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Kevin Shannon Kevin Shannon is the president of West Coast capital markets at Newmark Knight Frank.

Office investment activity in Long Beach has been flat this year, and likely will remain flat through 2019. Although sales volumes aren’t increasing, sales are healthy and there have been a handful of exciting deals bringing attention to the market, which is undergoing revitalization. Redwood Partners’ acquisition of the Hubb, a 210,428-square-foot creative office campus, from a joint venture between Singerman Real Estate and Ocean West Capital Partners is an example of such a deal. The property traded hands for $60.5 million.

“Office sales velocity has been flat to slightly declining the last two years overall. We expect this trend to continue in 2019,” Kevin Shannon, co-head of U.S. capital markets at Newmark Knight Frank, tells GlobeSt.com. “However, while we aren’t experiencing the robust sales velocity increases of some recent years, we are still enjoying very healthy sales volumes by historic standards. There has been an increase in suburban sales compared to CBD product which is in large part due to the complexion of many of the CBD ownership profiles in gateway markets which are frequently characterized by more permanent capital such as REITs, core funds and sovereign funds.” Shannon represented the seller in the Hubb deal along with NKF’s executive managing directors Ken White and Rob Hannan and senior managing directors Laura Stumm and Michael Moll. Long Beach has a lot of cachet for investors. It is the fourth largest city in California, a coastal market and proximate to the largest ports in the country. It is also a significant discount to other California markets. “The comparative basis advantage is huge as well which is appealing to investors late cycle,” explains Shannon. “For example, a new creative stabilized office deal in El Segundo would trade for well over $500 per square foot compared to less than $300 per square foot in downtown Long Beach for a renovated creative project like The Hubb.”

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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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