Fall 2023: CRE Trends and the RTO Landscape

Stay on top of the latest developments in real estate trends and end-user experience of space.

Kaitlyn ForsthofferOctober 11, 2023

The corporate real estate market is in the midst of a long and tumultuous evolution but this fall it is being hit by a once-in-a-generation confluence of especially challenging threats increased demand for flexible work, increased interest rates, reduced budgets, and a reduced demand for traditional office space. But, its not all doom and gloom, and there will be winners that overcome and lead through this industry transition.

Want to be one of them?

Here, access trusted data and insights on the state of the CRE market and the RTO landscape. Also, learn about the transformation of the experience economy, the value of real estate experience, and why investment in this space is critical for success through this market evolution.

Put these real estate insights to work for your property today!

Its tough out there

Landlords are under intense pressure. Rent growth is slow, and competition for tenants is at an all-time high. According to the National Association of Realtors, office tenants have lowered the average square footage they use per person, and 102 million additional square feet of space became available this spring compared to the spring prior. Additionally NAR reported that the US office vacancy rate hit a record high of 13.1%.

RTW policies are changing — and employees support it

A driving factor in this market change has been the fundamental shift in how, where, and when work happens. That said, some interesting data was just released.

According to a recent Resume Builder survey, 90% of the 1,000 participating companies plan to implement return-to-office policies by the end of 2024, and nearly 30% say they will threaten to fire employees who dont comply with in-office requirements. Whats more only 2% of business leaders said their company never plans to require employees to work in person.

Supporting data from Hubspot reported that 73% of remote workers are in fact back to the office at least once a week, and according to a recent Bankrate survey of over 2,000 people, 68% of full-time workers support a hybrid schedule. Data like this is so important to understand. It tells us that the traditional workplace model requiring employees to come into a physical office five days is a thing of the past, but that the office itself is not. Not only do leaders see the value of in-person work, but so do employees.

Experience data is critical for continued success

The shift in workplace requirements has led to a seismic transformation in the real estate experience economy space has moved from a commodity to a service and now to an experience. No longer can real estate be simply looked at as a cost center. If employees are going to leave the comfort of their homes, commute, and get back into the office they need the promise of experience.

We see this come to life when comparing the low overall office occupancy to the growing demand for high-value office space, the kind that prioritizes experiences. Termed the flight to quality this is a recent trend in the leasing market characterized by increased demand for Class A and Class A-plus properties.

This concept is further supported by Gartners 2023 Market Guide for Workplace Experience, which states that investing in employee experience is the #1 priority of two-thirds of corporate real estate leaders.

The Experience Economy Evolution

Dont get left behind

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  • immediate access to global real estate insights from 1.3+ million employees and 8,000+ workplaces collected through the proven methodology of Leesman, an HqO company and the industrys most trusted workplace experience data source and benchmarking framework.
  • property-specific insights by deploying the Intelligence product suite at an asset.

Learn more about how HqO can help you enhance your real estate experience