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Hawkins Commercial Realty is an entrepreneurial boutique commercial real estate brokerage helping business owners and investors in the Miami, Florida area navigate the processes of buying, selling, and leasing property, and providing M&A/business brokerage services. The company’s guiding principles are to always be responsive, to be effectively, steadily assertive, to continuously develop and utilize competency, to be sensibly creative, and to seek to add value to the process. The company was founded and is owned by a seasoned entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate as a broker or principal… (more)

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May 20, 2020

Miami Commercial Real Estate News July 17, 2024: Office Vacancy Drops, Rent Increases; Doral Warehouse Trades for $17M; 1,000-Unit MF Near Miami River Up for Review; More…

Revised Plans & Renderings Submitted For Brickell’s Massive 1 Southside Park

The developer building Brickell’s massive 1 Southside Park has filed revised plans and renderings with the county. The under-construction project includes a residential component known as Mercedes Benz Places. A foundation pour was recently completed for the first phase. The proposed changes include an increase in open space, increase in lot coverage (6%), reduction…

Unmasking the developers of South Florida’s biggest Live Local Act project

In South Florida real estate, self-promotion comes in hearty doses. For developers, generating buzz for themselves and their planned projects is as vital as scoring approvals and construction financing. Not so for Pablo Castro and Laura Tauber. The duo proposes a 3,233-unit apartment complex with six towers, ranging from 26 stories to 37 stories, in Miami-Dade County’s…

1,000-Unit Residential Project on Near Miami River Submitted To UDRB Review

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board is scheduled to hold a hearing today on a large residential complex. The multi-family development is proposed to be built in three phases on Delaware Parkway, about a block away from the Miami River. The buildings will rise 12 stories, and include a combined: 1,000 residential units 1,318 parking spaces The first two phases…

Sergio Pino dies by suicide during FBI home raid

Prominent South Florida homebuilder Sergio Pino was found dead from suicide at his Coral Gables home on Tuesday morning. Pino was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation amid a contentious divorce with his wife, who accused the developer of poisoning her. Pino, founder and president of Century Homebuilders Group and a major Republican donor…

Sergio Pino allegedly hired two crews to murder his estranged wife, law enforcement reveals

Before committing suicide on Tuesday, Sergio Pino allegedly hired a second team of hitmen to murder his estranged wife after the first crew failed to do the job, according to South Florida’s top federal law enforcement officials. The second group was also unsuccessful in killing Tatiana Pino, whose messy divorce from the deceased homebuilder was at the crux of Pino’s alleged…

345-Unit Downtown Miami Tower Advances With Site Work, Vertical Permit Filings

Plans for a 345-unit apartment tower in downtown Miami are advancing with multiple new construction permit filings. On July 3, applications were filed for both a site work permit and phased vertical permit at the Nexus Riverside Phase 1B site. Southern General Builders LLC is listed as the contractor on both permits. David Adler is listed as the qualifier for the contractor.

40-Story Flow Miami Worldcenter 2 Nearing Completion

The second tower at Flow Miami Worldcenter is now nearing completion. The first 43-story Flow tower opened at Worldcenter in 2019, with 444 apartments (previously named Caoba). The second tower began construction in late 2021 or early 2022, with a foundation pour in June 2022. Top off took place in Summer 2023. The new tower is 40 stories, and will have 411 residential units.

Plans Filed for 20-Story ‘Gamla Health District’ Residential Tower with Distinctive Geometric Facade in Miami

Development plans for a 20-story residential tower have been filed for 1355 Northwest 15th Street in Miami’s Health District. The project, named Gamla Health District, is designed by Behar Font & Partners and developed by Gamla Cedron HD, LLC, an affiliate of Miami-based Gamla Cedron Group led by Shaoul Mishal. Envisioned to rise approximately 232 feet, the building…

Plans Submitted For Gamla Health District With 224 Residential Units

Miami planners have received an application to build a residential project called Gamla Health District. The 20-story structure is proposed to include: 224 residential units (mostly 1-bedrooms, with some studios and 2-bedr0oms) Leasing office, co-working spaces, and other amenities 257 parking spaces, in a 7-level garage mostly hidden by residential units The top of…

55-Story Edgewater Tower Scheduled For UDRB Hearing

Plans have been resubmitted to Miami’s Urban Development Review Board for a 55-story multifamily tower in Edgewater following a redesign. The proposal had been filed with the UDRB last year, but withdrawn. According to The Real Deal, some residents of the neighboring Cite complex are opposed to a deal to build the tower. An demolition permit for an older condo…

Looser ban on subsidies for vast American Dream Mall advances

The county should loosen a 2018 ban on subsidies to develop multi-billion-dollar American Dream Mall in Northwest Miami-Dade to allow two forms of aid, a committee voted last week. The mayor’s office opposed loosening restrictions until developers meet requirements as the county asks exactly what is planned for the 82 acres that they got from the state…

Major Watson Island developments’ leases advance

Miami is drafting ballot language to put the future development of Watson Island to a public vote in November after commissioners were assured two deals will include an enhanced, city-wide benefits package. On July 11, the city commission unanimously authorized that two charter amendments be drafted and possibly proposed to voters this fall. If a majority of residents approve…

Providers jockey to offer Miami urban air taxi service

The race to introduce air taxis to Miami’s skyline is speeding up as one provider is targeting a 2026 launch and plans to buy 20 all-electric jets to make the futuristic vision a reality. Recent start-up and Miami-based advance air mobility operator UrbanLink announced plans in May to acquire the German-made Lilium electric vertical take-off and land aircraft, or eVTOL. The eVTOL…

New Deliveries Begin To Test Miami’s Office Success Story

Developers rushed to meet demand for trophy office space in Miami during the pandemic, with nearly 2M SF of space under construction at the end of 2023. The first of those projects are starting to come online, and they show that the surge in companies opening hubs in South Florida has meant uneven success for developers building new offices. Two of the three buildings delivering…

Miami International Airport, PortMiami plan cutting-edge trade amenity

PortMiami and Miami International Airport are partnering to increase trade and products that arrive in the US through South Florida by creating a state-of-the-art facility to sanitize incoming goods and provide cold storage for them. “We are expecting it to be highly innovative with technology and really be able to increase the products that come through here based…

Michael Lewis: Ignorance of the facts is no excuse to alter mall subsidy ban

County commissioners debated 90 minutes last week while dancing around key questions crucial to a final vote on an impactful decision – and they don’t seem to know the answers. They say they don’t know why predecessors six years earlier banned subsidies for American Dream Mall, which had been pitched as a $4 billion investment, later raised to $5 billion. If built as publicized…

Planned residences across from Douglas Park get thumbs down

A developer has proposed bringing 130 dwellings to a Miami neighborhood adjacent to one of the city’s most popular parks, and a city board turned thumbs down. The applicant is 2814/16 SW 37 LLC, owner-developer of a site at 3700 SW 28th St., across the street from Douglas Park. The project, Mosaic at Douglas, is designed as an eight-story multi-family building with 257,923…

UDRB to Review Plans for 39-Story Residential Tower at 2534 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board has received an application for a 39-story multifamily residential tower at 2534 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. The approximately 437-foot-tall building, proposed by 2534 N Miami Associates, LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Hidrock Properties led by Abraham J. Hidary, is designed by Arquitectonica and will feature landscape…

‘Sleek, Modern’ 39-Story Wynwood Tower Proposed Under Live Local Act

Plans have been filed for a new tower at 2534 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. The project is being proposed under Florida’s new Live Local act, allowing developers to bypass some local zoning restrictions if they commit to build certain amounts of workforce housing. The proposed height is 39 stories, taller than other buildings in the area, thanks to Live Local. 2534 North Miami…

454-Unit Little River Tower Proposed Under Live Local Act

Plans have been filed for a new tower in Little River under Florida’s Live Local act. The recently passed law allows developers to bypass certain local zoning restrictions, including height and density, if they commit to building a percentage of units dedicated to workforce housing. The newly submitted tower is proposed to top off at 28 stories, or 321 feet above ground, and include…

California Firm Sells Doral Warehouse For $17 Million

The Goodman North America warehouse in Doral sold for $17.26 million. Goodman Doral 88th Court LLC, an affiliate of Irvine, California-based industrial firm Goodman North America, sold the 111,529-square-foot warehouse at 2100 N.W. 88th Court to Century Properties 2100 Doral LLC, managed by Ariel Chavez in Doral. Citibank provided a $17 million mortgage…

Proposed 55-Story Tower at 419 Northeast 19th Street in Miami Returns to UDRB for Review

Miami’s Urban Development Review Board has received another application for a 55-story tower at 419 Northeast 19th Street in Edgewater. The project, initially filed in October 2023, is scheduled for review on July 20 and has undergone several updates and modifications. The development team for this project includes architectural design by Fogarty Finger Architecture…

New Industrial Supply Attracts Steady Demand In Miami

More than 3.3M SF of new industrial space was delivered in the Miami market in Q2 2024, a wave of new speculative inventory that now totals 4.5M SF since the beginning of this year—an amount approaching last year’s total of more than 5M in new supply. This flood of warehouse space has been met by steady demand for new facilities fueled by positive demographic growth…

Construction to Start on 14 Roc Condo in 2025 at 125 NE 14th Street in Miami

GFO Investments through affiliate 14th Street Miami Investments LLC has filed plans for a 32-story tower in Miami-Dade County. The 14 Roc condo would offer 283 fully furnished condos, ranging from 410 to 964 square feet each, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Per BRG International, floorplans span from “sleek studios to spacious two-bedroom units…”

Mega-Project Planned on City-Owned Land in North Miami

Mega-projects are proliferating in the North Miami area. A joint venture known as Redwood is planning eight 18-story buildings that will encompass 2,193 residential units, 121,500 SF of commercial space and parking for 4,100 vehicles. The project would be built on about 39 acres of city-owned land in North Miami that includes 15-acre Claude Pepper Park, a community center…

South Florida retail rents, vacancies remain stable in second quarter

Retail landlords across South Florida had a steady ride for the first six months of this year, with vacancy rates in the low single digits amid some rent growth, according to a new report. Institutional investors also pumped up the tri-county retail market by going on a shopping center buying spree since the spring. Second quarter buyers included Pine Tree, a Northbrook, Illinois-based…

‘Naranja Grand’ Affordable Housing Community Tops Off In Southern Miami-Dade County

Housing Trust Group (HTG) recently celebrated a significant milestone with the topping off of Naranja Grand, a 320-unit affordable housing community in southern Miami-Dade County. In partnership with Miami Lakes-based Elite Equity Development, Naranja Grand will serve income-qualifying seniors and families across two eight-story buildings. The design and construction…

Demolition Permit Issued for 1401 Brickell Avenue, Paving Way for 40-Story ‘Santander Tower’

A demolition permit has been issued for the 1401 Brickell property in Miami, signaling the beginning of redevelopment for the site. Although plans for a new tower are in place, a new construction permit has yet to be filed. The issued permit outlines the total demolition of 236,877 square feet at an estimated cost of $5,890,000. The BG Group is listed as the contractor responsible…

SB, Hazelton revive controversial 55-story Edgewater resi tower

SB Development and Hazelton Capital Group have revived a controversial proposal to build a 55-story residential tower on a 0.3-acre lot in Edgewater. The Miami Urban Development Review Board will consider the project for a second time at its meeting on Wednesday. SB and Hazelton, both based in New York, first went in front of the board in October and withdrew their application…

Office asking rents rose across South Florida in second quarter

In South Florida, the median rent for office space rose in the second quarter, even as vacancies hovered above 10 percent, according to a new report. The office market was propped up by the high-octane performance of submarkets in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood and downtown West Palm Beach, where a concentration of new trophy buildings got the most attention from…

Office Vacancy Drops as Rents Increase in Miami

The national outlook for the U.S. office sector does not look bright, with the grim reality setting in that a nationwide vacancy rate of 20%—or worse—is likely to prevail for the foreseeable future. According to Moody’s, the 20.1% office vacancy rate notched in the U.S. in Q2 2024 is the overture of a swan dive that will see office availability continue rise through the end of 2026.

Brightline Details How It Will Increase Seat Capacity 75% To Meet Demand

Brightline has revealed further details on a plan to dramatically increase capacity, in a recent report to investors. A total of 30 new train cars will be put into service over the next year, increasing seat capacity by 75%. The 30 cars will be split into three separate deliveries of ten cars each. Each set of ten additional train cars increases monthly seating capacity by approximately 75,000…

Developer Launches 32-Story Downtown Miami Condo 14 ROC, Completion 2027

GFO Investments is launching sales for a new condo tower called 14 ROC. The 32-story development will include 283 units allowing flexible rentals. Units will range from 410 to 964 square feet, with prices starting at $495,000. RSP Architects is designing the tower. Interiors are by March and White Design. Landscape is by Urban Robot Associates. Cervera Real Estate…

Demolition Permit Issued At 1401 Brickell Site Where 765-Foot Tower Planned

A demolition permit has been issued for the 1401 Brickell property. A new tower is planned on the property, but there doesn’t appear to be a new construction permit filed for it yet. According to the newly issued permit, total demolition of 236,877 square feet is planned, at an estimated cost of $5,890,000. The BG Group is listed as the contractor. The demolition permit was first applied…

North Miami approves Redwood’s 2,200-unit apartment project at Claude Pepper Park, adjacent land

Redwood Dev Co scored approval for its 2,193-unit apartment complex in North Miami, marking one of the largest projects on tap in the western side of the city. The North Miami City Council voted 4-0 to approve the development of eight 18-story buildings, as well as 121,500 square feet of commercial space and 4,114 parking spaces. The project would rise on a 27.7-acre site…

Dryrun Demolition Permit Filed At Brickell Site Where 90-Story 1,049′ Tower Planned

A dry run total demolition permit was filed this morning for the Brickell site where a 90-story supertall condo hotel is planned. Since it is just a dry run, there is no contractor attached. A permit expediter is listed as a contact. There is also a separate permit pending to install a fence at the property. In April, JDS Development Group completed the purchase of the property for $61.2M…

Fortune scores $36M predevelopment loan for Casa Tua condo tower

Edgardo Defortuna’s Fortune International Group closed on the development site of its planned Ora by Casa Tua mixed-use condo tower and secured financing for the project. Brickell-based Fortune acquired the garage and land at 1210 Brickell Avenue in Miami in a deal that values the site at about $70 million. The firm already owned the air rights, so it paid about $30 million for the land…

Miami Has Become One Of Commercial Real Estate’s Most Important Job Markets

The days of lockdowns and Zoom happy hours may be over, but the pandemic’s long tail has created permanent shifts in real estate demand, boosting Miami’s profile as the firms that opened offices in Miami begin to settle in and expand. The arrival of those out-of-state businesses has helped push Miami into a new echelon of American real estate job markets. The city captured 5.3%…

Industrial asking rents soar in Miami-Dade and Broward, stay flat in Palm Beach County

Warehouse landlords are still in the driver’s seat, as median asking rents soared for most of South Florida’s industrial market in the second quarter. Industrial landlords in Miami-Dade and Broward counties experienced rent growth of 9 percent and 17 percent, respectively, in the second quarter, compared to the same period of last year, according to a recent JLL report.

$69.9 Million Refinancing Secured for 4000 Ponce/The Collection in Coral Gables

Miami-based real estate development firm CMC Group has obtained a $69.9 million loan from City National Bank of Florida (CNB) for the refinancing of 4000 Ponce/The Collection, a nine-story Class-A mixed-use office and retail development in Coral Gables. Developed by CMC Group Founder Ugo Colombo in 2002, the Mediterranean-style building is also home to The Collection…

CMC Group Lands $70M Refi for Coral Gables Office Building

The 190,000-square-foot building also features The Collection, a luxury car dealership, along with 32,000 square feet of retail space. Image courtesy of CommercialEdge CMC Group has obtained $69.9 million in refinancing for 4000 Ponce, a 190,000-square-foot office building in Coral Gables, Fla., a Miami submarket, according to REBusinessOnline. City National Bank of Florida…

Ugo Colombo’s CMC scores $70M refinancing for Coral Gables mixed-use complex

Ugo Colombo’s CMC Group landed a $69.9 million refinancing for a Coral Gables mixed-use complex anchored by The Collection exotic car dealership. City National Bank of Florida provided the five-year, floating-rate loan to the CMC affiliate that owns 4000 Ponce at 200 Bird Road, a press release states. A JLL team led by Paul Stasaitis and Paul Adams arranged the loan on…

Lease roundup: Medical spa on tap at River Landing, a sun-protective clothing company moves HQ from Minneapolis to Wynwood

River Landing Shops & Residences, one of the largest completed projects on the Miami River, scored two new tenants. Famous Footwear will open in the third quarter in a 5,100-square-foot space, according to a River Landing news release and a spokesperson. ProsperIV, which offers IV therapy, vitamin injections and other health and wellness services, leased 1,000 square feet…

Structure Capital drops $19M for Cooper City plaza, as South Florida retail deals flow

Diversified Realty Development sold the majority of the retail space at the Shoppes at Monterra Commons in Cooper City for $18.5 million, as South Florida retail deals continue to flow. An entity led by Job and Rocio de Ojeda of Fort Lauderdale-based Structure Capital bought the buildings at 3500, 3700, 3800 and 3900 North University Drive from Deerfield Beach-based…

What’s Behind Miami’s Hot Studio Condo Market?

In recent years, the Miami condo market has seen a dramatic rise in studio apartments. Once a rarity, these compact living spaces are now one of the most sought-after commodities. As starting prices for new construction condos in the city continue to soar and units under $1 million are increasingly scarce, studio condos are becoming an attractive and affordable alternative. Maria Elena…

Wills, partners buy Frisbie’s Islamorada resort for $72M

Frisbie Group sold a resort in Islamorada in the Florida Keys to the Wills Companies and its partners for $72 million. The buyers plan to sell the 22 villas included within the oceanfront resort, called Islands of Islamorada, as single-family homes and maintain the eight-key hotel, according to a press release. The Wills Companies and its partners will continue to manage the individually…

Nuveen sells 197-unit apartment complex in Plantation for $49M –– a 5% discount from a decade ago

Nuveen Real Estate sold a 197-unit apartment complex in Plantation for $49.4 million, marking a 5 percent discount from the firm’s purchase price a decade ago. New York-based Clarion Partners bought The Manor in Plantation from New York-based Nuveen Real Estate, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The deal breaks down to $250,508 per unit.

Pompano Beach Development Review Committee to Consider Plans for 303-Unit ‘Atlantic One’

Gainesville-based Collier Cos. has plans for a residential housing complex in Pompano Beach. If approved by the city’s Development Review Committee on Wednesday, Atlantic One would comprise three five-story buildings, along with a one-story building and standalone clubhouse. In total, the venture requires just over 357,000 square feet of new construction.

Supplements mogul Darielle Singerman cashes out of industrial building at Boca Raton’s Park of Broken Sound

Supplements mogul Darielle Singerman sold an industrial building at Boca Raton’s Park of Broken Sound for $18.7 million. An entity managed by Serge Abecassis in Boca Raton bought the 78,024-square-foot warehouse at 701 Park of Commerce Boulevard completed in 2001, records and real estate database Vizzda show. The buyer also obtained a $11.5 million mortgage…

399-Unit ‘Oculina’ Calls for 1.34 Million Square Feet of New Construction at 3700 Broadway in Riviera Beach

A long-closed Winn-Dixie in Riviera Beach could soon be replaced with two 25-story towers connected by a six-story podium. Oculina would comprise 1.34 million square feet of new construction, offering nearly 400 condos ranging from studio to three-bedroom condos. According to the South Florida Business Journal, the homes’ square footage would measure 1,550…

Ronny Finvarb sells 128-key Courtyard hotel in Jupiter for $21M

Developer Ronny Finvarb sold the Courtyard Palm Beach Jupiter hotel for $20.9 million, marking a continuing flow of hospitality deals in South Florida. An entity tied to JW Marriott Family Enterprises bought the four-story, 128-key hotel at 4800 Main Street from Miami-based Finvarb Group, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The purchasing entity is led…

Steve Ross launches firm focused on West Palm investments, steps back from Related

Billionaire Steve Ross is now fully committed to South Florida. Following four years of hefty investments and development in Palm Beach County, mostly in West Palm Beach, Ross stepped back from New York-based Related Companies and carved out the firm’s Related Southeast division into a separate firm that he will lead. Related Southeast is now rebranded as Related Ross…

Brian Tuttle hit with $38M foreclosure on his Main Street mixed-use project in Royal Palm Beach

Developer Brian Tuttle was hit with a foreclosure tied to $38.4 million in loans for his planned Main Street mixed-use project in Royal Palm Beach. The lender of three loans issued in 2021 claims that Tuttle and his affiliates, through which he owns the Main Street development site, failed to pay the full principal and interest due when the mortgages matured in December…

Investors more positive about CRE market nationally environment than last quarter

Real estate investor sentiment is up by 16% quarter over quarter, according to a new report from RCN Capital. The nationwide lender, which specializes in investor loans, maintains an Investor Sentiment Index (ISI) jointly with CJ Patrick Company, tracking market outlook based on four questions in a quarterly survey. According to respondents to the summer iteration…

Yardi: Apartment performance nationally subdued but ‘encouraging’ in first half

Apartment performance was solid in June, contributing to a moderately positive first half of 2024 that Yardi Matrix described as “encouraging” given present market conditions. Average advertised asking rents nationwide grew to $1,739 in June, up a steady but unexceptional 0.6% year over year. Those yearly gains have been receding since March, when that figure…

Retail Real Estate Buyers Vie To Thaw ‘Frozen’ U.S. Sales Market

The U.S. retail market is currently on a long stretch of rock-solid performance at the property level. The national vacancy rate is at a healthy 4.1 percent, according to first-quarter 2024 research from CoStar Group. This comes one quarter after a stellar 4 percent vacancy rate at year-end 2023. What’s more is net store openings are on pace to be positive for the third consecutive year…

United State Office Sector Awaits Rate Relief on Heels of Positive CPI Report

Highlights: June’s Consumer Price Index signaled further disinflationary progress with the odds for a 25-bps September rate cut increasing to over 85%, according the CME FedWatch Tool. Shelter inflation which has been stubbornly sticky on the downside rose at its slowest monthly pace since August 2021. Interest rate cuts can’t come soon enough for the office sector…

GenAI powers new early warning alert as risks and uncertainty surround commercial real estate

Moody’s introduces capability to determine when breaking news may impact lender and investor portfolios What if news broke that a major retail or office tenant – one that occupied a massive amount of space across several buildings in your portfolio – suddenly shuttered all of its locations? After the initial shock, the next step would be to assess the impacts. Before, this was an…

Video: PwC Real Estate Deals Leader Tim Bodner Discusses US Deals 2024 Midyear Outlook

The latest episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show  provides an in-depth look at the current state and future outlook of the commercial real estate market. This episode features Tim Bodner, a partner at PWC and its Real Estate Deals Team Leder, who offers expert insights from the US Deals 2024 Midyear Report. Note that this discussion is national in scope…

Demand for Green Buildings Outpaces Supply

Energy efficiency continues to be on the mind for many, as air conditioners and operating costs rise simultaneously during ongoing summer heat waves. I’ve written before about the integration of emissions reductions law information into Moody’s CRE platform to help clients track the evolving regulatory landscape, various incentives and financing programs for energy…

The Fed: Recent Trends in Banks’ Commercial Real Estate Exposure

Due to societal and economic changes triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, segments of the commercial real estate (CRE) sector have increasingly become the focus of policymakers and analysts concerned with financial stability. More specifically, the shift to work from home has challenged the office segment, while changes in retail trade—such as a ramp up in e-commerce…

Commercial real estate succession planning guide

It’s never too early for multifamily investors to start real estate succession planning. In fact, “you can’t do it early enough,” said David Diggs, Senior Regional Sales Manager at Chase. So whether you’re close to transferring your business to family or just want to be well-prepared to one day transition leadership of your family real estate business, it’s a good time to take steps…

Podcast: Investment Trends in Focus; Quarterly Roundtable Q3 2024

Our panel of experts, led by chief research officer, Ashley Lester, takes stock of global markets as we enter the back half of 2024. Ashley and team examine the short- and long-term issues affecting investors, including the ever changing geopolitical landscape, the continued impact of AI and the role of private markets in the carbon transition.

The Fed’s Beige Book: Economic Activity Mostly Unchanged

Economic activity across the Southeast was largely unchanged during late May and June compared to the previous six-week period, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s new Beige Book of anecdotal reports from business contacts. Patterns at work for the past couple of months continued: Labor markets and wage pressures eased further, and worker availability…

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July 17, 2024

Video: PwC Real Estate Deals Leader Tim Bodner Discusses US Deals 2024 Midyear Outlook

The latest episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show  provides an in-depth look at the current state and future outlook of the commercial real estate market. This episode features Tim Bodner, a partner at PWC and its Real Estate Deals Team Leder, who offers expert insights from the US Deals 2024 Midyear Report. Note that this discussion is national in scope, not isolated to Miami or South Florida.

Key Insights from the Conversation:

Capital Markets and Distressed Sales
Tim Bodner highlights that despite initial concerns, the level of distress in the commercial real estate market has not reached the anticipated levels. Distressed sales activity stood at 3.9% in Q1 2024, up from around 2% in previous quarters. This increase is primarily attributed to a significant retail deal. In comparison, distressed sales during the peak of the financial crisis were about 20%. Bodner emphasizes that the current market is different, with creative solutions being employed to manage distress.

Loan Modifications and Extensions
The conversation reveals that a substantial portion of loan maturities in 2023 were extended to 2024, with a higher volume of loans maturing this year. Lenders and market participants are working together to navigate these challenges, aiming for refinancing in more favorable market conditions.

Private Capital’s Role
Private capital, particularly from insurance companies and alternative asset managers, is expected to play a significant role in real estate finance as traditional financial institutions pull back. Despite increased activity in the CMBS market, its proportion relative to the past decade remains small.

Future Market Expectations

Distress Levels and Market Response
Bodner anticipates that while distressed transactions will continue, especially in the office sector, they will not reach the levels seen during the financial crisis. Market participants are more prepared to manage and mitigate distress, focusing on creative solutions and long-term stability.

Investor Strategies
Investors are increasingly focused on operational efficiency and strategic positioning in response to higher rates, geopolitical uncertainties, and evolving market conditions. The emphasis is on having the right skills, technology, and organizational structure to thrive in this new environment.

Non-Traditional Real Estate Investments
The scope of investable real estate assets is broadening, with significant interest in alternative asset classes such as student housing, senior housing, data centers, and mixed-use developments. There is also a notable shift towards infrastructure investments, driven by government stimulus programs and the growing importance of resilient supply chains.

Impact of Political and Economic Factors

Elections and Policy Changes
The impact of elections on commercial real estate is a topic of interest. While elections typically introduce uncertainty, the primary concern is their effect on market confidence and the pace of capital deployment. Bodner notes that ongoing discussions about tax policy changes, such as limitations on 1031 exchanges, could have significant implications for the market.

Inflation and Affordability
Inflation is gradually decreasing, but affordability remains a critical issue. This challenge is expected to persist, influencing consumer behavior and investment strategies. Bodner points out that the market’s response to inflation and affordability issues will be crucial in shaping the future landscape of commercial real estate.

Opportunities Amid Challenges

Creative Financing and Strategic Acquisitions
In the face of market volatility, real estate professionals are getting more creative with financing solutions, including seller financing, joint ventures, and private placements. This creativity is essential for navigating the current environment and capitalizing on opportunities.

Long-Term Value in Office and Retail Sectors
Despite current challenges, there are opportunities for strategic investments in office and retail sectors. The potential for acquiring properties at significantly reduced prices presents a unique opportunity for investors willing to take a patient and strategic approach.

Conclusion

The mid-year 2024 outlook for commercial real estate is one of cautious optimism, with significant opportunities for those who can navigate the complexities of the market. The conversation with Tim Bodner underscores the importance of creativity, strategic thinking, and adaptability in leveraging the evolving landscape of commercial real estate.

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July 15, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News July 10, 2024: Homestead 1200-Unit MXU Dev Site Trades for $65M; 2,200 Unit Dev Proposed for North Miami; More…

DR Horton drops $65M for 97 acres in Homestead

Homebuilding giant D.R. Horton dropped $65 million for 97 acres of Homestead farmland for its planned Sandero Landing community. Records show D.R. Horton bought the site at Southwest 328th Street and Southeast 6th Street from the Alger family, led by Richard Alger. The Algers are longtime Homestead farmers, and their Alger Farms specializes in growing…

D.R. Horton Buys Land For 1,200-Unit Project

D.R. Horton paid $65M to assemble 97 acres of agricultural land across 11 parcels in Homestead where it is planning 1,170 residential units and 216K SF of commercial space, according to records from property data platform Vizzda. D.R. Horton’s 97-acre plan in Homestead would create a village with a grocery store, fitness center and urgent care facility. John and Richard…

CMC Group Obtains $69.9M Loan for Refinancing of Coral Gables Mixed-Use Development

Locally based CMC Group has obtained a $69.9 million loan for the refinancing for 4000 Ponce, a mixed-use development located in Coral Gables, a western suburb of Miami. City National Bank of Florida provided the loan to CMC, whose affiliate Ugo Colombo developed the nine-story project in 2002. Paul Stasaitis, Paul Adams and Nicole Barba of JLL arranged the five-year…

Miami-Dade plans for future with 30-member Vision Council

County Commission Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert III wants to create the equivalent of a United Nations of Miami-Dade organizations – from labor, business, health, education, culture, recreation, government – to plot a positive course for the county’s next 30 years. Mr. Gilbert called for the creation of a 30X30 Vision Council before the Policy Council & Intergovernmental Affairs…

Miami-Dade Courthouse up for auction at $52 million plus

The old Dade County Courthouse at 73 W Flagler St., which is still in daily use by the county, is being put on the market. Minimum bid: $52.3 million. Not a bad profit for a building that cost $4 million when it opened in 1928. The historic, 28-story building is being sold “As Is,” according to a legal ad that appeared in Miami Today last week. It was added to the U.S. National Register…

Downtown Miami Courthouse For Sale, Bids Start At $52.3M

Downtown Miami’s Dade County Courthouse is being sold. Courthouse operations have been active in the building for nearly 100 years, but will soon move to a new building under construction across the street. Miami-Dade will be accepting bids for the original courthouse building, which are due September 4. The minimum bid is listed at $52.3m. Buyers will need to comply…

Review boards reject plans for tallest Wynwood residential tower

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Sears site beside Gables targeted for 1,050 residences in three buildings

A developer has plans to redevelop the Sears store property in Miami’s Coral Gate neighborhood, bringing new retail and affordable housing to a high-profile area. RK Associates #5 Inc LLC proposes three new eight-story mixed-use buildings offering 1,050 residential units and related amenities, paseos, courtyards, and parking for about 1,924 vehicles for property at 3655…

Whale of 39-story Park West residences planned

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176-Unit Apartment Building Now Rising One Block Away From Brickell

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Former Virgin Hotel Site In Brickell In Contract, Up To 300 Units Planned

The Brickell property where a Virgin Hotel was once planned is now in contract to another developer, according to The Real Deal. Prosper Group is said to be in contract on the property for $40M. Closing is expected in the first half of 2026. A condo-hotel is likely to be built. The developer will partner with another developer to build up to 300 units, with a vision to build…

Another one: PMG, partners launch short-term rental condo project in Overtown

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Site and Financing Secured for 77-Story ‘ORA by Casa Tua’ in Miami’s Brickell Financial District

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Developer Completes Acquisition of Site for 77-Story Brickell Tower Ora by Casa Tua

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Developer proposes 2,200-unit multi-tower project in North Miami

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Nearly 2,200 Apartments Across 8 Towers Proposed At North Miami Park

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Developer Could Demolish Harry Cain Building in Downtown Miami

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Video: The Demise of Office Real Estate Debunked with Madison Ventures Chief Strategy Officer Mitch Roschelle

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July 10, 2024

Video: The Demise of Office Real Estate Debunked with Madison Ventures Chief Strategy Officer Mitch Roschelle

The Discussion: The Resurgence of Office Spaces

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show the spotlight was on the hotly debated topic, “the demise of the office sector.” The show host, a seasoned commercial real estate broker, shared his platform with Mitch Roschelle, Chief Strategy Officer for Madison Ventures Plus and a regular on Fox Business News. The conversation delved deeply into the current challenges and future prospects of the office space market. The general focus of this discuss is office investment property throughout the United States. Such observations can apply less or even not at all to Miami and other South Florida markets.

The Debate: Is Office Space Really Dead?

The episode began by addressing the prevalent narrative that the demand for office spaces has plummeted beyond recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael Bull opened the discussion by acknowledging the difficulties the sector faces, including increased foreclosures and some owners returning properties to lenders. However, he countered the notion that office spaces are entirely obsolete, noting that while certain properties are struggling, others are performing well.

Expert Insights from Mitch Roschelle

Mitch Roschelle brought a contrarian perspective to the discussion. He challenged the doomsayers who predict the end of office spaces, arguing that the situation is more nuanced. Roschelle pointed out that the average lease term for office spaces in the U.S. ranges from five to ten years. Since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, a significant number of leases have been renewed. If the office market were truly dead, such renewals would not be occurring.

Historical Context and Adaptation

Drawing a parallel to the retail sector, which was once predicted to be decimated by the rise of e-commerce, Roschelle emphasized that office spaces, like retail, will adapt and survive. He recalled past discussions on the show about how e-commerce would destroy physical retail, which did not happen. Instead, retail evolved and found new ways to thrive. Similarly, office spaces are in a phase of evolution rather than extinction.

The Benefits of Office Spaces

The discussion highlighted several crucial points about the enduring importance of office spaces:

1. Lease Renewals: The renewal of leases since 2020 indicates continued demand for office spaces despite the challenges.

2. Inefficient Hybrid Models: Many companies currently operate under inefficient hybrid work models, leading to underutilized office spaces on certain days. These models need refinement to ensure consistent use of office spaces throughout the week.

3. Economic and Productivity Advantages: Office environments are essential for fostering collaboration, building corporate culture, and enhancing productivity. Companies like JPMorgan Chase, under the leadership of Jamie Dimon, are pushing for employees to return to the office to leverage these benefits.

4. Historical Recovery Patterns: Historical patterns show that real estate markets, including office spaces, often recover robustly from downturns. The post-2009 housing market recovery serves as a prime example.

Strategic Investment Opportunities

The show host and Mitch Roschelle discussed the unique investment opportunities present in the current market. Office spaces are being sold at prices significantly below their replacement costs, creating attractive opportunities for investors. Bull shared examples of office buildings in prime locations being sold at remarkably low prices per square foot, suggesting that these properties could yield substantial returns in the future.

The Role of Private Equity

The discussion also touched on the potential role of private equity in the office space market. Roschelle highlighted that private equity firms, with their ability to raise substantial capital, are well-positioned to take advantage of the current market conditions. By acquiring office properties at discounted prices and managing them effectively, private equity firms can make significant gains as the market recovers.

The Future of Office Spaces

Both the show host and Roschelle are optimistic about the future of the office sector. They predict that the value of office properties will increase significantly over the next 60 months as companies adapt to new hybrid models, and demand for office space stabilizes. They believe that the current market conditions present a rare opportunity for investors to buy office properties at low prices and reap substantial rewards in the coming years.

Conclusion

The episode concluded with a call to action for those in the commercial real estate market. Bull and Roschelle encouraged investors to consider the long-term potential of office spaces and to seize the current market opportunities. They emphasized that while the sector faces challenges, it is far from dead and holds significant promise for the future.

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July 8, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News July 3, 2024: Once Planned MLS Site to be 1,219 Residences, Former Sears 1,050 Unit MXU; Multifamily Sales Heat Up; More…

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Multifamily Investment Sales Heat Up in South Florida

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Office Loan Maturity Monitor: Momentum May! Office Maturities are Ticking up

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Video: Moody Analytics Senior Economist Ermengarde Jabir, PhD on Data Center Real Estate; Sector Trends, Performance, & Forecast

The Conversation: Exploring the Rapid Growth of Data Centers in Commercial Real Estate The latest episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show delved into an increasingly significant topic within the industry: data centers. The show featured Ermengarde Jabir, PhD., Senior Economist with Moody Analytics, as the guest expert. This episode marked the first time…

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Why The Push To Get Workers To The Office Is A Designer’s Dream

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Saudi Developer Plans $300M Push Into U.S. Luxury Developments

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July 3, 2024

Video: Moody Analytics Senior Economist Ermengarde Jabir, PhD on Data Center Real Estate; Sector Trends, Performance, & Forecast

The Conversation: Exploring the Rapid Growth of Data Centers in Commercial Real Estate

The latest episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show delved into an increasingly significant topic within the industry: data centers. The show featured Ermengarde Jabir, PhD., Senior Economist with Moody Analytics, as the guest expert. This episode marked the first time this show has explored data centers, reflecting their burgeoning importance in the commercial real estate sector. Dr. Jabir mentions Alan Turing early in the show; love that. This is an interesting interview.

Understanding the Data Center Boom

The conversation began with a discussion about the size and growth of the data center sector. Historically, data centers were considered a niche market requiring specialized knowledge to develop and operate. However, the sector has seen explosive growth in recent years, driven largely by the expansion of cloud computing and the advent of generative AI (gen AI). This growth is not only evident in the increased demand for data centers but also in the technological advancements and infrastructure developments required to support them.

The Need for Power and Resources

One of the key challenges discussed was the immense power and cooling requirements of data centers. Unlike traditional commercial real estate, data centers are often measured in terms of power capacity rather than square footage. This shift underscores the importance of access to reliable power sources and advanced cooling technologies. The conversation highlighted the trend of data centers seeking alternative power sources, such as solar and nuclear power, to meet their growing energy needs. Additionally, the move towards liquid cooling technologies represents a significant advancement aimed at reducing operating costs and improving efficiency.

Q: What is a data center’s favorite song?
A: I’ve Got The Power

Dr. Jabir notes that the gen AI operations are centered around hyperscale which can range from 2 to 100 megawatts of power capacity. With a single megawatt equivalent to the energy use of 750 to 1000 homes, the upper end of this calculation is the equivalent of the power capacity of as many as 100,000 homes. Taken further, with the average home tending to house 2.5 people, this is equivalent to the residential power consumption of a quarter million people. Bigly power.

Cap Rate Trends and Investment Value

Cap rates for data centers have remained competitive, comparable to those of industrial properties and even multifamily sectors. Despite rising interest rates, data centers have maintained and even appreciated in value, demonstrating their resilience and attractiveness to investors. The cost of building and equipping data centers is substantial, leading to a reliance on long-term leases to ensure stability and return on investment.

Location, Location, Location

The importance of location in the development of data centers cannot be overstated. While proximity to major business centers remains relevant, the need for vast amounts of power and cooling resources is driving data centers to more remote locations. Areas like Northern Virginia, also known as “Data Center Alley,” have become global hubs for data centers due to their advanced infrastructure and availability of power. Interestingly, regions with cooler climates, such as Scandinavia, are also becoming popular due to their natural cooling advantages.

The Future of Data Centers

Looking forward, the demand for data centers shows no signs of slowing. The conversation emphasized that while exponential growth may eventually plateau, the sector is still in a phase of rapid expansion. The continuous advancements in AI and cloud computing will likely keep driving the need for more data centers, pushing the industry to innovate and adapt to new challenges.

Conclusion

The discussion with Dr. Jabir provided a comprehensive overview of the data center sector, highlighting its growth, challenges, and future prospects. For anyone involved in commercial real estate, understanding the dynamics of data centers is becoming increasingly crucial as they continue to shape the landscape of the industry.

This detailed exploration into the world of data centers underscores their growing importance and the factors driving their expansion. As the sector continues to evolve, staying informed about these trends will be essential for anyone involved in commercial real estate.

A Florida Related Personal Note on the Topic

Notably, Hawkins Commercial Realty was involved in the past in working to secure a site for a cryptocurrency mining group with a need for several megawatts of power. In that process, we came to realize just how much power that was, and then further that there appeared to be only a couple of very specific locations in the entire state of Florida that had the power supply infrastructure to support this. That was a couple of years ago, but I doubt that situation has changed dramatically, if at all, since. After all, Florida has its hands full accommodating all the people moving into it from other states!

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June 27, 2024

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June 26, 2024

Chart: Yield Curve Remains Inverted as Recession-Predicting Power is Debated

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Minus 2-Year Treasury Constant Maturity [T10Y2Y], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T10Y2Y, June 24, 2024. Shows tendency of yield curve inversion to predict recessions.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Minus 2-Year Treasury Constant Maturity*

Understanding the Yield Curve

The yield curve is a graphical representation of interest rates on debts for a range of maturities. Typically, it compares the yields on short-term and long-term Treasury securities. The most commonly analyzed yield curve is the difference between the 10-year Treasury note and the 2-year Treasury note, often referred to as the 10-year minus 2-year yield spread. The yield curve chart at the top of this post is for the period from June 1976 to June 2024.

In normal economic conditions, the yield curve is upward sloping, meaning long-term interest rates are higher than short-term rates. This configuration reflects investor expectations of future growth and inflation. However, the yield curve can sometimes invert, with short-term rates exceeding long-term rates. An inverted yield curve has historically been a reliable predictor of recessions.

Yield Curve as a Recession Indicator

The yield curve’s predictive power lies in its reflection of investor sentiment. When the curve inverts, it indicates that investors expect slower economic growth or even a contraction. This sentiment often leads to reduced borrowing and spending, which can trigger a recession.

Historically, an inverted yield curve has preceded every U.S. recession since the 1950s, though the lead time can vary. This is visually evident in the chart above, with grey-shaded recession periods following yield curve inversions. For instance, the yield curve inverted in late 2005, two years before the Great Recession began in December 2007. Similarly, it inverted in 2019, before the COVID-19 induced recession of 2020. Despite these precedents, it’s essential to note that not every inversion immediately leads to a recession, and other economic factors also play significant roles.

Recent Trends in the Yield Curve

In recent years, the yield curve has shown some concerning trends. For instance, it inverted briefly in 2019, causing widespread discussion among economists and investors. This inversion occurred amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China and concerns over global economic growth. The recession that followed in 2020 was primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting that while the yield curve inversion was a warning signal, it wasn’t the sole cause.

Post-pandemic, the yield curve steepened significantly as the Federal Reserve implemented aggressive monetary policies to support the economy. However, as inflation surged in 2021 and 2022, the Federal Reserve began raising interest rates to curb price pressures. This tightening cycle led to another inversion of the yield curve in late 2022 and early 2023, reigniting debates about the likelihood of a recession.

What the Current Yield Curve Indicates

As of mid-2024, the yield curve remains inverted. The 10-year Treasury yield is lower than the 2-year yield, signaling that investors might be expecting an economic slowdown or a potential recession. This inversion comes amidst ongoing concerns about inflation, geopolitical tensions, and the impacts of tighter monetary policies.

However, some argue that the yield curve’s predictive power may be less reliable in the current context. Factors such as unprecedented monetary interventions by central banks, changes in global investment flows, and structural shifts in the economy could be influencing the yield curve differently than in the past. Navigating today’s economic landscape is akin to steering a ship through uncharted waters; what once worked in a familiar river may not apply to the vast and unpredictable ocean we now face. The past couple of years have been unique, to put it lightly, and that may matter. Just as you wouldn’t use a driver for a chip shot in golf, traditional indicators like the yield curve might need to be reevaluated or supplemented with new tools in this evolving economic environment.

Potential Impacts of a Recession on Commercial Real Estate

A recession can significantly impact the commercial real estate (CRE) sector, often resulting in decreased demand for office, retail, and industrial spaces. During economic downturns, businesses tend to cut costs, which can lead to downsizing or closures. This contraction reduces the need for office spaces, leading to higher vacancy rates and putting downward pressure on rental prices. Landlords may struggle to find tenants, and existing tenants might renegotiate lease terms or seek rent reductions.

Miami, known for its dynamic and diverse economy, might face unique challenges and opportunities in such a scenario. The city’s strong ties to international business and tourism could cushion some of the blow, as global companies and tourists continue to see Miami as a key destination. However, if a recession were to severely impact travel and global trade, Miami’s office spaces could see higher vacancy rates similar to other major cities.

Retail real estate is particularly vulnerable during recessions. Reduced consumer spending can lead to lower sales for retailers, forcing some to close stores or declare bankruptcy. This decline in retail activity can create vacant spaces in shopping centers and malls, further exacerbating the financial strain on property owners. The rise of e-commerce, accelerated by the pandemic, has already challenged traditional retail spaces, and a recession could intensify these challenges.

In Miami, the retail sector’s resilience may hinge on its appeal as a tourism hub. High foot traffic from tourists can help sustain retail activity even when local consumer spending declines. Yet, if a recession leads to a significant drop in tourism, Miami’s retail spaces could suffer similarly to those in other regions. The city’s luxury retail market, which caters to affluent visitors and residents, might also experience shifts in demand, potentially mitigating some negative impacts or exacerbating them depending on economic conditions.

Industrial real estate, including warehouses and distribution centers, might be less impacted compared to office and retail spaces. However, a recession can still affect this sector by slowing down manufacturing activities and reducing demand for storage and logistics facilities. While e-commerce has boosted demand for industrial spaces, a prolonged economic downturn could lead to a decrease in overall consumer demand, indirectly affecting the industrial real estate market.

Miami’s industrial sector could benefit from its strategic location as a gateway to Latin America and its robust port facilities. Despite a potential recession, the city’s role in international trade and logistics might sustain demand for industrial spaces. However, any significant disruption in global trade patterns or consumer demand could still negatively impact this sector.

Investment in commercial real estate might also see a downturn during a recession. Investors tend to be more risk-averse in uncertain economic times, leading to reduced capital flows into the CRE market. Property values may decline as a result of lower demand and higher vacancies, which could create opportunities for opportunistic investors but pose challenges for current property owners and developers.

In Miami, real estate investment trends could be influenced by the city’s attractiveness as a long-term investment destination. Its appeal to international investors and its diverse economic base might provide some stability. However, fluctuations in global investment flows and local economic conditions will play a crucial role in determining the extent to which Miami’s commercial real estate sector is impacted by a recession. The city’s proactive approach to development and its reputation as a vibrant urban center might help it weather economic storms better than some other markets, but it is not immune to broader economic forces.

Conclusion

The yield curve, particularly the spread between the 10-year and 2-year Treasury yields, has been a historically reliable indicator of economic recessions. Its current inversion raises valid concerns about future economic growth. However, while it remains a valuable tool for gauging investor sentiment and potential economic trends, it’s essential to consider a broader range of economic indicators and factors in making comprehensive economic forecasts. The current global economic landscape is complex, and while the yield curve suggests caution, it is not a definitive predictor of impending recession on its own.

Related Resources

To muddle it up some more, below is a set of posts that express varied opinions about the current state of the yield curve and what is may predict for the US economy:

*Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Minus 2-Year Treasury Constant Maturity [T10Y2Y], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T10Y2Y, June 24, 2024.

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June 25, 2024

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June 19, 2024

Video: MSCI Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Industrial Real Estate Insights and Updates

The Discussion: The Evolution and Outlook of the Industrial Real Estate Market

Introduction

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show the spotlight was cast on the industrial real estate sector—a segment that has experienced a dynamic shift from being the “dirty shoe” to a coveted asset class. This transformation, largely fueled by the pandemic and subsequent shifts in consumer behavior, has prompted keen interest and debate among investors and industry experts. Jim Costello, Executive Director of MSCI Research, joined the show to provide insights into the recent developments and future outlook of this sector. The subject matter of this conversation revolves around industrial real estate nationwide, thus it should be noted that insights might have diminished relevance to Miami area industrial property.

Pandemic’s Impact on Industrial Real Estate

The COVID-19 pandemic was a turning point for the industrial real estate market. As lockdowns forced consumers indoors, online shopping soared, driving an unprecedented demand for industrial space to accommodate the surge in e-commerce. Amazon, a key player in this sector, ramped up its leasing to meet the rising need for storage and distribution. Costello noted that this demand spike was partly temporary, driven by the pandemic’s extraordinary circumstances.

As vaccinations rolled out and normalcy began to return, the demand for industrial space stabilized. This rebalancing reflected a return to the pre-pandemic growth trajectory of online shopping, characterized by a slow, steady increase in demand for industrial properties. Costello emphasized that despite the temporary contraction, the long-term outlook remains positive, with steady growth expected as online shopping continues to evolve and expand.

Industrial Property Performance Amid Economic Uncertainties

The industrial real estate market has shown resilience despite the broader economic uncertainties. The Federal Reserve’s measures to curb inflation, including interest rate hikes, have impacted the overall economy but have had a nuanced effect on the industrial sector. While rising rates could potentially dampen investment, Costello highlighted that the industrial market continues to attract investors due to its predictable income streams.

He explained that although inflation has not declined as quickly as anticipated, the specific factors driving inflation—housing and automobile insurance costs—have minimal direct impact on the industrial market. This sector’s performance remains strong, supported by continued investor interest and the relative stability of cap rates. Cap rates, though increasing, have not risen as sharply as interest rates, thanks to the ongoing growth in rental income, which helps maintain attractive investment returns.

Future of Industrial Real Estate

Looking ahead, the industrial real estate market is poised for continued stability and growth. Deal volumes, while slightly down from the previous year, remain high compared to pre-pandemic levels. The sector’s attractiveness as an investment is reinforced by its ability to generate stable income, even in a higher interest rate environment.

Costello observed that the challenge for investors now lies in balancing the costs of new construction with the benefits of existing assets. Inflation has driven up building costs, making new developments less economically viable and thus reducing competitive pressures. This scenario creates a favorable environment for existing industrial properties, which continue to be in demand among investors seeking reliable returns.

Interest Rates and Economic Influences

Discussing the outlook for interest rates, Costello pointed out that the Federal Reserve’s future actions would likely be influenced by ongoing inflationary pressures and broader economic conditions. While predicting exact movements is challenging, the interplay between inflation, economic growth, and political considerations will shape the Fed’s decisions. Investors in industrial real estate should prepare for a potentially stable interest rate environment as the market adjusts to these dynamics.

Conclusion

The industrial real estate market has emerged as a robust and attractive asset class, benefiting from shifts in consumer behavior and economic conditions. Despite challenges such as inflation and rising interest rates, the sector’s fundamentals remain strong, driven by steady demand and investor confidence. As the market navigates these complexities, industrial real estate continues to offer compelling opportunities for investors seeking stability and growth. The insights shared by Jim Costello in this video underscore the sector’s resilience and potential, making it a focal point for investors in the evolving landscape of commercial real estate.

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June 13, 2024

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June 12, 2024

Video: MSCI Research Executive Director Jim Costello Discusses Retail Investment Property Performance & Market Dynamics

The Conversation: Resilience and Revival; Insights from America’s Commercial Real Estate Show

In a recent episode of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show, the show host delves into the dynamic world of retail real estate, offering a comprehensive analysis of current trends and future prospects.  Among the topics are insights on cap rates, performance, sales velocity, new supply, and how rising/higher interest rates are affecting the sector. The episode features Jim Costello, Executive Director of MSCI Research, who provides expert insights into the sector’s performance and challenges. The general focus of this discuss is retail investment property around throughout the United States at large. Thus, observations can apply less to Miami and other South Florida markets.

A Vibrant Retail Property Landscape

The discussion kicks off with an overview of the retail real estate market. Despite some lingering challenges from the past, retail real estate is experiencing a notable recovery. According to Costello, while the total deal volume for April was down 11% from the previous year, there are promising signs of growth within certain sub-sectors. Notably, shopping centers have seen increased activity, driven by smaller, individual deals rather than large corporate acquisitions. This indicates a healthy interest in retail properties, particularly those that offer robust income growth potential.

Historically, the retail market was oversaturated with excess space built during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, many of these underperforming properties have been repurposed or removed, leaving behind a leaner and more profitable market.

The Evolution of Shopping Centers

One of the key points highlighted in the conversation is the transformation of shopping centers. Historically, the retail market was oversaturated with excess space built during the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, many of these underperforming properties have been repurposed or removed, leaving behind a leaner and more profitable market. This reduction in supply, combined with a shift in consumer spending towards experiential and service-oriented activities, has bolstered the performance of surviving retail centers.

Impact of Interest Rates and Cap Rates

Interest rates and cap rates are critical factors in real estate investment. Costello explains that while retail property cap rates have increased due to rising interest rates, the growth has been relatively moderate. This stability is partly due to the rising property income, which helps offset the impact of higher interest rates. For example, retail NOI (Net Operating Income) has risen by 8% compared to pre-pandemic levels, reflecting a strong recovery in the sector.

Mixed-Use Developments: A Recipe for Success

The conversation also touches on the trend of mixed-use developments, which are becoming increasingly popular. These projects combine residential, commercial, and retail spaces, creating vibrant, walkable communities that cater to modern lifestyles. Both the show host and Costello emphasize the benefits of such developments, noting that they provide a built-in customer base for retail tenants and enhance the overall appeal of the area.

Consumer Spending and Economic Stability

Despite concerns about potential slowdowns in consumer spending, the retail market remains resilient. Costello points out that consumer spending typically aligns with personal income growth and that the current economic environment supports continued retail activity. Additionally, the episode discusses the broader economic implications of interest rates, with both experts agreeing that higher rates, while challenging, are indicative of a healthy, growing economy.

Future Outlook for Retail and Office Real Estate

The episode concludes with a forward-looking perspective on retail and office real estate. The show host remains optimistic about the office sector, drawing parallels to the retail market’s recovery. He anticipates that a reduction in new supply, combined with ongoing demand and adaptive reuse of existing spaces, will lead to a resurgence in the office market over the next five years.

In summary, the episode offers a nuanced and optimistic view of the retail real estate sector, highlighting its adaptability and growth potential. As retail properties continue to evolve and adapt to changing consumer preferences and economic conditions, they present promising opportunities for investors and developers alike. The insights shared by Costello underscore the resilience of commercial real estate and its capacity for reinvention in the face of challenges.

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June 6, 2024

Miami Commercial Real Estate News June 5, 2024: 3,200-Unit Live Local Act Project Proposed for West Little River; Wynwood 48-Story MXU Planned; More….

Live Local Project With 3,233 Residential Units Proposed in North Part of Miami-Dade

Plans have been submitted to Miami-Dade reviewers for a massive Live Local project. The project is named The HueHub or Holland Park. It is planned to include: 3,233 residential units 57,260 square feet of retail 4,249 parking spaces Multiple towers are planned, with the tallest topping off at 37 stories. The property currently has one-story buildings with residential, office…

3,200-unit project in West Little River marks Miami-Dade’s biggest Live Local Act proposal

A developer wants to build a 3,233-unit Live Local Act project in West Little River, marking the largest proposal under the affordable housing legislation in Miami-Dade County and likely all of South Florida. The proposal is for six towers reaching up to 37 stories on an 11.7-acre site at 8400 Northwest 25th Avenue in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according…

Civic Center Metrorail Station Could Be Renamed UHealth Jackson Station Under Marketing Deal

A proposed naming rights deal would see a Metrorail station renamed for decades to come. The station currently known as Civic Center would become UHealth Jackson Station. UHealth would pay $120,000 per year for the naming rights, with increases of 2% per year. They would also be required to cover the costs of updated wayfinding throughout the Metrorail system. The deal…

Condos Now Being Proposed At Jungle Island, Along With Park

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North Corridor rapid rail transit still a 12-year wait

Don’t plan to ride North Corridor rapid rail to Hard Rock Stadium until 10 years after World Cup games are played there in 2026. The long-awaited North Corridor is expected to open in 2036, Nilia Cartaya of the Florida Department of Transportation told the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust last week. The trust oversees county transportation tax receipts…

Miami-Dade taxable property values rise in double digits again

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Miami Beach moves to speed construction of convention hotel

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Miami Beach ponders a homeless drop-in center

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South Dade bus rapid transit coming ‘sometime’ in 2025

The trust that approves transportation tax spending and is one of three funders of the first new Miami-Dade rapid transit corridor asked last week when South Dade’s bus rapid transit will finally open and was told only sometime “in the first part of 2025.” County transportation head Eulois Cleckley could not be pinned down to a narrower time range when passengers…

Blackstone Proposes 128,000-SF Warehouse In Miami Airport West Distribution Area

Amid an ongoing shortage of industrial space, investment giant Blackstone (BX) plans to build a 127,655-square-foot distribution center in Miami-Dade County’s Airport West distribution area. Link Logistics, Blackstone’s industrial unit, has asked county officials to build the warehouse in an unincorporated area near Miami Springs and Medley, areas northwest of Miami International…

Morabito’s Wynwood office-retail project lands $35M construction loan, as office market slows

Morabito Properties advanced its Wynwood office-retail project with a $35 million construction loan, as looming doubts over the neighborhood’s office market viability persist. The Miami Beach-based development firm dropped $14.6 million for the Wyncatcher II project development site at 2150 Northwest Miami Court in Miami, according to Morabito’s spokesperson.

WeWork out: Co-working giant closing outpost in Miami Beach in bankruptcy restructuring

WeWork wants to scrap its South Beach co-working space. The firm, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring in November, put the branch at 429 Lenox Avenue in Miami Beach on the chopping block, according to a notice WeWork filed in court on Thursday. The closing would be the first Miami-Dade County outpost WeWork wants to scrap as part of its restructuring plan.

Back to the voters: Jungle Island owner proposing condo project with Terra

David Martin’s Terra is partnering with the owner of Jungle Island to redevelop part of the city-owned site into a residential project, The Real Deal has learned. The proposal hinges on voters approving the deal, possibly later this year. Jungle Island, a waterfront eco-adventure park on Miami’s Watson Island, would close if the project moves forward, sources told TRD.

Project Peach Four-Story MXU Breaks Ground In Overtown

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for Overtown’s Project Peach, and construction is underway. According to a 2021 presentation, the four-story project was estimated to cost $2.6 million. The developer was requesting $1.3 million in financing from the Omni Community Redevelopment Association to help make it happen. The 2021 filing showed that Project Peach…

Photos: Construction Progress At Overtown’s Block 55

Overtown’s largest mixed-use project in decades is moving closer to completion, a photo shows. Across the street, the 36-story Atlantic Station tower is near top off. The first project is known as Sawyer’s Walk (previously Block 55). It is planned to include: 578 housing units, predominantly for low income seniors; 130,000 square feet of office space; 175,000 square feet of retail…

7410 LLC Proposes Two Projects for 7401 to 7425 Harding Ave and 7410 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach

Miami Beach’s Planning Board is scheduled to hear a proposal for a five-story, mixed-use project. Our sources indicate that, presently, the 30,000-square-foot site in question serves as a parking lot for the adjacent CVS. Yet, if approved by city officials, the new venture would require 60,000 square feet of new construction, with 38,805 square feet (64.7 percent) serving as office space….

Tri-Rail’s New One-Seat Express Service From Downtown Miami Begins July 1

Tri-Rail has announced the start date of a new express service from MiamiCentral that won’t require a change of trains. Service will begin July 1, 2024. The train will stop at just five stations: West Palm Beach Station Boca Raton Station Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Station at Dania Beach Metrorail Transfer Station MiamiCentral Station Departure…

Community Meeting Planned To Discuss $83M The Underdeck

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Quest Expands Miami Coworking Footprint. Again.

Quest’s new Doral location has fully equipped board rooms. Image courtesy of Quest Workspaces Quest Workspaces has opened its second coworking space in Doral, Fla. The company leased 23,454 square feet of office space at Doral Center in December 2022. CBRE represented the owner, Banyan Street Capital, while Newmark represented the tenant in the negotiations.

31-Story Midtown 7 Gets FAA Approval To Rise 352 Feet Above Ground In Midtown Miami

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Plans Filed for Wynwood’s Tallest Tower: 48-Story Mixed-Use Development at 2101 NW Miami Court

Plans for Wynwood’s tallest-ever tower have been filed. Currently known by its address, 2101 NW Miami Ct, the proposed mixed-use development, designed by Arquitectonica and developed by Wynwood Interest LLC, managed by Isaac, Jacobo, Simon, John, and Rosa Bazbaz, is set to rise 48 stories, or 490 feet above ground and 506 feet above sea level. The project would yield…

Juvia to open rooftop restaurant at Standard Residences in Midtown

Juvia Group inked a 15-year lease to open a rooftop restaurant at the Standard Residences, Midtown Miami, The Real Deal has learned. Carlos Rosso’s Rosso Development, Standard International and Alex Vadia’s Midtown Development are developing the 12-story, 228-unit building at 3100 Northeast First Avenue. It’s under construction and is expected to be completed…

Driftwood Capital Provides $34.8M Mezzanine Loan for Marriott-Branded Hotel Complex near Miami International Airport

Driftwood Capital has provided a $34.8 million mezzanine loan for the refinancing of Miami Airport Marriott Connection, a complex comprising three Marriott-branded hotels near Miami International Airport. Driftwood Capital provided a two-year loan with three one-year extension options on behalf of the borrowers, an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management and Highgate…

Miami Design District billboard ban could have bigger implications for CRE

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Digital Billboard Battle Just Getting Started; Fights still pending in court and at Miami-Dade County

What was thought to be a victory for the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in a monthslong digital billboard debate has since turned into something quite different. Rather, the real battle has only just begun. In a recent reversal by the Miami City Commission at its May 23 meeting, the body voted to completely repeal…

Moderate Industrial Growth Can’t Stop Miami’s Enduring Appeal

In 2023 and continuing into 2024, Miami’s industrial sector experienced moderate growth due to reduced lease turnover, accelerating interest rates and economic uncertainty. However, the market’s strong industrial fundamentals and international connectivity via Miami International Airport and PortMiami continue to demonstrate its enduring strength and resilience.

Ira Giller planning mixed-use mid-rise in Miami Beach

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‘Urbania NoMi 6th Ave’ Proposed for 12830 Northeast Sixth Avenue and 575 Northeast 127th Street in North Miami

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Developer Sets Eyes on Imperial Club; $60M sought for rehab of Aventura retirement home

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Developer Plans 6-Story Hotel Tailored For Pilots At 4849 NW 36th Street Near Miami International Airport

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Plans Unveiled For 28-Story Mixed-Use Development ‘Shoma 88’ In Kendall

Miami-based developer Shoma Group has announced plans for Shoma 88, a mixed-use development in Kendall. Designed by PPK Architects, this 28-story project will feature 405 rental units, each offering approximately 920 square feet of space. In alignment with Florida’s Live Local Act, at least 40 percent of the units will be designated for workforce housing.

Shoma plans 404-unit rental tower in Kendall, amid a Live Local Act bonanza

Shoma Group wants to build a 404-unit apartment tower with workforce housing in Kendall, amid a torrent of Live Local Act project proposals. The Coral Gables-based firm, led by married couple Masoud and Stephanie Shojaee, proposes a 31-story tower on a 1.9-acre site at 9525 North Kendall Drive in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, according to an application Shoma…

Construction Starts on ‘Wyn Ave’ and ‘W35’ in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District

South Florida-based ABH Developer Group has announced construction on two mid-rise buildings in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Here’s what we know. The larger of the two buildings is Wyn Ave, a six-story structure comprising 44 apartments, measuring about 425 to 875 square feet each. Our sources indicate that rent will start at $2,400 a month. Communal amenities…

Miami-Dade could lease 10 acres to Terra for workforce housing

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Affinius Capital Originates $70M Refinancing for Multifamily Community Modera Skylar in Miami

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Caroline Weiss’ mother-daughter Blue Lagoon dev site feud ends

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April 2024 Industrial Report: Miami Takes Lead in Rent Growth

At the same time, the U.S. industrial market maintained its upward trend in rent prices. In March 2024, national in-place rents averaged $7.85 per square foot, reflecting a robust 7.3% year-over-year increase. Notably, new leases signed in the last year commanded a premium by averaging $10.43 per square foot. However, the biggest story lies in Miami’s rise: After two years of dominance…

Plans for Live Local towers popping up across Miami-Dade

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Miami-Dade OKs $182M for new county government building after controversy over previous above-market price

After residents raised concerns last year with Miami-Dade County’s plan to pay well-above market-value for a new government center, the commission approved a tweaked deal that dropped the price by around 11 percent. Miami-Dade plans to buy the six-story Flagler Corporate Center at 9250 West Flagler Street in the Fontainebleau neighborhood in an unincorporated…

Teachers Could Live Where They Work; New Brickell school going up to house school staff

There’s a new kind of development going up in Brickell. With granite countertops and a balcony, this building’s 600-square foot units will go for no more than $1,700 a month – not bad for a one-bedroom apartment in Miami these days. Just blocks away from a Metro station and Brickell City Center, this is just the kind of place where many of South Florida’s young professionals…

Marion to Close After Nearly a Decade in Brickell, Will Reopen as New Venue

After nearly a decade of throwing Thursday night soirées, iconic ladies’ nights with French flare, and serving America-Asian fusion cuisine to a crowd looking for an elevated night out, Marion in Brickell will close this summer. The dining and nightlife destination, which opened its doors in 2015 and paved the way for elevated Brickell restaurants to come, has announced it will close…

How 2 Miami Neighborhoods Have Grown To Outshine Its Urban Core

Executives at FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, were torn. They wanted to open a Miami office last year but couldn’t decide between a location in Coral Gables or at the Waterford Business District, a 250-acre office park near Miami International Airport. “If you’re trying to do something world-class and connect yourself to the city in preparation for the 2026 World Cup…

The Magic City’s Rise; An interview with Miami mayor Francis Suarez

Miami began styling itself “The Magic City” just a month after its incorporation in 1896. In recent years, it has lived up to the name, topping lists of the world’s most successful urban centers. As its staggering real estate prices, heavy traffic, stunning beauty, and aura of prosperity testify, Miami has been integral to Florida’s rise to the forefront of American life. As many cities…

BH partners with Prime on Hallandale Beach condo-hotel project

BH Group is partnering with Prime Group to develop a condo-hotel project in Hallandale Beach. The joint venture is now shopping for a hotel brand to reside in the proposed 14-story building at 804 South Federal Highway, according to Isaac Toledano, who along with his wife, Liat, leads Aventura-based BH. A site plan application for the development, which includes 138…

Cortland drops $63M for 240-unit Pembroke Pines rental complex, amid muted investment sales market

A Morgan Stanley asset manager sold the Harbour Cove apartment complex in Pembroke Pines for $62.6 million, despite cooling South Florida investment sales. Atlanta-based Cortland bought the 240-unit community at 1601 South Hiatus Road from Boston-based Eaton Vance, according to records and real estate database Vizzda. The buyer took out a $47.5 million Freddie…

Developer Advances With 620-Unit Residential Development Across 30.6 Acres At 1600 S. Park Road In Hollywood

Developer Park Road Development LLC is advancing with detailed plans for 30.6 acres of city-owned land in Hollywood five years after securing the bid for the property. The city’s Technical Advisory Committee is set to review the residential and commercial components proposed for 1600 South Park Road on June 3. Additionally, a concurrent land use amendment will require…

Trinity, Credit Suisse secure $575M refi for Hollywood’s Diplomat

Trinity Real Estate Investments and Credit Suisse Asset Management lined up a $575 million refinancing of the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. The joint venture is expected to close on a $452 million first-lien mortgage from Citi Real Estate Funding and German American Capital Corp. next week, according to a Kroll Bond Rating Agency report. TD Miami Beach Mezz…

R&B’s Gateway at Wynwood heads to foreclosure

Three years after completing Gateway at Wynwood, R&B Realty could lose the 14-story mixed-use building at a foreclosure sale set for next month. On May 28, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Pedro Echarte Jr. granted final judgment in favor of Wilmington Trust NA as trustee for Boise-based A10 Capital, court records show. Two months ago, Wilmington Trust filed a foreclosure…

$84.4M Loan Secured For The Arcadian Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Project In Fort Lauderdale

Centennial Bank has provided an $84.4 million loan for The Arcadian, an 8-story mixed-use affordable housing project at 640 Northwest 7th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Designed by Behar Font & Partners and developed by Fuse Group in collaboration with Boca Paila led by Grupo Krea, the project will include 478 residential units, 15,000 square feet of retail space, and a 212,000 sf…

Fuse and Boca Paila land $84M loan to build Fort Lauderdale project

Fuse Group and Boca Paila recently broke ground on a Fort Lauderdale mixed-use project after scoring a $84.4 million construction loan. Centennial Bank provided the financing for The Arcadian, a planned $153 million complex of two eight-story buildings at 640 Northwest Seventh Avenue, according to a press release. The development consists of 480 apartments…

Church redevelopment is gospel in South Florida: 160-unit apartment project planned in Fort Lauderdale

Developers plan a 160-unit apartment project on an assemblage that includes the Shaw Temple AME Zion Church in Fort Lauderdale, as redevelopment of religious sites soars across South Florida. Tal Levinson and Eric Malinasky want to build a six-story building on a 1.3-acre property at 500, 506, 510, 522, 530 and 534 Northwest Ninth Avenue in the Dorsey-Riverbend neighborhood…

BBX Logistics, PCCP Break Ground on Delray Beach Industrial Park

The Park at Delray groundbreaking ceremony. Image by Marco Bell Photo, courtesy of BBX Logistics Properties BBX Logistics Properties and joint venture partner PCCP LLC have broken ground on The Park at Delray, a 40-acre campus in Delray Beach, Fla. Phase one of the project includes the development of a 200,000-square-foot building. The Park at Delray is taking shape…

Financial firms magnet? Here’s who leased at Steve Ross’ downtown West Palm office towers

South Florida’s office market prospered from an influx of companies over the past four years, pushing up rents to record rates and prompting developers to jump on projects. But now, as tenants pause expansion plans due to elevated interest rates and more expensive financing, some office owners and developers are feeling the sting of higher vacancies and a lack of preleasing.

The Pros and Cons of a Strong Economy for CRE 

In CRE, good and bad news come hand-in-hand. What’s bad for the retail sector might be good for warehouse performance; trends that put major metros at a disadvantage may be supporting success in suburbs or smaller cities.   The strong economy that we’ve seen over the last few quarters presents a similar scenario. Market conditions have no doubt been great for rents…

Video: RXR CEO Scott Rechler; There’s Been A Day Of Reckoning For Commercial Real Estate Nationally

The Conversation: Navigating the Financial Landscapel A Conversation on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead In a revealing conversation, Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR, joins Bloomberg Intelligence to delve into the evolving landscape of interest rates, debt, and real estate, painting a complex picture of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Industrial Property Trends For 2024

The likes of manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and distribution hubs have all been influenced by developments in technology, sustainability, and customer expectations. Insider looks at some of the trends that are shaping the industrial property space for 2024 and beyond. Smart warehousing. Isra Akhter is the senior consultant in the digital advisory team at CBRE.

Riding Out the Storm in Some Office Markets, Potential Opportunities

Across the United States, cities are grappling with an unprecedented crisis in the office sector, underscored by staggering drops in commercial real estate values. Recent reports have painted a grim picture, with total losses potentially reaching as high as $1 trillion. This downturn has been felt in many areas, including the California market, where large defaults in cities…

Video: Costar National Director of Office Analytics Phil Mobley Provides Office Real Estate Forecast, Discusses Performance & Cap Rates

An In-Depth Discussion on the Future of the Office Market: Insights from Phil Mobley, National Director of Office Analytics at CoStar Introduction In a recent conversation with Phil Mobley, the National Director of Office Analytics at CoStar, the host of America’s Commercial Real Estate Show delved into the complexities and current state of the office market.

More Pain to Come for Regional Banks Nationally

Regional banks and commercial real estate are inevitably linked. As commercial properties, most notably office space, work through the current crisis of sliding valuations and high interest rates, it is important for brokers to understand how intertwined these two sectors are in the current economy. The following are a few different ways of looking at the connection between…

Will RealPage face a long line of court cases?

Judging by the news these days, you might think that RealPage CEO Dana Jones is commercial real estate’s Public Enemy No. 1. Her company has certainly garnered plenty of negative publicity for its YieldStar Revenue Management software that collects data about rental units and then tells landlords how much they can charge for an apartment. I first wrote about the Texas-based…

Put It on Ice: Climate-controlled storage facilities are heating up the market

Modern climate-controlled facilities play an ever-greater role in the nation’s supply chain. America’s food processing, pharmaceutical and cold storage warehousing infrastructure continues to grow with a larger emphasis on just-in-time logistics and last-mile delivery. Brokers seeking financing for these projects, which can include new construction, retrofits, expansions and facility…

Debt service coverage ratios warn of office distress in some metros

The good news thus far for the beleaguered office real estate sector is that the surge of distress that many observers have predicted has yet to be actualized. The bad news, though, is that according to research from Yardi Matrix, many markets remain at risk of distress from offices that don’t have the income to cover their debt obligations. Debt costs for commercial real estate have…

The Fed’s Beige Book: Cautious Optimism in the Labor Market

The new Beige Book largely describes economic trends holding steady in the Southeast with slow overall growth as price pressures generally continue to ease and employers have a slightly easier time finding labor. This edition of the anecdotal report included a “community perspectives” section on conditions in low- and moderate-income communities that appears…

“Becoming a big issue”: Conflicts at condo, homeowners associations fuel insurance woes

In Pembroke Pines, the Heron Pond condo complex’s property insurer halted coverage in April, and the general liability carrier warned it won’t renew its policy when it expires in June. Near North Miami Beach, the Star Lakes condo complex’s board president said he expects this year’s insurance premiums to be about 45 percent more than the association paid in prior years.

Is Bank OZK overexposed to real estate?

When a Citi analyst downgraded Bank OZK from a buy to a sell, sending the stock price tumbling 17 percent, the news shook the industry. Normally, an analyst’s downgrade is not the center of real estate water cooler conversations. But OZK is arguably the most important bank in commercial real estate. It is watched more closely than any other bank, and for good reason.

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June 5, 2024

Video: RXR CEO Scott Rechler; There’s Been A Day Of Reckoning For Commercial Real Estate Nationally

The Conversation: Navigating the Financial Landscape; A Conversation on the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

In this interesting, quick-paced, conversation, Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR, joins Bloomberg Intelligence to delve into the evolving landscape of interest rates, debt, and real estate, painting a complex picture of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The discussion underscores the industry’s transition through the five stages of grief—moving past denial to acceptance—regarding the reality of persistently high interest rates and their far-reaching implications.

Interest Rates and Market Realities

The conversation opens with a reflection on the industry’s initial optimism last year when the Federal Reserve hinted at a more dovish stance. This optimism was soon replaced by a sobering acceptance that lower interest rates are not on the horizon. The industry now faces the daunting task of managing a trillion dollars of debt maturing this year, with another two trillion in the next three years. Much of this debt was financed at historically low interest rates, which are unlikely to return. Rechler uses a term I’ve not heard in a long while as he notes there is going to have to be a re-equitisation, with pain on the equity side and pain on the debt site. Re-equitisation is deleveraging with some debt exchanged for equity. Yeah, surely there will be some of that, particularly in some of the more troubled office markets.

The Impact on Banks and Commercial Real Estate

As institutions adjust to this new normal, they are busy taking appropriate marks and reserves. The discussion highlights the significant impact on banks, particularly concerning commercial real estate. U.S. pensions are already taking write-offs on commercial properties, and more banks are expected to face similar issues. The current scenario is starkly different from the 2008 crisis, where an injection of capital helped lift all values. Today, structural issues between interest rates and property values present a more complex challenge.

The Future of Office Buildings

The fate of office buildings, especially in the post-pandemic world, is a focal point of concern. Office spaces are undergoing revaluation due to interest rates and changing usage patterns. Some buildings are becoming competitively obsolete, necessitating careful selection and strategic adjustments. Banks need to reconfigure loans, equity holders must inject new capital, and properties must be chosen for their potential success in the new environment.

The Multifamily Sector: An Achilles’ Heel

The multifamily sector emerges as a critical concern, particularly for regional banks with heavy concentrations of such loans. Even if the credit quality remains good, many of these loans are underwater due to interest rate increases. Additionally, new supply entering the market exacerbates the situation, creating significant headwinds for the next few years.

Opportunities Amid Distress

Despite these challenges, the discussion also points to potential opportunities. This period could represent a generational moment to be a buyer in the market, provided one is selective and strategic. The key is not just having capital but also the capability to identify properties that can succeed. The approach should focus on creating value rather than relying on a return to lower interest rates.

Addressing the Housing Shortage

A critical issue highlighted is the housing shortage in the country, exacerbated by the financial crisis of the last decade. Conservative building practices post-crisis and the pandemic-driven home-buying frenzy have left the market with an estimated shortage of six million units. This shortage, coupled with less new construction, is expected to continue putting pressure on housing availability and prices.

Strategic Investment: The Digital vs. Film Analogy

In identifying investment opportunities, the conversation introduces the analogy of “digital” versus “film” buildings. “Digital” buildings are those designed for the modern era, fostering collaboration, accessibility, and engagement—qualities necessary for attracting tenants and ensuring success. The strategy involves investing in these digital properties, even if they have broken capital structures, and then fixing those structures to unlock value.

Conclusion

The conversation concludes with a nuanced view of the future. While there are significant challenges ahead, particularly with high interest rates and a looming debt crisis, there are also strategic opportunities for those willing to navigate the complexities. The key lies in selective investment, understanding the evolving market dynamics, and focusing on long-term value creation. As the industry continues to adapt, these insights provide a roadmap for navigating the financial landscape in the coming years.

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June 3, 2024

Video: Lynn McKee, Matt Delicata Discuss Commercial Real Estate Education at Georgia State University

The Discussion: Exploring Excellence in Commercial Real Estate Education at Georgia State University

In a recent episode of “America’s Commercial Real Estate Show,” host Michael Bull delved into the intricacies of commercial real estate education with two distinguished guests from Georgia State University (GSU): Lynn McKee, Director of the Master’s Commercial Real Estate Program, and Matt Delicata, Lecturer at the Robinson College of Business. This enlightening discussion highlighted the longstanding tradition and innovative approaches that make GSU a leader in real estate education.

A Legacy of Excellence

GSU’s commercial real estate program boasts a rich history dating back to the post-World War II era, making it one of the oldest in the nation. Initially part of Georgia Tech’s night school, GSU has grown into a significant educational institution, offering a variety of degrees in real estate. The program’s strength lies in its comprehensive curriculum, which includes a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a real estate major, a Master’s of Science in Commercial Real Estate, and a PhD program focused on academic research and teaching. Additionally, the MBA program offers a concentration in real estate, catering to students pursuing broader business studies.

Bridging Academia and Industry

One of the standout features of GSU’s real estate program is its integration of academic rigor with practical industry experience. The program employs a hybrid teaching model, where students benefit from the expertise of seasoned real estate professionals alongside esteemed academic faculty. This combination ensures that students receive both theoretical knowledge and real-world insights. McKee and Delicata, with their extensive backgrounds in banking and development respectively, exemplify this approach. Their real-world experiences enrich classroom discussions, providing students with practical perspectives on industry challenges and opportunities.

Flexible and Accessible Learning

The Master’s in Commercial Real Estate program at GSU is particularly noted for its flexibility and accessibility. The hybrid format allows students to attend classes either in person or online, catering to those in different locations or with varying schedules. This flexibility has enabled the program to attract a diverse cohort of students, including international participants from South Korea and Nigeria. The structure of the program, which follows a cohort model, ensures that students progress through the curriculum together, fostering a collaborative learning environment.

Preparing for a Dynamic Job Market

The current real estate job market presents challenges, but also unique opportunities for growth and innovation. McKee emphasized the cyclical nature of the real estate market, noting that downturns, like the current one, are often followed by periods of recovery and growth. This cyclical understanding is crucial for students as they prepare to enter the workforce. The program’s curriculum is designed to equip students with essential skills, such as proficiency in Argus and Excel modeling, which are highly valued by employers. Additionally, courses in investment, development, and entrepreneurship prepare students to navigate and capitalize on market fluctuations.

A Strong Network and Support System

GSU’s location in Atlanta, a major hub for real estate, offers students unparalleled access to industry professionals and opportunities. The university’s extensive alumni network further enhances job prospects for graduates, providing valuable connections and mentorship. The program also emphasizes practical experience through internships and real-world projects, ensuring that students are well-prepared to transition into their careers.

Looking Ahead

With a commitment to expanding its programs and adapting to industry needs, GSU is poised for continued growth. The addition of new faculty members and the emphasis on hybrid learning formats are strategic moves to accommodate more students and enhance the learning experience. McKee and Delicata are optimistic about the future, aiming to increase the cohort size and further integrate industry expertise into the curriculum.

In conclusion, Georgia State University’s commercial real estate program stands out for its blend of historical significance, academic excellence, and practical industry engagement. For those seeking a robust education in commercial real estate, GSU offers a compelling and comprehensive pathway to success.

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June 2, 2024

Video: BOMA President & COO Henry Chamberlain on the History of BOMA International

A Conversation: The Evolution of BOMA: A Century-Long Journey in Building Management

Henry Chamberlain, a notable figure in the building management sector, recently shared an insightful historical overview of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). Founded in 1907 as the National Association of Building Owners and Managers (NABOM), BOMA has grown into an international powerhouse within the commercial real estate industry. Chamberlain serves as its President and COO and has been with the organization for nearly a third of its existence from 1907 to today.

The origins of BOMA are rooted in the early 20th century, a time when local associations in the Midwest sought to collaborate on building operations. These associations aimed to share knowledge on various aspects of building management, such as elevator maintenance costs and optimal staffing levels. This collaborative spirit led to the establishment of several foundational standards. By 1915-1916, BOMA had developed a standard method for floor measurement and introduced the Experienced Exchange Report in 1920 to capture vital operating data.

BOMA’s advocacy efforts have been a cornerstone of its mission since its inception. Early on, the organization tackled significant issues like federal energy policy and tax regulations. While headquartered in Chicago for many years, BOMA’s federal advocacy efforts took on a new dimension when the organization moved to Washington, D.C. in 1975. This relocation enabled BOMA to engage more directly and personally with federal policymakers, enhancing its influence and effectiveness.

In 1968, recognizing its growing international reach, BOMA rebranded from NABOM to BOMA International. This change reflected the organization’s expanding footprint, which included the establishment of BOMA Canada, BOMA Japan, and other global entities like the Property Council of Australia. This international growth has been a testament to BOMA’s enduring commitment to the global commercial real estate sector.

BOMA’s influence extends beyond advocacy into recognizing and promoting excellence within the industry. The creation of the TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year) Awards in 1985 marked a significant milestone in highlighting industry best practices. This initiative was further bolstered by the BOMA 360 program in 1999, which focuses on high-performance buildings. Recently, BOMA has integrated the BOMA BEST program from Canada into the U.S. market, underscoring its leadership in sustainability. For 17 of the past 18 years, BOMA has been recognized with the Energy Star Partner of the Year award, a clear indicator of its commitment to sustainable building practices.

BOMA’s organizational history is also marked by strategic evolutions and acquisitions. About 80 years ago, BOMA spun off the National Apartment Association, a move that allowed it to focus more sharply on commercial real estate. Some local groups, like AOBA in Washington and BOMA Wisconsin, continue to manage both commercial and residential properties. Recently, BOMA acquired BOMI International, an organization it had collaborated with for 54 years, to enhance its educational and training platforms further.

Chamberlain, who has served as BOMA’s president for a significant portion of its history, expressed pride in the organization’s growth and its pivotal role in the commercial real estate industry. As BOMA continues to evolve, it remains dedicated to advocacy, education, and providing essential business tools, solidifying its position as a leader in the field.

This historical perspective not only highlights BOMA’s rich legacy but also sets the stage for its continued influence and leadership in the future.

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June 2, 2024