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12-17-2008, 08:14 AM
Oklahoma City office vacancy increasing
Journal Record
December 16th, 2008

Last week I blogged about how if the decline in oil prices is prolonged, it will likely cause turmoil among numerous small to mid-sized energy firms in the metro area causing downsizing and closings, which in turn would lead to an increase in vacancy. Now, it appears the decline in oil prices may already be having an affect on Oklahoma City’s office market.

While vacancy fell to its lowest level in well over a decade to 15 percent during the second quarter of 2008, REIS is reporting that vacancy jumped back up to 15.9 percent during the third quarter. Furthermore, early indicators and research point to the possibility that year-end vacancy will be slightly over 16 percent.

The good news is compared to the high vacancy the market experienced just four years ago, 16 percent still represents a healthy vacancy for the market. In 2003 and 2004, vacancy shot up to nearly 24 percent; therefore, even if vacancy does continue to slightly increase in 2009, the market should retain the strength it has gained since the end of 2004.

12-17-2008, 08:26 AM
Funny how this article gives no specifics on how oil is the reason for the vacancies (what companies vacated and how they directly relate to oil).... just speculates.

12-17-2008, 10:21 AM
Good point. Association doesn't prove causation.

What was the change in inventory?

12-17-2008, 12:08 PM
I don't know that this is the primary cause of the rise in vacancy rates, but when I was at home over Thanksgiving, what really struck me was the nature of the new office developments in OKC. Within a couple of miles of my parents' house in Quail Creek, there must have been five or six of these new "office parks" that consisted of six or eight or ten smallish, house-like buildings, each containing individual companies. That seemed to be a trend; companies could get affordable, new construction with free parking and be convenient for the half-dozen employees. It struck me that this was bad urban planning and a terrible addition to the sprawl-like nature of OKC. Not to mention that they didn't look very much like offices. But now this thread makes me think that these developments could be adding to the office vacancy. I am assuming many of these small doctors offices, law offices, insurance places, contractors etc. were in multi-tenant buildings at one time.

12-17-2008, 02:31 PM
Very true stl.

I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm sure it's happening everywhere.

12-17-2008, 03:15 PM
Very true stl.

I wouldn't worry about it too much. I'm sure it's happening everywhere.

In this part of the country.......

12-17-2008, 03:26 PM
By that I meant that the increase in vacancy is surely happening everywhere.

12-17-2008, 08:41 PM
Very good point, it didn't point out the fact that the city added capacity.

That said, we need to further diversity the city's employment opportunities. Isn't this something that the Chamber could begin to run with? With the economy the way it is, and OKC's attractiveness in the Cost of Living and Taxation attributes, not to mention OKC's renaissance and central location; Im positive the city could pull off some white collar relocations thereby filling up office space (DOWNTOWN!!!). We could also set up incubators for small upstarts, who can get in at heavily reduced rates in the short run but in the long run would move nearby to other downtown towers.

One more option for OKC would be to go after more Federal Government offices. .. They are ALWAYS looking for space, and certainly OKC is attractive to them too.

12-17-2008, 09:28 PM
Good thing we are building a new skyscraper...

12-18-2008, 08:15 AM
And if you look downtown, I bet you'll find the Class A and B space is pretty danged full. Like usualy, we have a lot of crap Class C space that no one every wants....and no one will invest to clean it up. FNC has a lot of that....