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Manhattan Monthly Snapshot July 2020

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At 2.39 MSF, Manhattan leasing activity in July increased more than fivefold since June and was the strongest month of leasing since January (3.56 MSF), driven by eight separate 100,000+ SF leases. Yet, year-over-year leasing volume was lower by 53.9%, and July leasing was one-third below the 2019 average monthly volume (3.58 MSF). Also, 71% of July leasing was driven by renewals, including several short-term extensions. By comparison, 71% of total leasing in 2019 were new leases and expansions. Manhattan's monthly availability rate increased by 0.4 pp (percentage points) to 11.0% = the highest since 2014 while net sublet availability increased by 0.98 MSF and accounted for 22.2% of total availability. Monthly absorption was negative 2.25 MSF and the average asking rent was lower by 0.4% since June to $79.00/ SF.

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Manhattan Monthly Snapshot July 2020

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