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Industrial real estate is a broad sector encompassing many business types and property uses. Locations of properties in this sector are determined more by access to transportation than by population density. Sites are located next to highway interchanges, along train routes, and near airports. However, being located within a close distance to a large labor force is also crucial because industrial parks and centers usually employ hundreds if not thousands of people. Industrial properties are typically leased, but some companies do choose to own their location. Rental rates are usually lower for these spaces because of the lower cost to construct the buildings. Industrial buildings have few office spaces and are mostly comprised of large open spaces either for equipment or storage.

Role / Company Location Posted
Real Estate CounselAmazon.com Seattle, WA May 25, 2018
Building OperatorColliers International Calgary, AB May 24, 2018
Associate Project Manager - Commercial ConstructionCBRE Redmond, TX May 22, 2018
Analyst / AVP - Large Loan Originations UnderwritingSitus New York, NY May 22, 2018
Director of Development and LeasingHunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. Kansas City, MO May 22, 2018
Real Estate AccountantSpirit Investment Partners San Clemente, CA May 21, 2018
Facilities ManagerColliers International Atlanta, GA May 18, 2018
Client Services AssociateNational Real Estate Advisors, LLC Washington, DC May 17, 2018
Property AccountantVenture One Real Estate Rosemont, IL May 17, 2018
Equity Asset Management AnalystMetLife Real Estate Investments Los Angeles, CA May 17, 2018



Looking to the future

Industrial real estate is deeply tied to the strength of the US economy, especially in areas of manufacturing and distribution. When the economy slows, production will slow at these facilities and businesses will suffer. As oil and energy costs rise, transportation costs for materials to and from these industrial facilities will also rise. Industrial developers seek strategic locations in advance of distribution logistics as well as technology changes that prompt needs for data centers and yet to be discovered real estate solutions for technology innovations. Many manufacturing facilities are in the midst of redevelopment and repurposing as manufacturing processes evolve.

 
Industrial

Skills Required

  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Distribution centers
  • Data centers
  • Technology Parks

Professional Reading and Resources


  • "Commercial Property News"
  • "Real Estate Forum"
  • "Development Magazine" by NAIOP
  • "National Real Estate Investor"
  • "Urban Land" by ULI

Top Companies


  • ProLogis
  • First Industrial Realty Trust
  • Duke Realty Corp.
  • RREEF
  • USAA Real Estate Co.