Commentary: OKC Commercial Real Estate: Supply and Demand

By Currin, Darren | THE JOURNAL RECORD, July 21, 2006 | Go to article overview

Commentary: OKC Commercial Real Estate: Supply and Demand


Currin, Darren, THE JOURNAL RECORD


One way to gain a better understanding of current commercial real estate market conditions is to measure the amount and quality of inventory that is currently available on the market. In looking at the current crop of listings in the Oklahoma City market, it is obvious that most market segments are seeing supply and demand out of balance.

Without question, the apartment market has the largest number of properties available. This is largely a result of the strong demand for local apartment properties by California-based interests. Their willingness to pay top dollar for properties has resulted in several owners deciding to list their properties for sale, some of whom have owned their properties for many years.

With so many apartment complexes for sale, it appears that supply and demand is starting to lean more towards the supply side. While demand is still there by West Coast investors for apartment communities, it is becoming more difficult to find the quality deals. Those people who closely observe the apartment market can quickly recognize that some properties on the market are overpriced due to either investors trying to quickly flip properties or recent buyers who have encountered financial difficulties with their holdings.

The industrial market appears to boast the second-highest number of active listings. However, when you separate the market into single- and multi-tenant properties, there is quite a difference. Well over 90 percent of all industrial listings consist of single- tenant facilities that are aimed at selling to users rather than investors. There is currently very little supply of multi-tenant facilities, which is why prices are starting to escalate in this type of product. …

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