NJ’s Industrial Market Continues to be a File-Breaker

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Leasing activity of 6.7 million square feet, while robust and the highest ever recorded for a second quarter since CBRE began tracking the New Jersey industrial market in 2001, was slightly lower than the 6.9 million square feet posted in the first quarter of 2019.

While leasing activity of 6.7 million square feet was robust and the highest ever recorded in a second quarter since New Jersey began tracking the industrial market in 2001, it was slightly lower than the 6.9 recorded in Q1 2019 Million square feet.

SADDLE BROOK, NJ – The New Jersey industrial real estate market continues to see strong demand, higher rents, and low availability.

Trading brokerage firm CBRE states in its latest market report on the industrial sector in Garden State that the market continues to see rents rise. Transactions are approaching $ 13.00 per square foot in Northern New Jersey and $ 10.50 per square foot in Central New Jersey, well above average supply rates.

In the second quarter, average asking rental rates hit record highs, reaching $ 7.39 per square foot. That was an increase of about 2% over the first quarter and the fifth quarter over the last six when the rate indicated growth over the previous quarter, reports CBRE.

The report also found that in the northern portion of the New Jersey market, the average lease rate broke the $ 8.00 per square foot barrier for the first time, increasing $ 0.10 per square foot from the previous quarter to an average of $ 8.01 Per square foot. Central New Jersey also beat its previous high, jumping $ 0.24 per square foot to $ 6.66 per square foot.

CBRE notes that these asking prices are misleading as the majority of the newer products are offered with no published asking rent. Against this background, CBRE assumes that the spread between average asking rents and actual rental prices will continue to widen.

The overall market saw its availability rate decrease 20 basis points quarter over quarter to 6.2% – the lowest rate in the New Jersey industrial market since the first quarter of 2005.

While leasing activity of 6.7 million square feet was robust and the highest ever recorded in a second quarter since New Jersey began tracking the industrial market in 2001, it was marginally lower than the 6.9 recorded in Q1 2019 Million square feet. Net absorption was also lower than the first quarter at 3.6 million square feet, which was more than 900,000 square feet than three months earlier. However, the second quarter was the 10th consecutive quarter with a positive result.

Of all leasing activity in the second quarter, more than 4.5 million square feet – or two-thirds of all deals – were in central New Jersey. Nine of the ten largest leases of the quarter were in the Central New Jersey market, all in the Exit 8A submarket. The high demand at Exit 8A has provided practically little to no existing quality space, and the resulting shortage has led some users to create space to hedge against future needs, the report said.

The second quarter ended with seven additional buildings that brought new industrial space to the market. Another sign of strength was that 45% of the new product was pre-let upon delivery.

"With market fundamentals remaining incredibly strong despite volatility, the New Jersey industrial market continued to break records with higher asking rents and very low availability for quality products," said Mindy Lissner, EVP, CBRE. "With New Jersey's central location at the epicenter of the northeastern distribution corridor and strong demand from e-commerce and logistics users, the market is poised to remain robust for the foreseeable future."

In the second quarter, third-party logistics companies had a dominant 41% share of the new rental contracts on the market. Major leases included a 611,320 square foot renovation by Geodis Logistics at 1 Costco Way in Monroe Township; a 382,596 square meter new lease from Corbion at 700 Union Boulevard in Totowa; and a 333,059 square meter renovation by Menlo Logistics at 24 Englehard Drive in Monroe Township.

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