New York office market reports

Q2 2021

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The Manhattan office market showed signs of reawakening in Q2 2021 as accelerated vaccination rates allowed many pandemic-related governmental restrictions to get lifted, enabling employers to increasingly return to the office. However, the post-COVID office return-to-work recovery rate as measured by extrapolated smartphone data remains low, totaling just 12.3% through June 20, 2021. This recovery rate is expected to rise considerably by Labor Day, enabling office occupiers to cement their long-term occupancy strategies and navigate the predominantly tenant-favorable market environment with more conviction.


Unemployment rate as of April 2021

Reopening efforts enabled the Manhattan economy to recapture more than 110,000 jobs year-over-year, an increase of 15.4% of the labor force.


Post-COVID office recovery rate

Bellwether companies are increasingly mandating their employees to return to the office by Labor Day, which should cause this recovery index to rise considerably.


Average lease term length since January 2021

Leasing activity remained sluggish by historical standards, though increasing lease term lengths indicate that a rebound in demand could be forthcoming.


Total Q2 2021 availability rate

The Q2 2021 vacancy rate represents a post-2000 high in terms of sublease (4.4%) and total (19.2%) percentages.


Net effective rents from April 2020 to June 2021

Net effective rents have shown signs of stabilizing since March 2021, signaling that demand has incrementally risen.


Asset pricing from December 2019 to June 2021

Weaker occupier fundamentals have been partly to blame for softened asset pricing since the pandemic.

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