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Office Space Vacancy Rates in US CBDs Fall Slightly

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Bloomberg July 8, 2010 - Office space vacancies in U.S. central business areas fell in the second quarter from the prior three months, the first drop since 2007, as companies hired workers and took advantage of lower office space rents, Cushman & Wakefield said.

The average vacancy rate in central business districts fell to 14.8 percent from 15 percent at the end of the first quarter, the New York-based broker said today. Sixteen of the 31 cities tracked by Cushman had declines in vacancies, the company said.

“Markets throughout the U.S. continue to strengthen, as it becomes strongly apparent that the national vacancy rate for CBDs has peaked,” Maria Sicola, executive managing director and head of Americas research for Cushman, said in a statement.

Office vacancies in both central business districts and suburban areas rose to 17.4 percent in the second quarter, the highest since 1993, New York-based research company Reis Inc. said July 6. Cushman’s figures are for central business districts in cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco.

Some office landlords cut their rents to fill space, Cushman said. The average rent fell to $36.49 a square foot from $36.88 in the first quarter. Nineteen of the 31 districts covered in the survey had quarterly declines in rates and 13 of those had drops of less than 3 percent, a smaller decline than in past quarters, Cushman said.

‘Nearing Bottom’

“While there is still substantial competition among landlords to offer the best deal to prospective tenants, rental rates are nearing a bottom in several markets,” Sicola said.

The U.S. has added 882,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, according to the Labor Department. The drop in office vacancies in the second quarter followed nine straight increases dating back to the last three months of 2007, when the rate bottomed out at 9.7 percent, Cushman said.

Manhattan’s three submarkets -- Midtown, Midtown South and Downtown -- had the lowest vacancy rates among the central business districts tracked by Cushman. Midtown South’s vacancy rate fell to 9.3 percent from 9.9 percent in the first quarter, Downtown’s rate was little changed at 9.9 percent and Midtown’s rate declined to 11.5 percent from 12.6 percent.

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A GREAT Time to Renegotiate Your Office Space Lease

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With office space vacancy rates at recent time highs, office rental rates down as much as 30% in many office markets and no bottom found in the woes for office building owners, now is a great time to renegotiate your lease. Even if you have 2 or more years left on your current office lease you may be surprised at the willingness of landlords to renegotiate. It is not a market specific phenomena, but one that is nationwide. It doesn't matter if you lease office space in Manhattan, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles or even small markets such as Fresno, Raleigh or Rochester. Every office space market has been affected.   Many office building owners are having financial difficulties not only on the occupancy side, but also on the mortgage side. If a landlord has a refinance coming due, you may find yourself in a great position to blend and extend.  What this means is that you would extend your office space lease for another 3 to 5 years at a lower rate in order for the landlord to show to their office building lender that they have long term office space tenants.  No office building owner will agree to reducing a financially strong tenant's rent, unless the restructured agreement provides them with some sort of economic benefit. In this case while you are paying less rent, it turns out to be a win-win situation since your new lease will help in the refinance process for the office building owner.

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Opportunity for Deep Office Space Rental Discounts May be Closing Soon

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The opportunity for tenants to renegotiate their office space leases at favorable rates may be ending as the recession comes to a close. In most markets landlords of office space for lease have seen their office renal rates decline by 20 – 30%. With a light at the end of the tunnel, many landlords would rather see office space sit vacant than get tied up in long term leases at reduced rates. The current general belief is that the commercial real estate market will start to see an upswing by early 2011. For tenants in the position to either renegotiate or relocate, the window may be closing on deep discounted rental rates.

Achieving the best possible lease terms is not a simple task.  Landlords are sophisticated and know how to mitigate demands.  The best bet for a tenant looking for office space for lease or rent is to engage the services of an office tenant representative to level the playing field.  For landlords, this is their business and they are very good at it. An office space tenant only negotiates a new lease every few years. If you go it alone, it is not a level playing field. To top it off, a tenant representative service is typically free. Most landlords have a listing agent who is required to share their fees with tenant reps.  The fee is already built in. If the tenant does not have an office tenant representative, the listing agent keeps the entire fee.  It only makes sense that tenants looking to lease office space take advantage of getting a professional on their side.

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NAR on 2010 - Office Space Vacancy to Increase. Office Space Rental Rates to Decrease

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WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 26, 2010) -  Vacancy rates continue to rise in most commercial sectors and are not expected to level out in most markets until the end of this year or early 2011, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there is one bright spot in commercial real estate. "The multifamily sector can expect increased demand as the economy creates jobs and new households are formed, likely in the second half of this year," he said. "However, the office, warehouse and retail sectors continue to experience the delayed effects of the recession. These sectors should see gradual improvement after jobs pick up and create additional demand for space, meaning a broader improvement in commercial real estate is likely in 2011."

The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors®, in its SIOR Commercial Real Estate Index, an attitudinal survey of nearly 700 local market experts,(1) confirms that significant fallout from the recession remains, but to a lesser extent.

The SIOR index, measuring 10 variables, increased 2.7 percentage points to 38.2 in the first quarter, compared with a level of 100 that represents a balanced marketplace. This is the second gain following nearly three years of declines; the last time the market was in equilibrium was in the third quarter of 2007.

Development activity remains at a standstill with nine out of 10 respondents saying that it is virtually nonexistent in their markets.

Looking at the overall market, commercial vacancy rates appear to be approaching a plateau, according to NAR's latest COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE OUTLOOK. The NAR forecast for four major commercial sectors analyzes quarterly data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets. Historic data were provided by CBRE Econometric Advisors.

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With an elevated level of sublease space available, vacancy rates in the office sector are projected to increase from 16.9 percent in the first quarter of this year to 17.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011, but should ease later next year.

Annual office rent is likely to fall 2.3 percent this year and decline another 2.1 percent in 2011. In 57 markets tracked, net absorption of office space, which includes the leasing of new space coming on the market as well as space in existing properties, is forecast to be a negative 24.6 million square feet this year and then a positive 25.5 million in 2011.

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Executive Suite Innovation - No Turning Back

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WSJ.com May 16, 2010 - The recession forced many chief executives to find new ways to run their business—and many are relying on those changes to help fuel growth and cost savings in the recovery.

During the slump, Regus PLC, a provider of outsourced office space, launched more lower-priced services after customers cut spending. A Bayer AG division sought new business in alternative energy when its traditional car and construction markets dried up. Duke Energy Corp. solicited employee ideas for cost cuts when demand for energy fell.

Now, all of those initiatives are outlasting the recession, executives say. "They're not going back to the old way," says Harold Sirkin, a senior partner at Boston Consulting Group.

Regus, which has over 400 locations in the U.S. and others in Europe, hoped at the beginning of the recession that corporate clients would use more of its office space and video-conferencing facilities as firms slashed travel budgets and downsized their own offices.

But that strategy didn't pan out. Corporate clients did cut travel budgets—but they cut back on use of Regus's space too.

The company ran focus groups to discover clients' concerns, something they didn't do very often before the recession, according to CEO Mark Dixon.

Focus groups said they wanted more office-use options at a broader range of prices, especially on the lower end, which Mr. Dixon also thought would attract small businesses and individual consultants.

He introduced a five-day card for $69 that gives users a desk at any Regus shared-workspace location. Regus also introduced a plan for $25 a month that gives people access to any "business lounge," an open space with wireless access at a Regus business center. Before the recession Regus didn't offer anything comparable, and customers could use private rooms on an hourly basis or for $75 a day.

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As the worldwide leader in Flexible Workplace / Executive Suite industry, Regus's initiatives have changed the industry requiring those who want to be competitive to change, too. Once of the biggest changes has been in the offering of virtual offices. It has been a rob Peter to pay Paul scenario since many of the virtual office clients at one point would have had full time offices paying much more in rent.  With the recession many factors changed and it appears that business is not going to go back to the way it was before the recession.

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