miami industrial real estate

Welcome to 2012. The Miami industrial real estate market continued its steady growth and improvement in 2011. In the past quarter, the vacancy has fallen once again to 7.9% while the lease rates have increased to an average of $7.21 per square foot. The national averages in comparison are now 9.5% and $5.11 per square foot, respectively. Obviously the driving force in Miami is its trade routes and relationships with the international community; especially the Caribbean, Central and South America. Users continue to acquire the more efficient and functional, Class A and B warehouse buildings that are priced according to market values. Class C properties continue to sit idle or will have to be re-purposed later by users or investors.

If you like, please also read the ComReal Miami Industrial Real Estate Report for the Third Quarter of 2011 >>

The Return of the Landlords:
The force is shifting again from a “buyer / tenant market” to a “seller / landlord market.” Pricing is increasing as the vacancy rate is decreasing. Landlords are offering less rental abatement and tenant improvement allowances. For tenants, it might be a good time to secure lower lease rates this year by extending the term of their lease. In ComReal’s prior quarterly report, we wrote about the improvements to the transportation infrastructure throughout Miami-Dade County. In addition to the publicly funded developments, the biggest news for 2011 overall was the announcement of the new construction of seven class A warehouse projects (see the below chart), by mostly institutional developers. Some of the state of the art features in the new industrial parks are the 28-30’ high ceilings; over 50’ column spacing; ESFR sprinklers; T-5 lighting; concrete loading aprons with extra large truck courts; and more. These are literally concrete signs of the confidence by both the public and private sectors in the Miami industrial real estate market, along with our local economy. Although one must keep in mind that most of the above-mentioned construction is being done on a speculative basis. The one exception is the custom-built, partially-refrigerated facility for Centurion Logistics.

Property Name Location Size in Sq. Ft.
South Florida Logistics Park Airport West Dade 2,000,000
Miami International Trade Port Medley 1,600,000
Centurion Cargo Airport West Dade 400,000
Miami Int’l. Distribution Center Airport West Dade 335,000
DCT Commerce Center Airport West Dade 334,000
Flagler Station Medley 171,000
Prologis Park Beacon Lakes Airport West Dade 189,000

To view a partial list of the leasing and sales transactions for the past quarter of 25,000+ sq. ft., class A and B warehouses primarily in the Airport West and Medley sub-markets, please see the below chart >>>

Warehouses Leased:

Tenant Name
Size in Sq. Ft. Property Address
Bullet Line 475,000 6301 E 10 Avenue
Banah Sugar 301,000 215 SE 10 Avenue
Miami perishable logistics (non-disc) 277,000 3400 NW 74 Avenue
Univision 100,000 8551 NW 30 Terrace
Just in Time 54,000 11380 NW 34 Street
Codotrans 41,990 8550 NW 17 Street
Telemundo 35,804 7390 NW 43 Street

Warehouses Sold:

Property Address Size in Sq. Ft. Sales Price $ PSF Buyer
2980 NW 108 Avenue 44,298 $4,725,000 $106 Data Tech
9800 NW 17 Street 43,674 $3,675,000 $84 KG International
2797 NW 105 Avenue 30,902 $2,270,000 $73 Kasim International
9475 NW 13 Street 30,011 $2,000,000 $66 Sky Mart Investments
6550 NW 82 Avenue 22,595 $1,750,000 $77 Interglass Holding
2000 NW 95 Avenue 18,405 $1,470,000 $80 Leymo Trading

 Graphs for Asking Lease Rates and Sales Prices for Miami-Dade County Industrial Properties:

miami industrial property asking rental rates

miami industrial property asking sales prices

 Cooler Warehouse Space in Miami is Hot!

miami cargo park

ComReal Miami announces the lease of 277,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space at Miami Cargo Park. The tenant is a perishables transportation, logistics and warehouse distribution company. Read more about this story of the Miami perishable logistics warehouse >>>


As Vacancy Tightens, So Does A Users’ Options:

In 2012, whether users will be looking to lease or purchase a warehouse in the Airport West submarket, they need to be prepared that their options might be limited. Not long ago, when searching for a warehouse in Miami, there were dozens of options to choose from, and now one would be lucky to have more than six options.  With limited possibilities, a user should start their search at least nine months prior to their needed move-in date. This period will allow for the time it takes to identify possible locations plus the negotiations. Be sure to allow from four to six months additional for any new construction or build-outs due to the permitting process.

If you are looking to move anytime in 2012, now is the time to start by contacting your Miami Warehouse Team. We participated in over 700,000 sq. ft. of warehouse sales and leasing transactions in 2011. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in 2012 and beyond.

Other Trends:

•    The market activity seems to be very intense right now, however we may expect a severe slowdown as business owners wait for the result of the US Presidential election.
•    New Yorkers and Californians are moving their businesses to Florida due to a better quality of life; we are a right to work state; and there is no state income tax. (One recent negative is that our minimum wage just increased above the national average).
•    Vacancy of warehouse spaces may likely continue to decrease through mid-year, until the new construction comes online.
•    Thieves (often ex-contractors) continue to vandalize vacant, unalarmed properties to steal copper, sprinkler heads, A/C units and anything else they can make a few bucks on. Law enforcement is struggling to prevent it, let alone catch the thieves. This is a severe problem in Miami-Dade County which goes largely unreported by the local media and uncontested by law enforcement. What makes the matter worse is the County’s troublesome permitting process to get the property operational again after the incident.
•    More properties may be purchased this year than the past several years prior since financing is available for borrowers with good credit acquiring commercial real estate. The property should be in good condition and priced within current market values. Although the users will have a much easier time obtaining a loan than investors.

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