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CBRE: Boston Industrial Leasing Surges with Insatiable E-Commerce Demand

The Boston industrial market experienced robust leasing activity as e-commerce and third-party logistics companies established or expanded their operations throughout the region, according to CBRE’s Boston Industrial Figures Q3 2021 report. As a result, the Greater Boston market posted a sub-2.0% vacancy rate for the first time ever.

The nearly 3.2 million square feet of positive absorption recorded in Q3 — and just under six million square feet year to date — marks Greater Boston’s position as one of the leading industrial markets in the nation.

 “Vacancy rates, asking rents and absorption numbers in the industrial sector have hit record levels that in most cases we are seeing for the first time in history,” said Rachel Marks, industrial market practice leader for CBRE’s Greater Boston region. “We expect the level of demand to continue unabated, putting further stress on an already fragile supply/demand imbalance, with just 1.4 million square feet of of spec construction currently underway.”


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