Phoenix climbs on list of best metros for CRE investment

Real Estate | 11 May, 2018 |

Phoenix advanced three spots to No. 11 on the list of most attractive metros for commercial real estate investment, tying with San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Philadelphia, according to survey respondents of CBRE’s 2018 Americas Investor Intentions Survey. 

The survey, which covered all asset types, shows that 88 percent of investors plan to either maintain or increase spending in 2018—up from 83 percent in 2017. 

The survey also looked at how investors view each of the different asset types: 


Industrial is increasingly the preferred property type, cited by 50 percent of investors as the most attractive for investment in 2018, up from 38 percent in 2017. 


Cited by 20 percent of investors, multifamily is the next most attractive property types, though its share decreased from last year. 


Fourteen percent of investors said they are planning to invest in office product in 2018. 


Despite competition from e-commerce, the retail sector improved modestly from last year (10 percent in 2018 vs. 8 percent in 2017). 

“Commercial real estate investment activity was healthy in 2017, reaching $8.8 billion,” said Jessica Glick, senior research analyst with CBRE Phoenix. “In line with national trends, industrial and logistics was the darling asset class for investors, with deal flow increasing 7 percent from 2016. This was followed closely by multifamily, then office and retail. Although there was a slight dip in the number of office deals last year, dollar volume increased year-over-year due to the execution of a few larger transactions.” 

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