Warsaw Office Market Enjoyed Uptick in Activity in 2015

Warsaw Office Market Enjoyed Uptick in Activity in 2015

Commercial News » Warsaw Edition | By WPJ Staff | January 14, 2016 12:37 PM ET

According to Knight Frank, Poland's strong economic growth is expected to continue, with unemployment forecast to fall over the next three years, and GDP continuing its upward growth. As such, commercial real estate activity in Warsaw, and throughout the country, is expected to strengthen in the next eighteen months.
Occupier demand for offices will remain healthy in the Polish capital, but with development activity and completion levels continuing to rise, vacancy rates may increase in the short-term. As a result, prime and average rents are to maintain their stability in the final quarter as the market remains in favor of tenants, and take-up could reach a 10-year high and exceed 700,000 sq m.
Warsaw,-Poland-Key-Office-Transactions-(2015).jpgFollowing a weak start to the year for the investment market, large-scale deals set to close in Q4 will help to lift Warsaw's office volumes - transactions are not expected to exceed volumes achieved last year, though this is purely due to the limited availability of investment stock. Warsaw's office sector will continue to remain desirable, particularly with international investors, and as such, prime yields in the city may experience some downward pressure by mid-2016, reports Knight Frank.
Heena Kerai, International Research Analyst at Knight Frank said, "Despite office investment lagging leasing activity in Warsaw, investor sentiment remains positive. The lack of investment stock will remain a hindrance to the market, however, when an asset is available for sale, steep competition is likely to push prices higher than expected."

Warsaw Office Market Key Highlights:

  • Gross office take-up in the capital totaled c. 600,000 sq m during the first nine months of 2015, exceeding the full-year 2014 total, and included a record deal by Samsung, who pre-leased 21,100 sq m in the new Warsaw Spire building.
  • With the development pipeline set to increase in the next two years, vacancy rates may also rise in the short-term.
  • Developers, eager to attract new tenants, are increasingly offering multiple incentives, including rent free periods, which have enabled prime office rents to stabilize at €23-€24 per sq m per month, where they are expected to remain until at least mid-2016.

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