Manhattan’s third-quarter office vacancy rate hit a five-year high as unemployment rose and companies cut space in the recession.
The rate rose to 11.1 percent, the highest since the third quarter of 2004, New York-based broker Cushman & Wakefield said in a statement today. Rents fell 5.2 percent from the second quarter to $57.08 a square foot and were down 22 percent from a year earlier.
see earlier post from Vornado regarding Manhattan's leasing market stabilization.
and From Reuters:
The U.S. apartment market in the third quarter turned in one of its weakest performances ever as the national vacancy rate hit a 23-year high despite being propped up by landlords willing to take lower rent to keep tenants, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc.
The U.S. apartment vacancy rate rose to 7.8 percent in the third quarter, its highest since 1986, according to the report released on Tuesday. Vacancies have been rising since the third quarter of 2007, according to Reis.