Demand Slow Down Strikes Office Space Market

With companies, particularly in the IT and BPO industry, holding back their expansion plans due to slowdown fears, the commercial real estate market posted a lackluster show in the 2nd quarter of 2008.
The June quarter saw office space demand lagging far behind the supply levels of 18.07 million sq. ft. across major cities, as companies turned cautious.
According to Cushman & Wakefield, the demand in the quarter was at 9.74 million sq ft, dominated by absorption (where companies move-in or begin fit-outs) of 6.36 million sq ft, and only 3.38 million sq ft in fresh pre-commitments. “There are certain micro-markets like Noida (NCR), and Rajiv Gandhi Salai (Chennai), which recorded excess supply for this quarter thus increasing the overall vacancy rates,” it said.

The 2nd quarter witnessed stable rental values across micro-markets in the major cities with some central business district (CBD) and off-CBD locations witnessing rental hikes of 3-5 % over the previous quarter. Some peripheral locations in NCR (National Capital Region) and Chennai, however, saw a correction in rentals largely because of excessive supply as well as deferred development plans of various proposed projects.

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  1. Posted August 11, 2008 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    The general economic slowdown has started impacting the commercial real estate sector as was evident by slower uptake during the April-June period of the year. During the period, commercial real estate demand was only at 9.74 million square feet as against the supply of 18.07 million sq.ft, commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) said in a report. The IT/IteS sector, which has been one of the largest consumers of commercial real estate, have deferred their expansion plans, leading to a slowdown in the uptake during the period, he said. Most corporations, both Indian and multi-national, have been adopting a wait-and-watch policy throughout most of the period, he added. During April-June quarter rental values across major micro markets in the major cities witnessed rental hikes in the range of 3-5 per cent over the previous quarter. Some peripheral locations in NCR and Chennai also saw a correction in rental values largely due to excessive supply as well as deferred developmnet plans of various proposed projects, it said.For more view-

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