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The office vacancy rate in Los Angeles increased in the first quarter. According to a market report from Savills, the office vacancy rate bumped up 50 basis points in the first quarter. While the increase is nominal, the increase shows the impact of new office product coming online. By comparison, class-A and new construction product continues to lease quickly, and the vacancy rate for that segment of the market decreased by 110 basis points.

“The delivery of additional inventory is driving the vacancy rate up,” Matt Brainard, senior managing director at Savills, tells GlobeSt.com. “This includes both speculative office development and the repositioning of older assets. The new product tends to lease more quickly than the second-generation space.”

Value-add and redeveloped office space makes up a majority of the new office product coming to the market. This space in incredibly popular, and major renovation projects are popping up throughout the city, like the Worthe Real Estate Group’s repositioning of Burbank Studios for creative office; Merlone Geier Partners and Goldstein Planting Investments’ North Hollywood West; and Hudson Pacific and Macerich’s plan to reposition the 500K-square-foot Westside Pavilion shopping center into a creative office campus, which Google has pre-leased. “Repurposing older struggling retail properties to creative office has become a prominent and highly successful trend,” says Brainard.

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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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