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U.S. Office Market Outlook – August 2022

US Office Market Outlook August 2022
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Investor Appetite Remains Robust in Gateway Markets

Office transactions totaled $51.9 billion year-to-date in July, with Boston, Manhattan and the Bay Area leading the way, the latest Yardi Matrix national office report shows.

Report Highlights

  • Full-service equivalent listing rates clocked in at $37.55 per square foot in July, up 17 cents month-over-month.
  • Office vacancy averaged 15.1 percent across the top 50 U.S. office markets, up 10 basis points from the same period last year.
  • The under-construction pipeline included 149.5 million square feet of office space as of July.
  • Office transaction volume nationwide totaled $51.9 billion at the end of July.

Office transaction volume year-to-date in July totaled $51.9 billion. Sales surpassed the $3 billion-mark in Boston ($3.3 billion), Manhattan ($3.2 billion), and the Bay Area ($3.1 billion), largely driven by a flurry of activity in the life sciences sector. Investors were bullish on other gateway markets such as Los Angeles ($2.5 billion) and Seattle ($2.3 billion).

Meanwhile, office assets changed hands at an average $265 per square foot at the end of July. Manhattan ($892 per square foot) and San Francisco ($905 per square foot) continue to command the highest price per square foot.

Life science sector fuels Boston development

Some 149.5 million square feet of office space was under construction across the nation at the end of July, accounting for 2.2 percent of total stock. Projects in planned stages account for an additional 6.5 percent. The largest active pipelines were found in Manhattan (20.9 million square feet) and Boston, thanks to multiple projects that broke ground pre-pandemic, as well as the market’s strong life sciences footprint.

Some 28.7 million square feet were completed nationwide between January and July, with approximately 42 percent rising in the suburbs. Yardi Matrix estimates this share will decline in the near future, as only 31 percent of the upcoming stock is located in suburban submarkets.

As of July, the average full-service equivalent listing rate was $37.75 per square foot, increasing by 17 cents from the previous month but down 230 basis points year-over-year. Office vacancy nationwide clocked in at 15.1 percent in July, up 10 basis points when compared to the same period last year.

Markets with a high concentration of fully in-person office workers—predominantly from the life sciences and financial sectors—such as Boston (240 basis points) and Charlotte (130 basis points) recorded some of the steepest declines in office vacancy.

Read the full Matrix Office National Report-August 2022

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