The U.S. housing market is in a significant upswing, and that is enriching the fortunes of those invested in the industrial property sector as warehouses stock-up on all the things that make a house a home.
“All of the raw materials and finished goods that contribute to a new home flow through the supply chain and spend some time in an industrial property,” says David Egan, Americas head of industrial research for CBRE.
In May, the U.S. Commerce Department announced that new housing starts in April rose 20.2 percent over the previous month. This was the biggest monthly percentage increase since April 1991 and the strongest month since November 2007.
According to CBRE, future indicators suggest this trend will continue. New permit applications, which are generally an indicator of near-term construction, were up 10.1 percent in April. The National Association of Realtors points to strong growth in new home starts, as well as existing home sales