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 : Sacramento, California
The economic recovery in California’s capital city has lagged those in Los Angeles, Phoenix and other markets that it has followed more closely in the past. The jobless rate ended 2013 at 8 percent, better than the statewide rate of 8.3 percent, but Sacramento hasn’t yet recovered the number of jobs it lost in the last recession. An office vacancy rate in the middle teens has been falling slowly and began 2014 down about 300 basis points from its peak in 2011. Mildly positive absorption over the past two years contributed to a bottoming out in rental rates in 2013 and the beginnings of a turnaround in rent levels in early 2014. Developers have shown restraint in adding new supply, and fundamentals should improve incrementally this year. While its slow job growth elevates risk, Sacramento offers investment opportunities at higher cap rates than are available in many California markets experiencing a more rapid recovery.
To read more on Sacramento, and other top office markets, download the full version of the Top Office Markets to Watch report below.
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