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New Construction Drives Up Vacancy While Rents Continue To Rise According to NAI Capital's Office Market Outlook For Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles, CA, Thursday, May 11, 2017– According to research provided by NAI Capital, in the first quarter of 2017 the Los Angeles Office market vacancy rate ticked up 60 basis points to 11.4% as one million square feet of office space was delivered approximately 60% vacant. Average asking direct rental rates registered $3.02/SF, up 6.7% over last year. Average asking rents are 9% higher than the peak of the previous cycle reached in 2008. Sales activity also increased substantially this quarter, rising 23% over last quarter to 6.5 million square feet.

According to Joseph Faulkner, Executive Managing Director with NAI Capital’s downtown office, “More buildings are being purchased by large owners. This concentration in fewer and fewer owners allows rents to rise even though vacancy is rising or flat.”

The strengthening jobs market is contributing to the demand for office space. Total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County increased by 1.9%, representing a net gain of 84,300 jobs from March 2016 to March 2017. As new construction is being added to the market, vacancy is beginning to ascend. Office space under construction totaling some 4.1 million square feet is about 31% preleased as of the end of the quarter.

To access the full Los Angeles Office Market Outlook report, visit:

Los Angeles Office Market Outlook Q1 2017.pdf


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