In the third quarter, the San Diego office market continued to see declining conditions. In the third quarter, the vacancy rate increased to nearly 12% and office absorption was negative 429,281 square feet. As a result, in the first three quarters of 2020, the San Diego office market has seen 1 million square feet in negative absorption.

Demand did not improve, but in fact, dropped in Q3. Whereas Q2 posted 165,142 square feet of negative net absorption, Q3 continued to see demand drop by an additional 429,281 square feet," Chris Reutz, research director for Colliers International's San Diego Region, tells "Q4 may likely see decreased demand as the COVID pandemic increases its infection rate during the fall and many office tenants continue to implement work-from-home policies."

As a result, the office vacancy rate increased to its highest rate in three years. "This is largely due to new projects that were delivered in the last quarter, like Kilroy Realty's two-building One Paseo office project that added 288,484 square feet of newly completed class-A space to the Carmel Valley submarket," says Reutz. "With 11 buildings totaling more than 2.13 million square feet currently under construction countywide, the vacancy rates are likely to continue increasing in the coming months."

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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.