Recap of Another Booming Year in CHS

The Post and Courier provided a year-end 2016 overview.  Some highlights:

  • Update on Mercedes-Benz $500M plant that will hire 1,300 to build the Sprinter vans in Palmetto Commerce Park on a plant that will cover 75 football fields, plus the new Volvo plant in Berkeley Count
  • Boeing opened its 787 DreamLiner paint hangar of 360,000 SF that can paint two jets at the same time
  • Travel + Leisure praised the city again – voting it the world’s best city while Conde Nast Traveler readers voted it the friendliest city in the world
  • Over 16,200 home sales thru November, plus about 5,500 apartment units under construction with rents rising 3.3% (to $1,113) and occupancy at a stellar 94.4%
  • New grocery retailers in the metro area include a new Fresh Market, a new Lowes Foods, both in Summerville, and Germany’s Lidl planning a site in Goose Creek
  • Blackbaud began construction on its new 360k SF headquarters in a new $154M campus for the software maker where it will hire an additional 300 over the next five years
  • AT&T and Home Telecom will provide gigabit speed Internet in some suburban areas

 

Charleston’s Economic Headlines For 2016

The Post and Courier highlighted the local economy’s 2016 headlines in a single article; among the highlights:

  • Update on dredging of CHS harbor with the start of a single dollar from President Trump
  • Boeing’s new 787-10, made exclusively in N CHS, will be a major focus of the manufacturer forward as the larger plane replaces the shorter version 787-8 made in Seattle
  • More changes at CHS airport with a focus on parking to handle the increased volume
  • A strong housing outlook to handle the 35 newcomers a day moving to the region
  • A tightening labor market amid the 3.4% unemployment rate, the lowest since 2000
  • New retailers including member-clubs such as our first BJ’s Wholesale, a Costco in Mount Pleasant, the region’s second, and another Sam’s Club, this one in Summerville
  • More hotels, including the new Hotel Bennett at Marion Square downtown with rooms starting at $500/night, and another dozen hotels approved or under construction – just on the downtown Peninsula

 

North Charleston Leading Local Economy

The Post and Courier noted that WalletHub’s list of cities that have seen the best recovery since the Great Recession ranked N CHS at #21 nationally, of 505 cities across the US based on 18 key economic indicators.  Only the city of Charleston (#27) and Columbia (#84) made the list from SC.

More People, More Sales, Higher Prices – A “Thriving” Housing Market in 2017

USC Economist Joey Von Nessen highlighted the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors luncheon this week and says he expects prices to rise some 8.1% in 2017 as compared to 2016’s 9.3% rise, adding the state economy is “on solid footing for 2017” and Charleston’s economy growing at the state-best 3.2%.  Warren Wise has the article here for The Post and Courier.

A Bubble In the Making ?

Colliers International Research Department, led by Pete Culliney, Director of Research in New York, and Andrew Nelson, Chief Economist in San Francisco, have published their Mid-Year 2016 U.S. Capital Flows Research and Market Report for the national capital markets.  One of their many nuggets of information:

  • Repeat sales (of the same property/ies), the best indicator of price movements, are, overall for the four major food groups (CBD office, retail, multifamily, and industrial) up 12% over the prior peak of 2008 in the top six metro markets, admittedly a far cry from our local market. But…
  • The same property types outside the top six metro markets are still, on average, down 16% from the prior peak, but it is a mixed bag, with multi-family and CBD office higher than the prior peak while retail and industrial lag.  See the chart below, thanks to the Colliers International report.  If you would like a copy of it, please email us.Screen Shot 2016-09-13 at 4.12.41 PM.png

Transaction Flow in US Property Markets Down 16% But Pricing Firm

Colliers International’s outstanding research team has analyzed Real Capital Market trends for the first half of 2016 vs prior year’s and found:

  • Investment sale transactions nationwide were down 16% from the first half of 2015, with much of the decline in portfolio purchases.
  • Investment capital remains robust with volume up 15% from the 2014 level, which was the high watermark until last year.
  • Composition of transactions has changed significantly from the first half of 2015 to midway in 2016, with only multi-family (apartment) sales up (+9.7%) and the other major categories all down, led by hotels (-55%), Industrial (-31%), Retail (-20%), and Office (-12%).
  • Despite the slowdown, pricing remains firm, even rising, led by office product (+13.6%), then industrial (+7.6%) then hotels (+4.5%), while apartments (+2.7%)and shopping centers (-0.5%) lagged.  My own editorial – less volume, but higher prices; hmmm, makes one wonder about the quality of the product being traded or external influences such as a bottoming of interest rates…
  • Through 2017, the Colliers mothership expects prices to continue rising and investor interest to remain strong as transaction volumes regain traction as a reflection of the strength and stability of the U.S. economy and remarkably low interest rates, with a warning:  keep an eye on risks and avoid chasing yields as the growth cycle continues.

If you would like a copy of the entire article, please email me at scott.rogers at colliers.com.

Wheeler REIT Buys 14 Centers in Southeast

Virgina Beach-based Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust bought 13 retail centers in South Carolina and one in Georgia, totaling 603,000 SF and 92% occupied and anchored by the likes of Bi-Lo (8 centers), Piggly Wiggly (5) and Harris Teeter (1).  Locally, three centers were included – Harris Teeter center at Folly Road Crossing on James Island, Bi-Lo anchored Ladson Crossing in Ladson, and a Piggly Wiggly in Mocks Corner.  Warren Wise of The Post and Courier has the story here.

New Eatery Planned for Mount Pleasant

A dark restaurant at 201 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant that once housed Sette VII will be leased for a new dining/bar establishment according to the owners and Warren Wise’s Post and Courier article.

New Grocery Stores Planned for CHS

Warren Wise has uncovered plans for two grocers planning stores in metro CHS – a new Publix at 1411 Folly Road on James Island, not far from a very successful Publix to the north at 520 Folly Road (and Harbor View Road).

Also, Sav-A-Lot will (open in mid-June) a new 16,000 SF store at Oak Ridge Plaza Shopping Center at 5060 Dorchester Road; that’s just outside I-526.

We’ve also heard about yet another grocery store for Mount Pleasant.

Chomp! Halls Chophouse Buys Upper King Properties for $7M

If you wonder where the $60 goes after it leaves your wallet at Hall’s Chophouse for the filet (a la carte), some of it goes to pay for the real estate.  A lot of it apparently.  The owner of the restaurant paid a combined $7M for the twin buildings that house the famous eatery at 432-434 King Street downtown.  Warren Wise has the announcement here.