Nation-wide the market for offices seems to be declining or stagnating. The San Antonio market is a unique exception. The market for new offices is rapidly expanding. New jobs are pushing up demand for offices in the area and new construction is filling up fast. Even with record breaking construction, the market may not be keeping pace with demand, pushing the price of office space in the area even higher.
The San Antonio area, like much of Texas, is seeing increased job growth. According to a CRBE analysis 24,900 total jobs were created in the region as of May of 2017. Office-related jobs have expanded by 2 percent this year. This job growth is accelerating the demand for new offices, making the San Antonio market a unique exception when compared to the rest of the nation, where demand appears to be leveling off or declining.
The price of office space in the area is at a record high, with an average price per sq ft at 22.54. This price is 2.7 percent higher than it was when compared to the same time last year. The rental price for Class A properties, with triple net leases, went up an astonishing 10.9 percent just since the last quarter. New properties are charging record these record high rental rates. The average price for office space is likely to increase, as new construction in the area escalates. 1.2 million sq. ft. of office space broke ground this year. Low vacancy rates in the area indicate that many tenants are willing to pay the increased prices.
Low vacancy rates, particularly in the case of new offices, indicates rising demand in the area. 40 percent of the 390,000 sq. ft. delivered so far this year is already leased out. The CBRE analysis quantifies 1.2 million sq. ft. of additional office space will be needed to keep up with future demand. Even with all the recent construction in the area, vacancy rates are lower this year.
Even with record breaking levels of office construction, new offices are filling up fast. As jobs move into the area, the demand for office space will only increase. The speed with which new construction is being sold off could indicate that construction is not keeping pace with current demand.
San Antonio will remain an attractive place to do business for many years to come. The low vacancy rate, even in the face of record prices indicates that tenants in the area are willing to pay a premium for office space. With the vacancy rate tightening and the supply of new offices seemingly insufficient to meet current demand, land lords will continue to have greater leverage to charge even higher rents.
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