Colliers Report: Columbia anticipates an increase in office availabilities

October 4, 2021
Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q3 2021 Columbia Office

Market Highlights

The Columbia office market did not feel the negative fallout from the pandemic to the extent that larger metro areas did. However, the market is seeing the same overall general trends, just at a slower rate and on a smaller scale. Many small Columbia businesses were able to survive using the Paycheck Protection Program assistance rolled out in 2020. That assistance allowed businesses to continue to operate and pay employees. It also prolonged any major decision-making processes regarding downsizing or sublease options.

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Key Takeaways

  • Office activity was relatively flat this quarter
  • An increase in sublease space is anticipated by year-end


While it may get worse before it gets better, it should not be alarming news. Vacancies in quality space will allow tenants to upgrade to higher-quality space that was previously unavailable and will give owners a chance to update any dated space that is vacated. Also, large blocks of available space in the market could be attractive to out-of-market tenants who previously had trouble finding adequate space in which to locate.

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About Colliers

Colliers | South Carolina has over 150 staff members, including 62 licensed real estate professionals, covering the entire state with locations in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. Total 2020 brokerage volume exceeded $533 million, which included over 456 sales and leasing transactions. In addition to traditional commercial real estate representation services for our clients, the company is actively engaged in Corporate Solutions and Healthcare Services. Colliers is an Accredited Management Organization (AMO) through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and is the largest manager of commercial real estate properties in South Carolina, with a portfolio of over 17 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and healthcare properties. Colliers | South Carolina’s staff hold 49 professional designations, the most of any firm in South Carolina. Colliers | South Carolina’s partner, LCK, provides project management services for new facilities and renovations across South Carolina.

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