Tech Sector focus of current Austin Office Market
According to Jones Lang Lasalle’s High Technology Outlook report the tech sector remains the top industry for real estate expansion in the U.S.
Over the past two years it is estimated that 25% of leasing activity across the country is attributable to the tech market.
Austin is the third most resilient tech market in the U.S. This means that even in the event of an economic slowdown the Austin tech market is projected to remain strong.
The following provides an idea of how big the tech sector is in the Austin market. In 2011 seven of the tech giants occupied just under 900,000 square feet. Today that has grown to nearly 3.2 million square feet or an increase of 268%.
During the third quarter of 2016, 430,000 square feet of office space began construction. One million square feet of new office space is expected to be delivered during the first quarter of 2017.
The three largest submarkets in Austin – Northwest, Southwest and CBD represent 70% of the Austin inventory. From the 3rd quarter of 2014 to the 3rd quarter of 2015 rental rates increased almost 10% year over year. From the 3rd quarter of 2015 to date CBD rates have continued their pace of growth at an increase of 8-10% year over year. However Northwest and Southwest submarkets have slowed to a 2% year over year rate of growth. Read more at JLL Office Insight, Austin | Q3 2016.