Trends Driving Commercial Real Estate in 2022

Tam-Bay Commercial Realty, Tampa FL Commercial Real Estate Broker

Trends Driving Commercial Real Estate in 2022


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It’s been two years since the pandemic’s start that has rocked every industry, primarily commercial real estate. The current climate, which includes the never-ending omicron variation, inflation, and ongoing stock market instability, creates unique challenges for the real estate sector. Although everyone can agree the situation is uncertain, it seems promising at the moment. In the rest of this article, we’ll break down some key trends driving commercial real estate in 2022.

Demand For High-End Offices

The demand for office space in the nation is driven by reasons such as flexibility, comfort, and convenience. Most businesses in various industries, including IT, manufacturing, startups, and even boutique businesses, are searching for office space to accommodate their employees. Additionally, many companies intend to expand to new areas, open remote or satellite offices, or both, adding to the demand for these spaces. Furthermore, after the pandemic, they’ve returned to the standard office and updated their list of needs.


Today’s high-end, well-organized, modern offices are outfitted with all the amenities needed to deliver an excellent working environment while taking care of the health and well-being of employees. The decision-makers are investing in these amenities to ensure efficient corporate operations and significant profits in the future.

Hybrid Work is Here To Stay

While the demand for office spaces is on the rise compared to previous years since the pandemic, the demand still hasn’t gone to its original level before the pandemic due to hybrid work. The demand may never go back to the way it was before. Due to the current employment situation, even established organizations are turning to hybrid work as a recruiting and retention strategy. And it seems like that strategy is paying off.


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Work from home and hybrid work have increased in popularity significantly since the pandemic’s start.


The Rise of Retail and Hospitality

As people started revisiting actual stores, demand for retail space grew again. Although nobody can deny that e-commerce negatively influences traditional brick-and-mortar retail, these impacts could be exaggerated. People still prefer to dine at physical establishments, get their hair cut, and make other in-person purchases.


Furthermore, today’s consumers want everything under one roof in well-organized settings, driving the need for upscale malls. These areas have all the amenities needed to meet the demands of families, including parking spots, elevators, food courts, movie theaters, and gaming areas. Real estate developers are assisting merchants with flexible lease arrangements in response to the demand, which has caused a significant turnaround advantageous to all parties.


It’s uncertain for now whether most retailers are better off renting or buying commercial real estate. While both options have certain benefits, they also have distinct disadvantages.

Technological Advances

Commercial real estate is now at a higher level because of technological improvements. Although it was almost imaginable years ago, offering virtual property tours is now wholly feasible. Moreover, some programs can help commercial real estate agents improve customer relationship management, conduct online transactions, and improve communication between the seller and the buyer, thanks to cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, data analytics, and others.


However, even with all this amazing technology at their hands, an excellent real estate agent won’t solely rely on technology to help you. Suppose a real estate agent doesn’t have experience or is unprofessional. In that case, you shouldn’t stick around with them. Don’t hesitate to look out for these signs if you have the wrong real estate agent. Do this as soon as you start working with an agent to avoid making a colossal mistake and losing out on a purchase because of them.



Eco movements significantly impact commercial real estate in 2022.


The Importance of Sustainability

Due to increased awareness and the need to combat pollution and climate change, commercial real estate sees a surge in environmentally friendly development. The construction of environmentally friendly infrastructure, the use of energy-efficient systems, the use of renewable energy sources, the management of rainfall and wastewater, greenery, and improved policies are priorities for a sustainable future. To lower carbon footprints, real estate developers are increasingly focusing on specific “green” certifications in construction.

Sustainability should be one of your main priorities if you’re looking for new office space. Look for areas with plenty of natural light and good thermal insulation to minimize energy consumption. Moreover, when it’s time to move to a new office, there are ways to do this quickly and efficiently while also staying green. If you are on an office relocation deadline, you can hire a moving company, but make sure that all the boxes you’re using for moving are reusable or recyclable.

Construction Costs on The Rise

Inflation might be one of the most significant trends driving commercial real estate in 2022. It reached its greatest pace in decades due to labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and economic growth. The impact on commercial real estate is primarily seen in a lack of new development, as materials sharply increased project prices. In other words, the rising construction cost in 2022 is causing more people to buy commercial real estate rather than invest in new constructions.



Due to inflation and construction costs, there have been fewer new developments in 2022.


Trends for 2023

Although things still seem pretty uncertain, and it might be too early to tell, many are already predicting positive outcomes and growth for 2023. Some expect commercial real estate volume to go up, but price growth will decline through 2023. Of course, there are plenty of factors to consider. And things can always change depending on inflation, global politics, 2024 election nominees, etc.

In Conclusion

The current popularity of hybrid and remote work is still among the trends driving commercial real estate in 2022. Moreover, it seems that people have underestimated the importance of real-life business. Due to this, there has been a rise in retail and hospitality this year. This, of course, doesn’t mean the end of e-commerce; just a small win for commercial real estate. Finally, inflation and rising materials costs have significantly impacted construction this year.



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Adam Brubaker