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In Orange County’s industrial market, everything sells. The strong demand for industrial product has pushed vacancy rates to historic lows, and as a result, industrial investment opportunities are limited. When properties do come to market, investors strike. This was the case in the sale of two separate small box industrial facilities in Newport Beach. The two assets—both around 30,000 square feet—traded hands in off-market transactions to private investors looking for investment opportunities in the market. The Lee & Associates brokers who worked on both deals say that this is part of the new normal of robust industrial demand.

“This product has been hard for buyers to find,” Jim Snyder, SVP and principal at Lee & Associates – Newport Beach, tells GloebSt.com. “The demand has subsided. It has continued on.” Patrick Lacey, an SVP at Lee & Associates – Newport Beach, adds, “The lack of inventory is fueling demand for all building classes for sale.”

The industrial market in Orange County is dynamic and has a healthy mix of tenants and industrial uses, and investors are happy to take on smaller buildings with a mixed bag of tenants. The two small box industrial building sales—in which Snyder and Lacey represented the buyers—in an example of the broad range of properties investors are picking up due to the tight market. “Both of them have tenants that fit the nature of the building,” explains Snyder. “The property on Euclid was built as a showroom property, and although it was purchased as an investment, the buyer was in an exchange and bought it as part of a 1031 exchange. At Carnegie, there is a mixed-use bag of tenants that continues to dominate the tenant pool in Orange County. There is a scientific company, a corporate office tenant and a non-profit, so it is a very mixed bag. That fits the nature of Orange County’s entrepreneurial community. Most of the companies in these smaller buildings fit the mold of being private companies that are entrepreneurial driven.”

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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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