Overall, ULI believes that Phoenix’s population will grow by about 2.6 percent in 2014. Many of those moving to the area are projected to be between the ages of 20 and 34. In addition, the number of jobs available in the Phoenix area is expected to grow by about 2.4 percent, which means that many employers will need to seek out larger office spaces.
Currently, about 22 percent of office space in the Phoenix metro area stands vacant, which is a significant improvement from 2009, when the vacancy rate was about 27 percent. Vacancy rates in downtown Phoenix are much lower and, as a result, rent is on the rise. As new employers move into the area and office space becomes more scarce, experts estimate that commercial rental rates will rise between two and four percent through the end of 2015.
Of course, the projected increase in demand has also sparked new construction. About 700,000 square feet of office space are currently under construction in the Phoenix area and many believe that the region is likely to see even more construction as the year continues.
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