Rising Completions Stabilize U.S. Office Vacancy in Q4

 

  • New supply outpaced demand in Q4 by 3.6 million sq. ft. For full-year 2019, however, demand surpassed new supply by 5.4 million sq. ft.

 

  • The overall vacancy rate in Q4 was unchanged from Q3 at 12.1% but 30 basis points (bps) lower than a year ago.

 

  • Annual asking rent growth rose to 5.2%, the fastest pace since 2016.

 

  • Completions totaling 50.9 million sq. ft. in 2019 marked the eighth consecutive year of increased supply growth.