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Office demand started to cool at the end of 2017, but it may be just the beginning for the office market. A recent quarterly report from Savills Studley showed a drop in office leasing activity at the end of last year. The slowdown also led to a decline in investment sales, and has encouraged some investors to look outside of the California market for opportunities. This year, expect to continue to see office activity slow as a result of slow employment growth, corporate restructurings and an increase in sublease space.

“Given the nearly flat Los Angeles office-using employment growth of .8% in 2017 as compared to the national average of 2%, we could continue to see the demand for space cool off,” Matt Brainard, a senior director at Savills Studley, tells GlobeSt.com. “This, coupled with the anticipated corporate restructurings ahead of us in the entertainment industry, could contribute to the continued slowdown as well as an increase in sublease opportunities.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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