Colliers Fairfield Press Release: A Significant Increase in Activity and Deal Flow

November 16, 2012, Fairfield, CA – Colliers International’s Fairfield office, which covers Solano, Napa and parts of Contra Costa counties, released market reports this week that indicate the industrial real estate market is experiencing a broad recovery.

The industrial vacancy rate for Solano and Napa counties declined to 12.4 percent, down 1.0 percentage point from the prior quarter and 2.0 percentage points for the year. Sales activity in the third quarter remained strong. The largest sale in the quarter was the purchase of 500 Crocker Drive in Vacaville, a 4-building 681,500 square foot processing and warehouse facility occupied by Mariani Packing Company. “There has been a dramatic increase in leasing and sale activity from both users and developers. We have done more leasing and sales in the first nine months of 2012 than in the prior 2 years combined,” said Phil Garrett, Managing Partner of Colliers International’s Fairfield office.

Sales of premium California wines were up 14 percent year-over-year for the 12-month period ending in July, according to Nielsen Holdings, the market research company. This post-recession rebound in the wine industry continues to tighten inventory in Napa County, where the industrial vacancy rate is only 8.7 percent.

Contrastingly, in spite of the gradual recovery that is underway as a whole in the greater economy, the office market is facing a long road ahead in the path to recovery. The office vacancy rate in the third quarter of 2012 in Solano and Napa counties decreased minimally from 25.8 to 25.3 percent.

First and foremost among the challenges facing the office market is high unemployment rates, particularly in Solano County, where the unemployment rate was 10.0 percent in August. However, this does represent an improvement from the 10.3 percent rate in July and the 11.5 percent rate from a year ago.

The Colliers Fairfield office’s third quarter 2012 market reports detailing additional market insight and information for both industrial and office properties are enclosed.

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