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Mid-Year 2013 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Chicago Suburban Mid-Year Market Report 2013

Improving Suburban Chicago Office Market Remains Tighter Than Statistics Suggest

The suburban Chicago office market continued to improve during the first six monthsof the year. The overall, direct vacancy and sublease availability all slightly decreased to 18.3%, 17.4% and 2.7%, respectively. Although, the overall vacancy remains elevated at 18.3%, the real dynamics reflect those of a much tighter market, perhaps one with a vacancy rate as low as 13%. A good portion of the space that sits physically vacant today is “The Last Mile” of space—perhaps 5-10% of any given property—where landlords have a diminished desire to be aggressive to get the last deals done. As a result, this skews the overall statistics.
 

First Quarter 2013 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Suburban Chicago Office Market Signals Steady—Albeit Slow—Improvement

Transaction activity within the suburban Chicago office market was relatively steady to begin the year, and a healthier tone continues to characterize the overall suburban market. Although the vacancy rate edged up during the first quarter from 18.3% to 18.6%, there continues to be ample interest from tenants for high quality space. Many tenants have been motivated to upgrade their space rather than renew, particularly in situations where attractive rents and/or concessions can help offset relocation costs.
 

Fourth Quarter 2012 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Momentum Continues Building for the Improving Suburban Chicago Office Market

Transaction activity within the suburban Chicago office market accelerated during the second half of the year, and 2012 finished on a positive note. This improvement was echoed in most of the major market statistics, particularly the vacancy and absorption rates. The overall vacancy rate declined and ended the year at 17.3% as compared to 19.3% at the 2011 year end. The strong leasing activity in the fourth quarter also resulted in more than 450,000 SF of positive net absorption, bringing the full year positive net absorption to more than 1.2 million SF.

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Third Quarter 2012 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Third Quarter Transaction Activity Heats Up In Suburban Chicago Office Market

After cooling off during the first half of 2012, activity within the suburban Chicago office market accelerated during the third quarter. The increased confidence among large tenants was evidenced in a spate of noteworthy transactions. This was driven largely by a continued trend toward quality space where tenants are locking-in Class A locations at attractive pricing. The improving suburban office market conditions were illustrated by several key market metrics.

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Second Quarter 2012 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Suburban Chicago Office Market Cools Off During First Half of 2012

The suburban Chicago office market hit a plateau during the first half of 2012. The overall availability rate has remained unchanged from the first to the second quarter of 2012, resulting in a mid-year figure of 27.3%. This remains slightly higher than the 26.8% statistic at year-end 2011. The overall vacancy rate also remained stable during the second quarter at 23.2%.

During 2011 there were many large tenant relocations that reflected both pent up demand coming out of the financial crisis, as well as the plentiful availability of attractive second-generation space. In many cases, this space was not only well located in Class A buildings, but it also included furniture and upgraded wiring. This added significant appeal and helped motivate tenants to make longer-term commitments.

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