For many of us, 2013 ended up closing with less than stellar results. Will 2014 be a better year? We share our perspective on why 2014 may be a better year for the commercial real estate market.
How can you build a collaborative work environment in your company? Firms like Pixar and Google have demonstrated the power of a good work environment. Collaboration can bread success and it is worth spending some time to layout your office in a way that fosters it. This article takes a brief look at the topic and gives some insight on how to bring it out in your office setting.
Companies expect more from open-plan offices – more teamwork, productivity, and satisfaction. Do they get it? Read more in my post on the trends of moving toward and open-plan and shared spaces and how it mimics what corporations are doing with their office space. Is it a trend or the new standard, see what is involved in that decision…
Demand for office space surged in the fourth quarter of 2012 posting the strongest quarter of demand for office space since pre-recession 2007. The job numbers have been healthy for quite some time but it wasn’t till the fourth quarter did we see the demand play out. Given the fiscal cliff scenario, the fear of a relapse into recession may be behind us. Asking rents rose 1% when compared to Q4 2011. While this is still a tenant’s market, vacancy is eroding. We estimate that we still need to decrease another 200 bsp before landlords can really push rents. The national rent growth is being pushed by a hand full of West Coast, tech-driven markets as well as the New York City market. Furthermore, we are seing companies functioning on less space per employee. That number has declined from 225sf to 176sf per person in 2012. We estimate that this could fall to as little as 151sf per person by 2017.
On Friday December 14th, Cassidy Turley released research examining the impending “fiscal cliff’s” impact on commercial real estate markets across the country. In this post, the fiscal cliff is defined and several scenarios are discussed. We also take our market research platform and discuss the impact to 30 different markets across the country. You can download the report by following the link or you can read the summary in this post. As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments.