Fall 2008 Market Update2

Posted by Thomas Miller, CCIM

Current Market: The short version is: The dull national economy continues to influence our local market with vacancy is at an all time high at 12.75%, leasing activity is down and new speculative construction has ground to a halt. While asking rates on new space have maintained level, firms moving into the area are finding excellent deals when developers have competed for solid, credit worthy tenants. Some submarkets have extremely high vacancy rates while others are more in balance. The I-80 east corridor, for example has a 25% vacancy, while the Stead submarket is slightly over 12%. Either of these markets provide excellent buying opportunities for big box tenants. There is decent big box market activity currently, with firms committing to space at very attractive pricing. The industrial portfolio investors are patient and we are not anticipating market pricing dipping any lower than they already are now.

Reno’s overnight/next day distribution to the 11 western states remains a strong factor for relocations with tax advantages, friendly business climate, favorable weather, high availability of trucking and reasonable workmen’s comp rates closely following. Tho the economy is a bit dull now, the continually escalating cost and burdens of doing business in California continues to funnel a steady stream of business to Nevada. Midwest and Eastern firms seeking western distribution hubs is also a strong market for Reno’s growth.   
Lease Rates: Tho market vacancy rates have climbed through Q4, 2008, asking lease rates have maintained. However effective rate son completed deals have been very competitive along with added  concessions by developers. Some sublease spaces have pricing at unheard of rates, such as $0.20/sf, NNN. Overall availability is currently excellent with new and second generation product coming on line and should be adequate across size ranges. We anticipate competition between landlords will sustain lease pricing at their current levels, with little expectation of rates lowering. However, when the vacancies start to fall again; then we anticipate price escalations, as the market finds better balance. Average Pricing: 5-15ksf: $.72, 15-40ksf: $.38, 40-60ksf: $.35, 60-100ksf: $.34, 100ksf+: $.335/sf/mo./nnn. Taxes, Insurance and maintenance charges on new space are about $.075/sf/mo. Expect rents to maintain until vacancy drops; then increase in 2009. 
Land Prices: Demand for land continues to be slow in 2008. Lenders increased scrutiny of loans and the a dull economy has slowed interest in smaller parcels. Truckee Meadows land saw over $9/sf. Larger tracts had very slow sales totals as well with the exception of TRIC on I-80 west of Reno. Pricing has maintained in this sector as well at $2.50-$4.00+/sf.. We anticipate further rising land costs due to supply and demand and increasing water rights values in 2009.  
2009 forecast: The Northern Nevada region experienced a relatively dull absorption in 2008, with developers putting up record new construction.  When the economy stabilizes, we see pent up demand for new space absorbing the available inventory quickly, then space may become somewhat in short supply with pricing following upward accordingly.

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Thomas Miller, CCIM

Thomas Miller, CCIM is the president and broker of Miller Industrial Properties in Reno, Nevada. He has worked in industrial real estate since 1991, with 15 years of previous experience designing and building industrial warehousing and manufacturing facilities in the northern Nevada market. Contact Tom at tom@mipnv.com or 775-742-9891.


  1. Tom Miller

    Due to the economy falling off, I believe this work is delayed, but still continuing. I do not know teh exact dates but I believe the 2010 time frame is what I’ve heard.

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