ECONOMY – Austin job growth has continued to outpace national averages and our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country at 2.5% Major tech expansion included companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon and Indeed. The growth trend is likely to continue as more companies look to expand their operations in Austin.
CONSTRUCTION – Over 2.1 million square feet of new office space was delivered during 2019. Another 6.1 million square feet is still under construction. Office development is at an all time high. Class A downtown lease space remains in high demand with vacancies below 6 % and pre-leasing of new construction at 70%+.
RENTAL RATES – The overall asking rate increased to $39.21 / square foot up $2.95 per square foot compared to the last quarter of 2018. Class A space is at $44.14/ square foot a year over year increase of 7.4%. As demand continues and more companies move to Austin, asking rates are forecasted to maintain the rental rate increases.