Downtown Market Vacancy Continues to Decrease, Asking Rates Increase and Investment Sales Surge
Chicago’s downtown office market is continuing to tighten, for the moment. The overall vacancy rate has decreased from 13.1% to 12.8% from year-end 2014 to year-end 2015. This is the lowest it has been since 2Q 2009. As expected, Chicago’s unemployment rate continued to improve over the course of 2015 as well. Chicago’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% at the end of 2014 to 5.4% at year-end 2015.
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Suburban Markets Prove Resilient, Availability and Vacancy Rates Drop
The Suburban office market maintained the positive momentum it saw in 2014 through the end of 2015 despite the continued migration of large tenants to the CBD. 2015 saw 951,311 sf of positive net absorption which surpassed the 704,910 sf of positive net absorption in 2014. The vacancy rate decreased from 17.5% to 17.1% and the availability rate decreased from 23.2% to 23.1% year over year, respectively.
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Jill’s Top 5 Articles From This Week
- Bradford Allen Realty Services has arranged a 7,700-square-foot lease renewal in Northbrook, approximately 25 miles northwest of Chicago. Lubin-Bergman Organization Inc. will continue occupying its headquarters in a building located at 5 Revere Drive. – REBusiness
- What trends in architecture and design for commercial real estate will we see in 2016? Based on the opinion of experts in the field, here are some possibilities: – Chicago Architecture Blog
- Due to maxing out on current space and staff, many companies will need to expand their office footprint in order to accommodate growth this year, PM Realty Group‘s EVP and managing director Jim Proehl tells GlobeSt.com.
- Why 2016 is looking like 2015 all over again. The new year in Chicago business is starting out like the old one, with another multibillion-dollar buyout of a local company in the works. Baxalta is in advanced talks to sell itself to Shire for nearly $33 billion in cash and stock, according to Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal. – Crain’s Chciago
- Chicago-based law firm Clark Hill PLC has doubled its space in its new lease of 71,813 square feet at Prudential Plaza, 130 E. Randolph Street in Chicago. The move marks a major expansion for the firm. – REJournals