Last week, Calco Commercial completed a sales transaction for the 243-253 Utah Avenue industrial complex located in South San Francisco.  The complex consists of 31,877+/- square feet of commercial construction situated on a larger 54,450+/- square foot lot and includes two (2) loading docks and four (4) drive-in loading doors. 

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If you have any market questions or need advice in the leasing or sale of your building, call 415.970.0000.   243-253 Utah

Reporter- San Francisco Business Times

If you are a downtown San Francisco office tenant waiting for cheap sublease to grab, you are going to have to wait a bit longer.

The amount of sublease space on the market— a metric that brokers use as a barometer of impending market weakness — is at its lowest point since 2000, according to research by CBRE.

Currently San Francisco has 1.1 million square feet of sublease space available. That is 60 percent decline from the 2.7 million square feet of unwanted space on the block after the collapse of the financial markets in 2009. And it’s 80 percent down from the 5.3 million square feet of dark and unwanted space left behind in the detritus of the dot-com train wreck in 2002.

Not surprisingly, rents for sublease space have shot up as the crunch has come. Rents for subleases have more than doubled from a low of just above $20 a square foot in 2010 to about $42 a square foot today.

And as the cost of construction rises, tenants will be even quicker to grab any decent built-out sublease space that hits the market, even if it’s short term, according to Colin Yasukochi, research director for CBRE.

Recent sublease deals include SunRun’s deal at 595 Market St., which was a sublease from Visa. Salesforce is expected to put unwanted space on the sublease market over the next few years as it consolidates at 50 Fremont, 350 Mission, and Rincon Center. Salesforce will be looking for subtenants for space at 123 Mission St., 1 California St., and 1 Market Plaza.

In a recent report the tenant rep shop Studley pointed out that tech companies are taking more space than they need, while efficiencies and the trendy collaborative workplace design is allowing the rest of the market to shrink square footage. Tech tenants are “making pre-emptive strikes and warehousing block of space in anticipation of future growth.” In contrast, legal, financial and other traditional space users are “taking a more analytic and cautious approach, having largely too much space already.”

Eventually, as anyone who has observed the boom-and-bust cycles of San Francisco’s past can understand, the market will crash and sublease space will become abundant. Although in this sizzling market it may take another few years. That is not going to be much solace if you are looking for a new office in 2014.

“It is critical that tenants of all sectors and sizes understand the pace of the market and rationally assess alternatives in both the short- and long-term,” said Steve Barker, Studley EVP and branch manager of the firm’s San Francisco office. “For example, large tenants with leases expiring between 2015 and 2017 have the time to assess whether or not the market’s growth will continue unabated. One potential opportunity for these users is the next wave of top-tier product which is set to deliver during the same timeframe. The first tenants to make sizeable commitments in the new projects will likely capture the greatest space efficiencies and generous concessions.”

Source: Business Journal

Calco Commercial Real Estate recently leased 888 Airport Boulevard in Burlingame.  This 3,200+/- office sits right on the Bay overlooking the SFO International Airport, and the downtown San Francisco skyline.  888 Airport Boulevard is a single-identity location with modern construction, fully landscaped grounds, private on-site parking for 11 vehicles and state-of-the art building systems and improvements. 

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Centrally located near Highway 101 and the Millbrae BART Station, the 1327 N. Carolan Avenue listing is now available for lease in Burlingame, CA.  This property is 3,647+/- square feet (1,292+/- sf. warehouse & 2,355+/- sf. office) with an additional 250+/- sf. of bonus mezzanine.  The office area includes several conference rooms, private offices and open areas.  The property also includes 10-car on-site private parking.

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San Francisco Commercial Real EstateCalco Commercial brokered a deal that closed last week for the sale of 1246 Howard Street in San Francisco.  This piece of commercial real estate is 3,000+/- square feet and located in an ideal central SOMA location.   Zoned RED-MX (Residential Enclave-Mix), 1246 Howard Street also includes one (1) drive-in roll-up door, concrete construction and 15′ clearspan ceilings.

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If you have any questions regarding the San Francisco commercial or industrial real estate market, please call us at 415.970.0000. 

Calco Commercial leased 9,200+/- square feet of warehouse and showroom space located at 20 Rollins Road in Millbrae.  The property includes two (2) docks, three (3) drive-in loading doors, parking for 18 vehicles and was recently renovated. 

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3rd Quarter Market Update

Rental Rates & Vacancy

The 3rd Quarter of the entire San Francisco Industrial real estate market closed with a decreased vacancy rate of 6.4% (down from 6.7% in the 2nd Quarter 2013).  The specific warehouse sector for San Francisco ended the 3rd Quarter with a decreased vacancy rate of 5.1% (from 5.2% in Q2), and marks the 4th consecutive quarter in vacancy decreases. The Flex product type also saw a decrease in vacancy from 11.4% at the end of the 2nd Quarter to 10.4% at the end of the 3rd.     As to be expected with shrinking availability, the average industrial rental rates increased by 3% , ending the quarter at $13.84 per square foot annual (up from $13.44 psf., in the 2nd Quarter).  The average rate for warehouse real estate product was $10.38 psf. annual, an increase from the Q2 rates of $9.90 psf.  3rd Quarter Flex rates also increased from $22.36 (Q2) to $22.80 psf. annual.  

Inventory & Construction              

As of the end of the third quarter, the total inventory of industrial properties in the San Francisco market totaled 94,603,773 square feet in 4,805 buildings.  The flex market consisted of 24,486,495 square feet in 786 projects, and the warehouse market included 71,117,278 square feet in 4,019 buildings.  No new space was completed in the San Francisco commercial real estate marketplace in the 3rd Quarter of 2013.  Furthermore, the 3rd Quarter reported no new industrial constructions projects slated for San Francisco proper. 

Sales Activity (Second Quarter Activity)

Although year-to-date industrial real estate sales are down for the San Francisco industrial market, the 2nd Quarter saw sales figures increase in terms of dollar value with a total volume of $59,828,500.  The sales volume represents 8 buildings and an average price per square foot of $177.26.  2013 cap rates are recording lower than 2012, and are average 5.82% versus 6.98%, respectively. 

If you need help making sense of these numbers and what they mean for you as a Tenant, Owner or Investor in the San Francisco commercial real estate marketplace, call Calco Commercial at 415.970.0000.   

Source:  CoStar Group Real Estate Information

Many commercial real estate purchases in San Francisco and throughout the county rely on a business’s ability to secure a loan through the Small Business Administration (SBA).  This re-post of Ken Hoover’s Business Times article explains that the SBA is working on a record number of loans for Fiscal 2013:

The Small Business Administration is processing loans again now that the government shutdown is over.

That’s good news for businesses such as TL Technologies Inc., a specialty manufacturer of precision metal components in Ephrata, Pa. That company’s $1.5 million SBA loan was held up by the government shutdown, forcing it to cancel delivery of two automated machine tools that it needs to fulfill a new contract. TL Technologies still hasn’t received this loan yet, but at least it knows it will get the loan soon and won’t lose the contract.

“I know it’s coming, so it’s just a matter of time now,” said Chris Leh, president and co-founder of TL Technologies Inc.

Leh, who testified at a Senate hearing last week, is an example of how the government shutdown affected SBA lending. It inconvenienced hundreds of businesses whose loans were stuck in limbo, but it wasn’t devastating because it only lasted 11 business days.

Plus, many small businesses and their lenders saw the shutdown coming and rushed to get their loans processed by the SBA before Oct. 1, the day the shutdown began. Nearly $625 million in 7(a) loans — the SBA’s flagship program — were approved in the three days leading up to the shutdown. For September as a whole, more than $2.4 billion in 7(a) loans were approved — that’s nearly $1 billion more than were approved in August.

Lenders worked “nights and weekends” to get their loans to the SBA before the shutdown hit, said Tony Wilkinson, president of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. Most of these loans came from preferred lenders, who are authorized to approve SBA-guaranteed loans on their own. These loans could be processed quickly, because all they needed was a loan number from the SBA.

The agency began working Thursday on a backlog of about 700 7(a) loans totaling $140 million that were submitted during the government shutdown.

That’s a relatively light volume of loans — last October, for example, more than $378 million worth of 7(a) loans were approved in the first two weeks of the month.

Many SBA loans that otherwise would have been approved in October were instead moved up into September in order to avoid getting caught in the shutdown.

SBA lenders know how to play this game — there always is a rush to the bank whenever it appears there might be a shortfall in funding for SBA loans or changes that make these loans less attractive. In fiscal 2011, for example, $12 billion in 7(a) loans were approved in the first quarter alone, because lenders and borrowers wanted to take advantage of loan breaks — lower fees and higher government guarantees — that were about to expire. This huge quarter led to a record-breaking year for SBA lending.

The push for loans at the end of September contributed to another strong year for SBA lending. Through Sept. 30, the end of the government’s fiscal year, nearly $17.9 billion in 7(a) loans had been approved for more than 46,000 small businesses. That’s not the final number for the year, just gross approvals, because some prospective borrowers will decide not to take the loans. Still, that’s a big jump from the $15.2 billion in 7(a) loans that were approved in fiscal 2012.

SBA loans remain a popular source of long-term loans for small businesses — so popular that lenders work around the clock when they see a shutdown coming.

Source: SBA Loans flowing again, but big rush came before government shutdown