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The Boom Times in Industrial Real Estate Are Far From Over

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Industrial real estate has been the standout sector in real estate for close to a decade, and the pandemic only further entrenched its position.

While other sectors of the economy ground to a virtual halt, consumers’ accelerated shift toward e-commerce made industrial one of the few assets to benefit from lockdowns and social distancing.

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Industrial Developers Shouldn’t Delay Construction As Demand Rages

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Industrial developers would be wise to plan ahead—and carefully—as materials constraints continue to plague the building process and elongate delivery timelines.

But what is the one thing they shouldn’t do? Delay construction.

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Industrial Supply Not Likely To Catch Up With Demand This Year

DEMAND and SUPPLY. Words on the scales

Any hope, faint as it might have been, that industrial supply would start to catch up with demand this year should be already dashed by now.

The National Association of Realtors reported data through March 4, finding that industrial supply continues to lag demand. Namely, as of the beginning of this month, the vacancy rate fell to 4.1% from 6.8% at the close of Q4 2021. Specialized space, manufacturing and all other properties that are neither logistics nor flex space (such as telecom and data housing centers) saw availability rates decline to a low of 4.5%. Logistic space and flex space fell to 7.3% and 8.4%, respectively.

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