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Report: San Francisco Office Availability at a Record 32.7%

Report: San Francisco Office Availability at a Record 32.7%

There is no end in sight for the troubled San Francisco office sector as the total availability rate increased by another 60 basis points to an all-time high of 32.7% in the first quarter of 2023, according to a new report from Savills. Additionally, available sublease space has jumped to 8.9 million square feet, compared to 7.7 million square feet a year ago.

Leasing activity was also down in Q1, totaling 0.9 million square feet, down from 1.4 million square feet last quarter while the overall asking rental rate declined $0.59 quarter-over-quarter to $70.64 per square foot. Savills’ Michael Soto said that continued economic uncertainty and the tech sector correction will likely cause tenants without near-term lease expirations to take a “wait-and-see” approach before transacting.

Savills also expects more office property distress in San Francisco for 2023. With worsening underlying market fundamentals and looming loan maturities, many owners are finding themselves underwater, and the firm predicts The City to remain tenant-favorable for the foreseeable future


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Savills' Michael Soto

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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