Within the Real Estate world, by now we know that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted a new opportunity to incentivize real estate investment and development in low-income communities across the country through Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QO Zones”). These designated low-income housing income tracts in the United States (and Puerto Rico) allow investors who previously recognized a taxable gain to defer it by investing the gain proceeds into a Qualified Opportunity Fund (“QO Fund”).
On May 1, 2019, the City of Newark Municipal Council adopted Ordinance 18-1970 by a 7-0 vote amending several sections of the City’s Zoning Ordinance. This new ordinance permits medical marijuana alternative treatment centers, medical marijuana cultivation facilities, medical marijuana manufacturing facilities, and medical marijuana safety compliance facilities (collectively, the “Medical Marijuana Uses”) as conditional uses in specified zoning districts within the City.
It’s no secret the suburban office market has struggled. However, as millennials age, many market experts anticipate the pendulum will swing back toward the suburbs.
Having started my commercial real estate career in Newark, New Jersey in the late 1980s, I’ve had a front row seat to the evolution of The Brick City, and specifically the strides taken by the community toward enhancing the soul of the downtown area. What was once a city centered largely around Newark Penn station, the region has experienced new growth, particularly northward and westward toward the Broad Street corridor. Additionally, while improvements over the past two decades were slow, but steady, the past five years have seen a more intense ramp up in activity.
The sweeping tax reform brought on by The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now in effect, but many Real Estate owners and investors remain in the dark on how these changes will impact their businesses. With that, Sax’s Real Estate advisors will hold an educational webinar on March 19 to run through the major changes facing the Real Estate industry overall now that tax reform has been implemented, and proposed guidance has been released.
As corporate occupiers transform their work environments to maximize efficiency and attract and retain talent, traditional office space has evolved. This demand is the catalyst for architects and designers to re-evaluate the function of the office, resulting in significant changes in work space.
What does the year 2019 have in store for New Jersey’s commercial real estate market? We recruited some of the most influential developers, professionals and thought leaders in New Jersey commercial real estate to give us their predictions for the year ahead.
Incredible fundamentals surrounding the New Jersey industrial real estate market has resulted in record investor demand, resulting in Class A cap rates steadily dropping since the end of the great recession to cycle lows, with some buildings trading with cap rates below 4.0 percent.
More than 2.3 million square feet leased during Q3 compared to a lagging 1.4 million square feet in Q1 2018. A 33.0 percent increase in active tenant requirements from one year ago represents nearly 6.0 million square feet. Accelerated leasing velocity is expected to continue in Northern and Central New Jersey through year-end 2018 and into 2019.
A drought in modern space options is rippling through the New Jersey Industrial market, creating challenges for logistics users while providing opportunities for developers. Class A availability has fallen to cycle lows of 5.5 percent, a far cry from last cycle’s peak when Class A availability reached 27.5 percent.