Submarket to Submarket Rents Are Stable Today Versus 2000

Colliers International Uncovers Rental Rate averages form a straight line across the board 

SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2012 Colliers International in San Francisco announced year-to-date rents have little variance between its submarkets compared to the large disparities in 2000. Average Class A North and South Financial District rents set records back in 2000, reaching $81 and $78 per square foot, respectively. However, due to today’s tenant demand and preference average rents reached equilibrium across the city’s most notable submarkets.

During the course of 2000, there were 13.7 million square feet of leasing transactions, and citywide vacancy was 3.6 percent. All office space was at a premium, which explains the skyrocketing numbers in its established submarkets. SOMA and Mid Market submarkets were still emerging,

Today, while there is a healthy amount of leasing activity in the market, tenant growth is much more sustainable. 2012 is expected to log 8.1 million square feet of leasing transactions, of which 63 percent came from the technology sector. Citywide vacancy is expected to be 10.7 percent by year end. The dominance of the technology sector and its preference for non conventional space is evident in the year-to-date effective rents. SOMA rents, which includes both Class A and B rents in the SOMA East and West submarkets average $50, at least $2 per square foot more than Class A average rents in both the North and South Financial Districts. The growing popularity of the MidMarket (MidMa) submarket has pushed average MidMa rents even in that once unfashionable submarket to just below the citywide average. Class A and B rents in this up and coming submarket average $44 per square foot, although it is anticipated that the recent Square transaction at 1455 Market may place MidMa exactly in line with the Financial District and SOMA.

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