Report: Office market won’t return to glory until 2025

The analysis predicts that office vacancies across the world will continue upward (iStock)The office market won’t reach pre-Covid levels until 2025, a brokerage report has found.The analysis by Cushman and Wakefield predicts that office vacancies across the world will continue upward, reaching 15.6 percent in 2022, Bloomberg reported. About 95.8 million square feet of space will become vacant in the next two years.Before the coronavirus, the world’s average office vacancy rate was 10.9 percent, according to the report. After employees spent months working remotely, adjusting their living spaces to work from home, there has been limited enthusiasm for returning to the office, despite appeals from business leaders and New York City landlords to bring employees back.ADVERTISEMENTThe brokerage report sees U.S. office rents falling 6.5 percent next year and 2.3 percent in 2022. The vacancy rate will continue to rise, but job gains will resume in 2021.Despite the grim outlook for the office sector, office workers will still fare better than those in the service industry, it forecasts.In Europe, rents are predicted to fall 7.8 percent next year and 1.7 percent in 2022, but the vacancy rate is expected to top out at 10.5 percent. Office-job losses in Europe will also not be as pronounced as in the U.S.Office rents in Greater China, where the pandemic began, will fall 8 percent this year and 5.2 percent in 2021, but will pick up after that. Office vacancy rates will linger at about 25 percent until 2024, when job growth will raise demand for office space, according to the report. [Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now read more

Trump’s immigration obsession could backfire, some Republicans fear

first_imgU.S. President Donald Trump hammered his hard line on immigration again on Thursday, but some Republicans wish he would shift focus to the economy, lest he drive away suburban voters and mobilize Latino communities against his party.Several Republican operatives and officials described a growing sense of fear within the party over Trump’s hardline rhetoric on border security, which he has repeated nearly every day for the past three weeks.“You’re playing at the margins with Republicans on the issue of immigration, but there are very many more Democrats that might be mobilized by his rhetoric,” said conservative radio host and The Resurgent editor Erick Erickson, who called Trump’s immigration-heavy closing pitch “not smart politically” in a tweet earlier Thursday. Operating under the assumption that talking tough on immigration can energize enough Republicans to stymie a “blue wave” of Democratic midterm voters, Trump has spent the past week unveiling restrictive immigration policies at a dizzying pace and making erroneous declarations about a caravan of Central American migrants.Because such language worked for Trump in his bid for the presidency two years ago, he firmly believes it carries the same weight with conservatives and right-leaning independents this election season, according to two sources close to the White House.“Anybody throwing stones, rocks… we will consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock” — Donald Trump“This isn’t an innocent group of people,” Trump said of the thousands-strong caravan in a rambling speech from the Roosevelt Room on Thursday, warning that it contained men who had injured Mexican security officers in clashes in that country.Trump’s remarks loosely described an impending executive order which he said would bar asylum claims from immigrants who cross into the U.S. illegally, and urged them to “turn back now because they’re wasting their time.”Restating his vow to deploy thousands more troops to the southwest border, Trump fumed over border-crossers and said he had instructed U.S. military personnel to “consider it a rifle” if incoming migrants hurl stones at them: “Anybody throwing stones, rocks… we will consider that a firearm because there’s not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock.” Still, the president clearly believes he has a winning formula on his hands.Trump may also be betting too much on the all-around importance of immigration to voters who are not already a part of his base.“There is a large partisan intensity gap on immigration, with Republicans and supporters of President Donald Trump assigning much higher priority to the issue than Democrats and Hillary Clinton voters,” wrote Republican pollster and strategist Patrick Ruffini in an October report about Americans’ attitudes toward the issue.Still, the president clearly believes he has a winning formula on his hands.“Once they arrive, the Democrat Party’s vision is to offer them free health care, free welfare, free education and even the right to vote,” Trump said Thursday of the caravan of migrants, many of whom are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty in their own home countries.“You and the hardworking taxpayers of our country will be asked to pick up the entire tab,” he warned. Top Republican leaders have long urged Trump to make better use his rallies by highlighting the strong economy and reminding voters of the extra cash in their pockets from last year’s GOP tax cuts. As opposed to stoking fear over an “immigration crisis”, they want him to boast about the unemployment rate slipping below 4 percent, middle-class incomes returning to pre-recession levels, and surging consumer confidence.Concerns about the president re-focusing attention on illegal immigration have reached a fever pitch in districts with large numbers of Latino eligible voters, who’ve become exceedingly angry at the Trump administration’s immigration agenda.“This is a reminder of a thing they like least about this administration and you’re seeing that show up” — Todd Schulte“There’s just not enough base voters in a place like Miami to hand Carlos Curbelo a win,” said one Republican operative, pointing to a recent New York Times poll showing Curbelo, the GOP incumbent, trailing his Democratic opponent by a single percentage point in Florida’s 26th congressional district, which is nearly 70 percent Latino.Some Republicans retiring from districts won by Hillary Clinton have also expressed dismay at the president’s decidedly anti-illegal immigrant closing argument.“The bloc of competitive [Republican-held] districts less impacted by POTUS thus far are those with high # of immigrants. So now POTUS, out of nowhere, brings birthright citizenship up. Besides being basic tenet of America, it’s political malpractice,” said retiring GOP Rep. Ryan Costello, whose suburban Philadelphia district is ranked “solid D” by FiveThirtyEight. Costello was referring to Trump’s vow this week to issue an executive order ending the Constitutional guarantee of citizenship for people born within the U.S.Meanwhile, Democrats are claiming that Trump’s immigration obsession is only throwing momentum to their side.“The Democrat Party’s vision is to offer them free health care, free welfare, free education and even the right to vote,” Trump said of the migrants, many of whom are fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty | John Moore/Getty Images“Two or three weeks ago, the number one thing people were quietly worried about was apathy or low turnout with Latino voters and you’re not hearing that anymore,” said Todd Schulte, president of, a bipartisan immigration advocacy group.He added: “This is a reminder of a thing they like least about this administration and you’re seeing that show up. Public opinion polls on the House have moved away from Republicans in the last two weeks and if you look at where that’s coming from, it’s the president’s hard-line rhetoric.”No generic ballot poll has directly linked the president’s immigration talk to a pro-Democratic voter shift. But recent studies have shown that Americans see immigration as among the nation’s most divisive issue, in addition to it being a policy area Trump has mishandled, according to voters in some states with key midterm races.An MPR News/Star Tribune poll taken last month in Minnesota, where both Senate seats are up for grabs and Republicans are competing for the governor’s mansion, found that 52 percent of likely voters disapprove of the president’s direction on immigration, versus 42 percent who approve. Also On POLITICO Trump’s State Department eyes ban on terms like ‘sexual health’ By Nahal Toosi and Dan Diamond Trump: ‘I do try’ to tell the truth By Caitlin Oprysko The speech came on a day when he tweeted a dramatic campaign ad featuring an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who murdered two California sheriff’s deputies in 2014 and laughed about it in a courtroom. “Democrats let him into our country,” the ad declares.Senator Jeff Flake | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesDemocrats slammed the ad as exploiting stereotypes about immigrants, and even some Republicans condemned it.“This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it,” tweeted Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a frequent Trump critic.Flake is retiring, but congressional Republicans battling for political survival in swing districts with large clusters of college-educated voters and women have grown increasingly worried that such groups are having trouble stomaching what Trump is dishing up.“The kind of voters Trump is talking to right now, there aren’t enough of them in these areas to get us over the finish line,” said one GOP campaign official.“We understand this is an issue that motivates his base, but the economic issues are what we really need to win these swing voters because they are who’s going to decide who controls the House,” the official told POLITICO, adding that Trump “is solidifying swing voters who were already leaning Democratic and are now definitely going vote for Democratic candidates.”last_img read more