Sperry Van Ness International Corporation’s (SVNIC) 2014 Top Markets to Watch Reports assess the current state of the national commercial real estate market, and identify micro-trends within specific geographic regions and industries for 2014. Today we are delving into the 2014 Top Office Markets to Watch. Not the largest, or the most actively contested markets, the 2014 Office Markets to Watch are each at an important juncture that presents unique opportunities for investment. Together, they reflect the diversity of trends that is driving the economy and commercial real estate performance in markets across the country.
TOP OFFICE MARKET TO WATCH : Charlotte, North Carolina
As the second-largest U.S. banking center after New York, Charlotte suffered a severe contraction in office demand following the onset of the financial crisis and is still in the early stages of recovery. Financial services is again a dominant sector, and rapid hiring has driven total employment beyond its pre-recession peak, while the 6.6 percent jobless rate reflects a steady arrival of new workers. The metro’s population of Millennials, ages 20 to 34, will increase by nearly 15 percent over the next five years, or four times the national average. Office vacancy is declining but was still more than 13 percent at the end of 2013. A below-average cost of doing business, coupled with a large and growing pool of educated workers, promises to attract new employers and fuel hiring and office absorption as the national economy accelerates. Downside risks include potential impacts from consolidation in financial services. Properties able to provide flexible, high-density space with rich amenities—favored by Millennials—will be better positioned to attract tenants and grow net operating income.
To read more on Charlotte, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.
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