Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Reis: U.S. Office Vacancy Rate Hits 15.9% in Q2

by Bill McBride on 7/07/2009 12:14:00 AM

"It's bad. It's decaying and getting worse. Given the depth and magnitude of the recession, you can argue that we are facing a storm of epic proportions and we're only at the beginning."
Victor Calanog, Reis director of research.
Office Vacancy Rate Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the office vacancy rate starting 1991.

Reis is reporting the vacancy rose to 15.9% in Q2; the peak following the previous recession was 17%.

From Reuters: US office market continues to spiral down--report
The U.S. office market vacancy rate reached 15.9 percent in the second quarter, its highest in four years and rent fell by the largest amount in more than seven as demand from companies and other office renters remained weak, real estate research firm Reis said Inc.

... Factoring in rent-free months and improvement costs to landlords, effective rent -- the net amount of cash landlords take in -- fell 2.7 percent in the quarter to $23.42 per square foot. The second-quarter drop was more severe than the first quarter's 2.3 percent ...

... Reis ... forecast [is] for the U.S. office vacancy rate to top out at 18.2 percent in 2010 and for rent to continue to fall through 2011.
I'll take the over.