Market Insight Editorial & Advice to Tenants: 3Q2012
In this Issue:
How many alternative spaces are available to you to suit your requirement? Isn’t this part of the core litmus test of how soft or tight the market really is?
See our chart below where we track the changes for all size ranges of tenants in these reports every quarter. If you want real-time data, please call me.
If you’re in search of intelligent life in the brokerage community, please enjoy this Editorial with my compliments. For more historical perspective, feel free to peruse the last 15 years of my pearls of wisdom.
President, Mihalovich Partners
Founder, The Space Place®
51.7 Million Square Feet STILL On the Market
The Bay Area supply of space declined 2% from 52.2 million square feet in Q2 to 51.7 million in Q3.
Currently available office space has remained on the market for 2 years or longer! Recall that our markets crashed under the weight of less supply during the Dot Bomb when only 42 million square feet were available for lease.
Q3, 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area wrapped up as follows:
|square feet available (millions)||average time on market (months)|
|San Mateo County||7||21.5|
|Santa Clara County||14.5||26.7|
|Contra Costa &
Amount of New Space Added, Past 45 Days
For all you market bulls out there, keep in mind that the activity is dynamic. New space is coming online all the time, both direct and sublease.
Here’s what hit the market in the last 45 days of Q3:
|San Mateo County||975,000|
|Santa Clara County||525,000|
|Contra Costa & Alameda Counties||625,000|
Top Five Leasing Transactions by County for 3Q 2012
1301-1355 Market St
|164,051 sq. ft.|
655 Montgomery St
|78,000 sq. ft.|
|55,006 sq. ft.|
|4||United Behavioral Health
425 Market St
|53,008 sq. ft.|
|5||Zurich American Insurance, Co.
525 Market St
|49,224 sq. ft.|
San Mateo County
1000 Bridge Pky
|50,305 sq. ft.|
425 Broadway Ave
|45,866 sq. ft.|
1900 S Norfolk St
|22,318 sq. ft.|
959 Skyway Rd
|21,154 sq. ft.|
2000 Sierra Point Pky
|19,689 sq. ft.|
Santa Clara County
|1||Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
4401 Great America Pky
|301,185 sq. ft.|
1120 Enterprise Way
|224,496 sq. ft.|
5300 Stevens Creek Blvd
|56,098 sq. ft.|
303 Bryant St
|55,956 sq. ft.|
10 Amalden Blvd
|32,405 sq. ft.|
Contra Costa &
2100 Powell St
|72,083 sq. ft.|
1701 Harbor Bay Pkwy
|51,858 sq. ft.|
|3||GT Nexus, Inc.
|44,425 sq. ft.|
|4||Federal Emergency Management Agency
|37,239 sq. ft.|
2727-2731 Systron Dr
|26,322 sq. ft.|
Vacancy Rates: Are Your Options Fading?
Tenants should watch carefully to detect how and to what extent your field of options changes. Which size blocks of space are getting leased?
Discussing vacancy and absorption rates can be confusing to some. What language makes sense to tenants? Tenants ask, “Tell me about my specific options. How many choices do I have?”
Are your options fading as a result of leasing activity? Review the chart, below, and let’s discuss.
|Blocks of Space Available (sq.ft.)||San Francisco County||San Mateo County||Santa Clara County||East Bay Counties||Total Change in # of Blocks Available|
|▲ 1%||▼ 6%||▼ 4%||▼ 6%||▼ 3%|
|▼ 4%||▼ 16%||▼ 7%||▼ 2%||▼ 6%|
|▼ 6%||0||▼ 8%||▼ 3%||▼ 5%|
|0||▲ 8%||▲ 41%||▲ 47%||▲ 20%|
|▼ 24%||▼ 17%||▼ 18%||▼ 11%||▼ 20%|
|▼ 2%||▲ 6%||▼ 4%||▼ 3%||0|
You can request a free space survey, containing all direct and sublease space meeting your specific requirements. We can also provide building photographs, floor plans, leasing histories and more. You’ll receive your survey within one business day. To discuss your space needs in person, call 415-434-2820 or email dan@TheSpacePlace.net.
Who Has the Most Incentive to Drive Up Rental Rates In San Francisco?
When we approach a prospective new tenant client, we tell them that we NEVER represent landlords, always avoiding this conflict of interest. So, which of our competitors—leasing firms—do the most landlord representation? Who’s marketing the most space in San Francisco?
Below we’ve surveyed the entire 113 million square foot inventory of San Francisco, and illustrated the Top 25 companies listing the most space on the market. Of the top 7 companies, all are office leasing brokerage firms, controlling 65% of the City’s vacancy!
These brokerage firms are beholden to 400 local landlords, paid to drive up rental rates and drive down concessions for tenants.
Since their allegiance is committed to so many landlords, how can they possibly represent YOUR interests—the tenant’s interests—objectively and aggressively?
The top brokerage companies on the list control more of the City’s vacancy than Tishman Speyer, Shorenstein, Boston Properties and Hines. Surprised, are you not?
|% Market Share||Square Feet||# of Landlords/ Buildings|
The % in the chart below refers to the percentage of vacant space under exclusive listing by each company. The accompanying figure is the actual square footage available for lease. We have also noted the number of landlords / buildings represented by each entity.
* Denotes listing brokers. All other companies listed are landlords/developers.
|2||*The CAC Group||12.2%||2,387,827||72|
|3||*Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank||10.6%||2,077,978||49|
|4||*Jones Lang LaSalle||10.4%||2,037,527||49|
|5||*Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.||7.3%||1,432,420||58|
|9||Shorenstein Properties, LLC||3.7%||731,146||7|
|11||Beacon Capital Partners, LLC||1.6%||307,000||1|
|13||*TRI Commercial / CORFAC International||1.0%||201,096||54|
|14||Boston Properties Limited Partnership||0.9%||182,999||4|
|15||Kilroy Realty Corporation||0.9%||180,000||2|
|17||*Colton Commercial & Partners||0.7%||143,353||22|
|19||The Presidio Trust||0.6%||111,076||45|
|20||*Starboard TCN Worldwide Real Estate||0.5%||103,713||39|
|21||*Sansome Street Advisors, Inc.||0.5%||100,926||12|
|22||*Terranomics Retail Services||0.5%||98,403|
|23||The Carlyle Group||0.4%||82,134|
|24||GateCapital Properties LLC||0.4%||80,694|
|25||Pacific Eagle Holdings Corporation||0.4%||76,375|