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: San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, like many Texas metros, has experienced significant economic growth with minimal impacts from the past recession. Overall, total employment is at near record highs and unemployment sits at 3.7% as of January ‘16, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The metro’s diversified economic base from trade and manufacturing to research and finance has left the office market relatively healthy and poised to grow in 2016 and beyond. All key office sectors are growing, including Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, and Information, at annualized rates of 2.1%, 2.0%, and 1.0%, respectively. San Antonio does have significant exposure to industries such as automobiles and energy that could come under pressure in continued global slowdowns, but overall the risk to the office market does not appear significant at this time.
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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