Los AngelesThere has been an increase in industrial generational transactions in Los Angeles. These are properties that have been owned for several decades and passed down through families, and rarely trade hands. Owners of the properties—mostly private family offices—are deciding to sell in response to record pricing levels that are at or nearing peak levels.

“There are transactions that are going down right now in this phase of the cycle that we haven’t seen in 20 years,” Jeff Stephens, SVP at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com. “You might see a one-off transaction like that where someone that has held a property for a long time decides to dispose of it and move on. This time, we are seeing a lot of them. I think that is related to the fact that more people are deciding to take their chips off the table as values have gone up so dramatically in the last five years. Land values have gone from $30 per square foot to $70 to $80 per square foot. Most of the properties are older, land-value transactions.”

Many of these deals are smaller properties and dated, but well located in supply-constrained submarkets. Stephens recently sold a property in Pico Rivera, for example, that the family had held for 100 years. Most investors thought the family would never sell, but current market conditions encouraged them to cash out. “Some of these are smaller deals of 10,000 to 40,000 square feet,” says Stephens. “These are deals where family entities have passed the property from generation to generation over the years.”

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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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