by Jodi Summers

On the list of 2014 New Year’s resolutions – invest in industrial real estate in the Los Angeles area. The experts say rents are expected to grow by more than 25% in the next four years…2018 will be so prosperous.

Here’s why the price hikes are coming…


1. The National Retail Federation projects 2013 holiday sales to reach $602.1 billion. Analysts tracking holiday sales expect online shopping to account for nearly 40%, of all spending this year, This is up from 26% in 2012, and well ahead of expectations…which is why UPS was having such significant delivery issues in the 2013 holiday season. Nobody anticipated a 14% jump in deliveries.

Industrial space is being designed and located where it can meet the needs of online retailers with ever faster delivery times.


2. The Panama Canal Expansion

The Third Set of Locks Expansion of the Panama Canal doubles the capacity of the Panama Canal by 2015 by allowing more and larger ships to transit.

The $5.2 billion project creates a new lane of traffic along the canal by constructing a new set of locks. Ships as large as 12,000 or more TEUs (20-foot equivalent units—a measurement of container ship capacity) will be able to fit through the new locks vs. the 5,000 TEU ships that currently transit the Canal (which opened in 1914).  The Canal is owned by Panama and is currently used more for Latin American shipping. The country anticipates that the expansion of the 100-year-old canal to make Panama a first-world country.

Pundits, forecasting the impact on our local ports have concluded that the Ports of LA and Long Beach are the most efficient port system in America and will “remain the leader for the foreseeable time,” thanks to our state-of-the-art ports and an efficient supply chain.

Locally construction to accommodate the expansion includes the $649.5-million replacement for the Port of Long Beach’s Gerald Desmond Bridge, to be completed in 2016.

It’s not just here in Metro Los Angeles, where our economy is larger than Saudi Arabia.(We’re top 25 on a worldwide scale.)  The demand for industrial real estate is rising across the country, especially around ports on the East and West Coasts. The experts say demand is strongest in Los Angeles, Miami and New York-New Jersey. The growth of e-commerce is having significant impact on the industrial market as the trend towards bigger and more efficient distribution centers has resulted in a shortage of class A warehouse space over 500,000 sf in the nation’s logistics hubs.

During the third quarter 2013, five large Industrial buildings totaling 767,673 square feet were completed in the Los Angeles market area. Total Industrial inventory at the end of 3Q 2013 was 988,123,598 square feet in 36,936 buildings, according to Costar in their most recent market report. The Flex sector consisted of 61,485,351 square feet in 2,810 projects. Within the Industrial market there were 4,830 owner-occupied buildings accounting for 195,937,860 square feet of Industrial space.

Despite steady demand, rents overall remained at stubbornly low levels, in part because the recovery favors newer product. After marginal growth in 2013, the experts anticipate that 2014 will see strong appreciation in most major markets.

Los Angeles, because of our significant land constraints and relatively little new construction, will be the big winner. Warehouse vacancy is at its lowest rate in four years, declining ten quarters in a row after peaking in the first quarter of 2010. Los Angeles and Orange County’s rents are expected to grow by more than 25% in the next four years.

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



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  2. Construction is 60 percent complete for the second phase of the incoming Expo Light Rail, which could open to the public by late 2015.

  3. The California High-Speed Rail Authority will hold a series of public meetings – the first public meetings in two years – in Southern California this week to discuss among other things, the route the bullet train will take between the 60-mile segment from L.A. to Palmdale, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

    “We are inviting the public and the media to attend these meetings to get the latest update on the high-speed rail project in their neighborhoods,” rail authority spokeswoman Adeline Yee wrote in an email.

    The public was invited to learn more about the approximately $67.6 billion project and ask questions. The alignment alternatives portion of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statementwill include comments, according to the Tribune.

    California voters approved the project on the November 2008 ballot. It has an estimated completion date of 2028.

  4. Marking an historic vote of confidence in Metro Rail subway construction in Los Angeles, the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) joined federal, state, and local elected officials on May 21 to announce the receipt of a $1.25 billion Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) from the Federal Transit Administration to help pay for the first nearly four-mile, $2.821 billion segment of the long-awaited Metro Purple Line Extension Project toward West Los Angeles

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About Jodi Summers

Jodi Summers Sotheby’s International Realty 310.392.1211 Jodi Summers Bio With $100,000,000 in listed inventory, Jodi Summers understands the coastal commercial real estate market. A top producer with Sotheby’s International Realty, Jodi knows finance, rules, regulations, procedures and methods. She is accurate, knowledgeable, timely and aware of how government shapes the cities of Southern California. Jodi is born in Brooklyn, raised in and around Manhattan – the family business was marketing, Madison Avenue style. Childhood math quiz questions calculated demographic and psychographic percentages or analyzed the allocation of adverting dollars. Word games were for devising slogans. An honors graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Jodi moved to California to achieve her goal of living by the beach with a palm tree and a hibiscus bush in her yard. She thrived as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, media and marketing industries. One of her books, “Marking and Marketing Music,” is in second edition. “My marketing and communication skills have proven to be a true gift when it comes to promoting real estate,” observes Jodi. “And I am consistently able to get an exceptionally high price per square foot for my sellers.” Discipline (Jodi holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), organization, motivation, excellent communication skills and knowing & satisfying the needs of her clients have been her essentials for running a successful business. A passion for investment real estate explains her emphasis in asset-yielding properties. Her team joined Sotheby’s International Realty for the company’s powerful brand and stellar reputation. “We offer the broad market knowledge needed to assist clients in formulating a sound acquisition strategy,” Jodi amplifies. “Together, we evaluate various markets, property types and neighborhoods to devise a customized approach that meets each client's specific objectives.” Jodi is a member of the Action Apartment Association of Westside income property owners, the Santa Monica Conservancy historic preservation society, the Ocean Park Association, the Friends of Sunset Park community group, the Real Estate Investors Club of L.A., and the Culver City Rock & Mineral Club. Members of her team are fluent in Spanish and Italian. “Our reputation assures your satisfaction.”


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