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Washington Metropolitan Area Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)          $38.28
Vacancy Rate (%)            16.2%
Net Absorption (SF)        -347,293

Demand in the Washington metro area office market moderated during the third quarter of 2018, with absorption uneven across the sub-state areas. The region registered negative 347,293 square feet of net absorption during the quarter. Positive net absorption of 214,501 square feet in the District of Columbia was negated by negative net absorption of 552,979 square feet in Northern Virginia and 8,815 square feet in Suburban Maryland. Negative demand for the quarter was largely the result of two major Northern Virginia tenants consolidating or relocating outside of the region and does not appear to signify a larger trend of slowing demand. Year-to-date, net absorption for the region is still positive at 2.0 million square feet. At 16.2%, the region's overall vacancy rate rose 10 basis points over the quarter but is 10 basis points lower than one year ago.

District of Columbia Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)       $55.32
Vacancy Rate (%)         12.2%
Net Absorption (SF)     214,501

The District of Columbia registered 214,501 square feet of net absorption in the third quarter of 2018. This is in line with recent performance: The District has averaged 209,210 square feet of quarterly absorption since the third quarter of 2017. The vacancy rate declined 50 basis points in the third quarter to 12.2%, partly because the completely vacant, 630,150-square-foot former Intelsat headquarters building in Uptown was removed from inventory, as it is undergoing renovation for conversion to the Whittle School.

Suburban Maryland Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)  
Vacancy Rate (%)       15.4%
Net Absorption (SF)      -8,815

Suburban Maryland's office market held steady in the third quarter of 2018. The vacancy rate stayed consistent at 15.4%, while net absorption totaled negative 8,815 square feet. Although the vacancy rate remained flat, it was down 120 basis points from one year ago, and at its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2012. Asking rental rates rose 2.0% over the past year to $27.61/SF.

Northern Virginia Office Market

Average Asking Rent (Price/SF)      $32.32
Vacancy Rate (%)        19.5%
Net Absorption (SF)   -552,979

After posting strong net absorption during the first half of 2018, demand turned negative during the third quarter. Net absorption measured negative 552,979 square feet this quarter; a majority of the negative absorption came from UNICOM and Charter Communications moving out of a total of 711,070 square feet. For the third consecutive quarter, overall vacancy remained below 20%, measuring 19.5% at third-quarter 2018. Average overall asking rents increased 1% from one year ago.

Washington Metropolitan Area Office Market Report
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District of Columbia Office Market Report
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Northern Virginia Office Market Report
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Suburban Maryland Office Market Report
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