Marcus & Millichap

2019 Office Outlook

Midyear 2019

Special Research Report

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Suburban Office Assets Poised for Rising Demand; Buyer Profile Transforming as Sector Outperforms

Fed takes action to extend economic growth cycle. Sturdy underlying fundamentals continue to support domestic growth, expanding the economy by 2.1 percent in the second quarter, but headwinds are emerging. Growth has moderated over the past several months and some international forces are weighing on momentum, prompting the Fed to cut the overnight rate by 25 basis points at the end of July in an effort to extend the economic runway. This modest cut may have fallen short of what was needed to offset the escalating trade war and financial market turbulence as the 10-year/two-year yield curve briefly inverted recently. This commonly perceived signal of an impending recession has the potential to increase uncertainty and work against the positive economic forces such as steady job creation, low inflation, sound wage growth and elevated consumer confidence. In addition, sustained recruiting demand has resulted in a 20 percent surplus of job openings relative to job seekers, enabling many people with weaker skills and education to find work. Reflective of this, organizations are becoming increasingly competitive in their recruiting efforts, opening additional locations to tap new labor pools and boosting compensation packages to attract new staff members and retain existing workers. This has provided a bump to household and disposable income levels nationwide.

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