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It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through 2022 but adapting to the challenges posed by the post-pandemic world surely causes time to fly! At Mohr Capital, we started off the year in a big way, by expanding our investment strategy with the acquisition of the 350-room DoubleTree by Hilton Austin, our first entry into the hospitality sector.

We’ve had an interest in this vertical for quite a while and feel this is the perfect time to execute that strategy. Hospitality provides an excellent hedge against rising inflation, thanks to the ability to increase rents daily and grow revenue on par with expenses. We will still need to diligently manage operating expenses as inflation will also put upward pressure on many product and service costs. We are in a challenging labor market for hospitality, but this is a highly successful hotel, so we are optimistic we can achieve substantial returns.

In addition to this new vertical, we continue to ramp up our industrial development. We have 7 million square feet of industrial construction underway and plan to build more than $1.1 billion worth of speculative industrial properties across the country. Our goal is to have all of our current industrial development out of the ground in the next two years.

We have a deep understanding of the industrial market and NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (the leading organization for developers and owners) recently recognized our development work with the publication of an article by our Chief Development Officer Gary Horn.

NAIOP (with more than 20,000 members) advocates for responsible commercial real estate development and effective public policy. They outlined how Mohr Capital worked with the town of Whiteland, Indiana, by partnering with clients and city leaders to find innovative ways to overcome challenges and create an outcome that benefitted everyone. Our client, Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., needed a larger facility but wanted to stay in the area and keep its employee base. That’s where our team used outside-the-box strategies to find a great location that exceeded their needs while also creating an employment hub that will boost the local economy. We made a positive contribution to the community while building out our top-notch Mohr Logistics Park, the largest industrial park built in Indianapolis over the last 10 years, which will contain more than 6.7 million square feet at build-out.

The Impact on Tenants

With the macro conditions we’re seeing in the market now, I anticipate property operating expenses will continue to go up, especially on industrial properties. Tenant rent escalations in some of the top industrial markets have already reached 4% annually and in New Jersey they are talking about increasing another half-point to 4.5%. For tenants seeing their annual bumps go from 3% to 4%, that extra 1% annually on a 300,000-square-foot building at $5 NNN over 10-years adds another $813,000 of rental expense. Now imagine that on a portfolio of 15 buildings!  Obviously, it compounds quickly. In advising users, we remind them to keep a close eye on real estate-related operating expenses and pass-throughs.

The industrial market got so competitive at one point that tenants and prospective buyers were approaching us to purchase our buildings before construction was even completed and before we had a tenant. We sold one property before the roof went on. Transactions like these, known as “forwards,” won’t be seen again for a while. However, it is more important than ever for tenants to evaluate their total industrial network or U.S. footprint as industrial vacancy rates remain at all-time low levels. This can make expansion or future property acquisitions more difficult.

Pent-up Demand

In California, New York and New Jersey, industrial rents are running up to $14 NNN and higher. It wasn’t long ago that rents in these same markets were averaging $8 per square foot.

Industrial and multifamily have obviously been the hottest real estate sectors so far in 2022. As we look at where to invest, Mohr Capital is focusing a good deal of energy out west because of the high barriers to entry.

Our firm has gone through substantial growth and Mohr Capital’s latest move into the hospitality industry is very exciting for us. We anticipate more hospitality opportunities in high-growth markets like our acquisition in Austin while exploring the possibility of bifurcating some of these assets.

Rising prices and mounting interest rates may dominate the headlines, but investment opportunities are still out there. In today’s environment, you just have to work harder to find them.

Best,

Bob Mohr
Founder & Chairman
Mohr Capital

Interested in starting a conversation with Mohr Capital?

Mohr Capital is actively seeking opportunities for the acquisition and development of officeindustrial and retail assets across the country. To learn more, contact one of our team members today.

In 2021, Mohr Capital completed 18 transactions for a total deal volume of $250 million.

A new year has begun, and if you’re like most people, you’re happy to close the books on 2021. However, while the pandemic persists and new variants trigger new waves of uncertainty every few months, it would be a mistake to think there isn’t – and won’t continue to be – plenty of opportunity in the commercial real estate markets.

For our part, Mohr Capital capitalized on this opportunity, marking one of the most productive years in our firm’s history. In 2021, we completed 18 transactions for a total deal volume of $250 million – an increase of 35% over the previous year. Our work in industrial development is an obvious standout, but despite a sluggish 2021 for the office and retail markets, we were still able to create and realize value on our investments.

How did we do it? By nurturing and growing a formidable team comprised of the smartest and most innovative commercial real estate professionals in the industry. With over a century of combined experience, we leverage our expertise to deploy capital in strategic ways that center around the occupancy costs of our tenants – regardless of the market sector.

Below is a rundown of our 2021 investment activity with some commentary that will give you insight into our investment strategy and the expertise of our people. I hope that your 2021 was equally successful, and I look forward to seeing what 2022 has in store.

Best,

Bob Mohr
Founder & Chairman
Mohr Capital

 

Industrial Development, Acquisitions & Dispositions

The industrial real estate market continued to see record demand and asking rents throughout 2021. Much of the demand was due to a steadily improving economy, growing e-commerce sales, and the trend toward building safety stock. Mohr Capital took advantage of this white-hot market through ongoing and new developments, as well as dispositions of well-placed facilities.

On the investment side, we took advantage of low cap rates, selling a combined 474k-SF of industrial space in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Michigan City, Indiana, to realize gains that we redeployed into new industrial deals throughout the year.

On the development side we completed, delivered and leased over 1.8 MSF of industrial space in our master-planned industrial park, Mohr Logistics Park, in Whiteland, Indiana, with an additional 3 MSF of speculative development under construction now. We also entered the Southwest markets, closing on land in the Reno-Sparks metro area and starting construction on a 596k-SF speculative development. Just before the end of the year, we also closed on an additional 50-acre site in Surprise, Arizona, for another speculative property.

We expect to deliver an additional 7 MSF of industrial space in the next two years in the Indiana, Nevada, and Phoenix markets. Through our development starts and strategic land acquisitions in 2021, we created a future industrial portfolio value to be realized in the next three years in excess of $700M.

Our industrial transactions and development activities last year included:

Mohr Logistics Park in Whiteland, Indiana

We completed construction of a 996k-SF build-to-suit warehouse for Cooper Tire in February 2021, and began speculative development on a 1 MSF warehouse, two 800k-SF warehouses, and two 125k-SF warehouses. Once complete, the Park will boast an estimated 6.5 million square feet of industrial space.

GAF Materials Office & Warehouse in Michigan City, Indiana

We completed build-to-suit development on GAF Materials’ 200k-SF facility with 23 acres of storage capacity in December of 2020. We sold the property in an off-market deal to Four Springs Capital Trust in March 2021.

Amazon Last-Mile Facility in Austin, Texas

We sold a 160k-SF last-mile facility and an adjacent 20-acre parking lot occupied by Amazon in Austin’s MetCenter Business Park in May 2021. Four Springs Capital Trust bought the property in an off-market deal, which CoStar called the “priciest of its kind in Texas.”

1500 Waltham Way in McCarran, Nevada

We closed on a 40-acre site in Reno-Sparks’ high-profile Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center and began speculative development on a 596k-SF facility in June 2021.

Frontier Communications Flex Facility in Carrollton, Texas

We sold a 113k-SF industrial flex building occupied by Frontier Communications and Transcendia to Cabot Properties in October 2021. We originally acquired the property in 2010 and replaced the roof of the entire building, among other capital expenditures.

Speculative Development Land Closing in Surprise, Arizona

We closed on a 50-acre site within Summit Business Park in Surprise, Arizona, and plan to break ground on a 700k-SF speculative development in June 2022.

Office Acquisitions & Dispositions

Throughout 2021, the office market continued to struggle as COVID-19 caused corporate tenants to either stall or reconsider their plans for returning to the office. The recently-emerged Omicron variant appears to be the most contagious yet, and poses an ongoing threat to the office market. However, while we expect COVID-19 to continue to cause hesitation among tenants, the continued economic recovery should offset some of this in 2022.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Mohr Capital’s office investments team performed well above expectations, acquiring and divesting a profitable 112k-SF building which served as the headquarters for one of the largest healthcare providers in Wisconsin.

Our strategy of acquiring single-tenant, mission-critical facilities that began in 2020 continued in 2021. Toward the end of the year, we took advantage of a spike in medical office building investment activity, selling a much sought-after facility in Orlando and acquiring another in San Antonio.

In the new year, we’ll hone our focus on office properties that we believe will continue to outperform the broader office market.

Our office transactions in 2021 included:

ProHealth Care Headquarters in Pewaukee, Wisconsin

We acquired a Class A, 112k-SF office building and executed a 10-year lease with ProHealth Care, a leading healthcare provider in Wisconsin. The lease enabled us to create occupancy cost reductions for ProHealth and sell the property prior to the close of the year.

Alamo Quarry MOB in San Antonio, Texas

We acquired a 38k-SF multi-tenant medical office building directly adjacent to the city’s iconic Alamo Quarry Market and west of Alamo Heights, one of the most prosperous neighborhoods in San Antonio. Building occupants include Methodist Health System, Methodist Physicians Practice and Eating Recovery Center, among other medical tenants.

Accredo Health MOB in Orlando, Florida

We acquired a mission-critical 78k-SF medical office building fully occupied by Accredo Health in December 2020, after working with its parent company, Cigna, and CBRE to negotiate the company’s long-term occupancy requirements. We sold the property in December 2021.

Retail Acquisitions, Dispositions and Redevelopments

While retail was arguably the hardest hit asset class in 2020, the market did see some resurgence in 2021. Indeed, as more people opted to avoid the crowds and eat take-out, restaurants that could satisfy this demand saw their best numbers ever. In Q1 and Q2, single and multi-tenant cap rates continued to compress as 1031 buyers engaged in a flight to quality, while large shopping centers failed to move as quickly due to ongoing struggles with credit among mom-and-pop retailers.

In 2020, the focus for Mohr Capital was acquiring existing assets, providing rent relief and extending leases. In 2021, we shifted gears, selling well-positioned properties in core major markets in Ohio and Texas, and focusing our efforts on building programmatic relationships with credit retailers and starting build-to-suit projects in Oklahoma City and the Denver metro area.

This year, we’ll continue to seek build-to-suit opportunities with retailers that have continued to fare well throughout the pandemic like quick-serve restaurants and financial institutions, as well as look for opportunities in grocery-anchored retail centers.

Our retail transactions in 2021 included:

Texas Roadhouse in Steubenville, Ohio

In 2019, we acquired the ground lease on a one-acre outparcel in a highly visible, high-performing location across the street from Fort Steuben Mall, 40 miles west of Pittsburgh. After providing Texas Roadhouse initial rent relief and securing an extended lease term, we sold the ground lease in March 2021 as the operator experienced a rise in sales due to vaccinations and the easing of social restrictions.

Dutch Bros Coffee in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

We acquired an existing Taco Bueno restaurant in Oklahoma City – blocks away from Oklahoma City University – for redevelopment as a Dutch Bros Coffee, marking our first retail investment in Oklahoma. The build-to-suit development is currently under construction and scheduled for completion this year.

Regions Bank & Chipotle in Magnolia, Texas

In 2020, we acquired an existing 7 Leguas Mexican Restaurant building just northwest of The Woodlands. After razing the site and splitting it into two pads, we secured a 20-year ground lease with Regions Bank and a 20-year lease on a build-to-suit with Chipotle. We sold the Regions’ ground lease in May 2021 and completed and sold the Chipotle redevelopment in September 2021.

BOK Financial in Stapleton, Colorado

We closed on the build-to-suit development of a 4k-SF BOK Financial branch in the Denver metro area. We secured a 15-year lease, and the building is slated to open later this year.

Interested in starting a conversation with Mohr Capital?

Mohr Capital is actively seeking opportunities for the acquisition and development of officeindustrial and retail assets across the country. To learn more, contact one of our team members today.

Mohr Capital Founder & Chairman Bob Mohr continues to be recognized for his lasting impact on Dallas’ commercial real estate industry.

Returning as a repeat honoree, DCEO included Mohr in its seventh annual Dallas 500 publication, a rigorously curated list of the city’s most powerful business leaders. And it’s no wonder why; in 2021 Bob drove Mohr Capital to new heights, transacting on $250 million of office, retail and industrial business – a 35% increase year over year. Mohr Capital has over 6 million square feet of speculative development under construction now.

The 2022 edition of Dallas 500 included Q&As with honorees which showcased their business prowess, as well as their personalities. Since the print magazine features only a snippet of Bob’s interview with D CEO, we’ve included the Q&A in its entirety below.

A Q&A with Dallas 500 Honoree Bob Mohr

What have been some company or organization highlights in the past year or so? 

In the 12 months between July 2020 and June 2021, Mohr Capital closed on a total of 17 transactions.

In the second half of 2020 alone, when the economy was still reeling from COVID-19, our team transacted on 8 deals located in Dallas and across the country. Five new acquisitions consisted of well-located, premier industrial land sites to fuel our industrial development activities in 2021 and beyond.

We continued the momentum we built in 2020 throughout 2021, completing 18 transactions totaling $250 million in deal volume. I’ll be sharing a full deal breakdown of our annual performance in my newsletter, “From the Desk of Bob Mohr.”

How would you rate investor appetite in DFW assets and do particular product types stand out?

Dallas is one of the top investor markets in the country for industrial and multi-family. Industrial is especially hot here, with 38 million square feet currently under construction.

What piece of advice has had the greatest impact on your career?  

“Your reputation is everything.”

What are some of your favorite destinations/places to visit?

Portofino, Italy; Telluride, Colorado; and Punta Mita, Mexico.

If you could drive any car for a day, what would it be and why?

My restored 1949 Ford truck. It reminds me of Indiana and my family back home there.

Do you have a second home? If so, where is it and why did you choose that location?  

Telluride, Colorado, is my “happy place.” Great for golfing, hiking, and escaping the Texas heat during the summer and snowboarding all winter.

What has you most excited about the future?

The tremendous business upside for our industrial and late-stage technology investments.

As you enter your office, what would you choose to be your walk-up/theme song, and why? 

“Stayin’ Alive,” by The Bee Gees.

What do you do for fun? Any passions or hobbies?

I have been snowboarding and wakesurfing for the past 25 years. I also enjoy high-marking on my snowmobile in the mountains of Colorado.

What is your favorite DFW-area restaurant, and what do you order? 

Bob’s Steak & Chophouse. Great service thanks to Ashley & Karen, and the best steak in town. It’s nice to have Bob Sambol back as well.

Interested in seeing who else made the Dallas 500 list? The 2022 edition is available now from D Magazine.

The tech sector in Dallas-Fort Worth is fueling leasing activity locally.

 

by Bob Mohr | Originally published in D Magazine

When it comes to Texas and technology, people invariably think of Austin. And while it’s true the Capital City attracts a lot of tech talent and tech companies, it’s a mistake to overlook Dallas-Fort Worth, which is a tech hub in its own right.

Consider this: 14 Dallas-area companies ranked in Deloitte’s 2021 Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, fintech, and energy tech companies in North America. Only 10 Austin companies made the list.

Technology is fueling DFW’s economic engine. As more companies in the metro hire tech talent to expand their business, the impact is rippling throughout DFW’s real estate markets, generating demand for housing, retail, industrial, and healthcare properties.

Is every company a tech company?

In DFW, tech employment is dispersed among a wide range of industries, from financial services to e-commerce. Moreover, the lines that define technology are blurring. Today, a vast majority of companies could be considered technology firms, based on the critical role technology plays in their operations.

For example, most people would agree that Texas Instruments is a tech company. It is expanding in North Texas with plans to build up to four new manufacturing plants in Sherman. The 300-millimeter semiconductor wafer fabrication plants could result in a potential $30 billion investment from TI. They could also support as many as 3,000 jobs once complete.

But what about Charles Schwab or Walmart? Though Schwab is a well-known financial services firm, it is adding 180 tech-specific roles in North Texas to handle the influx of new brokerage accounts it has seen during the pandemic. It already employs more than 5,100 people across DFW including 2,800 at its Westlake corporate campus.  These new jobs are part of the company’s push to hire 700 tech positions nationally.

Read the full article at D Magazine.

Industrial real estate owners are smiling right now.

At the close of the third quarter, the industrial market broke “every” U.S. record. Vacancy is at 3.6% and 450 million square feet is under construction with 1/3 of that pre-leased, while 300 million square feet has been absorbed already in 2021.

Industrial development has been a key component of our business for some time. Unlike other fair-weather investor-developers who are chasing a hot market, Mohr Capital has been working with corporate users to build or occupy industrial facilities for more than 20 years.

Our experience sets us apart – as well as a single source of capital that allows us to move quickly to get out of the ground while demand remains high. When it comes to our track record, we let our long history of development do the talking.

However, beyond the pandemic’s impact on the sector, I also think it’s important for us to share our knowledge with industry colleagues and corporate users on other variables impacting industrial development like land prices and availability, the risks of acquiring unimproved sites, the trend toward tilt-wall construction, and how “user” friendly right-turn-only sites with expansive trailer parking are all the rage.

For our “tenant-side” partners, market rents seem to be increasing by 10% throughout the country, so quicker decisions and long-range planning will be required to control occupancy cost. This is especially true as the supply chain problems will take a year or more to work their way through the system.

Insight like this can only come from long-time industrial professionals. To expand on this effort, Mohr Capital has also launched a dedicated land acquisitions team to push development efforts into overdrive with prospects in Reno and Fernley, NV, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Dallas and Ohio.

Until then, Mohr Capital is well-positioned to take advantage of the industrial real estate segment and to monetize these opportunities for our corporate clients.

Best,

Bob Mohr
Founder & Chairman
Mohr Capital

 

Lee Loftis and Carson Horn

The Hunt for Land

In August, Mohr Capital brought on an experienced land pro, Lee Loftis, to head up our land acquisitions practice. A month later, we grew that team, welcoming analyst Carson Horn to work with Lee to identify, entitle and close on land sites in key markets, including Dallas, Austin, Columbus, Savannah, Charleston, Charlotte, Lakeland and Phoenix.

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A User on the Cutting Edge

In September, we secured a lease extension and expansion with Arrive Logistics at our MetCenter flex space in Austin. The facility serves as headquarters for the leading Austin-based freight brokerage, and as part of its long-term growth plans, we worked with Arrive to expand its occupancy from 78,000 SF to 116,000 SF through December 2031.

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Bob Mohr on the CRE Project Podcast

Talking Industrial with the King

Also in September, I sat down with Clayton King of King Capital to talk about how Mohr Capital has managed to thrive during the pandemic when many CRE firms have struggled. We also dived into the state of retail, industrial and office segments, and I shared my take on what’s currently impacting each segment and what the future holds.

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Mohr Logistics Park in Indianapolis

Keeping Pace in Indianapolis

The industrial market in Indianapolis is growing at a record-setting pace, and it’s also home to Mohr Logistics Park, a 475+ acre master-planned industrial park. I recently spoke with Mickey Shuey of the Indianapolis Business Journal to give an update on our park and discuss why companies are turning to Indianapolis to satisfy their need for more space.

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Bob Mohr at Bisnow's DFW Industrial and Logistics Outlook

Setting the Stage in Dallas

In early November, I joined CBRE's Jack Fraker, Hillwood Properties' Tom Fishman, and Dalfen Industrial's Sean Dalfen to discuss trends shaping the industrial market in Dallas and across the nation. The panel session was part of Bisnow's DFW Industrial and Logistics Outlook, and I enjoyed the lively discussion with my fellow panelists, as well as hearing from other DFW-area industrial players.

Because improved land is hard to come by, more investors and developers are evaluating true greenfield opportunities in far outer rings of major markets.

 

By Lee Loftis | Featured in Area Development

Across the nation, finding well-positioned, developable land with utilities and infrastructure has become almost impossible in some areas. Just about all of it has been scooped up by hungry buyers. Competition for land zoned for industrial/warehouse development is particularly intense.

Owners with any inclination of selling have already done so, or their land is under contract. For the owners still holding onto their land, the question is, what will entice them to finally sell? Buyers would be wrong to assume it’s all about price. The market has reached a remarkable level of efficiency when it comes to pricing, and developers know exactly how much they’re willing to offer for a piece of land based on construction costs and lease rates.

Many sellers, driven by concerns about capital gains taxes, have put land under contract stipulating a closing by year-end. Though many buyers have agreed, it will be interesting to see how many are truly able to close. If those deals fall through, opportunities might arise in first quarter 2022. Successful developers who are closely attuned to the market will be able to strike quickly and capitalize on these unclosed deals.

Read the full article at Area Development.

Arrive Logistics shows how tenant demand is driving market

 

By Parimal M. Rohit | Originally Published in the Austin Business Journal

Investor interest and tenant demand continue to drive heightened activity in what is arguably the Austin area's strongest real estate asset class: industrial.

Already this month a nearly 400,000-square-foot industrial business park has changed hands and a pair of companies announced significant expansions in industrial space, including a roughly 21,000-square-foot lease in Taylor that will serve as a springboard for a food manufacturer's national expansion.

NAI Partners’ most recent market snapshot of the Austin-area industrial sector, released Sept. 17, showed demand for industrial space far outpaced supply during the first eight months of 2021. Demand was at 4 million square feet between January and August, compared to a supply of 1.2 million square feet.

Arrive Logistics eats up more space

Austin-based Arrive Logistics Inc. has expanded and extended its lease with landlord Mohr Capital in MetCenter Business Park, a 550-acre business park near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, it was announced on Sept. 14.

Arrive, a freight brokerage that has seen its headcount and revenue surge in recent years, signed a 116,000-square-foot lease in MetCenter’s Building 15, which is 38,000 square feet larger than the 78,000-square-foot flex space the freight brokerage previously had at buildings 14 and 15.

Arrive had more than 850 employees working at buildings 14 and 15. The freight brokerage plans to hire another 1,000 employees within the next 12 months, according to an Arrive spokesperson.

The company recorded revenue of nearly $811 million in 2020, according to Austin Business Journal list research.

The lease expansion and extension will run through December 2031.

“The trend in tech and logistics companies seeking flex office/industrial space outside of Austin’s urban core has only continued to grow,” Rodrigo Godoi, managing director of investments for Mohr Capital, said in a statement. “Arrive Logistics is a perfect example of a credit tenant on the cutting edge of its real estate strategy. We’re pleased to have worked with the company to negotiate its lease expansion and long-term occupancy in one of Austin’s most desirable mixed-use business parks.”

In 2019, Dallas-based Mohr Capital acquired five buildings encompassing 404,800 square feet in MetCenter from Zydeco Development. Mohr sold one of those buildings, occupied by Amazon, in May.

Visit the Austin Business Journal to read the full article.

By Mickey Shuey | Originally published in the Indianapolis Business Journal

The Indianapolis industrial market is growing at a record pace, continuing a trend that began in the months ahead of the coronavirus’ arrival in early 2020.

More than 22 million square feet of space is already under construction, with some brokerages estimating several million more will break ground by the end of the year. And markets that have begun heating up over the past few years—particularly Whiteland in Johnson County and Mount Comfort in Hancock County—are starting to see extensive development and leasing activity.

In Whiteland, Mohr Capital recently broke ground on multiple buildings of nearly 1 million square feet as part of its Mohr Logistics Park, at the northwest corner of Interstate 65 and Whiteland Road. Cooper Tire moved into its nearly 950,000-square-foot building at the park in the second quarter.

So far, 3.5 million square feet of space is under construction or has been completed on the property. The Mohr development could near 8 million square feet when it’s fully built out in the years ahead, occupying more than 500 acres—nearly the size of the downtown Indianapolis mile square.

Bob Mohr, chairman of Dallas-based Mohr Capital and an Indianapolis native, said what’s happening in Indianapolis is a national phenomenon, albeit one from which Indianapolis is benefiting.

“Industrial [development faced] a big whammy of everything being backed up because of the pandemic, causing significant disruption to global trade. Then you have corporations that are reconfiguring all of their supply chain,” he said. “When you combine those things together, you get a big blow-up in industrial requirements” that have led more companies to seek space.

Mohr said the move to build in Whiteland was driven by a host of factors, including land availability—and, in turn, lower costs—more appetite for incentives from the town, and a stronger labor pool driven by the scarcity of industrial buildings in the area.

Visit the Indianapolis Business Journal to read the full article.

Listen to Bob Mohr on the CRE Project Podcast

Mohr Capital Chairman Bob Mohr recently sat down with The CRE Project Podcast with Clayton King to discuss how he built two successful commercial real estate firms, and how Mohr Capital has thrived during the pandemic when most CRE firms have struggled.

Bob and Clayton also dive into the state of retail, industrial and office segments, and Bob provides his take on the current events and future of each segment.

 

It's been a busy six months, and we're just getting started.

We’ve officially reached the middle of 2021 and it’s already been quite a year. To date, Mohr Capital has closed on nine transactions and broke new ground in the history of our firm.

On the office side, we acquired Riverwood Corporate Center II, an office building in the Milwaukee metro area. The new property is fully leased by the region’s largest healthcare provider and is proof positive that the office market is still alive and well when occupied by credit tenants. The deal follows our acquisition of another office building in Orlando occupied by Accredo Health earlier this year.

On the industrial side, Mohr Capital is reaching new heights. Recently we sold a last-mile distribution facility in Austin that CoStar called the “priciest deal of its kind.” And on the development side, we’ve made great progress on Mohr Logistics Park in Indianapolis, broke ground on a ~600K-SF industrial facility in Nevada (our first in this market), and delivered retail spaces for Regions Bank and Chipotle in the Houston area.

Our success in industrial is due in part to the rise in e-commerce, which has led to skyrocketing demand and even higher rents. We’ve helped our tenants navigate this environment well, and last month I shared what companies can do to get the industrial space they need at a reasonable price at industry conferences and in the media.

It’s been a busy six months for Mohr Capital, and we’re just getting started. In the second half of the year, we’ll be embarking on new investment strategies and we’re extremely excited for what’s to come. We hope this year has been as fruitful for you as it has for us.

Best,

Bob Mohr
Founder & Chairman
Mohr Capital

 

A Record-Breaking Sale

In May, we sold MetCenter Building III in Austin, a 160,000-square-foot industrial facility and 20-acre parking lot. We acquired the facility two years ago and while we intended to hold onto it, industrial demand in Austin resulted in an offer we couldn’t pass up – so much so that CoStar called it “one of the most expensive deals in the Lone Star State.”

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Office is Alive and Well in Milwaukee

In April, we acquired Riverwood Corporate Center II, a 112,000-square-foot office building in the Milwaukee metro area. Along with the deal, we secured a long-term lease with the largest healthcare provider in the region, ProHealth Care. It’s been the company’s headquarters since the building was constructed and will continue to be its home for many years to come.

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Everything's Coming Up Roses for the Industrial Market

Industrial real estate is on fire. However, high demand has resulted in sparse supply and high rates. In May and June, I talked about how tenants can get the industrial space they need at the Industrial Asset Management Council’s 2021 Spring Forum and in an op-ed article with D Magazine. I also participated in Wealth Management Real Estate’s 7th annual industrial survey, No End in Sight for Industrial’s Strong Run, where I shared my thoughts on the state of industrial demand.

Read more at D Magazine  |  Read more at Wealth Management Real Estate

 

New Market, New Opportunities

In June, we closed on 40 acres in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center – one of the largest industrial parks in the world – and started construction on a 600,00-square-foot speculative industrial facility. The development is our first in Nevada and will provide the market with a well-positioned, reasonably priced piece of real estate.

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Wrapping Up Retail Developments

In February 2020, we acquired a restaurant site in The Woodlands, Texas – an affluent suburb just north of Houston – for redevelopment. Since then, we razed the existing structure, built two pad sites, and have delivered a Chipotle and Regions Bank branch.

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Investing in the Next Generation

Helping young people become successful in the commercial real estate industry has been a focus of mine for the past 40 years. My current role as a member of the University of Notre Dame Fitzgerald Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board has enabled me to further that mission and support an institution in my home state that has been a significant part of my family’s life for years.

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