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NJ Q2 2021 New Jersey Office Market Report

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As we move ahead and employees start to re-populate office buildings, the impact the pandemic had over the last 15 months is clear. Large blocks of sublease space flooded the market during this time, though the pace has shown signs of slowing down. Renewal activity persisted, as tenants delayed significant real estate decisions, while reassessing space needs. Businesses and landlords are eager to put the pandemic in their rearview mirror, and there is some hope that with a vaccine, the market will make a turnaround during the second half of 2021. Still, it remains to be seen how demand will be impacted by companies taking a new approach to flexible work from home programs.

As New Jersey starts to re-emerge from the pandemic and with employees slowly returning to the office, the amount of newly available large blocks of space slowed during the last month of the second quarter. Still, the uncertainty has resulted in a glut of sublease space returning to the market, which now accounts for 17.2% of the total available space – the highest level since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009. 

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NJ Q2 2021 New Jersey Office Market Report

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John Obeid

Senior Director, Tri-State Suburban, Research


John Obeid leads the research operation for the NJ office of Colliers International as Senior Director of Research.  With more than 8 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, John’s research expertise spans across multiple business lines, including office, industrial and retail.

John joined Colliers International in 2014 and is primarily focused on creating a business development strategy in research with a concentration on analytics and output. He is responsible for monthly and quarterly market reports, quarterly market reports and overall maintenance of the company’s research databases. He also coordinates with all of Colliers’ business lines to extract appropriate market data to conduct asset-level analysis for Colliers’ clients. Prior to joining Colliers John led the New Jersey research department at CBRE.

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