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Office Leasing Slowdown Should Help Tenants in 2017

Office Leasing Slowdown Should Help Tenants in 2017

Office Leasing SlowdownAn office leasing slowdown should help Tenants in 2017 that are signing new or renewal leases.

Help will come by way of:

(1) Reduced Rental Rates: A modest reduction in office rental rates is expected.


(2) Increased Tenant Incentives: These can include: (a) the amount of free rent given in the lease; (b) a Landlord’s willingness to provide a “build-to-suit” office; and (c) the cash contribution paid to a Tenant when it constructs its own office. 

(3) More flexibility in the Lease Term: As the market cools some Landlords will agree to lease space for shorter terms. During the peak, many building owners insisted on a 7- 10 year lease to “lock in” the higher rent. In the future, lease terms of as little as 3 years should be available.

(4) Building Improvements and Enhanced Amenities: The recent strength of the office market encouraged Owners to invest in building upgrades including new lobbies and infrastructure (elevators, security, HVAC, Life Safety Systems, etc.). Tenants signing new leases will benefit from these improvements. Some buildings now offer exclusive amenities to its Tenants such as concierge service, a meeting room, conference facility and health club.

Read our report on Q3 2016 Office Rental Rates HERE.

Evidence of an Office Leasing Slowdown

Many Landlords are just now recognizing the office leasing slowdown. Year-to-date there has been a noticeable reduction in interest by new Tenants as evidenced by fewer space tours and lease proposals. This is predictive of fewer lease transactions in the coming year. Additionally, vacancy rates are increasing. According to CoStar, the Commercial Real Estate Information Company, in the second quarter of 2016 the Vacancy Rate was 7.8%. It jumped to 8.2% in the third quarter. Another revealing indicator is Net Absorption. Net Absorption measures the net change in occupied spaceNet Absorption for the overall New York City office market was negative (606,701) square feet in the third quarter 2016. That compares to positive 1,809,982 square feet in the second quarter 2016.


Office Leasing Slowdown in the News

The office leasing slowdown has been reported in real estate industry and general business publications.  

Office Leasing Slowdown

 Scorecard: The steady decline of Manhattan office leasing

September 28, 2016 08:00AM  By Adam Pincus

manhattan-lease-declineManhattan office leasing slowed by 23 percent over the past two months compared with the same period a year earlier, and is down 39 percent from 2014, an analysis of CoStar Group data revealed.  Link here for entire story:


 Office Leasing Slowdown

Report: Signs point to slowdown in TAMI market


The TAMI sector has been one of the biggest stories of the past couple years, and in 2015, the workforce grew by 5.4 percent, while existing TAMI tenants expanded 71 percent more than in 2014. 

Shared office space companies like WeWork, Coworkrs, and The Yard have been taking spaces all over Manhattan and Brooklyn – WeWork alone leased a total of 900,000 s/f in 2015, accounting for three percent of all Manhattan leasing.

But despite the growth, some signs are pointing to a possible slowdown. Link here for entire story:


Office Leasing Slowdown

January 12, 2016 12:41 p.m.      By Erik Ipsen

Commercial rents, leasing and property sales to lose steam in 2016

After five years of record growth, signs of stress are emerging in New York City’s real estate market, especially in the past three months. Although new office leasing hit 28.2 million square feet last year, the third-highest Manhattan total in a decade, the figure is 14% below 2014 levels, according to a year-end report from Cushman & Wakefield. Link here for entire story:



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