Paul Sablock Paul Sablock is a managing director at JLL.

Los Angeles industrial leasing slowed down. According to research from JLL, total leasing volume was down in the first quarter with vacancy staying at 2.2%, even as leasing velocity and demand remained strong and rental rents increased—up to $10.08 per square foot. Experts can’t pinpoint the cause of the shift, but it could be caused be low lease renewals or low available supply of new product.

“We are feeling an overall slowdown in the infill markets though we are not exactly sure what this is caused by,” Paul Sablock, managing director at JLL, tells “It could be that many tenants have renewed and this information does not make it into the system. New deals are easy to track but renewals are not. Also due to the lack of product, overall new leasing is down. No options, no deals. However, there is approximately 1 million square feet of new product hitting the Central Marketplace in the next six to nine months.”

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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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