Central NJ Office Market Analysis

By DataAnalytics

Here is a snippet of a recent article I wrote for the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal on July 29th. You can read the full pdf from the link below.

Is the CRE glass half-empty or half-full? Simple really, it’s both. The glass, or in this case, the market is somewhere in the middle. (I’ll quote a line from the ‘king of Queens’ Doug- Kevin James, is happy to be right in the middle. “Not too good, not too bad, right on the cutting edge of mediocre.”

Now, that is not to say we as brokers and the commercial property owners are at all pleased with this mediocre reality, but it is the current reality.

Read the full article here: Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


Northern & Central NJ Commercial Real Estate News

Northern New Jersey Commercial Real Estate News

Private Investor Pays $2.7M for Mahwah Flex Bldg PSI Technology acquired the 29,000-square-foot flex building from Raia Properties Corp. for $2.69 million, or about $93 per square foot. Delivered in 1983, 330 Franklin Turnpike has approximately 12,000 square feet of warehouse space and 17,000 square feet of office space. The buyer will occupy some of the office space and offer the rest for lease.

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Cap and Interest Rates, on a Collision Course

History has shown that the spread between cap rates and the Treasury yield should thin out, but as we’ve seen, that compression will most likely be the move of both rates.

With both cap rates falling and interest rates rising, just how much lower can the spread between these two figures go before investors begin to push back? Consumer confidence has bounced back and forth from low to moderate levels, there has been a lowering demand for safe-haven U.S. Treasury bills and subsequently it has drivin the yield in an inverse direction.

Commercial real estate seems to have bottomed out. Cap rates for net lease investments stabilized in early 2010 and rapidly compressed over the following 12 months. As the economic world has changed over the past few years, rates and their relationships have changed as fast as dollar-store concepts are expanding.

via Commercial Property Executive- Cap and Interest Rates Face Off

Cap Rates Continue to Compress

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Many multifamily buyers and sellers have been surprised at just how quickly, and how steeply, cap rates have fallen this past year.

Several factors have conspired to drive down cap rates a little more each month this year. A wealth of opportunity funds looking for acquisitions has resulted in frenzied bidding wars for Class A assets.

Low-priced debt from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has allowed more deals to pencil out. And stabilizing fundamentals have inspired confidence in the future value proposition.

But just how sustainable is this cap rate compression? Most multifamily finance professionals don’t expect it to last into next year, but there is no guarantee that Cap Rates could fall even further. The consensus is for a leveling off at some point in early 2011.

In the first six months of the year, there were about 29 multifamily transactions of $10 million or more with cap rates of 6 percent or less. Yet, since the beginning of July—in a span of just over three months—there have been 28 such transactions, according to market research firm Real Capital Analytics.

These range from the very large—last month’s $193 million acquisition by CBRE of the Resort at Pembroke Pines in Hollywood, Fla., drew a 6 percent cap—to smaller assets, such as the $25.5 million acquisition by Trinity Property Group of the 76-unit Clay Park Towers in San Francisco, which had a 5 percent cap rate.

While some of today’s cap rates seem aggressive, when you factor in the price of debt from Fannie and Freddie—around 4 percent for a 10-year loan, and sub-4 percent for a seven-year loan—it makes sense.

But for now, interest rates continue to fall and the pace of transactions continues to rise. As usual, it’s Carpe Diem…