SVNIC’s 2016 Market Outlook Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2016. Today we are delving into the 2016 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest or the most actively contested markets, the 2016 Office Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that is driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.
Top Office Market to Watch: Denver, CO
Denver remains one of the most rock-solid metropolitan economies in the nation with 3.0% unemployment in January ‘16, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while maintaining steady, slow growth that has total employment at record highs. The office market is equally steady with a relatively low level of vacancy and fair asking rents. This stability and growth should persist in 2016 for the office sector as key employment groups – Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, and Information – are all showing strong-to-decent annualized growth of 3.9%, 3.2%, and 1.8%, respectively. Denver maintains a diversified set of economic base activities including aerospace, bioscience, and energy, just to name a few. As such, the office market is likely to withstand any negative impacts of global uncertainty and oil price declines for the foreseeable future.
Advisor Insights: SVN | Denver Commercial
SVN Advisors at SVN | Denver Commercial have some office market highlights to share:
- Over 2 million square feet of newly delivered space is coming on the market, temporarily inflating vacancy rates.
- Energy industry impact on office vacancy is significant as energy prices stay at their low prices. Sublet opportunities are up, and many energy company offices have closed completely. Vacancy rates have risen to mid-to-high teens.
- Mixed use, co-work spaces continue to flourish, especially in the burgeoning CBD area. Conversion and re-purposing of old warehouses and factories is prevalent in the market.
- Denver is creating jobs, with over 45,000 new positions in the last twelve months. Demand for office should rise concurrently with the job creation trend. Denver has become a desirable 18 hour city that attracts top talent in many industries.
Over the next few weeks, the SVN Blog will be featuring posts that will focus on each of the top markets to watch for industrial, multifamily, office, and retail properties. SVN Advisors from selected top markets have provided their industry expertise regarding what to look out for in their specific market in the coming months. Don’t miss out on these important insights – subscribe to the SVN Blog on the right side of the blog homepage.
To read more on other top office markets, download the full version of the 2016 Office Market Outlook report here.
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