New York office market reports

Q4 2021

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Office employment conditions are positioned to remain competitive and provide positive tailwinds for the office market; however, the wide adoption of remote and hybrid work and spoking infection rates could complicate long-term office workplace strategies. Demand is still poised to rise compared with 2020 levels, however, likely stabilizing or decreasing availability rates in 2022. Tenants are likely to continue to favor high quality, transit-oriented properties, further driving a dislocation in performance between this sector and the commoditized properties that comprise the majority of the Manhattan office stock.


Economic conditions

The Manhattan unemployment rate continued to compress in October 2021, approaching the prior 20-year historical average of 6.1%.


Recovery rate

Manhattan ranked #2 in the U.S. in terms of return-to-work efforts when referencing the same mid-December week in 2019.


Office demand

Office leasing activity increased by 16.6% year-over-year to 28.1 msf. Q3 to Q4 2021 was the most active six-month period since Q4 2019 to Q1 2020.


Total Q4 2021 availability rate

Hampered by weaknesses in the commodity and sublease sectors, the total availability rate remains near record levels, totaling 18.1% as of Q4 2021.


Pricing trends

Class A net effective rents softened by 13.4% from the pre-COVID peak to December 2021.


Capital markets

Asset pricing decreased by 12.2% since 2019 as investors adopted more conservative underwriting assumptions given prevailing office occupier market uncertainties.

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