Amazon-Occupied Facilities Attract Investor Interest
The industrial sector’s appeal continued, with vacancy once again trending downward.
- Industrial rents averaged in at $6.45 per square foot in February, up 4.4 percent from the same period in 2021.
- Average industrial vacancy clocked in at 5.2 percent, down by 30 basis points from January.
- Investment sales totaled $9.1 billion at the end of February.
- The active industrial pipeline included 592.5 million square feet at the end of February.
National industrial vacancy was down by 30 basis points compared to January, reaching 5.2 percent in February. While logistics hubs in Southern California and the Midwest continued to be the most-sought after, with vacancies well below the national average, markets such as Cincinnati and Houston had vacancy rates in the double digits.
National in-place rents for industrial space averaged $6.45 per square foot in February, increasing by 440 basis points on a year-over-year basis. Once again, SoCal markets led the way in industrial rent growth, with Orange County recording the highest rent growth over the last 12 months (7.0 percent), closely followed by Los Angeles (6.7 percent). Meanwhile, a new signed lease averaged $7.35 per square foot in the last 12 months, 90 cents higher than the overall rental rate.
Some 592.5 million square feet of industrial space was under construction across the nation at the end of February, accounting for 3.5 percent of total stock. Amazon-occupied industrial facilities represented a safe bet for investors: The 16 largest buildings delivered last year-scattered across small and large markets alike-were either leased or owned by Amazon.
Average sale prices on the rise
Industrial sales in the first two months of the year totaled close to $9.1 billion, pointing to heightened investor appetite as 2022 continues to unfold. Industrial assets traded at an average $125 per square foot, with sale prices increasing 50 percent from the third quarter of 2020 until the first quarter of 2022.
Philadelphia led the way in terms of transaction volume: $725 million worth of assets changed hands in the metro year-to-date in February, with the largest asset sold being a 3.8 million-square-foot facility fully occupied by Amazon.
Read the full Matrix Industrial Report-March 2022