The 2020 occurrences transformed the operations of commercial real estate. The pandemic quickened the pace of numerous modifications that were underway. Consequently, tenants and investors had to rethink the best way of running their businesses and utilizing their spaces. However, it is hard to distinguish the changes that will remain and the ones that emerged as an immediate reaction to the pandemic. Investors aiming to allocate their money to commercial real estate should consider the following trends.
Strong Demand for Industrial Property
Industrial real estate will continually have strong interest due to increased E-commerce transactions. CBRE research shows that every $1 billion used in incremental e-commerce produces an extra warehouse space of around 1.25 million. Commercial real estate demand is expected to remain robust considering the 44.5% rise in e-commerce sales from the first quarter of 2020 to the second quarter. The same research reviewed that industrial space absorbed by the end of 2021 will be around 250 million square feet exceeding the historical annual absorption of 211 million square feet.
Adoption Of Omnichannel Sales in Retail Trends
Due to Covid -19 and other changing patterns, the retailers cannot solely depend on storefronts. They must optimize their income-generating ways by using digital devices and platforms. Therefore, retailers need to use both storefronts and digital channels like social media and websites. Subsequently, this leads to considerable investments in digital capacities and increased traditional sales strategy.
Increased Demand for Stock Room
Shifting to digital platforms means more incoming orders from various channels. Therefore, retailers are likely to continue converting their sales floor into mini delivery centers in their stock rooms. Apart from pulling, packing, and shipping orders via digital channels, space will also manage the business’s local pickups.
Rise of Alternate Assets
Private real estate exposure is likely to rise in 2021. Most asset allocators will prefer private real estate because it offers resilience during this imbalanced recovery. Negative yields and high equity valuation from government bonds will potentially push more investors to alternative assets. Serious wealth advisors and wealth managers are likely to engage in private real estate, especially data, industrial, and healthcare centers.
In conclusion, commercial real estate trends in 2021 will drastically change following the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Some of the changes will outlive the pandemic, while others will vanish when the pandemic ends.