Mike Tingus Mike Tingus

In the first quarter of 2018, the industrial vacancy rate in Los Angeles managed to inch down another 10 basis points to 1.9%, and sub 1% in some popular industrial areas. Rents, of course, are continuing to surge, up 9.5% year over year to $11.59 per square foot. This isn’t shocking news, considering the industrial market has seen 10 straight quarters of falling vacancy rates and climbing rents—mostly driven by ecommerce activity. The market growth, however, does beg the question: with these high prices, where are manufacturing users going? Many of them have landed in Ventura County.

Manufacturing users, from widget markers to biotech companies, are driving the leasing activity in the Conejo Valley and its surrounding submarkets. The demand for space—generally smaller-box industrial spaces ranging from 40,000 to 100,000 square feet, which is the primary product type in the market—has brought the Conejo Valley vacancy rate down to 1% and increased lease rates and asset values. “We get a lot more manufacturing users. A lot of our tenants make widgets that fit in a shoebox, so they could have $50,000 to $100,000 of product in a shoebox,” Mike Tingus, president of Lee & Associates L.A. North/Ventura office, tells GlobeSt.com. “It is a lot of small electronic and circuit board component manufacturers, aerospace users and commercial aviation users that are driving the market out here.”

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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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