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Austin, Texas-based CapRidge has been eyeing the Phoenix market and its strengthening fundamentals for years, and has finally made the plunge. The firm acquired Scottsdale Forum, a three-story 213,000-sqaure-foot institutional-quality office project in Metro Phoenix, as its first acquisition in the market. Phoenix, in general, has fallen on investor radar in recent years as the market has fully recovered after suffering tremendously in the last recession.

“CapRidge was drawn to the exceptional real estate fundamentals that Phoenix offers,” Chris Toci, executive managing director at Cushman & Wakefield, tells GlobeSt.com. “The market is positioned as a leading job growth generator, creating 61,300 jobs in the previous 12 months; it has exceptional population growth as evidenced by over 115,000 residents locating to the area; it has outstanding barriers to entry as evidenced by far less supply deliveries in this cycle compared to the previous two Phoenix real estate cycles; and it is seeing migration from California and other “gateway” states that are drawn to the pro-business environment and the extreme affordability.”

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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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