Real Estate Market OutlookOffice tenant sentiment is gradually improving, and office space viewings are picking up heading into Q2. The next 3-6 months will likely still see below average office take-up volumes although the phased re-opening of the economy should boost activity in the second half of 2021 and beyond.
Office supply levels are anticipated to continue on an upward trend, although the rate of tenant space being released is expected to slow as occupiers gain a firmer understanding of their office space needs going ahead. The development pipeline remains relatively restricted, and as such a significant uptick in the volume of New Grade A office space is unlikely.
We expect real estate investors to continue to seek opportunities to deploy capital in London in the remainder of 2021, driven by increased confidence fuelled by the vaccine rollout. Investment levels are expected to be improved once the international travel restrictions are lifted, which should improve real estate investor sentiment.