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DFW Market Update – Q3 2018

DFW Market Update – Q3 2018

November 20, 2018 Market Reports 0 Comments 405 views

Cruise Control

By Ward Richmond

As DFW cruises through another Peak Season, Amazon is kicking off its Black Friday sales a week before Thanksgiving. I’m not surprised.

Consumerism is at an all-time high and so is the demand for Big Box Distribution Centers. This is especially true in my backyard and rapidly growing hometown of Dallas, TX! And, let’s not forget our cowboy cousin, Fort Worth!

In Q3 2018, the DFW Industrial Real Estate Market absorbed 3.5 Mil SF of new deals which pushes YTD absorption numbers past 13 Mil. We still have about 7 Mil SF to go if we want to hit 20 – which is what the large and in-charge landlords are hoping will happen.

Despite record strong leasing activity, our vacancy rates popped back up above 6% this quarter due to a massive amount of new product being delivered. Developers slammed down another 10 Mil SF, further expanding our Texas tilt wall jungle pushing New Supply YTD up to almost 17 Mil SF.

It should be no surprise that these aggressive developers are still pushing the eComm envelope with another 24 Mil SF currently under construction!

During this season of Thanksgiving, industrial real estate professionals everywhere should be very thankful to be living in the Golden Age of Ecommerce and working through the longest and strongest bull market in industrial real estate history!

I mean, I keep hearing people say that Industrial Real Estate is “Sexy”! They just might have a point.

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    • Home Depot leased 2.3 Mil SF from NorthPoint Development at Dallas Global Industrial Center in Dallas.
    • Amazon leased a 3 Story/ 80’ Clear/ 855,000 SF beast of a building from Hillwood at Commerce 30 just south of I-30 along Chalk Hill Road in the Cockrell Hill area of west Dallas.
    • McLane Company lease 670,300 SF from Highridge Provender at Provender Logistics Center in Fort Worth.
    • Elements International leased 487,200 SF from IDI Logistics at Skyline Trade Center in Mesquite.
    • Alan Ritchey leased 450,340 SF from Jackson Shaw/Clarion at Parc GSW in Irving.


    • Chase Industries (with Bill Buntyn/ Colliers Nashville) – Irving, TX—172,173 SF—New Lease
    • DB Schenker – DFW Airport, TX—130,270 SF—Renewal
    • YRC Worldwide – Carrollton, TX—75,793 SF—New lease
    • DB Schenker – Cd. Juárez, Mexico—72,205 SF—New Lease
    • FedEx Freight – Virginia Beach, VA—22,000 SF—Disposition

Key Takeaways

The vacancy rate experienced an increase of over 1.4%, as much of the product that delivered this quarter was speculative. With overall leasing activity down somewhat this year, expect vacancy to uptick more this year as close to 70% of product currently under construction does not have a tenant signed.

In the third quarter there were 12 Big-Box deliveries bringing the year to date total to 25 buildings with a combined square footage of over 13 million square feet. There are still 35 Big-Box buildings under construction with 16 million square feet expected to be delivered to the market over the next 18 months..

Rental rates for Big-Box inventory remained at at $3.81, making this the eighth straight quarter where rates hovered in the low $3.80’s.

Absorption dropped this quarter to 1.8 million square feet. While signicantly down from last quarters amount of 6.5 million, the metroplex is still on pace to have a very strong absorption total of 14-15 million for the year.


Ward Richmond has over eleven years of experience specializing in industrial real estate, and has negotiated over 500 transactions while working in over 100 cities across the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Several publications have featured Ward for his expertise in this field including the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and Dallas Business Journal. He also serves on Colliers International Industrial Advisory Board, and is a member of the Logistics & Transportation Solutions Group.

The Richmond team also includes Liam Logan, Cole Hooper, Brad Balke, Zack Rutland, and Kristina “K-Rod” Rodriguez. This high caliber team delivers next level marketing activities, market analysis, financial analysis, strategic real estate and facilities planning, site selection, and acquisition and disposition services.

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