Austin office market report

Q2 2021

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Historically tightened labor market conditions were halted by the pandemic with 204,971job losses between February and May 2020. However, reopening efforts enabled the Austin MSA to recover 89.5% of jobs lost at the height of the pandemic. Asking rents have continued to escalate as demand will continue to grow through the rest of 2021 and through 2022.


Economic conditions

Austin has recovered 89.5 percent of the total jobs lost at the height of the pandemic and ranks as one of the top U.S. metropolitan statistical areas for office-using job growth.

The market has a larger office workforce than it did prior to the start of the pandemic.


Recovery rate

The overall post-COVID rate of recovery based on extrapolated cell phone data is 60.2 percent.

However, overall return-to-work efforts remain low, measuring just 22.2 percent compared with pre-COVID levels.


Office demand

Sublease space accounted for 88.5 percent of total net absorption in Q2 2021.

Austin reported 146,106 sf of positive net absorption in Q2 2021 due to out-of-state demand.

4.6 msf

Office supply

Approximately 4.6 msf is under construction across Austin, which is 59.0 percent preleased.

The total vacancy rate, including direct and sublease options, stands at 13.0 percent.

Sublease availability has declined by 17.1 percent since Q4.


Pricing trends

Asking rents have grown by 8.7 percent since Q4 2020 as landlords remain bullish on the market.

2.0 msf

Capital markets

The market saw more than 2.0 msf of sales activity already in 2021 compared to 1.4 msf of sales activity for the year in 2020.

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