Columbia Office Market Strengthening


Columbia’s CBD office sector is on the verge of becoming a landlord’s market. So says David Lockwood, senior vice president of leasing for Colliers International South Carolina Inc., who expects that in 2012 owners of downtown office buildings will offer fewer concessions than the previous 12 months as vacancies fall and rents rise.

“Tenants just aren’t going to be able to find the deals that were out there a year or 2 years ago,” said Lockwood during a 30-minute webinar hosted by Colliers on Monday that focused on office leasing and employment trends in greater Columbia.

In contrast, however, Lockwood fully anticipates rental rates in Columbia’s suburban office market will fall as landlords pull out all the stops to land tenants. “Suburban landlords will become even more aggressive,” said Lockwood. “They’ll offer more concessions, and they’ll offer more TI (tenant improvements), and that has a short-term degrading effect on the market by lowering the average rental rates.”


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