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Job growth + construction activity next to none

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Job growth that surpasses all U.S. counties illuminates office demand
Nashville’s Williamson County, home to the submarkets with the consistently lowest vacancy rates, witnessed a 6.5 percent increase in job growth in 2015, outstripping the largest counties in the country, which averaged an increase of 1.9 percent in employment growth. The sector with the largest employment increase in Williamson County occurred in professional and business services, which bodes well for office leasing. Davidson County… Read More

Q4 2015 Office Insight

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A historic quarter for a historic year: sales prices, sales transactions, rental rates, vacancy rates, construction levels, commute time

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Property sales soar past the crane-filled horizon

Over $820 million in office investment transactions closed in Nashville in 2015, making it the most active year ever and representing a 35.4 percent… Read More

No deliveries make Nashville an anxious market in Q3 2015

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Construction cannot keep pace with increasing demand
The third quarter is another that weighs in favor of Nashville landlords. For the fourth-consecutive quarter, office market vacancy rates have continued to decline at a steady 10.3 percent per quarter. The market hit yet another historic low, landing at an overall 7.3 percent and at 2.8 percent for Class A, compared to last quarter’s 8.5 percent and 3.3 percent. Vacancy rates are expected to continue falling until enough product comes online; however, as fast as new buildings come on the market, they are leased. MarketStreets’ 205,000-square-foot, Class A office building, Gulch Crossing, has been the only delivery this year, and despite its historic, high-market price tag of $37.50 per square foot, the building is already 86 percent leased. The Gulch Crossing story demonstrates the height of demand in the Nashville market.

New product provides a silver lining
To the relief of the office market, there are ten buildings and a total of 2,035,446 square feet under construction. Nashville has not seen this sort of construction activity in its history. With an average $34.65 per square foot for new office space, rental rates for these buildings will lead the way for Nashville’s Class A rental rates to surpass those of larger markets. Product is already 81.9 percent preleased. Downtown will see the largest growth, gaining 1,274,000 square feet. The next closest submarket, Brentwood, will gain 487,902 square feet. Next quarter, Midtown will receive the first of these deliveries with the completion of oneC1TY Building 6, which will add 110,000 square feet of Class A office space to the market. It is already 97 percent preleased.

The elephant in the room: parking
With an average of 80 people moving to Nashville per day, parking is a central barrier to Nashville’s growth. According to the Nashville Business Journal, there are 35,000 people working downtown – where there are only 20,000 available spaces. Annual tourism has reached roughly 12 million visitors per year. While this is a powerful sign for economic development, tourism adds to the downtown parking disparity. Developers are faced with the dilemma: parking structures vs. office buildings. The metro government and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency have committed to a combined $45.5 million in parking improvements. By early 2017, the Nashville Public Library garage will create 350 more spaces, and the parking garage development at the intersection of 5th Avenue North and Church Street will add another 1,010 spaces. These improvements will provide a strong start to confronting the parking problem by increasing volume by roughly 6.8 percent. In the suburban market, parking is equally as challenging. Existing buildings are no longer capable of meeting tenant parking demands for higher density options. It is time to address the elephant in the room.

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Nashville’s Office Construction Sets Record at Mid-Year 2015

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Vacancy rates continue to decline as Class A space is in high demandProperty Clock Q2 2015

Mid-year 2015 marks another historic low for vacancy rates in Nashville’s office market. Compared to 10.4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, overall market vacancy for the second quarter of 2015 finished at 7.5 percent, according to JLL’s new Nashville Office… Read More

On Fire: Nashville’s Office Market Continues to Heat Up During the Cold of Winter

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Nashville’s sizzling office market showed no signs of slowing down in the first three months of 2015, ending the first quarter with a 7.5 percent overall vacancy rate, a near-historic low, according to JLL’s new Nashville Office Insight Q1 2015 report. The overall average direct asking rent climbed slightly from the preceding quarter, to $22.35 per square foot, still well below the national average.

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New JLL Report Names Nashville As One of Five Rising Office Hotspots

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Tenants and investors alike always are on the prowl for the next office market hotspots, those hidden gems that haven’t yet registered on the national commercial real estate scene but are poised for dynamic futures while currently offering, among other things, below-average rents and discounted sales pricing.iStock_000023110980XLarge

A new report from JLL, entitled “Office Perspective: The NERDS,” identifies five such future hotspots – and Nashville is… Read More

Building a better state government through smart real estate

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Governors of many states are turning to the private sector and following proven strategies for delivering cost-effective real estate management that saves taxpayers money.

In Tennessee, Governor Bill Haslam took office in 2011 and challenged his new commissioners to determine more effective ways to run state government and to provide the very best services at the lowest possible costs. Within Tennessee’s… Read More

Nashville among elite company in tech information job growth

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Information job growth: A Nashville strength

Nashville has been making it onto a lot of top 10 lists lately.

A new ranking is particularly welcome news because it shows Nashville has entered elite company in the important tech information sector. Metro Nashville ranks No. 10 in the country for growth in the sector, according to Forbes, which published the list… Read More