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Australian Capital CBD Office Markets Update

The Property Council of Australia released the office vacancy figures last week. According to their figures, total National Office vacancy increased to 14.8%, CBD vacancy increased to 13.5% and non-CBD vacancy increased to 17.9%. Overall, the markets remain soft and it looks like this will...

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Flight to Value

Flight to quality has been the most commonly used term in the commercial real estate industry for quite some time. Flight to quality is about tenants upgrading office premises; moving to better quality buildings, from A to Premium, B to A and so on. To...

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Where Are We At: Occupancy Levels

What is the difference between office space occupancy and office space utilisation? In essence one is used by the supply side of the office equation (Lessors), and the other is used by the demand side of the equation (Lessees). We look at “occupancy”. Here is an...

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Should We Refurbish Instead?

As the office markets turn and vacancy climbs, the better buildings slowly lease up and the lesser quality buildings struggle. Like clockwork the narrative turns to repurposing the buildings that are struggling to other uses. But is this real and is this the answer? Repurposing works when...

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ESG and Market Availability

CRE tenants consider ESG in varying degrees when making new office decisions. The biggest tenants consider it more than the local small business for 2 main reasons; resources and the cost. The good thing is that it is not out of reach as the below shows. We...

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Repurposing Commercial Real Estate

High office vacancy rates around the world have everyone talking about what to do with older and more obsolete office buildings. Recently Carter Jonas (agency) reported that “close to 20% of UK offices are likely to be unlettable to the majority of occupiers with investment because...

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Subleasing Takes Time

At the onset of the pandemic predictions of massive office subleasing swirled throughout the office markets as many occupiers quickly contemplated putting a lot of sublease space on the market. Some did. In the back half of 2020, expert forecasts during the Corenet Global State of...

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The Office Accordion Effect

On Saturday night the local Greek hall held an event. The sound of the piano accordion reminded me of the theory we developed in San Francisco in the early 1990’s about how CRE tenants moved in and out of the Financial District (CBD) office market. When...

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Remote Work or Office Absence?

Last week we spent 3 days in the middle of Queensland with Capricorn Space searching for property.  We covered about 1000 kms in 2 days and worked as we travelled. We even had connectivity almost 200 kms from the nearest main regional centre. This got us...

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Australian Capital CBD Office Market

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of moderating the CoreNet Global, State of the CRE Market panels; Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Canberra will hopefully be included in the next tour. Moderating these panels, absorbing audience insights, and talking to market participants provides...

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