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Tucson Rentals: Tight supply keeps apartment market hot

(Source: ArizonaDailyStar): Gabriela Rico – Tucson rentals are hot. The influx of capital into Tucson’s apartment market continues to be strong with the value of transactions this year on pace to exceed all years since 2006.

Investors from Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and Canada are selling their real estate and moving capital to the Tucson apartment market, Allan Mendelsberg, a multifamily specialist with Picor, wrote in the Picor Connect blog.

“About 90 percent of all apartment investors considering apartment investments in Tucson are from outside of Arizona,” he said. Year-to-date transactions total $452 million.

Mendelsberg said many apartment owners are holding onto their property as prices and rents rise, so when something does go on the market, it usually sells quickly because there is not a lot of new construction underway that would serve as competition.

ABI Multifamily recently brokered two such transactions.

Villa Pacifica Apartments, at 4650 E. 29th St., sold to Los Angeles investors for $7.2 million.

“Villa Pacifica Apartments is located just minutes from both Davis-Monthan AFB and the Park Place mall,” states Alon Shnitzer, senior managing partner, who was the lead broker for this transaction and represented both the seller and buyer. “Tucson Multifamily offers investors a unique opportunity, with little-to-no new construction and increasing rents/occupancy.”

Aside from Shnitzer, the ABI team of John Kobierowski, Rue Bax, Doug Lazovick and Eddie Chang brokered the sale.

The combined 47-unit Drexel Gardens & Drexel Terrace Apartments, on Drexel Road between Park and Campbell avenues, sold for $1.6 million.

“The buyer has purchased several properties throughout the Tucson area over the last several years,” said Jon Ibrahim, vice president at ABI, who represented both parties with Ryan Kippes, vice president at ABI. “The Drexel portfolio offers a highly desirable unit mix, in a great location with significant upside should the buyer choose a more value add approach to the property.”

The buyer is a Nevada investor. ABI broker Lance Parsons was also involved.

Other recent commercial transactions include:

  • CFT NV Development LLC bought 1.15 acres of land on the northeast corner of Sahuarita Road and Rancho Sahuarita for $950,000. Jesse Peron and Pete Villaescusa, with CBRE, represented the buyer. Dave Hammack, of Volk Co., represented the seller, Rancho Sahuarita XX LLC.
  • ProActive Physical Therapy leased 4,361 square feet at 7601 N. Oracle Road. Jeff Casper, of CBRE, represented the tenant, and Mike Gross, of Tucson Realty & Trust Co., represented the landlord, National Bank of Arizona.
  • Envestnet Asset Management Inc. leased 2,575 square feet at 4400 E. Broadway from 4400 Broadway LLC. Michael Gross, of Tucson Realty & Trust Co., represented the landlord, and John Ferguson, of Golub & Co. LLC, represented the tenant.
  • Arizona Arts Community Conservatory leased 1,800 square feet in The Speedway Craycroft Plaza, on the southwest corner of Speedway and Craycroft Road, to open a dance studio. Andy Seleznov and Melissa Lal represented the landlord, Larsen Baker.
  • The Arizona Department of Emergency & Military Affairs leased 1,482 square feet at the Tucson Place Shopping Center, on the northwest corner of First Avenue and Wetmore Road. Andy Selez-nov and Melissa Lal represented the landlord, Larsen Baker, and Chris Corney, of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Inc., represented the tenant.
  • Saguaro Sky 3 LLC, doing business as Baja Cafe, leased 1,445 square feet at 3900 W. Ina Road in the Embassy Plaza shopping center. Esther Empens, of Tierra Antigua, represented the tenant, and Michael Laatsch, of CBRE, represented the landlord, Embassy Plaza LLC.