Strong demand for industrial real estate amid record investment: Morguard

Investment sales activity in the industrial sector continued its robust pace into the third quarter, according to the latest Research Report issued by Morguard Corporation.

“Sales volume for the industrial real estate market already stands at a twenty-year high with half a year still to go,” said Keith Reading, Director of Research at Morguard. “With quality space at a premium across much of the country and a solid fundamental outlook for the sector, we expect to continue seeing strong activity to finish the year.”

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Sales numbers for industrial assets in Canada’s major markets reached a record $6.1 billion in the second quarter. A healthy economic outlook, strong leasing fundamentals and a modest development cycle contributed to the ongoing strength of the asset class and a very positive near-term outlook. Overall, quarter-over-quarter transaction volume increased across all commercial real estate asset classes, reflecting investor confidence in the market.

The recently announced U.S. – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) trade agreement has also raised investor’s spirits to some degree. The overhanging threat of a trade war had significantly dampened the Canadian equity market’s year to date performance.Morguard, industrial real estate

“The announcement of the trade agreement, and the nature of the details emerging, has eased some of the uncertainty for investors,” said Reading.

On the economic front, Canada’s economy is expected to grow at a fairly solid rate through the balance of 2018 and 2019. Output is forecast to increase by approximately 2.0% annually over this period. This rate of expansion bodes well for Canadian commercial real estate, and should continue to support investment sales activity and boost real estate sector performance.


The Third Quarter Update of the 2018 Economic Outlook and Market Fundamentals Research Report, released today by Morguard, provides a detailed analysis of the 2018 real estate investment trends to watch in Canada. The full report is available via the Morguard website, linked here.

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