Pre Shakeout Rumbles

POSTED ON 11-13-2017 FOR PRIVATE SPACE BY NEAL LERNER

So there seems to be a lot of talk in the brokerage community about office rents declining for big blocks of space in trophy buildings in the Plaza District. On one hand, this seems to be caused by the migration of firms leasing large blocks of space to Hudson Yards. On theother side of the spectrum you have the "WeWork Effect" - where free rent deals being offered on longer term leases are unheard of. In fact, nobody quite gets how they can offer 1 year free on a 2 year lease - but that seems to be the way they are spending their cash. This is not to say they aren't incredibly good and creative at what they do - clearly they are the top of the market for Coworking space...it's just as the Elephant in the room they are creaking the floor boards for everyone else.

In fact, the breathtaking deals being offered by WeWork, are actually depressing the market a bit in the shared office and office sublease space. While it doesn't directly cater to Baby Boomer private office users, it does seem to take some of the overall "pressure" out of the marketplace which in part can be seen in the general slowness of today's market. The pace of individual office rentals has been less than brisk in the past 6-months, but we do our best to help you get your offering seen in a very crowded vertical marketplace on Google.

If you have offices available for sublease, it might be time to think about lowering pricing or increasing concessions. For example, we're seeing more and more free rent packages being offered in Executive Business Centers - and that is always a good barometer of what is happening in the overall market.

So where is the shakeout? Well, its clear that things have been a bit too exuberant for too long on the landlord side of the equation. It just can't stay this good much longer - it feels a bit unnatural. Anyway, we think the shakeout will be caused by the explosion of new space from new construction and renovation in Manhattan. There's going to be a long hard pull to the west and Hudson Yards and it is going to leave many large blocks of "old maid" space that doesn't fit the current tenant standard requirements.

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