Office development sentiment is up. The newest installment of the Allen Matkins-UCLA Anderson Forecast Commercial Real Estate Survey, office developers throughout California are confident about delivering new office product in 2022. This is an improvement in office development sentiment from the last survey six months ago, and a sign that developers expect any economic issues to have happened and ended by mid-2022.

“This is when it is really important to remember that this is a three-year lookout. We were asking the panelists to tell us their outlook for June 2022,” John Tipton, a partner at Allen Matkins, tells “The UCLA Anderson Forecast predicts a slowdown in 2020 and then a pick-up. This survey shows that people think that in 2022 we will be past the rough patch. Office is perhaps the paradigm case of that.”

Orange County is the only market in California with a pessimistic outlook on new office development, with only 47% of respondents holding a positive outlook on new office development with a delivery in 2022. More than half of developers in the other markets surveyed, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and East Bay, have a positive outlook on new office development. “We have not seen a lot of overbuilding in California. Development has stayed at a relatively moderate pace, and so we are not in a place where we have a lot of excess vacancy,” says Tipton. “Because of the reasonable pace of growth, office is following the prototypical recession-recovery model. We have seen this trend of optimism going down and now it is back up again for 2022.”

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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 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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