Atlanta’s office market was in a healthy position heading into the pandemic, but conditions have softened over the past few quarters. The 2.7 MSF of office space delivered year-to-date is a record high, though new development activity has diminished. The city has recently benefited from a wave of new and expanding big tech tenants such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Global Payments, and Mailchimp. However, overall leasing activity has continued to trend below norms.
Atlanta’s economy is rebounding at a vigorous pace, and the industrial sector is red hot. Leasing volume has surged over the past few quarters, particularly in big-box distribution. Developers have responded as groundbreakings have increased in recent quarters, making Atlanta home to one of the largest speculative supply pipelines in the nation. Even as the metro’s spec pipeline continues to ramp up, vacancies should remain well below Atlanta’s long-term historical average over the next few quarters due to the uptick in leasing activity.