Prescott, Arizona…Per Square Foot

per-sqaure-footOne square foot = 0.09290304 m2.

Okay, now what about Prescott, Arizona’s commerical market on a per square foot basis? What does it mean to owners and buyers. Is it time to buy? Is it time to sell? If so, how?

My recent suggestion to my Broker didn’t go over too well. “What we should be doing is pricing property for sellers on a ‘per square yard’ basis and for buyers on a ‘per square foot’ basis,” I said. He grimaced…I walked away.

High Value Market

We are a high value marketplace. Commericial real estate values in Central and Northern Arizona generally and in Prescott, Arizona in particular are declining creating an interesting investor market. Indeed, we appear to be nearing the bottom of the trough and it is and has been for some time…a buyer’s market.

We won’t be changing the marketing analysis to a per square yard formula but the principle behind the notion spells out the reality.

Resisting the Market Realties

Some owner’s are resisting the truth inherent in the current makret realities and in so doing they are actually capitalizing the reduction of their property value.

This is especially true in the industrial product sector where the demand has dropped to dangerous lows. Are there still buyers? Yes, but they have turned into razor sharp investors looking for select, easy to finance industrial properties.

In those cases where seller can play banker, they should. Let me go further, they must. Buyers are not looking for low-lying fruit…they are looking for fruit on the ground!

Entrenched commercial property owners who are either over-leveraged are surfacing at an alarming rate. The graph lines between market values and mortage principle balances are within sight of one another and in somecases they are crossing.

Some Sellers Can Sell Now

F&C owners should be encouraged because they are the few that can actually sell NOW, create a paper asset through cash flow and in some cases receive a much higher yield than if they hold on. An owner’s iron grip may prove to be his/her undoing.

Some owners sell now and some are…more will.

Prescott, Arizona industrial properties are wobbling like tops that have lost their centrifugal force.

Prescott, Arizona office space is flat, at best, with vacancies on the rise.

Prescott, Arizona medical…holding.

Prescott, Arizona retail is a nail-biting, month-to-month experience.

Leasing in 2008 was up 50% over 2007, while sales were down nearly 50% for the same time period.

It all makes me wonder, should we start marketing properties like carpet by pricing them per square yard? No, but after all is said and done, it’s always the numbers whether you are a seller or a buyer!

Contact me for a market report. Or, if you are a serious investor, call me, toll free at 1-877-777-9100.

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