It feels as though we’ve turned a huge corner in the Bay Area real estate market.
Silicon Valley is producing jobs again at a solid pace (many are anticipating stock option millionaires boosting demand), and the commercial market is rebounding as office space has been absorbed and demand for new space is driving new construction.
Vacancy rates, rent increases and CAP rates for apartments are all at all time highs, spurring tons of new apartment development.
While all these data points are great signs for the recovery, they come with one potential downside—increased construction costs. While we haven’t seen it dramatically impact land values yet, a demand for labor and materials increases, construction costs appear to be headed up for the first time in many years. This could act as a bit of an inhibitor in any large run up in land prices.
Source: Steve Reilly, Marketing Consultant, (925) 791-2194