My Broker Story: Brett Swarts

We recently sat down with Founder and CEO of Commercial Realty Apartment AdvisorsBrett Swarts to get a look at his journey in commercial real estate. Brett was generous enough to answer our questions about how he started out in CRE and some of the lessons hes learned about the industry along the way.

We’ll start our 2 part interview with Brett this week with a few questions about how Brett began his journey.

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NEW Sacramento Investment Opportunity!

Sacramento, CA is a thriving market with a population of over 2.5 million people and a strong  and growing employment market, it’s a no brainer that more businesses are turning to the Bay Area to plant their roots. In the last 12 months the area has seen an added 23,000 jobs in a various amount of markets, including: healthcare, technology, and education. Read More

Silicon Valley Office Property – 2017 Market Review

The Silicon Valley’s office market has shown to have a strong demand this year with gross absorption totaling over 9.3 million square feet. According to a report done by Colliers, “Silicon Valley’s Office market has recorded its twenty-first consecutive quarterly occupancy gain during the third quarter in 2017.” Showing even more promise this coming year with anywhere from 70.0 million square feet in future development. Read More

Here’s What You Should Know about the CRE Market in Chico, CA

Chico, CA, is emerging as a top dog in the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) world.

According to a report from Coldwell Banker, “the city of roses” is a top destination for construction of medical properties, with facilities already in the works in the city and in neighboring Oroville, CA. Major construction projects fronted by the veterans administration and Nor Cal Native American Indian Health Clinics are also slated for the popular city in coming years. Read More

San Diego’s Commercial Market Outlook

Considered the birthplace of California, San Diego is the economic hub of the region and boasts thriving military, tourism, trade and manufacturing sectors. At the end of 2016, the unemployment rate fell at a post-recession low of 4.2 percent.

Commercial investment in the area is thriving, with a high demand for restaurant space and multi-family housing. According to a report from Coldwell Banker Commercial released in April, multi-family vacancy rates have decreased to below 3 percent and a mere 3,000 units will become available this year, despite the 8,000 units currently under construction.

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A Glance at Glendale, CA Commercial Real Estate Market Trends

Newly inked market research tells us that the U.S. commercial real estate market is growing at a slow, but optimistic pace. Experts say that leveraging new trends, responding to wide scale shifts in demographics and adapting to regulatory change are among the top demands investors are faced with today. And while it may seem like an uphill battle, no one seems to be hitting the breaks.

National market trends indicate that increased employment rates and steady growth in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are boosting consumer confidence. As a result, more people are spending money and driving lucrative commercial deals in locations throughout the nation.

Of course, not all cities are the same. Just look at Chicago, for example. Late in 2016, ranked Glendale as the coldest real estate market among the top 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S., largely due to its high unemployment rates and low income growth, among other things. Compare that to the state of California, where three of its metros made it into the top ten.

In fact, the commercial market in southern California, in particular, is booming, according to a report from Coldwell Banker Commercial released in April. An uptick in land sales, downturns in vacancy rates and robust activity in industrial areas have proven widely successful for the industry.

Specific to Glendale, CA, the report goes on to explain that despite some corporate losses early in the year (like Nestle USA transferring its corporate headquarters from Glendale to Virginia, resulting in a loss of 1,200 jobs), the city is doing just fine, if not better than most.

Currently the unemployment rate in Glendale sits at 5.3 percent and the median household income is $62,544, according to the report. Commercial property is priced at $200 per square foot and the vacancy rate sits at 7.9 percent with the exception of office space, which sits at 16.6 percent. According to the report, multiple mix-use development projects are well underway are located in the heart of downtown.

Did you know?
The annual Rose Bowl and Rose Parade attract a million people to Glendale and Pasadena each year. The event rakes in an estimated $32 million for the region.

Here’s a quick rundown on the health of the commercial market as of June 2016, compiled by LoopNet:

Multifamily in Glendale, CA
Trends indicate a -1.1 percent decrease in the median asking price as compared to the three months prior to the report being released; over the last year, the report detailed a -5.9 percent overall decrease. In the county, asking prices are .5 percent higher in comparison to the median price in Glendale, which is $294,654 per unit.

Office in Glendale, CA
The average asking rental rate sat at $28.56 per square foot per year, which is a decrease of -2.4 percent compared to three months prior to the report being released. In a year span, the average increased by .9 percent. Rates are 1.7 percent higher than the county, which sit at $26.25 per square foot per year.

Industrial in Glendale, CA
The report details no changes in the median asking price per square foot in comparison to three months prior to the release of the report. The current price per square foot is $175, which is -3.9 percent lower than the county, which charges an average $195.

Retail in Glendale, CA
The average rental rate per square foot per year is $35.76, which is -.3 percent down from the three months prior of the release of the report. Over a one-year period, the price increased 23.4 percent. Average rental rates in Glendale nearly equate that of the county.