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Ashby Real Estate Group has joined the NAI Eagle Family

We are very excited to announce that Patrick L. Reynolds, CCIM has joined NAI Eagle as a Senior-Vice President – Managing Director Hampton Roads.  This will allow Patrick to continue to provide superior service to clients, customers, tenants, and landlords on an even larger scale as part of the NAI Global platform.  Additional information provided below:

Richmond Biz Sense – Article on NAI Eagle – Hampton Roads

NAI Eagle Hampton Roads

New Listing – Greenbrier Office Condo FOR SALE or LEASE

Ashby Real Estate Group announces the listing of a prime office condo available in the Greenbrier Area of Chesapeake, Virginia.  This 3,000 sqft single story office condo with private entrance, reception area, conference room, kitchen/break area, administrative support area, two ADA restrooms, storage, and 11 executive and individual offices  is available For Sale or For Lease.  This well appointed end cap office condo is situated among a business park setting with landscape grounds,  lakefront jogging tail.

End-cap office condo

End-cap office condo

644 Independence Parkway_FOR SALE

644 Independence Parkway_FOR LEASE

Class-B, Suburban Class-A Apartments Properties Gain Momentum

Very interesting article by , from National Real Estate Investor regarding Class-B, and Suburban Class-A apartment properties.

Apartment Building

Apartment Building

“Class-A apartments in core neighborhoods may no longer be the best investment in today’s market. Vacancy rates are rising for to the most expensive apartment communities in urban neighborhoods, research shows.

“The urban class-A market is seeing some pressure. It’s not a crisis by any means, but it’s now an underperforming segment of the market,” says Jay Parsons, an expert with MPF Research, a division of RealPage, Inc., an apartment market intelligence firm. “We expect that to remain the case through 2016 and likely into 2017.”

The pressure is due to the fact that developers are building so many new luxury apartments in urban areas, especially in downtown districts. Vacancy rates are lower and rent growth is steady for apartment communities that don’t have to compete so hard to attract renters—including class-A apartment communities in suburban areas, where there isn’t so much new construction, and class-B apartment communities everywhere.

“Class-A vacancy rates will continue to rise, while class-B vacancy should decline as few developers build class-B buildings,” says Barbara Byrne Denham, economist with New York City-based research firm Reis Inc.  “Rents should continue to rise, although the rate of growth for class-A rents will be lower than it has been. The rate of growth for class-B rents should stay the same.”

Vacancy rates fall for class-B apartments

Usually, class-A communities have significantly fewer vacant apartments than class-B communities. Over the last dozen years, from 2003 to present, the class-A apartment vacancy rate averaged 5.2 percent. That’s 40 basis points lower than the vacancy rate for class-B apartments. But that difference has vanished as class-B apartments catch up to class-A—both had an average vacancy rate of 4.9 percent over the last two years, according to data firm Axiometrics Inc.

“Class-B has enjoyed the benefit of job growth (demand), without the drag of new supply,” says Jay Denton, senior vice president with Axiometrics. “Class-B properties are priced at the midpoint of the market, and more people can afford them.”

Other data firms show class-B communities posting better fundamentals than class-A properties, with an average class-B vacancy rate that fell from a high of 8.1 percent in 2010 to just 3.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to Reis. That’s far below the average vacancy rate of 5.7 percent for class-A apartments in the second quarter.

However, rents have grown slowly at class-B apartments over the last few years, at a rate of approximately 2 percent a year, compared to more than 3 percent for class-A apartments.

“Class-B and class-C landlords are unable to increase rents significantly for this large segment of the population, who do not have the income support to pay higher rents, while landlords of class-A units clearly can raise rents,” says Reis’ Denham.

Vacancies rise for downtown class-A apartments

In urban downtowns, where developers have built many new apartment buildings, the vacancy rate for class-A properties is sometimes significantly higher than at class-B buildings.

For example, 5.5 percent of the class-A apartments are vacant in the urban core of Austin, Texas. That’s more than twice the 2.4 percent vacancy rate for class-B properties, according to Axiometrics. Class-A properties also suffer from higher average vacancy rates compared to class-B building in the urban cores of Denver, Seattle and Houston.

In Dallas, where the urban, core sub-market has absorbed a great deal of new apartments, the vacancy rate is the same for both class-A and class-B properties at 4.6 percent. “We have seen some positive momentum in terms of rent growth, which suggests the urban core has ‘recovered’ from the influx of new supply,” says Sophie Zatterstrom Gore, analytics workflow manager for Axiometrics.

In suburban areas, class-A properties are performing much better.

“Suburban class-A is performing phenomenally well and we are bullish on the outlook too,” says MPF’s Parsons.

That’s because relatively few developers are building in the suburbs, where resistance to development and restrictive zoning laws keep many builders away. The inventory of apartments has grown more quickly in central business districts than in the suburbs since 2007.

“The gap has widened substantially in recent years… and will remain unusually wide through the next few years at least,” says Parsons.”


Investment Property – FOR SALE

2117 Smith Ave

2117 Smith Ave, Chesapeake, VA, 23320

Greenbrier Investment Property for Sale – 2117 Smith Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Three building complex consisting of a 12,000 sqft two-story office building, a 6,000 sqft office and office/flex building, and a 5,400 sqft office and office/flex building.  Situated on 2.497 acres in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake, VA, the largest business and retail area in Hampton Roads.

Current owner will consider a Sale/Lease-Back transaction, and sign a new lease a closing with the new owner.  This will allow for immediate income for the new owner for an investment property or as an owner/user expenses will be offset by income from an existing tenant.

For additional information: Loopnet Listing – 2117 Smith Ave, Chesapeake, VA

Flyer: AREG-TBA Property_September 2015-Flyer

Patrick L. Reynolds, CCIM | Principal Broker – President | Ashby Real Estate Group                  2001 Old Greenbrier Road | Suite A | Chesapeake | VA | 23320 |Office: 757.216.8438 |

Your Pie – Hampton Roads Grand Opening

Congratulations to Your Pie – Hampton Roads on the grand opening of their new location in the Wards Corner Harris Teeter Shopping Center, in Norfolk, VA.  A great family opening a fantastic business in Hampton Roads.  We at Ashby Real Estate Group are very proud and thankful we were able to work with them in starting this new adventure and look forward to watching them grow.  Check out their Facebook page for more information.


New Project Announcement – Sunstone Apartments

Ashby Real Estate Group is pleased the announce the expansion of our multi-family management portfolio with the addition of Sunstone Apartments. An active 55+ community in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake, Virginia will be an exciting addition to our portfolio and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors. We have just launch the communities new website and will be adding updated content soon, take a look