How are developers preparing for sea level rise?

The Bay is expected to rise up to 10 feet in the next 80 years; how are local developers protecting their waterfront projects? According to the SF Business Times, “With the right planning, project designs and innovative construction, new developments can not only survive the effects of climate change, but in some cases, can help protect the region from flooding and erosion.”

Depending on what changes the world makes (or doesn’t make) to slow climate change, California estimates that waters will rise 1.1 to 2.7 feet by 2050 and between 2.4 and 10.2 feet by 2100. Most developers and project planners aim to be ready for 2 feet of sea-level rise by 2050 and 6 feet by 2100.

One solution is to truck in dirt to raise the level of the ground before building; Brooklyn Basin, a master-planned community on Oakland’s waterfront, elevated the land 3 feet with this method, and it is also being used on Treasure Island. The Treasure Island development is also using the strategy of siting buildings farther away from the shoreline to allow room for future retaining walls or levies. Terracing is also an option; India Basin and Pier 70 in San Francisco are building homes on sites that already sit well above the water, even if it means they’re a little farther from the waterfront. A more back-to-nature approach is restoring the Bay’s wetlands and marshes, which absorb water and slow flooding.

New developments have many strategies to survive sea level rise, but it remains to be seen how older buildings and infrastructure can be protected. There are currently 48,895 homes in the Bay Area worth a total of $31.8 billion that are at risk of flooding due to sea-level rise, on 48 to 166 square miles of threatened shoreline.

Source: SF Business Times

Market Pulse: North Bay, August 2019

Welcome to NAI Northern California’s “Market Pulse” feature. We checked the pulse of the North Bay commercial real estate market to discover the ups and downs of the office, industrial, retail, and multifamily markets.  Each market has four dimensions: current inventory, 12-month net absorption, under construction, and vacancy rate.

Check out our August 2019 North Bay Market Pulse infographic. If a dimension is on the rise, the pulse goes above the baseline; if it’s on the decline or negative, the pulse will dip below the baseline.

This month the North Bay office market’s inventory is at 40.7 million sq. ft. and holding flat, with 12-month net absorption down at 127,000 sq. ft. of office space. Approximately 17.2 million sq. ft. are under construction with an upward trend. The vacancy rate is at 7.4 percent and expected to drop.

For the industrial market, 105 million sq. ft. of space is in the inventory, with more on the way. The 12-month net absorption is heading up, at 231,000 sq. ft., and the space under construction is also rising, at 1.1 million square feet. The vacancy rate is at 3.4% and holding steady.

There are 65.6 million sq. ft. of retail space available and rising, with a 12-month net absorption rate at 113,000 sq. ft. (a decreasing trend). More is being built, though, with 72,000  sq. ft. under construction. Vacancy rates continue to rise, at 3.7%.

The multifamily market is up to 59,000 units available in the inventory. The 12-month net absorption rate averages just 52 units across the North Bay area and is dropping. Construction is on the upswing here, at 557 units, with a rising vacancy rate of 5.4%.

For more detailed updates or to find out how the North Bay’s submarkets are doing, contact one of our advisors; whether you’re interested in office, industrial, retail, or multifamily properties, we can help.

Market Pulse: North Bay, July 2019

Welcome to NAI Northern California’s “Market Pulse” feature. We checked the pulse of the South commercial real estate market to discover the ups and downs of the office, industrial, retail, and multifamily markets.  Each market has four dimensions: current inventory, 12-month net absorption, under construction, and vacancy rate.

Check out our July 2019 North Bay Market Pulse infographic. If a dimension is on the rise, the pulse goes above the baseline; if it’s on the decline or negative, the pulse will dip below the baseline.

This month the North Bay office market’s inventory is at 40.7 million sq. ft. and rising, with 12-month net absorption also up at 325,000 sq. ft. of office space. Approximately 17.2 million sq. ft. are under construction with a downward trend. The vacancy rate is at 6.8 percent and dropping.

For the industrial market, 105 million sq. ft. of space is in the inventory, with more on the way. The 12-month net absorption is heading up, at 164,000 sq. ft., and the space under construction is also rising, at 1 million square feet. The vacancy rate is at 4% and trending upward.

There are 65.7 million sq. ft. of retail space available and rising, with a 12-month net absorption rate nearly neutral at -4,600 sq. ft. (a decreasing trend). Less is being built, though, with 61,000  sq. ft. under construction. Vacancy rates continue to rise, at 3.7%.

The multifamily market is up to 59,000 units available in the inventory. The 12-month net absorption rate averages just 24.2 units across the North Bay area, but is rising. Construction is on the upswing here, at 987 units, with a rising vacancy rate of 3.8%.

For more detailed updates or to find out how the North Bay’s submarkets are doing, contact one of our advisors; whether you’re interested in office, industrial, retail, or multifamily properties, we can help.

How to take advantage of “Opportunity Zones”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created new rules for “opportunity zones,” underdeveloped neighborhoods, sheltering your investments from federal taxes with minimal limits and employment requirements. You only have a few more months to maximize the benefits of this program: so how does it work?

When you sell a property, you can immediately reinvest that gain, tax-deferred, into an Opportunity Zone by depositing it into a qualified Opportunity Zone fund (either one you create or a traditional one). Then you have two choices; buy a property in one of the zones, or invest in a business in the zone. We’ll focus on the property option.

You have 31 months to purchase your new property, whether it’s multifamily, retail, industrial, or office space. Eventually, you need to invest the same amount of money as the property’s structures (not land!) currently are worth; if the current building is worth $100,000, you need to spend $100,000 remodeling, rebuilding, or otherwise upgrading the building. This means if you buy a property with a structure worth very little, you don’t have to do much to get the tax benefits.

Speaking of benefits, not only is the tax on your original gains deferred until 2026, but if you hold it for seven years, 15 percent of that gain will completely avoid federal capital gains taxes. (You only get 10 percent if you hold it for five years.) And if you hold it for ten years and your new investment appreciates? None of that appreciation is taxable under federal capital gains taxes. This is an opportunity indeed!

There are 102 opportunity zones designated around the Bay Area, including in Oakland, Concord, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, and even San Francisco; visit the SF Business Times’ site for maps and stats about the zones, or contact one of our advisors to find a property that matches your investment goals.

Sources: BizJournals.com, Tax Policy Center

Read our June 25, 2019 newsletter

NAI Northern California Presents: $18 Million Sale of 24 Unit Project in Mill Valley, CA

Leader in multifamily, retail, and office investment transactions closes major deal on fully-leased apartment complex in Marin County
MILL VALLEY, CA –  June 13, 2019 –  NAI Northern California is pleased to announce the sale of Central Valley Homes Apartments, a 24-unit project constructed in 1988 and offered for the first time in 2019. Joby Tapia represented the Seller in the transaction, and said that despite “some tremendously difficult challenges,” they were able to successfully close the transaction at the $18,000,000 asking rate with multiple offers and ongoing construction during escrow.

Among the obstacles he encountered was a water intrusion event, which added substantial complexity to the deal, as well as having to organize multiple bids and contracts with several vendors and maintain insurance compliance throughout the process. The effort was well-rewarded, though, as the Seller wrote affectionately of Mr. Tapia’s “excellent service to Central Valley Homes, not just for the sale … but also for [his] advice and expertise on countless property management issues.”

Central Valley Homes Apartments consisted of 24 three-bedroom units with individual APNs and significant upside on the rents, as well as potential condo exit. One-third of the units were highly refurbished and attracted rents approaching $3.00/SF, while the remaining units offered investors the opportunity to continue a value-add strategy that allowed for $1,000+ rental increases per un-renovated unit.

About NAI Northern California

NAI Northern California is a full service commercial real estate firm serving the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our team delivers technology-enabled commercial real estate services that create value for our clients, industry, and communities.

NAI Northern California is a partner of NAI Global, the largest commercial real estate brokerage network with more than 400 offices worldwide and over 7,000 professionals completing in excess of $20 billion in commercial real estate transactions globally.

Recently on the San Francisco Business Times Book of Lists, NAI Northern California hit the top 5 and 6 spots in San Francisco and the East Bay and top 15 Bay Area wide. NAI Northern California is part of the NAI Global network, recently recognized by Lipsey as the number 4 most recognizable commercial real estate brand.

About Joby Tapia

Joby is an accomplished Multifamily Executive with over 20 years experience managing commercial and multi-family assets, including market rate and rent-controlled properties, for both private and institutional owners throughout Northern California. With his strategic, creative and entrepreneurial skill set, he was able to generate millions of dollars in excess value by implementing budget-appropriate measures to generate the best possible market rents while maintaining a strong focus on the ROI of renovation/turnover dollars.  Leveraging his operational and market expertise with his detail-oriented and analytical approach, he has successfully closed numerous difficult deals, generating maximum benefits to his clients.