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Report: Office Space in Paradise (Honolulu)

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Thinking about moving to a warmer climate? Here is what our Hawaii Local OfficeFinder Member tells us about the Honolulu Office Space Market:

The Honolulu office market ended 2010 by continuing its occupancy slide. Nine of the last ten quarters have seen negative absorption. The 4th quarter saw 61,382 square feet of negative absorption bringing the 2010 total to negative 216,997 square feet. Vacancy increased to 12.1% vacant, 0.6% higher than the previous quarter and 1.9% higher than the same time in 2009. The islandwide average asking full service gross rent increased $0.03 during the quarter to $2.99/sf/mth. Operating expenses, which are included in the gross rent figure, decreased by $0.02 to $1.26/sf/mth. Asking base rent increased by $0.05/sf/mth during Honolulu CBD Class A Office Snapshot - 4th Quarter, 2010 the quarter, however the spread between asking and taking base rents is larger than in recent memory.

Weak Job Growth and Limited Tenant Demand
Although job growth turned positive in the 3rd quarter of 2010, it is forecast to remain weak through 2011. Because of a relentless push to reduce costs including rent, most businesses are putting more people in fewer square feet. The result is that the market needs slight job growth to offset this effect.

A 12% vacancy rate is a lot better than many other office markets!

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Wall Street Office Space Rents 18% Lower than Manhattan's Average

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According to a study by Studley Inc, asking rents for buildings at the one-time mecca of global finance have fallen to among the lowest in Manhattan after ranking as some of the priciest as recently as 2008. Wall Street landlords are seeking rates about 18% less than the city average, hurt by years of exodus by financial firms looking for bigger, more modern offices.

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Selecting an Executive Office Suite Provider

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Your clients obtain their initial view of your company upon entering your office and first impressions are critical to how you and your organization are viewed. As they say, you only get one chance at a first impression. In order to ensure that clients and high profile visitors get the right impression, you will need to make sure you take the proper precautions when selecting your office location.

First of all, what exactly is an executive office suite? The term refers to an alternative office space in which you use part of a larger office suite either full time or part-time to meet with clients, host meetings, conduct negotiations, and finalize deals. They are also known as Serviced Offices. Several organizations will be housed in the same suite, each having designated offices but sharing meeting and common areas as well as support staff on a pay as you go basis. Typically they are “Turnkey” including furniture, phones and office equipment and Internet.  All you have to do is turn the key and get to work.

You want to select an executive office suite provider that will be right for your business. A place where you can feel comfortable and productive, but which also makes a clear statement about you and your successful business. Here are a few suggestions on how you can make sure you make the best decision.

  • The first consideration most prospective executive suite tenants consider is location related to where you want or need to do business.  Make sure that there is good access and parking is available as needed.
  • Make sure and take some time to research providers online as well as locally before choosing. Check with the Better Business Bureau to learn of any documented complaints. Ask for some references. A reputable suite provider will be glad to provide you with all the information needed to contact references. Ask plenty questions about the references experiences with the suite provider and inquire both positive and negative experiences they've had in the past.No matter how successful your business, budget is important. A reputable office suite provider will help you the best possible suite at a competitive price for your area. Explain to the office suite provider exactly how you plan to use the space so that practical suites can be selected for viewing. Make sure you understand what else you may be charged for and how much it will cost. Examples are faxing, copy machine use and the like. Some providers will charge low start up costs and then charge you for everything under the sun. Also, if you need any additional services the provider does not provide, they will likely be able to identify nearby service providers for many of those services.
  • Talk with the other executive office suite residents who will share your space. Your provider should facilitate introductions and provide a bit of information about their operations. Also, see how the receptionist answers the phone and greets clients. They will be taking calls and greeting your clients, too.
  • Try out the Internet. Make sure the connection is fast enough for your needs by sitting down at a computer and taking a test drive. Visit a speed test site to make sure you know what you are getting.  Just because it is a T1 line, doesn’t mean it is fast.
  • Check out the office(s) you will be renting. Does it need a fresh coat of paint? Is the carpet good? Now is the time to make sure these things get done, before you sign the agreement.
  • Finally, read all of the space agreement or lease and any amendments involved.  If it is not in writing it is not enforceable. Verbal promises don’t count. Remember, everything is negotiable. If you do not like it, try to negotiate it away.

Once you locate the right executive office suite provider, you'll be grateful you took time to do your research. The impression a client takes away from visiting your office suite will stick in their minds for years.

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Good News on Office Space Recovery Continues

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Good news regarding the office space market seems to be abundant now-a-days. I was just reviewing my Google alerts for office vacancy and office space and came across quite a few positive headlines.  Here are a few:

Jobs will fuel an office market recovery
Michigan Business Review - MLive.com

Twitter hunts for Manhattan office space
The Real Deal New York (blog)

Dubai office occupancy set to go up
Zawya

Manhattan Business Center Expands by Opening Fourth Office Center
DigitalJournal.com (press release)

Record Occupancy Levels for Birmingham Office
officebroker.com (blog)

Brisbane office market bounces back
Queensland Business Review

Commercial real estate recovering
Daily Press

Key Economic Indicators Hint At Local Recovery
SF Weekly (blog)

Recession over--sort of--and recovery underway
STLtoday.com

Office spaces outside of CBD to yield higher rents due to growing demand
Channel News Asia

Amazon's Hiring Spree Will Fill 1.7 Million Square Feet of Office Space in Seattle
All Things Digital (blog)

Office take-up in Edinburgh increased significantly in 2010
Free Office Search

GSA posts 255,000 SF office space requirement
Washington Business Journal

Nordstrom leasing more space from art museum
Seattle Times

Liverpool hindered by a lack of grade A office space
Liverpool Daily Post

Not bad for just a week’s worth of news. Let’s hope this trend keeps going forward.

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Shortage of Large Office Space For Lease in Manhattan

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"New York City doesn't have enough big chunks of office space to go around for all of the major tenants who are looking. According to Crain's, there are 24 tenants currently on the hunt for at least 250,000 square feet in New York City and only 29 available blocks that fit the bill. But Cushman & Wakefield data shows that only 12 of those spaces are in the coveted Midtown area, and brokers say the crunch is shifting the office leasing market in landlords' favor."

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