume of transactions due to business expansion and improving job growth during the third quarter,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “We also saw an uptick in deal activity among small and mid-size businesses, which is welcome good news that the market had been waiting for.”

The report details many factors contributing to continued strength in the market, including large and small lease deals, the beginning of new construction activity, several investment acquisitions of office properties, and continued repositioning among the area’s REITs. It also covers the latest coup for the GROW NJ program, a recently announced 1.7 million square-foot mixed use development along the waterfront in Camden, NJ.

According to WCRE, the third quarter posted approximately 477,983 of new leases and renewals executed. This is a nearly 20 percent improvement over the third quarter a year ago. New tenant leases consisted of approximately 280,360 square feet, and renewals and expansions made up approximately 197,623 square feet. New leasing activity represented approximately 58.7% of all deals for the quarter. Overall, gross absorption for Q3 is in the range of approximately 233,610 square feet. In addition to the consummated deals, there is a pipeline of approximately 350,000 square feet of significant pending lease deals expected to close in the near term.

Other office market highlights from the report:

Overall vacancy in the market continues to drop, and is now down to approximately 12.15 percent, an improvement of three quarters of a point over the previous quarter. Vacancy in Burlington County is now down to 8 percent, while in Camden County it stands at 16.3 percent.
The majority of leasing activity for the third quarter was comprised of deals ranging in size from 3,000-80,000 square feet.

Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$13.00/sf NNN or $21.00-$23.00/sf gross, with an overall market average showing strong support in the $10.00-$13.00/sf NNN or $20.00-$23.00/sf gross for the deals completed during the quarter. Rents have remained stable.

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

WCRE also reported on the local retail market, finding moderate growth amid repositioning by major retailers and a few big events in our region. The biggest news was the opening of the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, NJ in August, which features 90 retailers. The report also covers major moves involving PNC, Cheesecake Factory, Walgreens, and A&P Supermarkets.

“Even with major retailers like Macy’s and Walgreens shuttering under-performing locations nationwide, malls and outlets report steady consumer traffic and moderate growth, which is likely fueled by the rebound in the labor market,” said Leor Hemo, executive vice president of WCRE.

Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

Overall retail vacancy in the tri-county area is hovering around 10.4%, which is virtually unchanged from the previous two quarters, but is still encouraging compared to recent years.

Class A retail product rental rates continue to show strong support in the range of $30.00-$40.00/sf NNN, as rents have remained stable throughout the year to date.

The full report is available upon request.

About WCRE

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

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

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WCRE and Somerset Properties Report Active First Half of 2015, with Approximately 140,000 Square Feet of Completed Lease Transactions

WCRE and Somerset Properties Report Active First Half of 2015 (PDF)

August 3, 2015 – Marlton, NJ – WCRE and Somerset Properties have been making a noticeable dent in the amount of vacant commercial space in Southern New Jersey. The companies announced multiple lease transactions totaling approximately 140,000 sf so far this year. WCRE participated in six total leases within Somerset’s portfolio: three transactions at Greentree North Corporate Center in Mount Laurel, NJ, two at Marlton Crossing Office Park, 303 Lippincott Drive in Marlton, NJ, and one lease at Horizon Corporate Center, 3000 Atrium Way in Mount Laurel, NJ.

Jeff Arnold, regional manager at Somerset struck a positive tone last week speaking at Bisnow’s Future of South Jersey event. “The regional CRE market has been gaining strength for a while now, and I am optimistic we will continue to see growth,” he said.

WCRE’s leasing team of Christina Del Duca, Leor Hemo, Chris Henderson, and Jason Wolf exclusively represented Somerset Properties in the marketing and leasing of these spaces, working collaboratively with ownership and the entire brokerage community to successfully lease the following spaces.

  • New 61,612 square foot lease at 303 Lippincott Drive, Marlton, NJ to a major healthcare company.
  • 42,022 square foot lease renewal and expansion of 22,718 square feet at 3000 Atrium Way, Mount Laurel, NJ to a large bank.
  • New 13,998 square foot lease at 303 Lippincott Drive, Marlton, NJ to a financial services firm.
  • New 9,100 square foot lease and expansion at 16000 Commerce Parkway for corporate offices.
  • Renewal of 7,500 square foot lease at 16000 Commerce Parkway, Mount Laurel, NJ to an engineering firm.
  • New 6,000 square foot lease at 6000 Commerce Parkway, Mount Laurel, NJ for a fitness center.

Somerset entered the Southern New Jersey market in 2013 by acquiring Liberty Property Trust’s entire office/flex portfolio comprising approximately 1,500,000 square feet. Overall, the portfolio is approximately 89 percent occupied. Notably, 3000 Atrium Way is now fully occupied, and 303 Lippincott Drive is 97 percent leased, with one remaining vacancy of 2,700 SF that can accommodate a small corporate office user.

“Somerset Properties is a very community-focused and entrepreneurial operator, and their recent success has set a bullish tone for our market,” said Christina Del Duca, vice president at WCRE. “We have several pending deals heading into the third quarter, and we’re optimistic about the prospect pipeline for the properties Somerset has entrusted to our WCRE team.”

With many of the larger blocks of space in Burlington County being absorbed over the past few years, Somerset has put a strong focus on several large blocks of space that are available for lease. Greentree North has available spaces up to 31,000 square feet. Marlton Crossing Office Park’s single story office properties have available spaces from 2,700 to 12,000 square feet. 2000 Crawford Place has available spaces from 3000 to 9390 square feet.

The Greentree North Corporate Center properties are well located on Commerce Parkway, providing direct access to Route 73 and convenient access to I-295, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Route 70. Amenities within the Greentree North Corporate Center include an on-site daycare center, and there are several restaurants, retail stores, banks, and hotels in the immediate area, including Greentree Square Shopping Center, East Gate Square, and the Moorestown Mall.

The Marlton Crossing Office Park single story properties are located on Lippincott Drive, which is directly off of Route 73, with convenient access to I-295, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Route 70. These properties are also surrounded by an abundance of retail centers, including restaurants and The Promenade at Sagemore. Amenities include a walking/jogging path within the office park.

The Horizon Corporate Center, home to 2000 Crawford Place, is positioned in a beautifully landscaped corporate park with space available for immediate occupancy. The property has a new exterior façade and is easily accessible to Routes 73, 70, 38, I-295 & NJ Turnpike.

A marketing brochure for each of these properties is available upon request or can be viewed at www.WolfCRE.com.

About WCRE

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

Learn more about WCRE online at www.WolfCRE.com, on Twitter and Instagram @WCRE1, and on Facebook at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, LLC.

Visit our blog pages at www.marltonofficespace.com, www.mountlaurelofficespace.com, www.southjerseyofficespace.com, www.southjerseyindustrialspace.com, www.southjerseymedicalspace.com, www.southjerseyland.com, and www.southjerseyretailspace.com.

About Somerset Properties

Somerset Properties is a full-service commercial real estate company that owns and operates five million square feet of space in five states. Since 1996 Somerset has been creating value for investors with its entrepreneurial approach to acquiring, managing, leasing, and developing commercial properties. Learn more about Somerset Properties at www.somprop.com

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Banks Close More Branches As Transactions Move Online

new Jason stats graphic - June 2015Joining many consumer goods retailers who are downsizing their brick and mortar locations, some of the nation’s biggest banks are now touting their bank branch closure plans. The primary driver behind both decisions is the same: more banking activity is occurring online and less in the physical world.

But banks have an additional driver: regulators are issuing stricter capital regulations are driving up accounting and personnel expenses in order to manage compliance.

Given the higher cost environment, banks – which make up a significant portion of Philadelphia commercial properties – no longer are quietly downsizing their branch networks. Instead, bank executives are making plans for further consolidation loud and clear, pointing out steps how they plan to rectify what many top bankers refer to as “core banking inefficiencies.”

Over the last five years, banks that are a component of retail space in South Jersey have trimmed their branch networks by 13,406 bank branches, while opening just 8,011 new ones, according to FDIC statistics. Their footprint in now 4.6% smaller than five years ago, with slightly more than 95,000 U.S. offices opened today.

In discussions with investors, banks are now talking about cutting another 4% to 5% of their branch networks this year alone.

At its peak, Bank of America had as many as 6,100 bank branches, including a number of them in Philadelphia retail space. That has fallen to about 5,000 branches today as competitive conditions and customer behaviors have changed.

Bank of America said it has about 31 million banking customers, and of those, about 17.6 million of them use mobile banking. In addition, the bank said about 60% of its transactions are now all digital, made through phones, online or ATMs at branches, according to Brian T. Moynihan, chairman and CEO of Bank of America.

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, underscored the accelerating move to online banking, saying the recipe for failure is for a bank to never change locations, never change size, or never change the way they operate.

JPMorgan closed about 100 branches in the past year – with some of them in South Jersey retail space – and now operates about 5,600 in its network, with further branch closings planned.

In addition to responding to consumer trends, bankers also noted the added costs associated with complying with new regulations.

After several rounds of branch closures, Donna Townsell, vice president of corporate efficiencies at Home Bancshares, said, “The savings and efficiencies gained from these closures will help to tee us up for the upcoming expenses that we expect to incur as we begin the planning for Dodd-Frank stress testing requirements.”

The long lead time before branches both in and out of retail space in Philadelphia close is also important in the rightsizing process, other bankers noted. Banks now find themselves in a transitional phase of serving two distinct customer basis: the old-school, in-branch customers, and all-digital customers.

For more information about Philadelphia retail space or any South Jersey commercial properties, please call 215-799-6900 to speak with Jason Wolf (jason.wolf@wolfcre.com) or Leor Hemo (leor.hemo@wolfcre.com) at Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a premier Philadelphia commercial real estate broker that also specializes in retail space in South Jersey.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate is a Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm that additionally provides a full range of South Jersey commercial real estate listings and services, marketing commercial offices, medical properties, industrial properties, land properties, retail buildings and other Philadelphia commercial properties and South Jersey commercial properties for buyers, tenants, investors and sellers.

Wolf Commercial Real Estate, a Philadelphia commercial real estate broker with expertise as well in South Jersey commercial real estate listings and services, provides unparalleled expertise in matching companies and individuals seeking new Philadelphia retail space or the South Jersey commercial properties that best meets their needs.  As experts in Philadelphia commercial real estate listings and services, the team at our South Jersey commercial real estate brokerage firm provides ongoing detailed information about Philadelphia and South Jersey commercial properties to our clients and prospects to help them achieve their real estate goals.  If you are looking for retail space Philadelphia for sale or lease, Wolf Commercial Real Estate is the South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial real estate broker you need — a strategic partner who is fully invested in your long-term growth and success.

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