Colliers: Houston office, hotels, multifamily year-end 2015 oversupplyColliers: Houston office, hotels, multifamily year-end 2015 oversupplyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120062016-02-10T06:00:00Z2016-02-10T13:00:00Z

​​​HOUSTON - Houston has an oversupply of office space, hotels and apartments, but the market looks good for shopping centers and industrial buildings.

However, some of Colliers’ year-end research is startling.

Only 125 apartment units were absorbed in fourth quarter 2015, while some 29,000 units are under construction.

With 100 apartment complexes now under construction, Houston multifamily is destined for negative absorption in 2016. 

The oversupply of office space will not vanish quickly either.

The suburban Class A office vacancy rate has risen to 16 percent, up from 10.2 percent at the end of 2014. Some 8 million sf of office space is under construction in Houston and the oversupply will become more acute as the buildings are finished.

With West Texas Intermediate crude at $30 a barrel, energy companies are laying off employees and cutting capex budgets. So the companies, which signed leases in 2014 when oil was $100 a barrel, are placing huge blocks of brand new office space on the sublease market.

Colliers reports Houston has 8 million sf of available sublease space and 6 million of that is in Class A buildings.

West Houston, where the Energy Corridor is located, has an abundance of sublease space and over 2 million sf in under construction there. On the north side of Houston, Greenspoint has a 20 percent vacancy rate.

The citywide office vacancy rate was 15.4 percent at the end of 2015, up from 11.1 percent at the end of 2014.

Retail is the strongest sector in the Houston commercial real estate market. The retail vacancy rate was 5.8 percent at the end of 2015, down from 6.1 percent a year earlier.

The Houston area industrial market had a 5 percent vacancy rate at year-end.

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See Colliers ​4Q2015 Retail Report​Colliers 4Q2015 Industrial ReportColliers 4Q2015 Office Report to see more data. Don't forget to check out Houston's Market Research for free data on more markets also!

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