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Devencore Reports On Downtown Vancouver Office Market

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VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In its Real Estate Market Research study published today, Devencore reported that vacancy rates for all office classes in downtown Vancouver have further lowered to 4.5%, down from 5.0% a year ago. Class A office vacancy rates are even lower, at 3.9%. At the same time, Class A average gross rents are continuing to climb with annual rates exceeding $51 per square foot.

"The market is showing no signs of slowing down in terms of rental rates. With various developments underway, but no major new office buildings delivered to the market until 2021, tenants with upcoming leases are competing within a very tight market" said Jon Bishop, Executive Vice-President and Managing Principal of Devencore's Vancouver office. "Due to the forecasted high demand of the new developments coming up, we are seeing trends with large space users pre-leasing new AAA Class office space slated to be delivered in 2021 and beyond. In the meantime they are utilizing flexible swing-space provided by third party space providers like WeWork and Spaces to hold them over until their new offices are completed." 

"As vacancy rates continue to fall, it's not unusual to see tenants renewing leases or even considering a move to the suburbs," Mr. Bishop said. "There is very limited sublease space available in the market and limited direct vacancy in the downtown area."

With the current downtown Vancouver conditions, some tenants are now also exploring opportunities in suburban areas where higher vacancy rates give space users more choices. Suburban office properties on transit however continue to be in high demand and tenants can expect to pay close to downtown rental rates for these prime locations.

"With a few years before new supply hits the market, tenants are forced to plan two to three years in advance for their growth and get creative in their search for office space" Mr. Bishop said. "Much like the previous wave of new developments a couple of years ago, office space users should consult and work with a knowledgeable team to maneuver the current market conditions and be prepared to act on opportunities quickly as they arise."

To read the complete market study, please go to: http://devencore.com/market_information_detail.php?id=51

ABOUT DEVENCORE
Founded in 1972, with national coverage, Devencore is the largest privately-owned corporate real estate brokerage and advisory firm in Canada. We offer comprehensive services that are specifically designed to ensure that all real estate decisions are supported by effective real estate strategies and professional execution.

Devencore has offices in Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, as well as affiliated offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Moncton, Halifax, Québec City and Victoria.

For further information, contact:

Andra Nedelcu | Marketing Director
Devencore Company Ltd.

543 Granville Street, 15th floor
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6C 1X8
CANADA
Tel.: 604-697-3060

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