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WCRE Third Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Office Leasing Rebounds

WCRE Third Quarter Report: Southern New Jersey Office Leasing Rebounds, Still Lags Behind 2015 Levels

Office Leasing Posts Strongest Quarter of the Year, Investments, Sales, and Philadelphia Remain Areas Of Strength

wcre_3qtr2016_reportMarlton, NJ – Commercial real estate brokerage WCRE reported in its latest quarterly analysis that the Southern New Jersey office market has bounced back nicely from the slow-down in commercial leasing activity that began late last year. Office leasing totals for the third quarter were the strongest they have been all year, though they are still off from the same time last year. The investment and sales market continued its hot streak, and the city of Camden is seeing progress from the Grow New Jersey program.

“The Brexit vote was something of a shock to the system during the second quarter, but this region showed its resilience and the strength of its fundamentals,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “The upcoming election means more uncertainty in the near term, but the overall tone is one of cautious optimism.”

There were approximately 365,224 square feet of new leases and renewals executed in the three counties surveyed (Burlington, Camden and Gloucester), which represents an incredible improvement of 44 percent compared with the second quarter of the year. The quarter saw a slight decrease in prospecting, with about 225,000 SF of lease deals in the pipeline and expected to close in the near term. Still, the trend of positive absorption continued, making up approximately 195,000 square feet of total activity.

Overall market vacancy dropped as well, with Camden County leading the way.

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Other office market highlights from the report:

Overall vacancy in the market is now approximately 10.65%.

Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$14.00/sf NNN or $20.00-$24.00/sf gross for the deals completed during the quarter. This is essentially unchanged from the previous several quarters.

All of the major private owners and REITS showed moderate leasing and prospect activity for the quarter – with Burlington County vacancies tightening up, many larger vacancy opportunities are also shifting towards Camden County, which is not controlled by these ownership entities.
On the sales and investment side, about 416,050 square feet of properties worth a total of more than $52 million were traded.

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

Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs continue on an upward trajectory in terms of construction for multi-family and repositioning of older Class B/C assets to core Class A properties. Despite these trends, we are witnessing some hesitation from the banking community regarding the viability of these extraordinarily high pricing levels. With thousands of units either under construction or slated for development in the Philadelphia region, the question regarding rental rates and vacancy levels is coming to the forefront of many deals.

Aramark signed a lease at 2400 Market Street in Philadelphia for a new headquarters. The 280,000+/- square foot space will be state-of-the-art with unparalleled views of the Schuylkill River. This international entity looked elsewhere in the region for space but chose to remain in Center City, which bodes well for the future of the market.

Five Below chose the Lits Building for its new Center City headquarters. The company also plans on leasing 180,000 square feet of office space and 15,000 square feet of retail space at 701 Market Street.

Strong demand continues in the industrial market, as evidenced by increasing prices and rental rates. Though much of the institutional activity appears to be in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, pricing for non-institutional assets, especially in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, is stronger than ever.

WCRE also reported on the Southern New Jersey retail market, noting mixed results there. Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

Overall retail sales and spending dropped again, although restaurants, grocery stores, and clothing stores did post modest gains for the third quarter. Interestingly, consumer confidence grew at the same time, hitting a post-recession high.

Retail vacancy in Camden County stood at 11 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.20/sf NNN. This is a slight increase in both vacancy rates and average rents.

Retail vacancy in Burlington County stood at 10.2 percent, with average rents in the range of $13.15/sf NNN. This is a notable drop in vacancy, while rents stayed essentially unchanged.

Retail vacancy in Gloucester County stood at 6.9 percent, with average rents in the range of $12.01/sf NNN. This represented an uptick in vacancy with rents unchanged.

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 ADDS RYAN BARIKIAN TO NEW JERSEY TEAM

WCRE ADDS SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Ryan Barikian to serve expanding roster of clients at regional commercial real estate firm

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August 10, 2016 – Marlton, NJ – Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ryan Barikian, who will serve as Senior Associate.  Barikian brings eight years of sales and leadership experience in the commercial and residential title insurance industry to complement the skilled team at WCRE.

As Senior Associate, Ryan will work closely with the WCRE sales team to generate new business relationships with banks, developers, loan servicers, investors and other service professionals in the real estate industry.

A consummate business connector, Ryan has developed an extensive network of trusted relationships throughout the Southern New Jersey and Greater Philadelphia markets. He has an extensive understanding of the roles which attorneys, underwriters, accountants, and other service professionals play in commercial real estate transactions. His extensive knowledge of the title and settlement process gives him unique insights that will aid and inform clients.

“Each new member of our team strengthens our ability to meet specific needs and build even more successful relationships with our clients and community,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “Ryan brings a valuable background as a leader and real estate professional that will allow WCRE to serve clients in new ways.”

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 ww.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 Regional Investment Market Update

Those of you that have been tracking the Southern New Jersey commercial real estate leasing market are well aware that we are approaching our 3rd consecutive quarter of decreasing office leasing activity. There are a few factors directly responsible for this, none of which include the word Brexit. 

Even with the slow-down in leasing activity, a flurry of active investors are looking to South Jersey and greater Philadelphia for better returns.  We’ve recently seen one investor that was not previously active in this market purchase multiple assets from major REITS, making it one of the top 5 owners (by square footage) of Class A Office properties.  This previously New York-focused investor completed at least 8 South Jersey acquisitions in 18 months – and may not have satisfied their appetite for investment properties in this market just yet! 

The example of this single investor/owner highlights a broader trend.  The continued demand for income-producing assets in and around Philadelphia is driven by the easy access to cheap capital, combined with better returns of 150+ basis points being achieved in South Jersey, offering a much more favorable risk profile when compared to markets such as NYC.  Many REITS are also exiting suburban properties to redeploy cash, thereby opening up opportunities for new-to-market investors. 

Right now, everyone is focused on the impact that Brexit and the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election could have on the markets.  From an investment standpoint, the real focus should be on volatility and uncertainty within a specific asset class.  Investors want to be certain, right?  Always.  

While we don’t all have a crystal ball, investors can still pay attention to research-based analytics to identify the appropriate risk/return profile.  At Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE), that is what we do, all day, every day.  The ease of access to capital at historically low interest rates is greater than any time in the past 10 years.  At the same time, there are greater opportunities to purchase quality properties in a stable market.  The returns have never been greater for commercial real estate assets in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia.   

WCRE can help you take advantage of this unique set of market conditions.  Our investment team has years of experience with a variety of asset classes in the region.  They can help you find just the right property to create better certainty, increased returns, and greater diversification to your real estate investment portfolio. 

If you are considering the sale or purchase of property as an investment vehicle, the professionals at WCRE can provide the right guidance and analysis to help generate the maximum return on your assets.

Please visit our website at www.wolfcre.com for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our New Jersey and Pennsylvania commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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WCRE FACILITATES SALE OF MAJOR CLASS “A” INVESTMENT PROPERTY IN WESTMONT, NEW JERSEY

 

WCRE FACILITATES SALE OF MAJOR CLASS “A” INVESTMENT PROPERTY IN WESTMONT, NJ

222 Haddon Avenue

222 Haddon Avenue Press Release PDF

July 21, 2016 – Marlton, NJ – WCRE is proud to have successfully represented FMP Haddon, LLC in its acquisition of 222 Haddon Avenue in Westmont, New Jersey. The new ownership group purchased this three story 27,000 SF multi-tenanted mid-rise office building from Lawland Associates, LLC. Chris Henderson, Senior Associate at WCRE exclusively represented the buyer in this transaction.

This well located office building provides the new ownership with a quality asset in a premier location that provides immediate access to the PATCO high speed line and is within close proximity to Philadelphia and the Cherry Hill business district. The walkable surrounding neighborhood is home to numerous amenities, including banks, restaurants, and retailers.

“Our buyer was seeking a long-term income producing property with quality tenants. A deal of this size may be a good indicator that Southern New Jersey is an attractive market for institutional-level investors, and a sign that lenders are still bullish on stabilized assets in quality markets,” said WCRE’s Henderson.

TD Bank and Brown & Connery, LLP are key tenants in the building. Building on their successful relationship, the new ownership has retained WCRE to assist in the marketing and leasing of the remaining vacant suites, which range in size from 4,000-8,000 square feet. 

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 ww.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 APPOINTED EXCLUSIVE AGENT TO SELL FORMER FRIENDS ACADEMY OF WESTAMPTON

WCRE APPOINTED EXCLUSIVE AGENT TO SELL FORMER FRIENDS ACADEMY OF WESTAMPTON

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June 28, 2016 – Marlton, NJ – Wolf Commercial Real Estate (WCRE) is pleased to announce that it has been appointed exclusive agent to sell the former Friends Academy of Westampton, located at 315 West Bridge Street, Westampton, New Jersey.  The listing adds to WCRE’s growing number of assignments for the sale of educational and institutional properties in the region.

315 West Bridge Street consists of more than 28,000 square feet in four buildings on an 11-acre site.  The former school complex has a campus-like atmosphere with classrooms, offices, and full-sized basketball courts, in addition to conference space and a library.  The complex was initially constructed in 2004, and has ample room for expansion.

David Jones, Board Member and Clerk for Friends Academy of Westampton said, “We were searching for experienced commercial real estate firms who were knowledgeable about local demographics and school properties.  WCRE stood out because of their extensive experience working with schools and a breadth of knowledge of the local real estate market.  They also understood our values and showed sensitivity concerning our position and desires.”

WCRE’s sales team of Chris Henderson and Leor Hemo said, “WCRE is proud to partner with Friends Academy as our latest relationship in Southern New Jersey.  We look forward to applying our WCRE 360 marketing approach to find a new user for this highly-desirable property.”

A marketing brochure 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 ww.southjerseyofficespace.com, www.southjerseyindustrialspace.com, www.southjerseymedicalspace.com, www.southjerseyretailspace.com, www.phillyofficespace.com, www.phillyindustrialspace.com , www.phillymedicalspace.com and www.phillyretailspace.com.

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Philadelphia vs. Camden?

Philadelphia vs. Camden?

The battle for new business.

Philly vs Camden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit our websites for a full listing of South Jersey and Philadelphia commercial properties for lease or sale through our Philadelphia commercial real estate brokerage firm.

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WCRE FOURTH QUARTER REPORT: AN OVERALL STRONG 2015 IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY ENDS WITH A NOTE OF CAUTION

WCRE FOURTH QUARTER REPORT: AN OVERALL STRONG 2015 IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY ENDS WITH A NOTE OF CAUTION

Pace of Transactions Showed Signs of Slowing Down, But Investment Market Activity Provided Reasons to Stay Optimistic

OVERALL STRONG 2015 IN SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY ENDS WITH CAUTION

January 12, 2016 – Marlton, NJ – Commercial real estate brokerage WCRE reported in its latest quarterly analysis that the fourth quarter of 2015 saw the market tap the brakes a bit for the first time in an otherwise strong year in Southern New Jersey. The report noted that there were hints of a slow-down, even while the overall market still showed gradual improvement and expansion, and bellwether companies remained active.

The fourth quarter featured a mixed bag of results, some of which may have been caused by the Fed’s recent decision to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, and/or by volatility in the financial markets. Positive news included several large leases and renewals above 40,000 SF, signs of increasing new construction for the first time in years, and new investors entering the market. In less encouraging news, there were approximately 384,906 square feet of new leases and renewals executed in the three counties surveyed, which represents a drop of +/- 20 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2014. Along with a slower pace of transactions, there has been a drop in prospecting, with about 250,000 SF of lease deals in the pipeline and expected to close in the near term.

However, even with the drop in transactions, positive absorption continued, making up approximately 130,202 square feet of total activity. Vacancy rates continued to improve, as well.

“2015 was a strong year for our market, although we began to see more caution amid the optimism during the fourth quarter,” said Jason Wolf, founder and managing principal of WCRE. “The question for 2016 will be whether our market has rebounded to a point where it can ride out some short-term changes and remain strong.”

Other office market highlights from the report:

  • Overall vacancy in the market continues to drop, and is now down to approximately 11.6%. This is a major improvement from a year ago.
  • Average rents for Class A & B product continue to show strong support in the range of $10.00-$14.00/sf NNN or $21.00-$25.00/sf gross for the deals completed during the fourth quarter.
  • All of the major private owners and REITS showed moderate leasing and prospect activity for the fourth 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.

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

  • While Philadelphia remains one of the most affordable office markets, rents have been increasing due to rising demand from both users and investors. A record number of Class A office properties was traded during 2015, and investors will continue to concentrate on well located, well leased product. Class A office rents are finding support in the range of $29.40/sf in the central business district and $25/sf in the suburbs.
  • Across all property types and locations, Philadelphia’s retail market is quite strong and well positioned to maintain its strength. The retail market has seen stable asking rents overall, with sharply rising values for Center City. The King of Prussia Mall is expanding, and will be the largest shopping mall in the United States when the project is complete. The retail vacancy rate for community retail properties was at 5.8 percent for the fourth quarter, below the national average of 8.1 percent. The vacancy rate for neighborhood shopping centers was a bit higher at 9.3 percent, but that matched the national average for that sector.
  • Philadelphia’s industrial market had a strong 2015, but after record-setting positive absorption figures in the industrial market in 2014, 2015 was comparatively slow, with 149 industrial property sales totaling $563 million. Still, this was enough volume to maintain stability in rental and vacancy rates, both of which are forecasted to improve as long as macroeconomic factors remain stable. Price per square-foot for industrial sales increased to $41.47 in 2015, compared to $39.75 in the prior year.

WCRE also reported on the Southern New Jersey retail market, noting mixed results there, as well. Highlights from the retail section of the report include:

  • Overall retail vacancy in the tri-county area is hovering around 10.53%, marking an uptick from 2014, but still remarkable improvement from the end of 2012, when it was hovering in the 17-18% range.

  • Class A retail product rental rates continue to show strong support in the range of $30.00-$40.00/sf NNN.

  • The pace of retail sales growth in our area has slowed, but nationwide retail sales are up, sparking many planned expansions and store openings for 2016 and beyond.

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 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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