Silicon Valley Commercial Real Estate Reports

Navigating commercial real estate trends in Silicon Valley can be daunting. The market is large, can move fast and there is plenty of competition. So whether you’re in the market today or just want to keep up with the latest happenings, this page is for you!

Below you’ll find the following resources to keep up with the latest trends and stats – feel free to download any or all of the following reports.

Current Market Conditions Report

If you want a high level overview of the current Silicon Valley commercial real estate market then this is the report for you.

It’s a single page “cheat sheet” broken down by asset type and submarket for a quick takeaway on lease rates and availability.

Research & Forecast Report

If you want in-depth insights on the market and you’re up for a little more reading then this is the report for you.

This quarterly report is packed with the latest trends for Silicon Valley along with Colliers’ forecasts and dives in further by asset type – providing insights on recent transactions, research findings and stats.

We know you’ve got enough on your plate – which is why we selected the reports on this page to effectively keep you informed on the Silicon Valley CRE market without overburdening you. However, if you’re not finding what you’re looking for here, then feel free to contact me to discuss further – we have many resources available to source customized information and data to meet your needs.

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MinnisCRE Glossary

Are you puzzled by or need a refresher on MinnisCRE terms or abbreviations? Then you’re at the right place. MinnisCRE’s glossary lists and explains the most commonly used terms in the industry and throughout the blog. This is the best place to refer back to and familiarize yourself with the various distinctions. If you would like something explained that is not listed here, then please contact me.


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Vacant or occupied space that is offered for lease, sublease or sale (to an owner occupant).

A developable parcel that an owner will improve to suit the needs of a particular tenant. Construction does not begin until a tenant has committed to the property.

Building Base
Total square footage developed. Colliers tracks office buildings from 3,500 square feet, R&D from 5,000 square feet, industrial buildings from 7,500 square feet, and warehouse buildings from 10,000 square feet.

Class A Office
Modern, steel-framed low, mid or high-rise structures used predominately for office tenants.

Class B Office
Wood and steel mix framed low to mid-rise structures and older brick or concrete structures used predominately for office.

Critical Elements
As it relates to the office moving process, these are fundamental items to your business, if they were missing, damaged or not operational then it would greatly impact your ability to conduct business. These items typically require extra attention to detail, are difficult/expensive to replace, repair or relocate and may have longer lead times; and therefore, must be identified early in the move process in order to plan effectively. Supplemental consultants, personnel, permits or certifications may even be required.

Direct Space
Space available through a landlord/owner directly.

Effective Net Absorption
Effective net absorption is a Colliers measurement of the net change in available space during a given period of time after adjustments for space taken off the market. Effective net absorption utilizes the same formula to measure change of occupancy as a net absorption except that it treats any newly available space, whether available direct or for sublease, as if it is coming onto the market vacant.

Gross Absorption
The total square footage sold (to owner/occupants) or leased during a given time period.

Industrial/Light Industrial
Generally, buildings with drive-in and/or dock-high truck capabilities, clear heights of less than 20 feet and parking ratios of 2.0/1,000 or less.

Per square foot.

Per square foot per month.

Research and development. As a CRE asset class – generally, one to three story structures with extensive glass, heavy office buildout and around 3.5/1,000 parking ratio. Buildings may include high-end production facilities, laboratory space and grade level truck doors.

Rental Rates (Colliers)
As it relates to Colliers market stats in Silicon Valley - all rental rates for office are calculated on a Full Service basis unless otherwise noted. All rental rates for R&D, Industrial and Warehouse space are calculated on a NNN basis unless otherwise noted.

Square foot or square feet.

Silicon Valley
Colliers International defines Silicon Valley as all of Santa Clara County plus Fremont, for the purposes of its market reports.

Total Available or Total Availability
The sum of available direct and available sublease space – includes both vacant and occupied space.

Vacant – space that is not occupied. Vacancy – the amount of vacant inventory available, including both vacant direct and vacant sublease space. Typically shown as a percentage of the building base or square footage amount.

Generally, buildings with a minimum 20-foot clear height, dock-high truck loading and parking ratios of 2.0/1,000 or less.
Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer, Colliers International. The information furnished has been obtained from sources I deem reliable and is submitted subject to errors, omissions and changes. Although I have no reason to doubt its accuracy, I do not guarantee it. All information should be verified by the recipient prior to lease, purchase, exchange, or execution of legal documents.

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