Office absorption slowed down in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the fourth quarter office report from Newmark Knight Frank. While absorption is positive, it fell over the previous quarter and the previous year to 231,144 square feet from in the previous quarter and 237,477 square feet in the fourth quarter of 2016. There has been a steady pattern of deceleration each year, according to the report. In 2014, there was a total of 3 million square feet of absorption. 2015 had a gain of 2.4 million square feet, 2016 recorded 2 million square feet, and 2017 posted 1.8 million square feet.
While the report shows steady deceleration, Steve Kolsky, an EP and managing director at Newmark Knight Frank, says that the numbers are deceptive. “I think that is a little bit misleading because those numbers are based on move-ins, not necessarily deals done,” Kolsky tells GlobeSt.com. “There were some pretty good deals that were done that are not yet reflected in those numbers. Tesla, for example did 130,000 square feet in Venice and Apple did 85,000 square feet in Culver City and neither of those are in the report.”