Transaction volume picked up significantly in the second quarter, with an increase of over 50 percent in the amount of office square footage absorbed. Midway through the year, net absorption in the Office market already outpaced the amount seen at the end of 2020. Meridian and Downtown Boise have had the most net absorption occur, 192,000 square feet and 105,000 square feet, respectively. Projected supply for Meridian, the market’s second-largest submarket, is currently 10 months.
The Retail market experienced a boost in activity during the second quarter, with both gross and net absorption rising dramatically versus Q1 and overall transaction volume up over 60 percent (by number of deals). As a result of this strong market activity, overall vacancy has declined from 8.6 percent to 7.2 percent.
Fuller84 Business Park officially broke ground on the new 60-acre master-planned industrial park, on Friday, July 16th.
2020 began with a strong start for the Retail market, posting 166,000 square feet of positive net absorption in the first 90 days. However, along with the pandemic came many business closures and the subsequent two quarters posted negative net absorption. However, a rebound began in Q4, where the market saw over 400,000 square feet of gross absorption, the strongest quarterly activity since 2013. As a result, net absorption finished the year at 191,000 square feet. The number of transactions completed in Q4 was also up 28 percent from its lowest point in Q2.
Despite the economic conditions the pandemic created both locally and nationally, Boise’s Investment market ended 2020 with the third strongest transaction volume on record. In addition, the number of off-market deals continues to increase, highlighting that the true value is undoubtedly higher than the year-end investment transaction total of $574 million. Many offerings do not make it to market in this environment where the number of buyers far outweighs the number of listings available.