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Institute report: Silicon Valley office vacancy rates up over three quarters

black and white coverAugust 22, 2017 – Silicon Valley’s commercial office vacancy rates are up over the past three quarters despite high demand for large office space, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

The Institute’s latest quarterly commercial real estate report, prepared in partnership with JLL Silicon Valley, shows that only a handful of companies, including BlueCoat, Ericsson and Cisco, accounted for the majority of the occupancy losses since last October.

While no new office buildings were completed in the most recent quarter, 11 million square feet of new commercial space is in the pipeline. More commercial space was under construction in Silicon Valley in Q2 2017 than in any single quarter since Q4 2000.

Five commercial buildings – one R&D and four industrial buildings – were completed in the most recent quarter, totaling 817,000 square feet. That brought the total completed for 2017 to 1.9 million square feet.

Silicon Valley office vacancy rates had been declining for six straight years since the 2010 peak of 24%, but rose in the first half of this year to nearly 14%. The bulk of the market’s vacancy is concentrated in Santa Clara along the Great America Parkway corridor and North San Jose.

The Institute also reported that with rising vacancy rates, average asking rents for office and R&D space declined over the past year, down 8% and 14% respectively.

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