Vacancy rates continue to decline locally in the Phoenix Metro area and on a national level. The average vacancy rate for retail property in the US fell to its lowest level in more than three years to 10.5%. The local retail market followed suit; the overall vacancy rate in Metropolitan Phoenix fell to 10.9%, the lowest it has been since early 2009. Retail sales in the U.S. are also headed in the right direction, up 0.5% and 0.4% in May and June, and up 5.7% over the last 12 months. While some areas still continue to struggle, overall the improvements in retail spending continue to boost the
CRE sector. As housing and employment also continue to rebound in the Phoenix area, positive momentum should carry the market back to where it was before the recession hit.
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