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Washington Metropolitan Area Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)          $38.12
Vacancy Rate (%)            16.1%
Net Absorption (SF)     1,074,580

The Washington metro area's economic growth moderated from 2016, whereas office market metrics outperformed 2016. For the 12 months ending in October, the region added 46,400 jobs, down slightly from 2016. This compares favorably to the metro's 20-year average growth of 44,200 jobs per annum. The Washington Leading and Coincident Indices have also started to moderate. This suggests that the current pace of growth will carry into the beginning of 2018, which would lend credence to the consensus of economists who predict that the next downturn will  occur in late 2018 or 2019.

District of Columbia Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)      $54.83
Vacancy Rate (%)        11.2%
Net Absorption (SF)     463,590

The District of Columbia ended 2017 on a positive note with 800,623 square feet of annual net absorption, its second-strongest performance of the last five years. Annual absorption was bolstered by strong fourth-quarter figures, as 463,590 square feet was absorbed. Absorption was concentrated in the NoMa, Southwest and West End submarkets and was partly attributable to tenants relocating their headquarters from the suburbs.

Suburban Maryland Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)  
    $27.40
Vacancy Rate (%)       16.2%
Net Absorption (SF)   155,031

The Suburban Maryland office market was strong in 2017, with 506,659 square feet of annual net absorption-the best showing in five years. The vacancy rate dropped 100 basis points from one year ago to 16.2%, while asking rental rates rose 2.3% from last year to $27.40/SF. Class A fundamentals were also strong during 2017, recording 567,389 square feet of absorption, as the market continued to show a preference for quality.

Northern Virginia Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)      $32.09
Vacancy Rate (%)        19.8%
Net Absorption (SF)   455,959

Northern Virginia office market metrics showed remarkable strength in 2017, after six years of weakness: Net absorption exceeded 900,000 square feet-the first year of positive absorption since 2010. Even with nearly 2.0 million square feet delivered during the year, the overall vacancy rate edged down 20 basis points to 19.8%. After trading near $32/SF for nearly five years, the average asking rent edged up 2.1% during 2017.



Washington Metropolitan Area Office Market Report
4Q17
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District of Columbia Office Market Report
4Q17
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Suburban Maryland Office Market Report
4Q17
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Northern Virginia Office Market Reports
4Q17
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Washington Metropolitan Area Multihousing Market Report
3Q17
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The Silver Line Effect
September 2017
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The Evolution of the Financial Services Industry
June 2017
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Washington Metro Area MegaTrends: A 2017 Update
March 2017
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State of U.S. Office Leasing Concessions and the Outlook For 12 Major Cities
December 2016
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Scale of Disruption - The Sharing Economy's Effect On U.S. Commercial Real Estate
October 2016
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The Impact of Office Space on Employee Productivity
February 2016
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Political Control - Who Runs Washington and the Impact On Office Space Demand
July 2016
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