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Retail was the only asset class to see a decrease in investment sales activity in 2017. Office and industrial both had record-breaking investment activity, and multifamily saw a nominal increase in activity, according to research from CBRE. While retail sale activity overall was down, price-per-square foot actually increased. Scott Peterson, an SVP at CBRE, sat down for an exclusive interview to talk about the trends in the San Diego retail market, and says that the increase in pricing says a lot about the demand for retail: quality properties are trading while sub-par properties—whether due to location or tenant mix—are not. Here Peterson gives us a look inside the San Diego retail market.

GlobeSt.com: At the end of last year, retail was the only asset class with a decrease in sale volume in San Diego. Why is this asset class struggling?

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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