To a large degree, the commercial real estate industry is being shaped by shifting market conditions and changes in consumer behaviors. Some of the most significant consumer behavior changes are directly related to technology advances.
It is easy to view the current low vacancy in the industrial market as a tremendous positive, and in many ways, it reflects general prosperity. But ultra-low vacancy can have both positive and negative side-effects on both the short-term and long-term prospects for the metro area. Low vacancy promotes rent inflation, which is mostly positive when it occurs in moderation. Rent inflation encourages new construction by making property development economically feasible. This, in turn, empowers lending on new construction and is essential to the cycle of cash flow through the economy.
Price Edwards Brokers Sale of RSM Building
531 Couch Drive in Oklahoma City has been sold to Oklahoma River Company LLC (67%) and KI Capital LLC (33%); both Oklahoma based investors. The 2-story, 20,448 SF building is located directly across the street from the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City. Constructed in 1950 the building housed the RSM accounting firm and its predecessor companies for many years. The property also consisted of a 40-space surface lot immediately adjacent to the office building.
Since the signing of the JOBS Act in 2012 and more specifically the changes to Regulation D, which previously restricted the direct solicitation of investors, crowdfunding platforms for commercial real estate have seen tremendous growth.
The initial passing of the JOBS Act in 2012 allowed for direct solicitation but limited it to accredited investors. Accredited investor meaning any person with an annual income of $200,000.00 a year for the past two years, or an individual’s net worth exceeding $1 million dollars, excluding their primary residence.
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act that recently passed is the most sweeping tax reform since the Reagan administration. The legislation will impact everyone, some will reap more benefits than others.
On a range of points, commercial real estate will see positive benefits under the new law. Let’s review a few of the changes that have the potential to fuel commercial real estate.
Frisco, Texas-based Healthcare Highways, Inc. recently executed a lease for 13,008 SF at 14201 Wireless Way in northwest Oklahoma City. The healthcare company recently acquired several new contracts in Oklahoma to provide health plans to both private and public entities. Healthcare Highways was founded in 2010. Craig Tucker of Price Edwards & Company handled the transaction.
Park Place Apartments of Elk City Sells for $1,350,000
Price Edwards & Company was named Management Company of the Year at the 2017 Nova Awards, presented by the Apartment Association of Central Oklahoma. The ceremony was held December 9th at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma.
With the notable exceptions of the few major size office buildings constructed or renovated in the last ten years or so, most of the large multi-tenant office buildings in Oklahoma City were constructed in the 1980s or earlier. Those buildings and many smaller ones were constructed before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, or ADA as it is commonly referred to today.
With the recent purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, it is just assumed that online grocery shopping is bound to see a significant increase in activity. A recent Gallop Poll shows that currently, only 4% of people buy their groceries online weekly and around 13% purchase groceries online once a month. The numbers are not much higher for the millennial generation as well. Only 15% of US adults aged 18-29 shop for groceries online once a month. With numbers such as these, it is clear to see why a few large grocery chains are ramping up expansion in the US. Lidl, a sizeable German-based grocer with over 10,000 locations worldwide, has begun a rapid expansion across the east coast.
Office Market Experiences Third Quarter Slowdown
The 3rd Quarter Office Sales could be reflecting the slowdown in sales that have been anticipated by some market watchers. The quarter saw zero sales of buildings in excess of 25,000 square feet and 20 sales of buildings in the 3,000 to 25,000 square feet including four medical office buildings. This marks a significant retreat from the activity seen in the first two quarters of 2017.