FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Companies searching for new office or industrial space in today’s soft office market, or conversely today’s healthy industrial market and listing brokers and landlords are guilty of this as well… They often tend to focus almost exclusively on rental rate. In other words, the lowest price should be enough to positively influence a tenant’s decision to lease space in a building. The result? We’re “commoditizing” commercial space alternatives while losing the focus on what is right and best for the tenant.
SPACE ISSUES BEYOND PRICE
Let me be the first to say that economics are always important and competing buildings must be reasonably similar. However, economics are not the most important element when it comes to making a real estate decision. I have often told clients, “What difference does it make if the landlord provides the space at no cost, if the space is not functional and does not effectively work for you?” Retail clients generally seem to have a better handle on weighing the intangibles when they make space decisions. They understand that there are issues far more important than price. Issues such as exposure, vehicle traffic counts, ease of access, parking and neighboring tenants. Issues that will impact their long‐term success more than a marginal reduction in their base rental rate.
TOTAL COST SOLUTION
So many components go into a good real estate decision, and price is only one of those components. Tenants need to look at a “total cost solution” rather than just a “rental rate” solution. The latter is the proverbial tail wagging the dog kind of decision, and decisions like that never work well over the long term. That’s why establishing a preliminary budget is critical to the process. So that companies don’t waste time looking at what they can’t afford. Companies often do themselves a disservice by discounting the importance that a well thought out facilities plan plays in their long‐term success. Space, like any other component of a firm’s business plan, should function strategically. Ultimately, ensuring long‐term success for the firm. The list of items that ensure long‐term success generally relegates price to the lower tier of importance.
RANKING CRITICAL ISSUES
Companies must address, evaluate and rank the importance of critical issues. These may include parking availability, access, visibility, building efficiency, flexibility to expand and contract, on‐site or close‐by amenities, public transportation availability, security, sustainability issues, building management, landlord financial viability ‐‐‐ and, obviously, the financial structure. Whether internally generated or broker generated, tenants must understand the total cost of the deal. One deal may provide more dollars for tenant improvements; another deal may offer less tenant improvement dollars but more free rent. Yet another may offer to graduate or step the rent and pay moving costs. And in the end, a simple consideration like ease of client access or proximity to public transportation may trump the lower base rent deal.
Guard against making an impulsive, “head in the sand” facility evaluation. Select a member of your team and a competent real estate broker who will ensure that your firm makes a well thought out space decision, not a decision based on a single issue like rental rate. Make sure you have completed the proper due diligence before signing on the bottom line!
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TRUSTED. DEDICATED. EXPERIENCED.
brokers at Paramount Real Estate Corporation:
Industrial: Fred Hedberg, CCIM, SIOR, Principal
Phil Simonet, Principal
John Young, CCIM, Vice President
Joseph Schultz, Associate
Jack Buttenhoff, Associate
Office: Nancy Powell, Vice President
FOCUS ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT
Q3 2020: OFFICE MARKET UPDATE
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the Mpls-St Paul metropolitan statistical area (MSA) increased 500 basis points. To 7.9% for August 2020 from 2.9% for August 2019. The unemployment rate for the US was 8.4% in August 2020 up from 3.7% last year. State of Minnesota unemployment rate was 7.4%. The Mpls-St Paul MSA saw a decrease in job growth. As well as a decrease in office job growth in professional, financial and information dropping 21,300 during the same period.
The Mpls-St Paul office market, consisting of over 128 msf of space in seven counties across the metro topping 95,000 sf negative absorption for Q3 2020. The vacancy rate for the market stands at 12.5% for all properties. Multi-tenant properties posted 16.4% vacancy with over 64,000 sf negative absorption. The average asking lease rate for Mpls-St Paul came in at $25.02 psf FSG. During Q3 2020 there were 9 construction projects throughout the market totaling just over 1.3 msf.
During the Q3 2020 the market experienced over 1.1 msf of leasing activity in 251 transactions. Class A properties vacancy rate dropped for all properties this quarter to 10.3% compared to 8.8%. It also dropped to 15% for multi-tenant properties compared to 12.7% Q2 2020. For multi-tenant properties the Northwest market posted the lowest vacancy rate at 10.6%, Mpls CBD vacancy was 18.7%, St Paul CBD was 18.4% and suburban markets was 14.6%. Southwest market posted the most positive absorption of 137,000 sf with The Nerdery leasing 60,000 sf and new delivery of Bridgewater Corp. The West market posted the largest negative absorption of 125,000 sf for all property types led by Dominium space available for lease with 53,000 sf.
The Mpls-St Paul market consists of single and multi-tenant office buildings 20,000 sf or larger or part of a complex larger than 20,000 sf. The geographic area includes Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. The tracked set does not include medical or government properties. All tracked properties are existing. Statistically, net absorption will be calculated based on occupancy change during the current quarter. Asking lease rates are based on an average asking rate and noted on a FSG terms with Net type leases grossed up.
View Full Report: Q3 2020 MNCAR Office Market Report
Source: Minnesota Association of Realtors (MNCAR)
SANTAMARIA ENTERPRISES EXECUTES 1031 EXCHANGE
Congratulations to Santamaria Enterprises & Paramount’s West Team for the purchase and closing of The Cliff Town Offices!
2805 Cliff Road or The Cliff Town Offices is a ½ acre, 8,420 SF multi-tenant office building. It is class B space consisting of 3 floors and built in 2004.
Paramount Real Estate broker, Jeffrey Swanson helped his client, Santamaria Enterprises, purchase this fully leased investment property as part of a 1031 exchange for the price of $1,100,000.00. The property closed on July 20, 2020 and Jeff will stay on to help with any leasing needs the asset will have in the future. Currently we have two newly renovated, 1,200 square foot suites available for lease.
For more details about the spaces available: Cliff Town Offices For Lease
Santamaria Enterprises recently sold a building in Minneapolis that included a night club owned by the landlord. The profits from this sale were rolled into this 1031 exchange, and were used to purchase the 2805 Cliff Road building. Paramount also represented them in leasing space in Richfield, MN. They use this space to operate their Latino radio station, La Raza. Tune in and enjoy the show on 95.7 FM!
EDEN PRAIRIE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING SOLD
Paramount Real Estate Corp | TCN Worldwide is very pleased to announce the Sale of 6450 Carlson Drive | Eden Prairie, MN
HISTORY OF THE PROPERTY
6450 Carlson Drive is a 42,760 multi-tenant office-warehouse building located off Highway 62 and Interstate 494. The Eden Prairie industrial building situated on 3.97 acres, was built in 1986. When a long term tenant vacated the majority of the building, Paramount was engaged to market the property. Initially they marketed it as a 36,885 square foot vacancy For Lease.
PARAMOUNT’S CLIENT & THE DEAL
Bloomington-based Paramount Real Estate Corporation brokers, Jeffrey Swanson, Associate and Fred Hedberg, President represented the seller in this transaction. FHM Partners, the sellers, consist of a local managing partner and two out of state passive owners.
“This Eden Prairie industrial building was on the market For Lease. We were in the midst of negotiating a 10-year lease for the building’s vacant space. This is when a user/buyer made an unsolicited offer to purchase the building. Paramount advised FHM Partners on the pros and cons of each opportunity. The partners decided that it was in their best interest to sell. The transaction moved forward quickly with only a slight delay due to a change in financing that pushed the closing out 10 extra days,” commented Jeff Swanson.
THE NEW OWNER
BLCKGLD, LLC, a Minnesota owned LLC, is the entity that recently purchased this office-warehouse building at 6450 Carlson Drive. With their upcoming expansion, a company with common ownership to BLCKGLD, LLC plans to remodel and occupy the entire building.
In conclusion, Paramount congratulates the West Team for closing on this deal!