CoStar Market Insights: Landlords That Rent Space to the E-Commerce Giant in Great Position to Get Leading Dollar When They Offer
Amazon’s Roxanne Building set a Seattle sales record for rates when it was acquired by LaSalle Financial investment Management for $992 per square foot in May.
One special element of the Seattle workplace market is the outsize influence on prices that a single occupant can have. Not surprisingly, in this market’s case that renter is Amazon.
For prospective buyers, office residential or commercial properties in the area are already tough to come by, specifically in locations like downtown and South Lake Union where Amazon inhabits nearly 20 percent of all office space. Because 2010, costs in the market have increased by more than 50 percent and cap rates have compressed by more than 200 basis points.
Lots of possible buyers, consisting of high-end institutional financiers, have been priced out of Amazon-dominated submarkets. Foreign financiers and core institutional investors seem to be more ready to pay the high premium needed to get the very best office homes in a white-hot market like Seattle.
Four current building sales highlight this trend, which increase start in 2015. Union Investment paid $330 million ($884 per square foot) at a 4.4 percent cap rate to acquire Midtown 21 at 1007 Stewart St. in June 2017 from a Metlife and Trammell Crow collaboration. The trophy asset is located in Seattle’s Denny Triangle and is fully inhabited by Amazon. This deal represents the biggest workplace sale in the Seattle market in 2017 and among the greatest costs paid per square foot for the year.
The only other 2017 workplace sales to exceed that one were 2 other Amazon-occupied buildings: Urban Union at 501 Fairview Ave. North that Schnitzer West cost $268.9 million or $924 per square foot to New York-based Tristar Capital and RFR Real Estate; and Tilt49 at 1812 Boren Ave., which sold to Japanese firm Takenaka for $268.5 million or $924 per square foot.
While sales volume in 2018 is off to a much slower start than the previous two years, rates stays high in the city core. To this day, a single sale accounts for a large portion of the total volume.
LaSalle Investment Management paid $130 million ($992 per square foot) at a 4.5 percent capitalization rate to acquire The Roxanne Structure at 202 Westlake in Might. This represents the highest rate per square foot ever paid for a Seattle workplace home.
With structures continuing to command prices like that, there seems plenty of interest by present owners to squander in a hot seller’s market. Inning accordance with a recent Colliers International report, 3 more Amazon office property owners are actively marketing their buildings and anticipated to sell this year. If these deals go through, expect prices to follow recent patterns and maybe even set new records for Seattle.
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