‘Occupiers’ Archive

The Lexicon of the European market changes

In a sure sign of a significant improvement in the outlook, the lexicon of the European market place has changed over the past year. We still have “austerity” and “deleveraging” to cope with of course and “bad banks” are also still with us – albeit now more likely to be a specifically designated institution rather […]

Building Momentum in Europe

Europe’s early summer gains appear to be consolidating as we head towards the run in to year-end, with August seeing a 3.3% increase in the EU’s Economic Sentiment Indicator and a near 12% increase on the year. What is more this is broadly based: 22 out of the EU’s 28 countries saw a step up […]

European Office Markets: Better times likely in 2013?

The third quarter of 2012 was not great for the European office sector with leasing and investment activity down and rental growth reversing. However anyone expecting a smooth, demand-driven recovery was pretty much waiting to be disappointed – the road back to any sort of normality was always going to be bumpy and unpredictable. Looking […]

Greece is the Word

Forget Spain for now, events in Greece over the next few days will be setting the tone for Europe for better or for worse. Greek voters go back to the polls on Sunday and clearly face a tough choice, caught between a rock and a hard place.  Surveys have suggested growing support for pro-bailout parties […]

Risks crank up as voters hit back in Europe

Hopes that the Eurozone debt crisis was on its way to being resolved have clearly been hit by recent election results and this continues to test the nerves of the property market, with the opening quarter seeing a fall in leasing and investment activity that was far from limited to just the most indebted markets […]

Market Fundamentals Soften in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area as the Government Contracts

The office market in the Washington, D.C. Metro region was off to a slow start in 2012, with leasing activity down from last year at this time in both the Downtown and suburban markets. Negative absorption of 452,000 square feet (sf) in the District marked the second consecutive quarter of decreased absorption. The CBD submarket […]

They Say California is the Place You Ought to be…

Northern California, that is. What’s happening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley? Let me give you the short and sweet version. San Francisco job growth was 1.3% through August and job growth was a whopping 2.4% in Silicon Valley. This growth is not fake, fake, fake, like the dot.com era it’s real, […]

Corporate confidence in Europe under the microscope

The latest Cushman & Wakefield Occupier Conference in London revealed new research, the Insight 500 survey, emphasising the negative impact global economic uncertainty was having on corporate confidence and decision making.  However, the conference was also warned by broadcaster Rene Carayol not to get too downhearted by overly negative media coverage. What is more, it was […]

Happy Christmas or Cold Comfort?

Airports around Europe may have ground to a halt this month as poor weather and delayed flights impacted, but it’s been a more mixed picture for retailers across the region. Even in those parts of northern Europe most affected, (for once it isn’t the south which is suffering), most retailers are hoping this will only […]

UK Corporates get some Christmas cheer?

We’re in the midst of a series of conferences with our occupier clients, the next of which will be in London on the 26th of November. We had some very interesting research undertaken by Ipsos MORI ahead of these meetings – aiming to take the temperature of business today (and not just to make sure […]