VTS Office Demand Index: January 2021 Market Trends Report

Get the earliest available indicator of upcoming office leases and tenant sentiment, nationally and locally, in the VTS Office Demand Index (VODI) – a free, monthly resource from VTS.

The VODI represents 99% of new demand for office space in 7 markets – New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco – and indicates behavior more than one year in advance of a lease hitting the market, and ahead of official employment figures.

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Key Takeaways

  • After some upward momentum in the summer, national tenant demand fell off in Q4 2020, finishing off the year at just under a third of pre-COVID-19 levels.
  • Los Angeles continues to be a bright spot in office leasing activity and is currently only down 38% from pre-crisis demand levels.
  • D.C. and Seattle, markets which had seen a recovery in demand, have sharply declined, with Seattle now measuring the farthest from pre-pandemic demand, despite having the highest level of office-using employment.
  • New York City office demand continues to experience a pronounced flight to quality with tours in premium office spaces taking up a significantly larger share of demand than pre-crisis.


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