U.S. Office Market Marches Forward Despite Growing Uncertainty in Q3, According to Colliers International


BOSTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. office market showed modest gains in the third quarter, closing the July through September period with the average vacancy rate dropping from 12.38 to 12.24 percent, according to a report by Colliers International, a leading global real estate services firm.

Alongside the slight drop in vacancies, third quarter office absorption (the change in occupied space) totaled 18.9 million square feet (msf), off slightly from the second quarter’s 20.7 msf absorption – bringing the year-to- date total change in occupied space to 51.8 msf. Compared with this time last year, absorption has fallen short – since by the end of Q3’06, YTD absorption clocked in at 70.1 msf.

Central business district (CBD) vacancy rates dropped from 10.86 percent in Q2 to 10.62 percent in Q3. Indeed, 35 of the CBDs surveyed by Colliers recorded a decrease in vacancy over the past quarter, while 27 markets recorded an increase in downtown office vacancies. For suburban markets, quarter-over-quarter vacancy rates dropped from 13.14 to 13.06 percent. Twenty eight suburban markets surveyed by Colliers reported an increase in vacancy, while 27 reported a decline.

Vacancy rates for top tier office space went from 11.11 percent to 10.97 percent. Meanwhile, vacancies for more economic office space inched down 0.13 percentage points to 13.41 percent.

“Bearing in mind the plethora of bad news during the third quarter, the office market continued to act much like the Energizer Bunny, with demand humming along and rents ratcheting up yet again,” remarked Ross Moore, senior vice president and director of market and economic research at Colliers International. “We are clearly worried about the slowdown in housing and the fallout from this summer's credit crisis, but to date, the office market hasn't given up any of the gains made over the past several years”.

In terms of new supply, another 17.6 msf was added to the office market during Q3’07, and 102.6 msf is currently under construction.

As for rents, both downtown and suburban Class A rents increased compared to the previous quarter, with a 3.2 percent rise in CBD rents and a 3.5 percent increase in the suburbs. Downtown rents have increased 15.4 percent year-to-date, while suburban market rents have increased 9.3 percent.

Class A downtown rents in the U.S. averaged $47.41 per square foot (psf) during Q3, ranging from a low of $14.95 in Little Rock, AR to a high of $95.23 psf in Midtown Manhattan. The national average rent per square foot for suburban office space was $28.24.

    Top 10 Under Construction – Downtown Market – US

                  MARKET                           UNDER CONSTRUCTION (SF)
    1       New York, NY – Downtown Manhattan         4,600,000
    2       Chicago, IL                               4,275,000
    3       Charlotte, NC                             3,731,000
    4       New York, NY – Midtown Manhattan          3,530,000
    5       San Francisco, CA                         1,827,000
    6       Philadelphia, PA                          1,253,000
    7       Denver, CO                                1,200,000
    8       Washington, DC                            1,157,000
    9       Sacramento, CA                              800,000
    10      Nashville, TN                               789,000
    Top 10 Under Construction – Suburban Market – US

                  MARKET                           UNDER CONSTRUCTION (SF)
    1       Phoenix, AZ                               6,437,000
    2       Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX                      6,256,000
    3       Atlanta, GA                               5,375,000
    4       Los Angeles, CA                           4,281,000
    5       San Diego County, CA                      3,448,000
    6       Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC            2,382,000
    7       New Jersey – Central                      2,254,000
    8       Houston, TX                               2,117,000
    9       Orlando, FL                               2,095,000
    10      Sacramento, CA                            2,089,000

About Colliers

Colliers International is a global affiliation of independently owned commercial real estate firms. The organization’s 10,092 employees span the world in 267 offices in 57 countries. On a worldwide basis, Colliers manages 672,945,918 square feet, and has revenue of $US 1,620,958,439. For more information, visit www.colliers.com.

SOURCE Colliers International

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