Colliers Report: Most Columbia office leases are 5,000 SF or less

January 9, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q4 2022 Columbia Office

Market Highlights

Large office tenants in the Columbia market are few and far between. The overall Class A vacancy rate in the Central Business District is 9.73% leaving little opportunity for 10,000+ square feet to locate to the Columbia downtown market in a high-quality space. Over the past six years, 87% of the total 1,689 office transactions were 5,000 square feet or less.

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Key Takeaways

  • Most office leases in Columbia are less than 5,000 square feet
  • Following a period of indecision, the Columbia market is starting to see effects of tenants resizing post-pandemic


Office transactions of less than 2,000 square feet comprised 58% of the total leases (986 transactions), and office deals within the range of 2,001-5,000 square feet made up the remaining  29% (487 transactions). Therefore, going forward small tenants will slowly absorb the small suites remaining in Class A space.



About Colliers

Colliers | South Carolina has over 145 staff members, including 62 licensed real estate professionals, covering the entire state with locations in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg. Total 2021 brokerage volume exceeded $1 billion, which included over 590 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’ staff hold 54 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 and set a new record by managing a portfolio of projects approaching $1 billion in volume during 2021.

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