Raleigh-Durham office market reports
1Q22 highlights and trends
The Raleigh-Durham office market is gaining momentum as overall leasing activity and investor demand continued to accelerate in the first quarter. Access to talent, employment and education continue to provide key market fundamentals. The January 2022 unemployment rate of 3.2% has rebounded from the pandemic trough.
At the end of the first quarter, Raleigh-Durham had 2.1 msf of office product under construction, of which 25% is preleased. First quarter deliveries added only 186k sf to inventory, with an additional 755k sf expected to complete by year-end.
In the last 12 months, office leasing activity totaled 3.6 msf, up 36% year-over-year. Raleigh-Durham’s suburban submarkets accounted for 70% of total positive absorption in the first quarter.
Direct asking rent
New construction rates, high costs of construction and a steady influx of investment capital continue to command record-high asking rents in Raleigh-Durham. Class A rates in CBD submarkets remain elevated, reaching $37.03 psf in the first quarter.
Raleigh-Durham’s total volume of sublease space on the market at the end of the first quarter, up 29% year-over-year.
Market-wide office vacancy increased by 210 bps year-over-year, which was attributed to new product that delivered in 2021 (1.9 msf) and tenant retraction.
Solid economic momentum and pent-up demand among confident investors continues to increase asset pricing in Raleigh-Durham. First quarter office investment sales volume totaled $198M after a record-setting 2021 total of $2.1B.
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