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Rents To Hit New Peak According to NAI Capital Industrial Market Outlook For Orange County, CA


Irvine, CA, Tuesday, April 18, 2017– According to research provided by NAI Capital, in the first quarter of 2017 the Orange County industrial market vacancy rate remained at its lowest level on record. The vacancy rate registered 2.4%, steady from prior quarter and 10 basis points below Q1 2016. The decline in the vacancy rate is be attributed to the lack of new supply on the market. At the end of the first quarter, a mere two buildings totaling 232,519 square feet were under construction. The amount of space under construction has been in decline since Q4 2013 – when 1.2 million square feet was reported under construction. Slack new development and strong demand for industrial space is resulting in rising rents. The average asking rent increased 8.5% from last year, reaching the prior peak set in Q2 2008.  Poised to surpass $0.77/SF, the average asking rent is headed toward the highest level on record.

According to David Knowlton, SIOR, CCIM with NAI Capital’s Irvine office, “The general mood in local real estate circles appears to be cautiously optimistic. Leasing and sales activity remains brisk in an extremely tight market, and the development community continues to pursue new opportunities.” 

The Orange County industrial market is expected to remain supply constrained in 2017, as land remains expensive, scarce and minimal construction is underway to affect future supply. Reflecting extremely tight market conditions, landlords and sellers will continue to have the upper hand in this market as demand vastly outpaces supply.

To access the full Orange County Industrial Market Outlook report, visit:

Orange County Industrial Market Outlook Q1 2017.pdf

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