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Office Q3 2018


Roanoke’s economy is near full employment with the current 3.0%
Economic Indicators
12-Month unemployment rate. The regional employment level is at its highest level
Q3 17 Q3 18
Forecast since 2008, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor
Roanoke Employment 160.0k 161.6k
Statistics. Additionally, home sales in the region are highest since any
Roanoke Unemployment 3.8% 3.0%
period going back to 2006(1).
U.S. Unemployment 4.4% 3.9%

Numbers above are quarterly averages; September 2018 data used to represent Q2 2018 for
Market Overview
Significant activity in the market during the third quarter were sales in
Market Indicators (Overall, All Classes)
Downtown including the Heironimous building ($3.5 million) to a
Q3 17 Q3 18 developer, Liberty Trust Building ($1.3 million) to a hotel developer, the
former WSLS 10 building in Downtown Roanoke ($875,000) to an
Vacancy 7.1% 6.8%
owner/user, and the Roanoke Printing Building ($675,000) to a
Net Absorption (sf) 40k 1k
Under Construction (sf) 0 0

Average Asking Rent* $14.94 $15.55

Office vacancy continues to decrease while asking rents increase

*Rental rates reflect gross asking $psf/year

slightly. The largest lease transactions included 16,291 square feet (sf)
at 5241 Valleypark Drive in Northeast Roanoke by the state government;
Overall Asking Rent/Overall Vacancy
7,250 sf leased at 5369 Peters Creek Road in Northeast Roanoke;
approximately 4,000 sf leased at 5461 Fallowater Lane in Southwest
$16.00 12% Roanoke; and 4,223 sf subleased in the Wells Fargo Tower in

$15.00 10% Downtown Roanoke. Additionally, 4,000 sf is leased by multiple office

tenants in the BB&T Bank Building in Downtown Roanoke.
$14.00 8%

$13.00 6% Outlook
The short-term and the long-term outlook for the economy and the office
$12.00 4%
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 market are positive. Vacancy continues to decrease in Downtown due to
both increased leasing activity and Class C office buildings being
Asking Rent, $PSF converted to a non-office use. The suburban market remains tight and
Vacancy %
Linear (Asking Rent, $PSF) limited in available inventory, particularly for contiguous blocks of office
space ranging from 4,000 sf to 8,000 sf. New construction is not
expected in the short-term.

(1) Source: (“Employment Growing in the Roanoke Region”) The Roanoke Regional Partnership..

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