Q2 2022 U.S. Office Real Estate Market Report
The office market returned to negative net absorption in Q2 2022 but recorded its third consecutive quarter with over 100 million SF in leasing volume. There is currently a record-high amount of sublease space available on the market, placing further downward pressure on asking rents. Uncertainty continues to cloud the market as organizations big and small consider the role of the physical workplace in their future. A national trend has yet to emerge, but one will be revealed as leases expire over the next several years.
National office real estate trends
- The market returned to negative net absorption after three consecutive quarters of positive demand for space
- The pool of sublease space available is currently at a record high 214 million SF; 46% of this space is listed as available, but currently occupied
- Leasing volume has exceeded 100 million SF for the third consecutive quarter
- Landlords and owners are granting free rent and generous tenant improvement packages in lieu of lower rent
- New construction starts for office developments have slowed considerably: pre-pandemic construction starts averaged $24 million quarterly, while construction starts after the pandemic onset average $15 million quarterly
- Sales volume remains strong as investors seek well-leased buildings with creditworthy tenants (“trophy” assets)
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