2019 Summary / 2020 Forecast:
In this issue’s cover article, principal broker and partner Howard Friedman, CCIM reviews the year in commercial real estate and makes predictions for 2020.
Bend’s Office Market:
Compass Commercial surveyed 209 buildings for the fourth quarter 2019 office report. The buildings in the sample totaled just over 2.61 million square feet. Positive net absorption of 11,005 sq. ft. was recorded during the quarter, but the vacancy rate rose slightly, due to the addition of a large office building to the survey, moving from 3.93% in Q3 to 4.02% in Q4.
Bend’s Retail Market:
Compass Commercial surveyed 256 retail buildings totaling 4.5 million square feet for the fourth quarter of 2019. The citywide vacancy rate fell once again for the third quarter in a row, from 3.3% at the end of Q3 2019 to 2.94% at the end of the year.
Bend and Redmond Industrial Markets:
Compass Commercial surveyed 315 buildings for the fourth quarter 2019 industrial report, totaling 4,477,864 square feet. The industrial market gained 791 sq. ft. of net positive absorption in Q4, and the vacancy rate fell slightly from 1.58% in Q3 to 1.55% in Q4. There is now 69,263 sq. ft. of industrial space available for lease in Bend, compared to 70,054 sq. ft. in Q3.
The Redmond Industrial market gained 31,123 square feet of positive net absorption in the fourth quarter of 2019 for a second straight gain in occupancy. The vacancy rate fell as a result, from 3.8% to just 1.9%. Out of Redmond’s industrial sector of 1,637,179 sq. ft. total leasable space, there is now just 30,403 sq. ft. available for lease.
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Compass Points® is a quarterly publication of Compass Commercial Real Estate Services offering comprehensive surveys of the Central Oregon commercial real estate market. The report provides a detailed look at quarterly vacancy and absorption data in office, retail and industrial product types throughout Bend’s primary submarkets, as well as the Redmond industrial market. Absorption data contained in the report pulls from samples of buildings over 3,000 sq. ft.