“Cyclical Reset” Looms for Industrial Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield’s Industrial Construction report reveals a slowdown in demand as construction completions reach their peak, signaling a shift towards a more balanced market.

"Cyclical Reset" Looms for Industrial Real Estate

Cushman & Wakefield's Industrial Construction report reveals a slowdown in demand as construction completions reach their peak, signaling a shift towards a more balanced market.

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In today's edition, a recently published industrial construction report reveals a slowdown in demand as construction completions reach their peak. Additionally, we delve into the impact of regional banking consolidation on commercial real estate.

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Cushman & Wakefield: Industrial Real Estate Development Heads for “Cyclical Reset”

Cushman & Wakefield's Industrial Construction report reveals a slowdown in demand as construction completions reach their peak, signaling a shift towards a more balanced market.

Construction activity: According to the report, there has been a significant increase in new construction deliveries during the first quarter, with 129 million square feet being completed, marking a 40% rise compared to last year. However, the report also highlights a decline in construction starts, with a 60% drop from Q1 2022 levels and a 34% decrease from Q4 2022.

Source: Cushman & Wakefield Research

From the horse’s mouth: “We have started to enter a cyclical reset to the market after two years of unprecedented demand, and the space under construction is nearly four times the size of the pipeline was at year-end 2007,” said Carolyn Salzer, director, America’s head of logistics & industrial research at Cushman & Wakefield.


📣 Takeaways for occupiers:

1️⃣ Increased supply means more options: The growing amount of construction underway in the US will lead to a rise in vacant and available space, offering occupiers a wider range of opportunities. Keep an eye on markets with high construction pipelines and increasing vacancies.

2️⃣ Competition for quality space: Finding high-quality space may become more competitive in markets with low vacancy rates and strong demand. Consider exploring Class B spaces or even sublease options as alternatives to secure space within your budget.

3️⃣ Speculative projects can be tailored: There is potential for customization when speculative projects are preleased. This means you may have the opportunity to shape the building according to your specific needs rather than settling for a standard leased space. Evaluate the markets you are interested in and identify the spaces that best align with your project's requirements.

📣 Takeaways for investors/developers:

1️⃣ Tight markets and positive rent growth: Despite an increase in supply in the coming years, markets are expected to remain historically tight, resulting in continued positive rent growth. While the pace of growth may slow compared to recent years, rents are projected to stay high and exceed traditional escalations in many markets.

2️⃣ Consider excess supply in certain market pockets: Demand is slowing, leading to potential excess supply in specific market areas. This should be taken into account when dealing with existing tenants during lease renewals and when attracting new occupants. Assessing submarkets with excessive construction pipelines, future demand, and current vacancy rates is crucial before initiating speculative construction.

3️⃣ Mitigate oversupply risk: Analyze submarkets with excessive supply alongside demand forecasts and vacancy rates before starting new speculative construction projects. This strategic approach can help reduce the risk of oversupply, minimize vacancy, and maintain a competitive advantage over other property owners in terms of attracting tenants and rental rates.

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Regional Banking Consolidation and its Impact on Commercial Real Estate

The US regional banking system is in crisis due to multiple bank collapses. Economists worry about which larger institutions will benefit from consolidation, as the concentration of funds poses risks for exposed banks.

Impact: Regional bank consolidation has led to larger institutions acquiring smaller ones at reduced prices, raising concerns about decreased competition and increased risk. Since the 1994 Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking Act, the number of FDIC-certified lending institutions has significantly decreased, impacting the banking sector's overall health due to the shift towards larger banks focused on global financial markets.

Threats: The consolidation of regional banks poses challenges for commercial real estate. Small to mid-sized banks play a crucial role in providing capital for the sector. Data shows that these banks account for a significant portion of CRE lending, while big banks prioritize other areas. The consolidation results in decision-making being shifted away from local communities, potentially hindering access to loans for developers.


Proposed solutions: To address the crisis and stabilize the banking system, some economists propose raising the deposit guarantee threshold set by the FDIC. By increasing the coverage, the aim is to restore confidence and prevent further bank runs. However, if no action is taken, there is a risk of significant bank closures and branch disappearances. The concentration of banking power would continue, which could have far-reaching implications for the economy.

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  • Another one: Office investors are in a tough spot with a troubled loan tied to a Los Angeles office campus, despite Sony Pictures recently securing a lease for a significant space there.

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