Atlanta Office Report – Summer 2019

Driven by a robust development pipeline, the metro’s expansion is showing no signs of slowing down.
Office-using employment in Atlanta, click to enlarge
Office-using employment in Atlanta, click to enlarge

Atlanta’s office market fundamentals continue to strengthen as the metro consolidates its status as an economic powerhouse. Driven by strong tenant demand, a robust development pipeline, a relatively low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce, Atlanta’s expansion is showing no signs of slowing down. As of July, office-using employment accounted for 28.8 percent of the metro’s labor pool, well above the national share of 21.8 percent, while the unemployment rate stood at 4 percent in August. On par with national trends, professional and business services led job growth with the addition of 20,400 positions, up 3.9 percent year-over-year.

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Some 5.2 million square feet of space was under construction in Atlanta as of August, equating to 2.9 percent of total stock. With nearly 1.1 million square feet scheduled to come online by year’s end, 2019 is set to exceed last year’s supply of 1.8 million square feet across 13 properties. Midtown leads the metro in construction activity, with five developments underway totaling more than 1.6 million square feet.

Employment growth by sector in Atlanta, click to enlarge
Employment growth by sector in Atlanta, click to enlarge

Investor interest remains solid and 2019 is shaping up to be another strong year for investment. Office sales in Atlanta amounted to nearly $2 billion year-to-date through August, with some 11.3 million square feet sold at an average of $175 per square foot. Healthy transaction activity in the first eight months of 2019 indicates that investors are still keen on deploying capital in the metro. With acquisition yields for stabilized top-rated assets hovering in the 5.75 percent to 6.75 percent range, Atlanta is in line with established markets like Phoenix and booming metros such as Denver.

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