Friday, October 15, 2010

Some Positive Signs for Portland CRE During Third Quarter

This week we released our Third Quarter 2010 quarterly reports for the Portland metro area. There's no doubt that we're still seeing the impact of the recession, but the multifamily and central city office markets showed signs of improvement.

Office vacancy in Central City decreased to 12.13% with 282,442 sf absorbed, thanks to large leases at First & Main and the Meier & Frank Depot Building. Suburban vacancy remained stable at 24.06% with about 4,000 sf absorbed, the first positive absorption in the suburban office market since Third Quarter 2008.

Industrial vacancy was stable at 15.22%, with about 10,000 sf absorbed. A few large transactions occurred, including PFX Pet Supply leasing 70,000 sf at Columbia Corporate Park I in North/Northeast.

Retail vacancy decreased to 6.5%, and a few projects broke ground, including the 215,000 sf Progress Ridge Town Square between Tigard and Beaverton. Retail sales were up in August and September with the help of a strong back to school shopping season.

Multifamily was a bright spot during Third Quarter. Vacancy fell to 3.65%, the lowest it has been since Second Quarter 2008. The multifamily investment market also showed increased activity, especially for properties developed as condominiums and converted to apartments.

A PDF of all the reports can be found here.

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