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Phoenix 1Q14 Retail Snapshot


The first quarter of 2014 showed continued improvement in nearly every market category, verifying that the retail market is building on the strength of 2013. Retail rents progressed and rose almost a percentage and a half from the end of 2013, averaging $14.09 throughout the first quarter of 2014, up from $13.91 at the end of 2013. Construction statistics also continued to make significant gains, which indicates that the demand for space is there, which should also help retail rates continue to rise.


The market continues to gain in transactions in all submarkets. Overall sales and lease numbers continued to grow, and the amount of overall transactions in the retail market were a direct reflection of that. We saw a first quarter trend of move-in leases of numerous spaces of 140,000 SF and over, and saw nearly 30% of the sales transactions gather $150 per square foot. The  improving supply of quality retail space, coupled with Phoenix’s progressing economy, continue to drive lease rates upward.

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Phoenix 1Q14 Office Snapshot


The Metro Phoenix office sector continues to improve as the New Year gets underway. With vacancy rates continuing to decline and rental rates steadily increasing, the outlook is positive for a stable 2014 for the sector as it transitions out of the recession. New product deliveries and construction also increased in the first quarter of the year, with 272,710 SF being delivered and over 1.9 million SF in the pipeline.


Vacancy rates for the first quarter of 2014 dropped significantly, coming in at 18.7% overall, down from 19.4% at the end of 2013. Vacancy has seen great strides in the last year; in Q1 2013 the vacancy rate sat at 20.5% overall for the office sector. Vacancies also seem to be leveling between product types; when tenants could no longer afford their high-end spaces, vacancy rates increased dramatically for Class A space, and then began to readjust as those products became more affordable in the last two years and tenants were able to upgrade. At the beginning of 2011, the difference in vacancy percentage between Class A and Class C was hovering around 8%, while now they are almost identical. This will begin to level the playing field for all product types instead of the focused activity in higher end space.

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Q4 2013 – NAI Horizon Office Market Report

After a slow first half in the Phoenix office sector, the second half of 2013 showed signs of improvement and brightened the outlook for 2014. The year ended with 1.6 million SF being absorbed, with almost all of those transactions occurring in the second half. Rental rates and vacancy continued to improve throughout the year, with rental rates peaking at $20.42/FS, the highest rate seen since 2011, and vacancy rates constricting to 19.4%, down from 20.6% at the end of 2012. These indicators point to a sector in the beginning stages of recovery, and should see slow but steady improvements in 2014 and more dramatic changes in 2015.