2023 Q1 TULSA INDUSTRIAL MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY: Expansion Mode

Tulsa’s economy has been steadily rebounding over the past year and is considered to have entered an expansion mode. The unemployment rate remained flat from Q4 to Q1 at 3.2% and the current workforce has dropped 6,800 from Q1 to 471.7K (up 4.8K YOY). Low rents, energy costs, and taxes help to make the cost of doing business in Tulsa 11% lower than the national average. Tulsa’s low cost of doing business continues to drive companies to the metro. With aviation, aerospace, and to some extent, oil and gas industries providing demand, the industrial market has remained stable.

DEMAND: : Consistent Pace Into 2023

The Tulsa industrial market remains on stable footing with vacancy rates still trending at near lows. Overall, the industrial market is proving to be better insulated and is a point of strength in the commercial real estate market compared to other assets. Demand has continued to be focused on logistics properties, and development has reflected this growth. The passing of medical marijuana in Oklahoma has contributed to the budding demand for industrial space also. Consistent leasing has kept vacancy rates tight at 3.7%. In turn, annual rent growth measured 6.5%, the best performance on record. There has been a lack of speculative construction in the metro, resulting in increased competition among tenants, and rent growth has averaged approximately 3% annually over the past five years. Through the first quarter of 2023, the market has registered $26.6 million in annual sales , o n track for another strong year.

PRICING: Industrial Rents Soft Start to 2023

Overall Industrial Rents increased $.05/per square foot (psf ) since the fourth quarter. While Flex properties continue to boast the highest overall rents in Q1 2023 ($7.54 psf ) this category took a $0.07psf loss from Q4. Among the large area submarkets, the highest rents are found in South Central ($9.02 psf ), Southeast ($7.72 psf ), and East ($7.00 psf ) Tulsa. In contrast, rents are typically lower in the West ($4.90 psf ) and the CBD ($4.00 psf ). Asking rents come at a premium in warehouse space compared to distribution centers. Among large area submarkets, the highest rents are found in Southeast Tulsa ($5.79 psf Tulsa’s asking rents remain affordable relative to the national average and are on par with regional metros like Oklahoma City and Northwest Arkan sas .

2023 Q3 TULSA OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY: Expanding in 2023

Tulsa’s economy has been steadily rebounding over the past year and is considered to have entered an expansion mode. The unemployment rate increased 0.2% from Q2 to Q3 to 3.1%, and the current workforce slightly increased from 459k to 461k (down 33k year-over-year (YOY)). Low rents, energy costs, and taxes help to make the cost of doing business in Tulsa 11% lower than the national average. Tulsa’s low cost of doing business continues to drive companies to the metro.
Relatively stable industries like healthcare and education are significant drivers of employment here and help keep the economy in check when the more volatile energy industry experiences substantial fluctuations.

DEMAND: Holding Steady in Q3

Tulsa’s office market is holding steady, but demand remains fragile. CoStar reported 317.9k square feet (sf) of net absorption through the third quarter. While the market’s vacancy rate remains elevated (11.5%, down 0.3% YOY), it remains below the U.S. average, and manageable construction keeps vacancies from rising further. With improving demand, rent growth has returned also. Annual rent growth is positive at 0.8%. Despite moveouts over the past year, investors logged $328 million in sales in 2022, the highest volume reported on record.
Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the office market, the area is reporting annual rent growth of 1.2%.

PRICING: Steady Rent Increase For Q3

The Tulsa total market saw a $.06 per square feet (psf) increase in rents, finishing the quarter at $17.07 psf (down $.26 YOY), the entire Central Business District (CBD) remained flat at $17.45/psf and Non-CBD a $.11 ($16.86/psf) increase. Class A space continues to struggle with fluctuations in demand. Total Class A vacancies were down 0.7% (up 1.8% YOY) within the CBD and Non-CBD. Class A vacancies in the CBD were down 0.6% (up 1.3% YOY).
The highest rents are found in the metro area outside of the CBD. The South submarket has the highest asking rent at $23.08/psf, followed by the Northeast submarket at $18.17/psf, with the CBD at $17.45/psf. Due to continued consolidations and closing in the downtown area, the CBD has struggled to see any significant rent gains.

2023 Q1 TULSA OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY: Consistent Outlook For 2023

Tulsa’s economy has been steadily rebounding over the past year and is considered to have entered an expansion mode. The unemployment rate remained flat from Q4 to Q1 at 3.1% and the current workforce has dropped 6.8k from Q1 to 471.7k (up 4.8k year over year). Low rents, energy costs, and taxes help to make the cost of doing business in Tulsa 11% lower than the national average. Tulsa’s low cost of doing business continues to drive companies to the metro.

DEMAND: Investment Activity Trending

Investment activity is trending higher in the Tulsa office market. The market is reporting $208 million in sales over the past year.
Steep move outs are in the rearview mirror as the market is reporting net absorption in the black through late 2022. Net Absorption has made a sizeable shift YOY from 60.3k to 18.5k in Q1 2023. The vacancy rate has decreased from 12.0% to 11.4% in the same timeframe. Through the fourth quarter, CoStar is reporting a total of 283,000 square feet (sf) of move ins by the end of 2022. While the market’s vacancy rate remains elevated, demand’s inflection point keeps vacancies from rising further. With improving demand , rent growth has also returned. Annual rent growth is positive at 1.0%. Despite moveouts over the past year, investors logged $3 28 million in sales in 2022, the highest volume reported on record.
Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the office market, the area is reporting annual rent growth of 1.4%.

PRICING: Small Market Rent Increase For Q1

The Tulsa total market saw a $.17 per square feet (psf) increase finishing the quarter at $16.82 psf, with the total Central Business District (CBD) showing a $.15 ($17.25/psf) increase and Non CBD a $.17 ($16.59/psf) increase. Class A space continues to struggle with fluctuations in demand. Total Class A vacancies were up .08% (up 2% YOY) within the CBD and Non CBD. Class A vacancies were down 1.8% (down 4.2% YOY). The highest rents are found in the metro area outside of the CBD. The South submarket has the highest asking rent at $22.21/psf followed closely by the Southwest submarket at $20.00/psf, and all rank ahead of the CBD with a near $3/psf premium at $17.25/psf. Due to continued consolidations and closing in the downtown area, the CBD has struggled to see any significant rent gains.

2023 Q3 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:

Despite the ever-evolving economic challenges experienced at the local, regional, and national levels, Oklahoma City remains resolute in its commitment to finding solutions. In Q3 2023, Oklahoma City has continued to demonstrate remarkable resilience, with job growth, unemployment rates, and population expansion all showcasing strength that outpaces the broader national economic trends. New commercial real estate projects, such as The Oak and Convergence, as well as increased corporate investments, underscore the city’s economic vitality. In the face of evolving headlines, Oklahoma City stands firm and persists through uncertain times.

MARKET OVERVIEW:

The office leasing and investment sales market in Oklahoma City continues to change despite the national economic state. An increasing influx of available space into the market is exerting downward pressure on vacancy rates which continue to outperform the US market at 9.9% in Q3. The market currently boasts a record high of 8.6 million square feet of available space. Challenges persist in the office sector as tenants persistently reevaluate their space needs on a per-employee basis. In the current office market, Oklahoma City’s traditionally more affordable rental rates offer substantial value, especially in a period where organizations are particularly sensitive to controlling expenses. As expected, investment sales continue to experience a notable decrease in total volume due to the challenges posed by the prevailing interest rate environment. However, it’s worth noting that cap rates for Q3 in the Oklahoma City office market are trading 2.5% higher than the US average. This differential provides a favorable opportunity for both local and out-of-state investment groups.

OUTLOOK:

While commercial real estate markets globally grapple with numerous uncontrollable factors, the local CW office team maintains a strong belief that the office market will eventually rebound robustly. In the interim, they are diligently crafting innovative solutions that continue to deliver added value to their clients and partners.

2023 Q1 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:

“Sometimes change comes at you hard and fast, and other times it’s a gradual shift.” Oklahoma City’s local economy continues to effectively resist the fallout of the unofficial recession the nation has been enduring as of late. Relatively speaking, there have been consistent parallels between growth in the job market and unemployment rates; Oklahoma City sales tax revenues experienced a strong increase above from 2022 at 10% year-over-year; and 85% of the proposed school bond elections have passed, indicating the taxpayer’s willingness to allocate dollars towards an elective mission. The previously mentioned metrics, and a few additional others, lead us to believe that the local Oklahoma City economy will continue to remain strong in the short and near term.

MARKET OVERVIEW:

The Q1 2023 Oklahoma City office market paints a fairly optimistic picture, going into the summer months, which historically, typically experience an uptick in overall activity. Although net absorption remains negative, Q1 2023 has seen 30,000 square feet positive net absorption as compared to Q4 2022. Vacancy rates continue to trend below the national average at 9.7%, months-on-market continues to remain steadily on the decline, and lease rates continue to see positive growth. We see a rise in product competition with several Class A office projects recently announced and expect to bring more than 200,000 sf online over the next 3-5 years. While this might appear excessive, existing product is still trading cap rates above the national average at 9.37%, leaving significant levels of opportunity for both institutional and local groups seeking to uncover solid investment opportunities.

OUTLOOK:

Yes, the challenges that come with the continued rise in interest rates, tenants continuing to navigate through their transition back to the office, and landlords not having the same capacity to provide concession packages akin to the 2020 office market exist. However, current leasing activity, a meaningful pool of active buyers, and public dollars continuing to be invested into the city fortifies our belief that the Oklahoma City office market will have another strong year, comparable, if not better than 2022.

2022 Q4 TULSA INDUSTRIAL MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY: Turning The Corner

Tulsa’s economy has been steadily rebounding over the past year and is considered to have entered an expansion mode. The Q4 unemployment rate rose 0.1% from Q3 to 3.4% (up 0.7% year over year (YOY)) and the current workforce has dropped 33k from Q3 to 461k (up 21k YOY). The population of the Tulsa area has topped 1.0 million for the first time, adding over 7,000 new residents last year alone. The Tulsa job market also grew throughout the year. Low rents, energy costs, and taxes help to make the cost of doing business in Tulsa 11% lower than the national average. Tulsa’s low cost of doing business continues to drive companies to the metro. With aviation, aerospace, and to some extent, oil and gas industries providing demand, the industrial market has remained stable.

DEMAND: : Consistent Pace Into 2023

The Tulsa industrial market has enjoyed consistent occupancy and rent growth over the past year. Overall, the industrial market is proving to be better insulated and is a point of strength in the commercial real estate market compared to other assets. Demand has continued to be focused on logistics properties, and development has reflected this growth. The passing of medical marijuana in Oklahoma has contributed to the budding demand for industrial space also. Consistent leasing has kept vacancy rates tight at 4.1 In turn, annual rent growth measured 6.6% at year-end 2022, the best performance on record. There has been a lack of speculative construction in the metro, resulting in increased competition among tenants, and rent growth has averaged around 3% annually over the past five years.

PRICING: Industrial Rents Softened In Q4

Overall Industrial Rents dropped $.10/per square foot (psf ) since third quarter. While Flex properties continue showing the highest overall rents in Q4 2022 ($6.55 psf ) this category took a $0.45 psf loss from Q3. Among the large area submarkets, the highest rents are found in Southwest ($10.25 psf ), South Central ($9.70 psf ), and East ($7.00 psf ) Tulsa. In contrast, rents are typically lower in North Central ($4.00/ psf ) and the CBD ($4.00 psf ). Tulsa’s asking rents remain affordable relative to the national average and are on par with regional metros like Oklahoma City and Northwest Arkansas.

2022 Q4 TULSA OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY: Consistent Outlook For 2023

Tulsa’s economy is steadily rebounding over the past year. The Q4 unemployment rate rose 0.1% from Q3 to 3.4% (up 0.7% year over year (YOY)) and the current workforce has dropped 33k from Q3 to 461k (up 21k YOY).

DEMAND: The Market Is Improving Ahead Of The New Year

Steep move-outs are in the rearview mirror as the market is reporting net absorption in the black through late 2022. Net Absorption has made a sizeable shift YOY from 170k to 366k in Q4 2022. The vacancy rate has decreased from 14.5% to 11.9% in the same timeframe. Through the fourth quarter, CoStar is reporting a total of 283,000 square feet (sf) of move ins by the end of 2022. While the market’s vacancy rate remains elevated, demand’s inflection point keeps vacancies from rising further. As of Q4, the market
reported 388 new leases totaling 1 million sf along with 283,000 sf of move ins. The average deal size was 2,900 sf.

Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the office market, the area is reporting annual rent growth of 1.6%.

PRICING: Small Market Rent Increase For Q4

The Tulsa total market saw a $.05 per square feet (psf ) increase finishing the quarter at $16.62 psf , with the total Central Business District (CBD) showing a $.06 ($17.10/ psf ) decrease and Non CBD a $.07 ($16.37/ psf ) increase. Class A space continues to struggle with fluctuations in demand. Total Class A vacancies were up .5% (up 2.2% YOY) within the CBD and Non CBD Class A vacancies were down .3% (down 2.3% YOY).

The highest rents are found in the metro area outside of the CBD. The South submarket has the highest asking rent at $21.84/psf followed closely by the Northeast and Southwest submarkets at $20.00/ psf , and all rank ahead of the CBD with a near $ psf premium at $17.10/psf. Due to continued consolidations and closing in the downtown area, the CBD has struggled to see any significant rent gains.

2022 Q4 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:

Dancing in the rain will oftentimes produce a better result than waiting for the storm to pass. Amidst a national economic crisis, Oklahoma City has continued to push forward toward growth and progress. Canoo to buy a vehicle manufacturing facility, $3.8 billion in positive economic impact from tourism, Mexican consulate to open in Oklahoma City, and over $400,000 granted to OKC Minority Founder Accelerator are just a few notable Q4 headlines to be released. As we close out the year, Oklahomans are hopeful and excited for the years to come given the fact that a multitude of indicators are foreshadowing a prosperous future for the local Oklahoma City economy.

MARKET OVERVIEW:

Although certain growth metrics such as market rents, vacancy, net absorption indicate a slower Q4, the local Oklahoma City office market continues to challenge the mainstream narrative that, “office is dying a slow death.” Oklahoma City will be closing out the year a fifth consecutive quarter of positive net absorption. Market rents continue their accension with 1.5% positive growth for Q4. New construction office commencement saw a significant decline, which sheds some light on the fact that 2nd generation office landlords are seeing some real opportunity to capitalize on both leasing and sales opportunities, as tenants transition back to working in the office and investors are seeking to place capital in stabilized assets. Notable leasing transactions for the local CW team include a landlord rep 40,000SF midtown office lease with a prominent local law firm, and a landlord rep 50,000SF suburban office lease with the State of OK. Notable sales transactions for the local CW team include a seller rep $8.5 million sale to a local owner user group and a $10 million sale to a local investment group. While we anticipate continued growth in office leasing, we anticipate a minor decrease in sales volume due to the current rate environment.

OUTLOOK:

Oklahoma City’s local CW team is sprinting toward a strong finish to the year and is expecting to carry that same momentum well into 2023, as the economy attempts to recover, the fed gets a handle on inflation, and organizations continue to make their way back to the office.

2022 Q3 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:

A wise man once said, “When it’s raining money, grab a bucket not a thimble.” Coming off of recent pricing highs in the oil patch and forward-looking bullish sentiment continuing, the local Oklahoma City economy continues to see a strong recovery as we have officially entered the post-pandemic era. Oil prices hitting a 5-year high, commencement of large-scale construction projects such as Oklahoma City’s $200,00,000 Innovation Hall project, the filming of the Paramount+ tv series “Tulsa King”, and numerous other economic drivers are positioning Oklahoma City to have a strong finish to the year.

MARKET OVERVIEW:

As many markets fight to see positive growth in office leasing and sales, Oklahoma City continues to positively outpace the national average in most quantifiable categories. For landlords, vacancy rates and months-on-market metrics are both trending downwards due to the recent uptick in leasing activity. For buyers, the average price per SF and cap rates still remain more competitive than the national average, indicating Oklahoma City as a market not having achieved saturation of investment dollars both institutional and local alike. Lastly, the market has not shown significant movement yet in regards to velocity, but we expect that to be more observable in the near-term because of the increase in rates and inflation.

OUTLOOK:

Oklahoma City’s local Cushman office team is expected to transact on over 500,000 SF of space by year’s end, so we continue to remain optimistic.

2022 Q2 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:

Booked and busy. The local Oklahoma City economy continues to weather the national economic thunderstorm thanks to several large-scale economic drivers, such as, the First National Center, the brand-new Oklahoma City Convention Center, and College Softball World Series, just to name a few. As the energy sector has seen a strong recovery, many Oklahoma City based energy companies reporting higher earnings, increased employment opportunities, and an overall optimistic outlook. In addition to the recovery in the energy world, companies like Prairie Surf Studios and Total Energy are bringing additional diversity and jobs to the local Oklahoma City economy.

MARKET OVERVIEW:

Halfway through the year, Oklahoma City’s office market continues to have a solid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Q2 has seen improving trends in commercial real estate metrics such as, effective rents, leasing activity, leasing velocity and new product under construction. From a sales perspective, overall volume has seen a 300% increase over Q1 while the price per SF has seen nominal movement, and effective cap rates have seen a very small decrease over Q1.

OUTLOOK:

While we continue to navigate issues such as rising interest rates, increased inflation, and supply chain constraints, the Oklahoma City office market is expected to remain positive. That said, we are seeing said forces significantly impact new construction and landlord tenant improvement concessions; however, the abundance of high-quality, second-generation buildings are expected to continue to see increased activity in both leasing and sales.

2022 Q1 OKC OFFICE MARKETBEAT

ECONOMY:


As the US economy enters into its post COVID-19 era, the Oklahoma City economy continues to see a strong and resilient comeback. According to the St. Louis Federal Reserve and Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City has performed better than the national average in Unemployment Rate and Employment Index. Although the energy sector has historically been one of Oklahoma City’s primary economic drivers, the Trade/Transportation/Utilities, Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Government sectors now rank higher when compared to the national average. Companies such as Paycom, Heartland Payment Systems, Costco, and Boeing have all announced expansions or relocations into the Oklahoma City market. This trend is expected to continue as companies find the market’s pro-business environment and quality labor force part of the region’s unique value proposition. Furthermore, the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust’s Strategic Investment Program offers various economic development incentives for employers looking to expand existing operations into the city.

MARKET OVERVIEW:


Oklahoma City saw positive first quarter net absorption (+20,863 SF) for the first time in two years, which results in a fourth consecutive quarter of positive net absorption overall. Vacancy rates continue to remain below 10% for a third consecutive quarter and remain at least 2% below the national average for fourth consecutive quarter. Market rent growth in the OKC market continues to outpace the national average. For third party investors, the Oklahoma City market is seeing favorable trends in the areas of year-over-year transactional volume, increasing market sale price on a square foot basis, increased average sale price, and improving cap rates.

OUTLOOK:


The Oklahoma City office market is expected to have a strong 2022 with all measurable indicators setting the expectation that we will continue to recover well from the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong credit tenants, both local and national, are actively searching for new office space and executing multi-year leases. While we anticipate relatively stable rates going forward, ownership groups of office product should expect an increased spend on tenant improvements for the foreseeable future due to the inflationary environment currently seen in construction prices.