Colliers Report: Rental Rates Continue to Rise Despite Increasing Vacancy 

April 5, 2023

Commercial Real Estate Research & Forecast Report
Q1 2023 Columbia Office

Market Highlights

Rental rates continued to move upward this quarter despite net negative absorption and the addition of vacant space to the market. While seemingly defying the rules of supply and demand, disaggregation of the vacant space reveals that much of it is encumbered for one of three reasons.

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Key Takeaways

  • Rental rates continued to move higher
  • Several office buildings were converted to alternative uses
  • Absorption was negative as additional sublease space became available


The vacant space is either in blocks that are difficult to subdivide; contained in a building that lacks amenities or desirable surroundings; or the landlord lacks the financial resources to improve the space or the common areas. This leaves tenants with fewer choices and gives owners in well located and appointed buildings leverage to demand more rent from potential tenants and tenants who want to renew.


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