• Putting A Price On Office Uncertainty (data available)

    Jan 18, 2024, 14:33 PM by Matt Mowell
    CBRE’s latest Cap Rate Survey shows sobering, double-digit yields for Class C offices that exceed junk bond levels.
  • EA’s Effective Rents Show the Office Sector’s Full Picture

    Jan 4, 2024, 12:33 PM by Stefan Weiss
    CBRE Econometric Advisors (CBRE EA) now offers a stand-alone effective rent series for the office sector, covering 61 U.S. markets including 834 submarkets on a quarterly basis with data going back to Q4 2010.
  • CBRE Econometric Advisors Launches Prime Office Data

    Dec 22, 2023, 11:57 AM by Stefan Weiss
    Learn about an aggregated quarterly historical time series, with history back to 2018, on prime office statistics for the top 16 major markets.
  • Nowhere to hide from rising office vacancy (data available)

    Dec 8, 2023, 11:42 AM by Matt Mowell
    The effects of remote work on office demand are pervasive, but are especially pronounced in large, urban office markets like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Manhattan with high commuting costs (both time and money).
  • Class B LEED Office Buildings Offer Noteworthy Opportunities

    Dec 4, 2023, 11:37 AM by Matt Mowell
    An analysis of Downtown Boston's LEED vs. non-LEED office buildings demonstrates that LEED certification provides greater relative performance benefits for Class B buildings than for Class A assets.
  • The Office Sector Debt-Funding Gap is Likely to Increase

    Jun 8, 2023, 13:50 PM by Michael Leahy
    Between 2023-2025, CBRE Econometric Advisors (CBRE EA) forecasts office owners will face a financing gap of $72.7 billion (26.4% of the lending volume originated in 2018-2020). This will likely lead to distress for some property investors and force others to inject more cash into their properties.
  • The 1990s offer solace from today’s office pains (data available)

    Jun 7, 2023, 09:14 AM by Matt Mowell
    The office market has been on its back before. Past experience tells us the preconditions to recovery include a throttling back of the new supply pipeline and painful distress sales that provide necessary price signals.
  • 24/7 Neighborhoods Offer Reprieve for Beleaguered Urban Office Markets (data available)

    Apr 17, 2023, 09:43 AM by Matt Mowell
    ‘Live-Work-Shop’ neighborhoods are providing a silver lining for the beleaguered office sector. Many prominent Live-Work-Shop neighborhoods are outperforming the broader market in which they reside.
  • The Rise and Fall of Office to Multifamily Conversions: A Real Estate Investigation

    Mar 20, 2023, 14:21 PM by Dennis Schoenmaker
    Office-to-multifamily (OTM) conversions is a popular topic in the media, but rare, and unlikely to impact the bottom line of either sector.
  • The Office Sector Debt-Funding Gap

    Dec 21, 2022, 10:58 AM by Michael Leahy
    The United States office sector faces a large aggregate future funding gap in the near-term due to lower LTVs and substantial value erosion.
  • Is it a Flight to Quality or Flight from Commodity?

    Dec 7, 2022, 09:28 AM by Stefan Weiss
    Class A-, not Class B or C, office buildings comprise more than 70% (by sq. ft.) of office buildings with the greatest increase in vacant sq. ft. from Q1 2020 to Q2 2022.
  • Are hotel demand and office occupancy correlated?

    Nov 14, 2022, 13:23 PM by Matt Mowell
    Ostensibly, office attendance and hotel demand are recovering together but evidence that one causes the other is thin. Certainly, increased hotel demand could boost office attendance as out-of-town senior leaders or vendors fly in for face-to-face meetings, encouraging local workers to venture into the office.
  • CBRE EA Develops Office Taking Rent Series

    Oct 21, 2022, 13:53 PM by Dennis Schoenmaker
    The CBRE Econometric Advisors (EA) Taking Rent series leverages proprietary CBRE transaction data to model the spread between asking and taking rents across markets over time.
  • The Flight to Quality Quantified

    Aug 15, 2022, 11:17 AM by Christina Tong
    The virtual-work-induced shortfall in office demand is felt almost exclusively in non-prime buildings.
  • Mitigating Inflation Risk in Office Buildings with Gross-lease Structures

    Jul 25, 2022, 13:13 PM by Stefan Weiss
    A CBRE analysis of the relationship between gross and net asking rents over time suggests the spread is driven by changes to operating expenses and inflation expectations. Read the latest article to learn more.
  • Space per employee continues to shrink, leaving little room to accommodate potential future growth

    Jul 13, 2022, 09:25 AM by Matt Mowell
    How much office space a company leases is a bellwether not only of near-term space usage, but future growth expectations.
  • Persistent Inflation Could Send Cap Rates Higher, Negating Any Rent Growth Benefit

    Jun 13, 2022, 09:37 AM by Matt Mowell
    Higher inflation could be a boon to properties with near-term lease expirations, resulting in higher-than-expected nominal rent growth. However, stronger rent growth will not necessarily translate into better investment performance.
  • Prime Office Buildings Outperform as Large CBDs See an Accelerated Flight to Quality

    May 26, 2022, 14:00 PM by Matt Mowell
    Tenant preference for the best office properties can be seen in both absorption and rent trends. Since 2018, starting rents across these five CBDs have grown13% at prime buildings versus only 2.5% in non-prime buildings.
  • Sun Belt, Technology Markets May See Heightened Competition for Class A Stock

    May 12, 2022, 11:49 AM by Matt Mowell
    CBRE Econometric Advisors believes Class A landlords in markets with abundant new space will have to compete more intensely to secure tenants that may be shrinking their overall footprint due to the rise of remote work.
  • Is Virtual Work Driving Office Demand?

    Mar 11, 2022, 12:54 PM by Stefan Weiss
    Perhaps virtual work is a tailwind, rather than a headwind, for both markets and assets that are best positioned to capitalize on new working styles.​
  • Class A Office Leasing Expected to Increase Amid Flight to Quality

    Feb 17, 2022, 13:30 PM by Stefan Weiss
    Changing workplace dynamics, accelerated by the pandemic, are further motivating occupiers to prefer higher-quality assets. Thus, CBRE expects Class A absorption to increase substantially, relative to Class B and C, in the coming quarters.
  • Pre-leasing rates suggests new office development will weigh on older properties in 2022

    Dec 16, 2021, 13:54 PM by Matt Mowell
    The office supply pipeline is active for 2022 and just over 50% of this space is pre-leased. See the total rentable area underway and the pre-release rates for top office markets.
  • An Omicron inspired downside virtual work scenario

    Dec 13, 2021, 11:07 AM by User Not Found
    In our latest report, we consider how the emergence of the Omicron variant might impact office fundamentals by looking at a downside virtual work scenario.
  • Chart of the Week: Office Trades by Occupancy

    Nov 19, 2021, 10:39 AM by Matt Mowell
    CBRE EA showcases one meaningful chart each week. This week see how office occupancy impacts sales volume.
  • A Sector Update: Spring Forum 2021

    Apr 15, 2021, 15:44 PM by User Not Found
    We assembled a panel of expert economists who specialize in each property type to talk about the outlook and pandemic implications for each. Read the recap or watch the presentation.
  • The New Normal for Offices: Flexibility

    Apr 8, 2021, 15:38 PM by User Not Found
    Most occupiers are still operating under 25% capacity, but our clients believe by the latter half of 2021 they will be back to the office in a more normal way. We expect (in a weighted average number of days) the average U.S. office employee will begin working roughly 3.2 days per week in the office.
  • Remote Work: Implications for Office Sector Forecasting

    Mar 18, 2021, 09:49 AM by User Not Found
    The COVID-19 pandemic will permanently alter the workplace. We believe that office workers will spend at least 35% of their week working remotely (RW), resulting in an 9% drop in office demand and 9.5% decline in asking rents if companies immediately recalibrated their space needs.
  • EA Asking Rent Series: Webinar Recording and Q&A

    Mar 2, 2021, 13:45 PM by User Not Found
    In partnership with EA’s co-founder, Professor Bill Wheaton from the MIT Center of Real Estate, we developed a new rent series that leverages a repeat rent methodology – the gold standard in economics. We hosted a webinar Thursday, Feb. 25, to dive into this new series and answer some of your questions.
  • New EA Forecasted Asking Rent Series: Methodology for Office and Industrial

    Feb 17, 2021, 13:58 PM by User Not Found
    A unique element of EA’s value stream is the management, improvement, and development of rent “price determination models” and the identification and evaluation of those rent inputs and resulting outputs on an ongoing basis. In partnership with EA’s founder, Professor Bill Wheaton from the MIT Center of Real Estate, we developed a new rent series that leverages a repeat rent methodology – the gold standard in economics. With the new methodology for capturing rent movements and a new bottom-up forecasting approach, we have become more flexible in data rendering and more reliable in capturing changes.
  • EA's Top Takeaways for 2021

    Jan 12, 2021, 09:18 AM by User Not Found
    It was a tumultuous 2020 and high levels of COVID-19 infections mean that it will be a difficult start to 2021, but economic prospects for the rest of the year are bright. This will provide a much more supportive environment for real estate, but challenges remain.
  • Office Forecast Q3 2020

    Nov 19, 2020, 11:27 AM by User Not Found
    The U.S. Sum of Markets vacancy rate increased by 100 bps to 14%, marking the highest quarterly vacancy increase in two decades. Space demand shrunk by 30 million sq. ft., marking the second highest decline in demand on the record since 2001. However, the increase in vacancy and decline in demand didn’t lead to substantial rent declines, with the TW Rent Index dropping just -1.6% nationally.
  • Office Forecast: Q2 2020

    Aug 14, 2020, 09:31 AM by User Not Found
    In Q2, office vacancy rose by 70 bps, and negative net absorption reached 20 million square feet among CBRE EA’s tracked Sum of Markets.
  • Remote Working: The Potential Impact on Office Demand

    Jul 30, 2020, 14:12 PM by User Not Found
    Due to the counterbalancing effects of remote working potentially causing a decline in the need for office space and social distancing requirements potentially increasing office space needs, CBRE forecasts only a modest to moderate decline in office demand in the next five years.
  • U.S. Office Vacancy Index Q2 2020

    Jul 23, 2020, 14:21 PM by User Not Found
    Based on preliminary quarterly results, the vacancy rate for CBRE EA’s Office Sum of Markets increased by 70 basis points (bps) to 13% during the second quarter of 2020, with rate increasing in suburban and downtown submarkets.
  • The Changing Expectations for U.S. Office Recovery

    Jun 26, 2020, 10:02 AM by User Not Found
    The U.S. office sector most likely will not be able to go through the current crisis unscarred. However, 9 of 10 respondents to a BLS survey considered themselves on a temporary layoff, suggesting the unemployment rate may not have a permanent effect on the office sector.
  • Office Forecast: Q1 2020

    May 14, 2020, 10:29 AM by User Not Found
    The ongoing pandemic, which reached the U.S. in January-February, didn’t gather enough strength to derail commercial office activity in the first quarter of 2020. Favorable results were in part due to completions of ongoing deals that weren’t put on hold, quarterly data collection methods used, and reasonably optimistic views on the expected duration and severity of the economic slowdown.
  • Has real estate been a good hedge against inflation? Will it be in the future?

    Jul 21, 2017, 13:06 PM by User Not Found
    Real estate cap rates' decline alongside government interest rates over the past 30 years has buoyed returns, with property values at pace with inflation but property net income falling behind. If cap rates begin to rise, appreciation could vanish.
  • Globally, corporate real estate is “future-proofing” to manage risk

    Jun 6, 2017, 10:59 AM by User Not Found
    CBRE recently released the fourth installment in its reporting on corporate real estate (CRE) executives’ priorities, strategies and outlook. Conscious of the risk that continuing change in the economy, labor markets and technology and poses, CRE decision-makers are “future proofing” by improving user experiences and prioritizing agility in their space use.
  • A familiar slow start for GDP growth

    Apr 28, 2017, 15:46 PM by User Not Found
    Q1 GDP growth was the slowest in three years. How concerned should we be?
  • Some interesting CRE stats for Q1 2017

    Apr 26, 2017, 14:54 PM by User Not Found
  • New supply gives the office market its first vacancy increase in seven years

    Apr 13, 2017, 10:57 AM by User Not Found
    Completions were up by 7% in Q1 2017, dramatically breaking from a four-year trend.
  • Economic uncertainty a growing concern for corporate real estate in the Americas

    Mar 29, 2017, 13:41 PM by User Not Found
    CBRE's recent survey shows economic uncertainty looming larger among CRE executives' concerns, second only to talent management. Half ranked economic uncertainty a top-three concern, up from last year's one third.
  • How does the economic cycle influence the length of office leases?

    Feb 27, 2017, 16:18 PM by User Not Found
    With some recent interest in whether the economic cycle affects the length of office leases, we decided to look at quarterly U.S. office-leasing data for the past 35 years...
  • It's not a recession you should be thinking about... It's three recessions

    Feb 16, 2017, 22:08 PM by Jing Ren
    Every economic recession has its unique origins, but it can also usually be characterized by the macroeconomic scenario that sparked it. The three scenarios that typically cause recessions have unique impacts on individual markets and property types and are the key to understanding how your portfolio will weather recessions to come.
  • How resilient are U.S. office markets to a recession?

    Jan 18, 2017, 09:24 AM by User Not Found
    Whether it’s a year or eight years away, investors are wondering what the next recession will mean for CRE performance: Will certain markets or asset types be more immune to its negative effects than others? How will markets differ in their speed to recovery? In a recent study, we examined the effects of a major 2008-type recession on rents and vacancy in the 10 largest U.S. office markets, finding major response differences.
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