During the third quarter of 2017, 3.0M SF of Houston’s industrial inventory was absorbed, pushing the 2017 year-to-date total to 6.2M SF. Although Houston’s economy slowed significantly in 2015 and remained weak in 2016, the demand for consumer products continues to spur growth in the industrial sector. Companies like Amazon, DHL and FedEx are just some of the tenants in the market leasing or building distribution and logistics hubs. Companies such as Ikea, Daikin, Lowes and Home Depot that manufacture and/or distribute buildings supplies for new developments, as well as now for rebuilding Harvey impacted properties, have expanded their footprint in the market as well.
The average vacancy rate has remained low for several years now, hovering between 5.5% and 5.3%. Over the quarter, the average vacancy rate decreased marginally from 5.5% to 5.4%. A little over 2.5M SF of new product delivered during the third quarter bringing the 2017 new inventory total to over 7.6M SF. Currently, 5.3M SF of industrial space is under construction of which 30.7% is pre-leased.
Q3 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
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