Office buildings in the Austin area are hot properties right now.
“I’ve been doing this 17 years, and I would tell you, it’s the strongest investment market I’ve seen in my career,” said Jeff Coddington, a principal at Oxford Commercial, a real estate firm that tracks the office market.
The research by Oxford, a Cushman & Wakefield affiliate, shows 16 office properties currently for sale, totaling 3.2 million square feet of space. They include: Austin Centre, which houses the Omni Hotel downtown; 816 Congress; Chase Park, a five-building complex in North Austin; Thomas Properties Group’s remaining suburban Austin holdings; and office buildings totaling 400,000 square feet owned by Wereldhave, which is selling off its U.S. property investments to focus on Western Europe.
“It’s a huge number,” Coddington said, noting that the square footage on the marketrepresents roughly 7 percent the multi-tenant office space in the Austin-Round Rock area. “I think it’s a global vote of confidence in the Austin economy.”
Ben Thypin, director of market analysis for Real Capital Analytics Inc., a commercial real estate research firm based in New York, said it’s “an opportune time for both buyers and sellers of office buildings in Austin, and it’s for the same reason.
“Austin is one of the top secondary markets in the country, ” Thypin said by email. “From a buyer’s perspective, Austin looks good right now because it has many of the characteristics of primary markets – technology companies, government, and educational demand generators – but at a lower pricing level. From a seller’s perspective, the situation is even better, as all that institutional capital creates intense demand for any properties that are available for purchase.”
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Thypin said sales last year averaged $151 per square foot. He said 2011's average could rise with a few more transactions before the end of the year. "I'd say we're probably in line with last year," he said.
In 2007-08, at the height of the Austin market, prices averaged $215 per square foot, Thypin said.
Compared with other markets, Thypin said, Austin is in better shape.
"Austin didn't really get hit that badly in the crash. There's not as much room to go up, because Austin didn't go down as much," he said.
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Ben Carlos Thypin
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