The industrial vacancy rate slipped in the second quarter—albeit nominally. Vacancy increased by 20 basis points in the second quarter, according to a new report from CBRE, but the firm’s Bill Dolan says that it isn’t a sign of waning demand. Year-over-year, which could be a better determinant of demand, vacancy in the market fell 60 basis points. He attributes the slip in growth to large move-outs and one new construction delivery.

“One quarter is not a trend. Quarter-to-quarter things can fluctuate fairly dramatically if, for example, there are a few big move outs,” Dolan, an SVP at CBRE, tells “Year-over-year, vacancy is down, and that is a better indicator. The quarter drop was due to a few large move outs that need time to absorb and a 138,000-square-foot new construction project that was delivered vacant. It is hard to make one quarter a trend line, so we will see as the rest of the year unfolds—but we still feel bullish about the market.”

Lease rates also fell during the second quarter. Lease rates for high finish product fell 4.2% to $1.36 triple net, while low finish product rates fell 1% and $0.90. Rather than slowing demand, Dolan says that the lack of quality product is the cause of decline in lease rates. “When you look at the vacancy in the market, it is comprised of older, lower quality buildings that command lower lease rates,” he says. “Those deals bring down the average. When you peel back the onion, there is more to the story than the feeling that things have taken a turn for the worse.”

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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 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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