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Kidder Mathews Report: San Diego Office Market Slows in 4th Quarter

Report: San Diego Office Market Slows in 4th Quarter

San Diego has been one of the few major markets in California that has seen positive absorption in the office sector since the pandemic hit, but economic headwinds are now having a negative impact. A new report from Kidder Mathews indicates leasing volume in the second half of 2022 dropped to 1.1 million square feet, a 50% year-over-year drop and the lowest level since the end of 2020.

The investment picture is also cloudy as buyers have begun to show more caution amid high interest rates. Investments for life science conversions do remain popular, but is expected to slow as venture capital fell 50% in 2022.

Kidder Mathews’ near term outlook calls for a persistent slowdown in 2023 as high interest rates and recession concerns will weigh heavily. Meanwhile, expect the flight to high-quality and less expansive office space to continue, as companies focus on retention by prioritizing employee proximity and attractive amenities.

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About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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