Bellevue Industrial Market Reaches Lowest Rate in Vacancy Since the Recession

New PictureSEATTLE, Nov. 18, 2015 – The latest research from Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce shows a strong third quarter for the Bellevue industrial market as vacancy numbers continued to drop.

The industrial market experienced a major drop in vacancy with the overall rate dropping 3.8 percentage points on a year-over-year basis to 6.8 percent, resulting in the lowest rate since the recession. Year-to-date (YTD) absorption totaled 781,678 square feet, while YTD leasing activity increased 2.1 percent over last year to 1.6 million square feet. At 6.5 percent, the Eastside and Northend markets reported a decrease of 3.0 percentage points in its combined overall vacancy rate compared to last quarter.

“During third quarter of last year, there was no construction in the Bellevue industrial market; this year, there is currently 430,050 square feet under construction,” said Dave Magee, Washington Region Market Leader with Cushman & Wakefield/Commerce. “With lower vacancy and increasing interest from the tech sector, the area will attract new tenants to fill the space provided by new product under construction.”

According to the report, 430,050 square feet is currently under construction as approximately 227,861 square feet was delivered to the Eastside and Northend markets. Land prices continue to remain high as land ready for development is limited.

The most significant transaction was the purchase of Harbour Reach Business Park, a two-building 100,160 square foot park, by James Otto & Co. for $12.9 million on the first day of the quarter.

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