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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Manhattan Office Vacancy Rate Increases, Effective Rents off 44%

by Calculated Risk on 7/14/2009 05:06:00 PM

From Reuters: Manhattan office vacancies spike to 4-1/2 yr high (ht Brian)

The overall vacancy rate -- which includes space that will become available over the next six months -- rose 0.9 percentage point from the first quarter to 10.5 percent, the highest rate since the fourth quarter 2004, when it touched 11 percent. ...

Asking rent in the second quarter fell to $60.23 per square foot, down 15.9 percent from a year ago, Cushman said.

Factoring in months of free rent and work space improvements, effective rent in Manhattan already is off 44 percent from the peak in the first quarter 2008.
Sharply lower rents, reduced leverage and much higher cap rates - Brian calls this the "neutron bomb for RE equity"; destroys CRE investors, but leaves the buildings still standing.