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Chris Cooper

Los Angeles Office Market Continues to Recover

There have been incremental signs of an economic recovery as Los Angeles undergoes reopening efforts. This news bodes well for the region as the unemployment rate has rebounded from a 2020 high of 17.9 percent to a current 9.9 percent, according to Chris Cooper, principal and managing director in Southern California with Avison Young.

“Overall office vacancy has risen to all-time highs, however bellwether companies are beginning to return to the office and more companies are starting to solidify their future occupancy strategies,” says Cooper. “While the sublease market drags fundamentals down accounting for a record 9.6 million square feet of available space, the ratio of sublease-to-total vacant space is comparatively lower than in other gateway markets such as San Francisco, New York and Boston.”

Finally, cap rates and asset pricing are poised to remain steady based on the sizable gap between cap rates and benchmark yields, positive occupier and economic momentum, and investors’ renewed focus on core transaction profiles, Cooper says.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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