Industrial Sector to Experience Growing Demand and Absorption Rates, Data Shows

By Patricia Kirk

The outlook for industrial real estate in 2019 is bright, with continued strength in property fundamentals, demand outpacing supply, rent growth and strong absorption squeezing already tight vacancy rates.

Investment sales brokers focused on the sector say buyers can expect higher prices in the sector this year, as competition for a limited number of available assets is likely to intensify.

“A lot of equity capital wants to establish or expand into industrial, so competition is putting upward pressure on values,” says Al Pontius, San Francisco-based senior vice president and national director of specialty divisions at real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap.

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