BOSTON, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Greater Boston's commercial real estate office market extended its positive absorption streak to eight quarters, with tenants absorbing 493,000 square feet of space during first-quarter 2015, according to Transwestern | RBJ's "officeSTATus – Q1 2015" report. The activity drove market-wide vacancy down to 12.7 percent.
"Greater Boston's office market is on a remarkable stretch of positive activity," said Chase Bourdelaise, Research director for the Northeast. "And based on the number of high-profile move-ins scheduled for the remainder of the year, as well as the 4.1 million-square-foot construction inventory, we anticipate the run to continue."
In Boston's Central Business District, vacancy dropped to 9.3 percent, with the Financial District submarket hitting 10.0 percent vacancy for the first time since 2008. Cambridge vacancy rose slightly to 8.6 percent due to some large tenants moving out of market; however, availability dropped dramatically from 11.5 percent to 8.8 percent in the past quarter.
Along Route 128, vacancy dropped to 13.3 percent as tenants absorbed 442,000 square feet of space. The Interstate 495 submarkets had negative absorption of 89,000 square feet, although Class A asking lease rates crept upward.
Download the full "officeSTATus – Q1 2015" report at http://twurls.com/boston-office-1q15.
In addition to "officeSTATus," Transwestern | RBJ publishes 10 other quarterly research reports: "indSTATus," which focuses on industrial property types (manufacturing, warehouse and flex) and individual "marketSTATus" reports on nine crucial submarkets. The firm's biotechnology-focused report, "bioSTATus," is released twice a year. In total, the firm produces 46 reports per year, in addition to custom research projects for clients.
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