Budapest office market: Many handovers passed to Q3

Compared to the previous quarter of the year, the percentage of new handovers decreased in Q2, as a lot of handovers passed to Q3 in Budapest, Hungary. Demand was strong, and the percentage of closed transactions increased by 26%. As in the previous quarter, new leases were able to achieve a higher proportion of total demand than renewals – Budapest Research Forum reports.

The total modern office stock in Budapest currently adds up to 4,093,250 sqm, consisting of 3,398,770 sqm of ‘A’ and ‘B’ category speculative office space as well as 694,480 sqm of owner-occupied space. The office vacancy rate increased to 9.9%, representing a 0.1 pps increase quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year – quotes Budapest Research Forum (BRF).

North Buda is the lowest, periphery is the highest

The lowest office vacancy was registered in North Buda with a 4.4% rate, whereas the highest rate remained in the Periphery submarket (31.4%) – property forum quotes Budapest Research Forum (BRF). According to the report, net absorption has remained positive by the end of the second quarter, amounting to 33,720 sqm.

In the second quarter of 2022, two new office buildings were delivered to the Budapest office market with a total of 30,750 sqm, the new owner-occupied OTP HQ building with a size of 28,000 sqm and Paulay 52 with a size of 2,750 sqm.

New leases stood for the largest share

Total demand reached 108,020 sqm in Q2 2022, representing a 10.2% increase year-on-year. New leases stood for the largest share of total leasing activity with 32%, followed by lease renewals in the existing stock with 27%, expansions of existing premises reached 10%, pre-leases in new developments reached 4%, while the share of owner-occupied buildings was 26% of the total demand.

The strongest occupational activity was recorded in Váci Corridor submarket, attracting 44% of the total demand. Central Pest submarket reached second place with 14%, followed by the North Buda (13%) and Central Buda (10%) submarkets. South Buda registered a single-digit share with 8% of the total demand.

The average deal size was 750 sqm

According to the BRF, 144 lease agreements were concluded in Q2 2022 and the average deal size amounted to 750 sqm. The BRF registered seven transactions concluded on more than 2,000 sqm of office space, including two renewals, three new leases, one owner occupation, and one expansion.

The largest speculative transaction during the second quarter was a new lease for a total of 5,420 sqm in Haller Gardens, while the biggest lease renewal was signed for a total of 4,200 sqm in Szépvölgyi 22. It’s important to mention that there was a handover of an owner-occupied building with a size of 28,000 sqm.


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