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South East Offices Snapshot Q3 2019

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Key highlights include:

  • Leasing activity this quarter has seen some occupier expansion, although consolidation or 'right-sizing' has been a more prevalent theme.
  • The 'summer slow-down' saw subdued take-up levels at 555,563 sq ft in Q3 across the South East; although, total take-up levels year-to-date remain strong at 2,000,000 sq ft.
  • Supply levels in the South East continue to be eroded as overall vacancy levels are now at just 7.94%.
  • Prime rents remain strong and mostly unchanged across the South East.
  • Q3 2019 witnessed 31 South East office investment transactions totalling approximately £883 million. This is a 78% increase on Q2 volumes. However, 61% of Q3 volumes were attributed to two council-led business park deals.

The key investment trends of Q3 2019 were:
  • 45% of all transactions in the quarter were ‘off market’
  • Long income opportunities with guaranteed rental performance remain keenly sought after
  • Multi-let town centre offices remain top of investors’ shopping lists 
  • There remains a diverse group of buyers in the market with the largest market share attributed to property companies and residential developers at 23%

south east offices snapshot q3 2019

South East Offices Snapshot Q3 2019

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