Phoenix skylineOffice tenant demand has started to rebound in Phoenix. Lease transactions abruptly stopped in March, with tenants either placing existing negotiations on hold or calling off the search for a new space. While activity has nowhere near rebounded to pre-coronavirus levels, some tenants are starting to re-enter the market or revive existing lease transactions. While a recession seems imminent, the return of occupier activity—even if only a little—could be a sign of confidence in the months ahead.

At first, tenants dried up pretty quick,” Jon Rosenberg, co-founder and designated broker managing partner of Levrose Commercial Real Estate, tells “The activity is still decreased from what we had in January and February, but we are starting to see a slight uptick. We are starting to see more demand now. I am seeing some leases get done and there has been new activity. I think that will bode well for the third quarter.”

For the deals that haven’t rebounded, Rosenberg is confident that they will return as well. In fact, just as many are re-branding the job losses as job furloughs, Rosenberg says these lease deals are on pause, not dead. “Most of our tenants that have paused deals are waiting to see what is going to happen,” he says. “So the deals aren’t gone; they are paused. That doesn’t mean that they have gone away or that they don’t need a space eventually.”

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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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