Q1 2015 Pittsburgh Investment Newsletter

OUR CRE WORLD IS FLAT: LEVEL OCCUPANCY RATES, DECLINING ASKING RATES – BUT HEY, WE’LL TAKE IT

The OFFICE MARKET in the Pittsburgh MSA slipped from an overall vacancy rate of 8.0%Investment Newsletter Image in 4Q 2014 to the current 8.1% in 1Q 2015. This compared to a higher vacancy rate of 8.3% one year ago. Absorption in the first quarter of 2015 was 127,251 SF, while deliveries totaled 298,256 SF and 1,691,989 SF was under construction in 1Q 2015. The overall asking rate in the first quarter was $19.84 PSF, compared to $20.15 in 4Q 2014 and $19.22 in 1Q 2014. As for the CLASS A market, the asking rate dipped 3.4% to $24.65 PSF in the first quarter, from the 4Q 2014 rate of $25.52 PSF, while the asking rate one year ago was $24.34 PSF. Class A absorption was 130,773 SF for the quarter, while we saw deliveries of 207,000 SF and 1,610,000 under construction. The Oakland submarket continues to lead the way with a 0.1% vacancy rate and an asking rate average of $31.79 PSF. The North submarket remained strong at 3.1% and $24.04 PSF, along with the CBD at 6.3% and $25.90 PSF. The Greater Downtown market was also impressive with vacancy at 4.1% and an average rate of $25.09 PSF. The CLASS B space saw no movement from 4Q 2014 vacancy rate of 8.8%, which is better than the 9.0% we saw one year ago. The 1Q 2015 asking rate was at $18.66 PSF, 11 cents better than the previous quarter, and 36 cents better than 1Q 2014. Class B absorption came in at a tepid 38,875 SF; deliveries at 91,256 SF; and 81,899 SF under construction. Oakland and Monroeville Class B space experienced a 2.4% vacancy rate, with Oakland tallying a $17.62 PSF asking rate and Monroeville a strong $19.86 PSF rate. Greater Downtown remained strong in the B space with an 8.3% vacancy and $21.40 PSF rate. Class C space suffered with a negative 42,397 SF absorption figure, and a 7.2% vacancy rate at a $14.86 PSF average rate.

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