An Interesting Strategy To Reduce Rent

April 15, 2009

Tweet I just got the April issue of Retail Traffic, and came across an article about a retailer who undertook a unique way of getting their rent reduced: About 700 shopping center owners and managers across the United States recently received form letters from a major big-box retail tenant. “Since times are tough, we’ve decided […]


Surprise: San Francisco Office Rents Are Falling

April 8, 2009

Tweet Bloomberg has a hit piece out on San Francisco office landlords, in which it cites Colliers International’s numbers: Q1 2009 office rents in the “city” dropped 24%, year-over-year Class A rents fell from $50.92 to $38.80 psf/year Office vacancy rose to 13.2 percent from 12.6 percent in the previous quarter, and up from 10.2% […]


Silicon Valley Rent, Vacancy, and Unemployment

March 24, 2009

Tweet I was reading an article yesterday in the Mercury News about Silicon Valley rents that peaked my interest. Another broker who is often quoted, indicated that his expectation was generally that Silicon Valley wouldn’t see vacancy rates like those we saw in 2002, in which some submarkets experienced vacancy rates of 30%: ‘We don’t […]


Year End Forecast: 27.5% Vacancy, Rents Down by 23.5%

March 23, 2009

Tweet According to numbers released by ForesightAnalytics, the year-end vacancy forecast for the San Jose market is 27.5%. The report, titled “U.S. Office Market Outlook – This Downturn is Different” assesses the office market in light of the steep job losses. The 27.5% figure reflects a forecasted 10.3% change in vacancy for 2009. More on […]


EOP Cuts Redwood Shores Office Rents Again

March 6, 2009

Tweet Back in January we had a post about falling rents in Redwood Shores. Less than two months later and Equity Office has cut the rates again. On February 19th, EOP cut rates at its 201-203 Redwood Shores buildings to $3.35 FS from $3.65 (-8%), and today EOP cut its asking rents at 255 & […]


Equity Office Drops Redwood Shores Rents; Highlights Trend

January 20, 2009

Tweet After Blackstone took over Equity Office in 2007, it quickly began raising asking rents at most of the office parks and buildings it acquired through the acquisition. Equity Office had a significant presence in Redwood Shores, where it owns numerous Class A assets on Shorebird, Twin Dolphin, and Redwood Shores Parkway. From the time […]


Manhattan Office Vacancy Up; Investment Sales Down

July 2, 2008

Tweet Cushman & Wakefield released its mid-year report on the Manhattan market. Vacancy now sits at 7.1%, up about 180 basis points from this time last year. Rents continued to edge up slightly, but concessions and tenant improvement allowances also crept up, effectively keeping rents flat to slightly down over last quarter. Investment sales fell […]


National Venture Capital Association Issues Bleak Report; State of “Crisis”

July 1, 2008

Tweet The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) just released some numbers for Q2, 2008 and they don’t look good. While venture capital might have seen a bit of a slowdown in the past quarter in Silicon Valley, the number of liquidity events for venture-backed companies has come to a screeching halt. For the first time […]


Rent Vs. Buy Heat Maps: A Tool For Small Investors

June 11, 2008

Tweet First time real estate investors are often torn between investing in commercial real estate, or residential/multi-family property. A while back we wrote a post about Rentometer, a quick and dirty rent analysis tool apartment investors could use to gauge market rents. HotPads.com has gone one step further and introduced a Rent vs. Buy Heatmap showing areas which […]


Signs of Life at Moffett Towers in Sunnyvale

June 3, 2008

Tweet Moffett Towers, Jay Paul Company’s massive office project at the intersection of Highway 237 and Highway 101 in Sunnyvale has been on the prowl for tenants since before it broke ground two years ago. Since then, there haven’t been any reports of any tenants signing up to take the space. Initially Jay Paul brought […]

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