Office Continues ‘Slow, Steady Improvement
LOS ANGELES—Office vacancies declined 10 basis points during the third quarter to a national average of 12.9%, CBRE said Monday. Driving the improvements were suburban markets, continuing a trend seen over the past few quarters.
Specifically, suburban office vacancies shed 20 bps to end Q3 at 14.1%, while for CBDs the quarterly decline was smaller although the 10-bp drop occurred in an office environment where vacancies are already more than 300 bps lower. Downtown office vacancies stood at 10.6% at quarter’s end, and CBRE says improvements were seen in a majority of US markets.
“The slow, steady improvement in the office market continued in the third quarter after a second quarter pause,” says Jeffrey Havsy, Americas chief economist for CBRE. “Demand remains positive but modest.”