In the third quarter, industrial activity in Orange County picked up as it was clear that ecommerce users were benefitting from the dynamics of the pandemic—namely increased online shopping. However, not all industrial assets are feeling the pandemic push. There is growing demand for properties above 75,000 square feet, but smaller properties have been adversely affected. As a result, there was negative 283,000 square feet of absorption in the third quarter, according to the latest research from JLL.

“We continue to see demand in industrial space for those assets greater than 75,000 square feet.  On the flip side, leasing and sale activity of smaller properties under 50,000 square feet as been adversely effected as a result of the pandemic,” Byron Foss, EVP at JLL, tells “Manufacturers and small business continue to struggle as uncertainty surrounds the market.  Fortunately for Orange County, new construction is limited which will help in keeping the inventory in check.”

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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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