July 15, 2014 on 9:27 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Green, Office Fodder, Solutions, Trends, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 3 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Office space has changed drastically in the past decade. Gone are cubicles and forced air. What’s hot are bright and breezy multiuse open spaces which use less square footage than their predecessors. Allow us to share with you some cutting edge concepts in office design.

Google’s stimulating new workspace in Tel Aviv. Google creates environments to allow creative ideas to easily flow.









92% of young professionals interviewed said they would be more inclined to work for an environmentally-friendly company.







Office space abundant in light with inspiring design.
















Three complementary design firms have joined together to share a loft office space.




Shared office or executive office suites.




The office barns the workspace is completely open, without partitions and without hierarchy. Desks and local storage are mobile and a system of power distribution drops power and network down to the desks from over head. It’s unlike any corporate office space that came before it and in fact has many of the characteristics of smaller businesses.








Open office space circa 1923












June 1, 2014 on 1:07 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Investment Opportunities, Market Snapshot, New Developments, Office Fodder, Property Maintenance, Solutions, Trends, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 2 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Originally built exclusively for business, office parks are evolving into vibrant multipurpose campuses. We all know the office market has been stagnant since the great rise is gas prices and the plummet of the Great Recession. Instead of wallowing in their empty suites, investors and developers from El Segundo to Warner Center are adding value through redevelopment. The result is a re-envisioned business campus where people can dine, shop, and live – all within walking distance of work.

The reinvention of the office complex has had a very positive impact on the lagging office market in 2014. According to Loopnet, office sale prices in metro Los Angeles jumped 12.5% in the first quarter and a total of 17% since 1Q 2013.

The market is finally grabbing how office space needs to be reinvented. Our new generation of young professionals have no interest in working in the same dull McOffice Park that their parents did. So, in addition to reinventing the size and configuration of the workspace, office real estate entrepreneurs are also reconsidering the environment.

To recruit and retain top talent, cutting-edge employers are eager to give millennials a walkable live-work-play-dine environment.

“It’s the new norm,” offers Anjee Solanki, national director of retail services with Colliers International in San Francisco. “People are expecting it.”

The reinvention of the office space is pushing lease rates up. According to Loopnet, average asking rental rate per sq ft/year for Office properties in Los Angeles, CA as of Apr 14 was $25.11. This is an increase of 0.8% compared to the prior 3 months, and an increase of +4.5% year-over-year. County-wide, average rental rates in Los Angeles are +0.9% higher at $24.21 per sq ft/year for Office properties currently for lease, a rise of +3.3% since 1Q 2013.

Want to see fine office retrofit? Check out the 86-acre Times Continental Park in El Segundo. Once and aerospace complex with each building occupied by single large tenants, “we had to rethink what to do with the property,” shares Alex Rose, senior vice president of Continental Development Corp.

Continental Development steadily began retrofitting the buildings to fit multiple tenants. Then it began adding restaurants, shopping, hotels, fitness centers, and a movie theater—all served by a light rail stop. “Once you get the cycle going, it feeds on itself,” Rose says. With 3 million square feet of mixed-use space and an office vacancy rate below 5%, Continental Park found the right strategy to turn things around. “By taking a mixed-use approach, we think we did a good job of listening to our market,” Rose says. “We’ve been able to keep our rents up, keep occupancy up, and attract tenants that perhaps our competition can’t.”

Continental’s approach was so successful, that others wanted in. Invesco Real Estate and SSV Properties of Ontario, subsequently bought four office buildings in Continental Park totaling 540,000 square feet for an undisclosed amount last year. One building was fully leased, but the new owners chose to spend an estimated $75 million to convert the other three to open floor plans that support workplace collaboration.

Continental Park’s mixed-use environment was a key factor in the decision to buy the buildings as a long-term investment,. “The way officing is going right now, folks want the [mixed-use] environment and amenities,” observes Peter Cassiano, director of acquisitions for Invesco.

Many underperforming office parks can’t afford mixed-use makeovers because the owners don’t have the capital. They don’t have the capital because the property is underperforming. The only escape from this Catch-22 is acquisition by new owners with deeper pockets. Looking to get sell an underperforming office park? We have the buyers.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.










April 30, 2014 on 1:56 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Market Snapshot, Office Fodder, Statistics, Trends, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

by Jodi Summers

Bravo! The pundits are predicting that the Los Angeles office market will make some headway this year after lollygagging for the previous four years. Even formerly quiet office zip codes like 90025 and 90034 are picking up steam as the Silicon Beach coastal office market of Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Playa Vista and Culver City continues to see shrinking vacancy rates.

Let us look at Marcus & Millichap’s 2014 Market Outlook; it’s full of good news for the Los Angeles Real Estate market for a change.

◆ 2014 National Office Performance Index Rank for Los Angeles is 5 – up 3 places from last year. Our rise is attributed to strong rent gains and high absolute job growth.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) notes that in Los Angeles County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 8.7% – down from the year ago rate of 10.1%.

◆ Employment Forecast: Employers will create 81,000 jobs this year, expanding payrolls by 2.1%. Office-using employment will grow 2.6% as 26,000 positions are generated.

In California, nearly every major private industry sector added jobs over the year: construction; trade, transportation and utilities; information; professional and business services; educational and health services; leisure and hospitality; and other services. Professional and business services posted the largest gain on a numerical basis, adding 88,100 jobs over the year (up 3.8%). Construction increased the number of payroll jobs by 5.9% (adding 37,100 jobs).

◆ Investment Forecast: The potential for rising interest rates and an increase in the number of CMBS loans that are coming due should encourage more buyers to deploy capital in office assets.

As Loopnet notes, Current Los Angeles market trends data indicates an increase of +4.9% in the median asking price per sq ft for Office properties compared to the prior 3 months, with an increase of +12.8% compared to last year’s prices. County-wide, asking prices for Office properties are 4.4% higher at $283 per sq ft compared to the current median price of $321 per sq ft for Office properties in metro L.A.

◆ Vacancy Forecast: Light construction will facilitate a dip in vacancy to 14.2%.

◆ Rent Forecast: After a 3.9% rise in 2013, average full-service rents will climb another 3.9% in 2014 to $30.86 per square foot.

As Loopnet notes, the average asking rental rate per sq ft/year for Office properties in Los Angeles as of Mar 14 was $25.05. This represents an increase of 0.8% compared to the prior 3 months, with an increase of +4.7% year-over-years. County-wide, average rental rates in L.A. County are +1.1% higher at $24.17 per sq ft/year for Office properties currently for lease.

◆ Construction Forecast: Only 550,000 square feet of office space will come online in 2014, down from 1.2 million square feet last year.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.






April 17, 2014 on 6:35 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, Statistics, Uncategorized, World | 3 Comments

edited by Jodi Summers

So-Cal runs from L.A. through San Diego and spills into Tijuana, Mexico, accounting for 21.8 million people and more than one trillion in economic output. Even excluding its Mexican component, its economy is bigger than all of Mexico’s and just a bit smaller than Spain’s, also putting it among the world’s fifteen largest economies.

Above and beyond, the Boston-Washington corridor produces more than Germany, Chicago-Pittsburgh more than Brazil. Add that toSoCal production, which trounces Mexico, and the other regions, and these dozen mega-regions produce more than $13 trillion dollars in economic output, equivalent to three-quarters of America’s total GDP.





April 1, 2014 on 4:46 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Government, Market Snapshot, Trends, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

edited by Jodi Summers

Optimism is the result of January’s coincident indexes for the 50 states. The coincident index, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, combines four state-level indicators to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic.

The four state-level variables in each coincident index are:

  1. nonfarm payroll employment,
  2. average hours worked in manufacturing,
  3. the unemployment rate,
  4. and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average).

The trend for each state’s index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product (GDP), so long-term growth in the state’s index matches long-term growth in its GDP.

In January, 49 states had increasing activity(including minor increases). This measure has been and up down over the last few years …

This map was all red during the worst of the recession. Fortunately, it is all green again.






March 1, 2014 on 8:37 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Lease Rates, Market Snapshot, New Developments, Office Fodder, Statistics, Trends, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

By Jodi Summers

There is increased optimism in the Los Angeles office real estate market, especially along the coast, where jobs are being generated at a rate faster than the national average. Experts at the Urban Land Institute expect the current expansion of employment to continue into 2016.

Here’s our good news: the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Los Angeles County decreased to 9.2% in December 2013 from the rate of 10.3% one year ago, notes the Employment Development Department. As a point of reference, the California seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3% in December 2013, down 9.8% from December 2012. Nationally the numbers were 6.7% in December 2013 and 7.8% the year prior.

Increased employment is benefiting the office market. Current Los Angeles market data from Loopnet indicates that the current median price is $315 per sq ft for office properties in Los Angeles. This is an increase of +2.2% compared to the prior 3 months, and an increase of +18.1% compared to last year’s prices.

Developer sentiment in the office space market is optimistic in Southern California due to the increased rate of job growth in the region and a tightening supply of office space.

In January, according to Loopnet, the average asking rental rate per sq ft/year for Office properties in Los Angeles was $24.90, representing an increase of +3.1% year-over-year. County-wide, average rental rates in Los Angeles are +0.8% higher at $23.99 per sq ft/year for Office properties currently for lease.

Nationally, the growing demand for office space, combined with an extended period which has seen little to no new office construction, resulted in the average U.S. office rent to grow 3.1% in 2013 – the first time rents have cracked the 3% annual growth mark since 2007, the peak of the market cycle.

Finally, office investors are cheering the gains in asset values seen in 2013 from a strengthening recovery in the U.S. office market, and looking forward to an even brighter 2014 as virtually all the important metrics that drive rent growth and property income are expected to continue to improve over the next 12 months.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – jodi@jodisummers.com or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.











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