The vacancy rate has climbed again in the second quarter on Budapest's struggling office market, reaching 12.6% after 12.2% in the previous quarter. Total demand reached 119,890 sqm in Q2 2023, which is 56% higher than the value registered in the previous quarter, the Budapest Research Forum reports.
The total modern office stock currently adds up to 4,334,880 sqm, consisting of 3,536,690 sqm of ‘A’ and ‘B’ category speculative office space as well as 798,190 sqm of owner-occupied space. In the second quarter of 2023, three new office buildings were delivered to the Budapest office market with a total of 38,000 sqm. F99 (14,040 sqm), Roseville (15,540 sqm) and BudaPart Downtown (8,420 sqm) were handed over. N97 (3,610 sqm) has been moved to the owner-occupied stock.
The office vacancy rate increased to 12.6%, representing a 0.4 pps increase quarter-on-quarter and a 2.8 pps increase year-on-year. The lowest vacancy was registered in Central Buda with a vacancy rate of 5%, whereas the highest vacancy rate remained in the Periphery submarket (34.8%). Net absorption turned to a positive range in the second quarter of 2023, meaning that the size of occupied areas increased by 12,290 sqm.
Total demand reached 119,890 sqm in Q2 2023, which is 56% higher than the value registered in the previous quarter. Compared to the same period in 2022, it represents an 11% growth. New leases accounted for the largest share of total leasing activity with 46%, followed by lease renewals with a share of 42%, expansions of existing premises took up 6% while pre-leases amounted to 3% of the total demand. We also registered an owner-occupied transaction in the second quarter, which accounted for 3% of the total leasing activity.
The strongest occupational activity was recorded in the Váci Corridor, attracting 33% of the total demand. The Central Pest submarket followed it, reaching 20% of the total demand. Central Buda took up 12% of the quarterly leasing activity, meanwhile, Non-Central Pest was able to reach a share of 11% in the second quarter.
According to the BRF, 162 lease agreements were concluded in Q2 2023 and the average deal size amounted to 740 sqm (+16% q/q). The BRF registered ten transactions concluded on more than 3,000 sqm office space, including five renewals, three new leases, one pre-lease and one owner-occupied deal.
The largest transactions of the quarter were two new leases – one of them was signed in Millennium Tower I for a total of 8,110 sqm, while the other one was the new lease agreement of Lightware for 7,020 sqm in Hungária Office Park VII. The largest lease renewal of the quarter was concluded in Promenade Gardens for 5,420 sqm.
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