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Idaho's CRE Market Health | August 2020

TOK Commercial August Market Health Lease and Sales Activity

Even as the stock market posts record-setting gains, TOK Commercial’s most recent data points to impressive gains for both sales and leasing activity in commercial real estate markets across Idaho.  While the trends are very encouraging, they also pose nuanced complexities that commercial real estate participants are grappling with. 

Boise MSA Office Market Continues Positive Momentum

Boise MSA Office Market Strong August 2020

Despite a worldwide pandemic, the Boise MSA’s office market has thus far experienced a milder impact than expected.

Net absorption ended Q2 at 243,000 square feet, a moderate decrease compared to 12 months ago (290,000 square feet), but still higher than the first half of both 2016 & 2017. Overall vacancy decreased from 5.8 percent at the end of 2019 to a current all-time low of 5.2 percent.

Boise's Natural Strengths Could Assist in Covid-19 Rebound Efforts

Hike and Boulder at Tablerock in Boise, Idaho

The Boise MSA has become a staple of national Best Places to Live lists lauding the area's many amenities - accessibility, affordability, safety and outdoor lifestyle.  Recently, Livability wrote two articles related to Boise's appeal and offering their estimations of what the future might hold.

Industrial Activity Remains Resilient, with Total Number of Deals Increasing

Industrial Market Update, Boise MSA

Even with our current economic state, the Boise industrial market remains strong with total number of deals up nearly 5% over the past 12 months.

The North submarket leads the way in industrial activity while Meridian has the highest gross absorption at 178,600 SF. This number is mostly attributed to Gensco occupying their new 68,000 SF space on Lanark.

Overall industrial vacancy has also remained stable at 3.5%, with multitenant vacancy currently at 7.0%.

Retailers Begin to Rebound from COVID-19 Impact

Governor Brad Little Visits Lit & Co. Candles as Retailers Begin Reopening

The past month brought a glimmer of hope for Idaho retailers moving forward.  May 1st marked the beginning of Idaho’s Stage 1 of reopening, with many non-essential retailers being allowed to open their doors for the first time in over a month. Stage 2 of reopening began May 16th – allowing for another wave of business owners to open –including dine-in restaurants, salons, and fitness centers.  Stage 3 began last week, on May 30th, as most remaining retailers – such as bars and movie theaters – were able to open their doors.  Although shopping, entertainment, and services may look different as retailers must still adhere to business protocols – the buzz of excitement is in the air. 

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