CEO Jaime Sturgis was among the featured speakers at NAIOP South Florida’s mid-year update in Fort Lauderdale. Key insights from Sturgis included:
- Retail leasing activity remains very strong, with intense demand for restaurant space from New York and Chicago-based operators. Second-generation restaurant space is a precious commodity
- Insurance is the sector’s “silent killer,” as some commercial real estate owners are seeing year-over-year cost increases as high as 300%. That cost burden is passed down to tenants through triple-net leases (NNN) and stifles the ability to sell properties
- The rising cost of capital is the second-biggest challenge for the sector, behind insurance costs
- Emerging markets to watch include Fort Lauderdale’s Studio City, Progresso and South of Las Olas (SoLo) neighborhoods. Pompano Beach’s Old Town district is another area experiencing notable growth
CBRE Vice Chairman Robert Given agreed that insurance is a major challenge for the commercial real estate sector. He predicted that transaction volume should surge in 2024, while increased development activity could follow a year later.
“Survive to ’25 is the motto” commercial real estate developers are adopting, according to Given.