The Chicagoland industrial market finished strong in 2018, but will it live up to the same success in 2019? The market is slightly overbuilt, but that is not preventing companies from taking advantage of the Chicagoland area. As the Midwest hub, the market is expected to perform well and hopefully record another great year in the books.
With 2019 right around the corner, everyone is focused on what the commercial real estate industry will look like in the new year. Industrial performed well in 2018 and the office sector stayed steady. Most analysts believe industrial will continue to thrive due to the growing e-commerce industry. As for offices, technology will definitely play a factor in the success as well as the flexibility of the space and lease options.
Holiday shopping season is upon us, some people are shopping in stores and some online. Josh Hearne, SIOR provided some insight into the commercial real estate effect on shopping and shipping.
In 2001, a gallon of gas was $1.46, Wikipedia launched online, and Apple released the first ever iPod. This was also the last time Chicago has seen one of its lowest vacancy rates in the industrial market. In the second quarter of 2018, the vacancy rate was at 6.44%.
An Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative approved by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is in the works for the North Branch Industrial Corridor of the Chicago River. With local authorities exploring the options for adding more industrial zones along the river, this would bring more businesses and jobs to Chicago. Many companies who could not expand or even begin their business in the city due to the strict zoning laws, were forced to relocate out of Chicago. As stated in the CP Executive article, “Developers will pay fees back to the fund and the Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system has expanded to the southern portion of the corridor and a North Branch Corridor Bonus system in the northern part of the corridor was created.”
Consumers have become accustomed to receiving their items within a few days as a result of companies like Amazon and Walmart. So how do other businesses keep up? They purchase smaller warehouses to break up the distribution and shorten the shipping time and costs. In the current market, businesses are purchasing smaller multi-tenant warehouses, rather than additional larger industrial buildings.
SIOR Chicago announced the recipients of the Annual SIOR Chicago Transactions Awards. Cawley Chicago would like to congratulate Josh Hearne for receiving the 2017 award for Largest Dollar Volume Land Transaction with a Platinum Sponsor. Josh Hearne, SIOR of Cawley Chicago Commercial Real Estate represented Venture One Real Estate LLC, a Platinum Sponsor, for the sale of 143 acres in Channahon, IL valued at $6,229,080.
The 16th Annual SIOR Chicago Transaction Awards were held on March 27, 2018. The awards recognize SIOR members and Platinum sponsors for their distinguished transactions and accomplishments throughout the year.
By now, as the commercial real estate community knows well, Amazon and the likes have sought after large Class A warehouse space as the e-commerce demand continues to grow. We live in the time of larger spaces and shorter delivery times. The perfect solution to address this challenge is found in last-mile distribution facilities. This article from Bisnow.com addresses the hidden value in these 30,000 to 65,000 SF facilities often overlooked by major corporations, but are now seeing the limelight as sought after property along major transportation ways. Click here to read the full article at Bisnow.com.
The Chicago industrial real estate market is shows no signs of slowing down, and attracting investors from other sectors. In this article from Crain's Chicago, the ongoing e-commerce boom plays a large role in the recent success of the industrial real estate market. The article takes a look at financial statistics to support the reasoning behind the industrial sectors' success, while the other sectors sink to an under performing status. Read the full article at ChicagoBusiness.com