East Bay/Oakland office market reports

Q3 2021: The pandemic has hampered the East Bay/Oakland economy but incremental signs of recovery are spreading across the region.

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Tenants and landlords continue to navigate an evolving return-to-work and work-from-home environment, causing leasing demand to sputter. Vacancy remains elevated but tour activity and investment sales are increasing, leading to a growing sense of optimism in the office market.


Economic conditions

The East Bay/Oakland unemployment rate continues to decline from a high of 14.6 percent in April 2020 to 6.4 percent now.


Leasing activity

With totals below the historical average, leasing activity mildly improved during Q3 after a slow first half of 2021.



Driven mostly by an uptick in Oakland CBD, total vacancy increased 219 basis points from the beginning of the year.


Sublease space

Sublease growth may have subsided as sublease vacancy fell 17.1 percent quarter-over-quarter.


Rental rate

East Bay/Oakland Class A average asking rents decreased by only 3.4 percent from the peak in 2020 through 3Q 2021.


Capital markets

Investment totals for 2021 have eclipsed 2020 but remain depressed by an annualized rate of 17.7 percent compared with the prior five-year average dollar volume.

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Get in-depth office market reports and insights from commercial real estate experts in the Greater East Bay/Oakland area. Avison Young advisors look at East Bay/Oakland commercial real estate activities and the latest East Bay/Oakland statistics to provide you expert market research on East Bay/Oakland's office properties.

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