Colliers Report: Lack of New Construction Pushing Rents Higher and Limits Tenants’ Choices

April 6, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q1 2023 Charleston Office

Market Highlights

The latest wave of office construction in the Charleston market will end in 2023 with the completion of Morrison Yard, Serendipity at Nexton and the Ice House at Park Circle. While vacancy is currently elevated at nearly 17%, at the current average quarterly absorption of 85,000 square feet, it will fall below 13% in 24 months – the approximate
amount of time it would take to complete construction of an office building started today.

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Key Takeaways

  •  Vacancy rates have declined for six consecutive quarters
  • Rental rates are historically high and will move much higher
  • Options for tenants will become very limited in 2024 and 2025

This will impact tenants by limiting their alternatives and increasing the asking rate of any spaces they consider.



About Colliers

Colliers | South Carolina is the largest full-service commercial real estate firm in South Carolina with 62 licensed real estate professionals covering the state with locations in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. 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 18 million square feet of office, industrial, retail and healthcare properties. Colliers’ staff hold the most professional designations 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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