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Mid-2022 Las Vegas Office Market Report

September 21st, 2022

The Las Vegas commercial real estate (CRE) market has continued its recovery and stabilization since emerging from the pandemic. Positive signs for Q2 2022 include reduction in vacancies, positive net absorption, increased asking rents, and the delivery of two projects adding 188,909 square feet (sq/ft) office space to the market.

Strong pre-leasing and inquiry numbers for planned and under-construction projects, along with a rise in companies looking to the Las Vegas Valley to expand or relocate operations entirely, round out the positive sentiment currently seen in the market.

For office product in particular, Las Vegas saw a Q2 of mixed results. On the back of some notable expansion in Q1 2022, Southern NV’s office market has appeared to cool at mid-year. Investment prices reached record levels, however, vacancy rates edged higher. The Southwest submarket continues to see rising rents and additional leasing activity as tenants continue to funnel to this historically popular region. 

There are currently 4,660 CRE spaces for lease in Las Vegas, amounting to 41.5 million square feet of space. Out of the 1280 commercial buildings available for sale, 505 have been leased in the past month, with 12 new listings coming onto market at time of print.

Key Takeaways

  • Total inventory under construction – 468,400 square feet 
  • Overall vacancy – 12.7% (a rise from 12.5% in Q1)
  • Net absorption – negative 284,323 square feet
  • Availability – 6.2 million square feet
  • Average asking rents – $28.50 per square foot per year (a decline of $0.02 from Q1)
  • Investment sales – $50.5 million (down from $75.5 million in Q1)

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Mid-2022 Houston Commercial Real Estate Market Report

September 1st, 2022

Houston Office Market

Latest data from Q2 2022 shows Houston’s total office space inventory at 349.5 million square feet, a significant bump in supply from the mid-2021 figure of 173 million square feet. Despite the increase in stock, there have finally been gains in occupancy, with Q1 signalling this healthy marker for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

There were hints of this recovery at the end of 2021. The trend of last year’s subpar market performance was bucked by Class A and trophy office space (Class A+), which accounted for more than 60% of all leasing activity in Houston during Q3 2021. This positive influence has continued into Q2 2022, with Class A demand being the sole driver for occupancy gains in roughly half of Houston’s office submarkets.

Recently refurbished Class A offices, in developments built after 2005, are bucking the vacancy rate trends. These buildings report only 17% vacancy in Q2 2022, compared to the overall Class A vacancy rate of 25.6%. The new renovation programs undertaken by these mid-age office suppliers have clearly been a hit with Houston businesses, serving to satisfy post-pandemic amenity demands better than their newly developed A Grade counterparts.

Despite these low vacancy rates, the five largest leasing deals during Q2 2022 were for new and Class A CBD office space. This trend can be further illustrated by the newly completed Texas Tower, with occupancy already at 70% leased, despite only opening in the first quarter of 2022. As with the vast majority of major cities in the United States, the Houston CBD appears to be the focal point for the highest activity. 

Key Takeaways

  • Inventory – 349.5 million square feet
  • Overall vacancy – 23.4% (a slight decrease from Q1’s 23.6%)
  • Net absorption – negative 90,000 square feet (due to coming off the back of the bumper mid-year figure of +641,7000 when several substantial tenants moved into newly completed offices)
  • Availability – 27.6%
  • Average asking rents – $30.80 (up 1.9% YOY)
  • Investment sales – $156 per square foot (up from $116 in Q2 2021)

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How the Decentralization of Cities Has Changed the U.S. Office Space Market

August 22nd, 2022

Among the many changes brought about by COVID-19, the disruption to work arrangements and mobility patterns is perhaps the most profound. 

Since 2020, companies of all shapes and sizes have decided to re-structure their workforce, implementing new working models and providing employees with previously unforeseen levels of mobility. This freedom has resulted in many of these employees re-structuring their lives, relocating to more affordable or personally preferable cities. Moreover, the increased implementation of remote and hybrid office-work models has changed the way employers and employees think about location, causing many workers to reassess the need to live close to major business centers.

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Mid-2022 Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Market Overview

August 8th, 2022

Office Space

As of Q2 2022, we’re continuing to see signs of Atlanta’s increased post-pandemic recovery when compared to its peers. Office occupancy rates have shot up dramatically since Q2 2021, though leasing overall has still not reached pre-pandemic levels. Major players — including Google, Microsoft, Visa, and Airbnb — have been in the process of opening up thousands of high salary jobs in offices throughout Atlanta, heavily contributing to the increased positive sentiment that has permeated throughout the office sector in 2022.

Rents have settled after the turbulent events of the early 2020s. Vacancy rates in the metro are still sitting around 18%, making it harder for providers to hike rates. Overall vacancy rates have dropped from 18.8% in Q1 2022 to 18.4% in Q2, providing more evidence of recovery. Despite this, vacant square footage by volume has increased in the metro area, with just over 43 million sq/ft vacant in the middle of 2022 representing a rise compared to the same time in 2021, which saw 42 million sq/ft of vacant office space.

Vacancy rates in Midtown are down to 19% in Q2 2022, compared to 22% in Q2 2021. South Atlanta still shows the lowest vacancy rates across the metro area at 11.7%, though this is up from the Q2 2021 figure of 10%. Despite this increase, recovery is still trending positively when compared to other areas in Atlanta — though reaching the healthy metrics of 2019 is still a ways off. Read the rest of this entry »