A spike in artificial intelligence (AI) companies is having a positive impact on the commercial real estate markets — particularly in tech hubs around the U.S. According to a CBRE study featured by Yahoo Finance, the tech industry has reclaimed its position as the leading industry for office leasing growth in 2023, accounting for 16.5% of the total market.
This growth has been recorded in major commercial real estate markets including San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, but also in smaller markets such as Kansas City and Colorado Springs.
The demand for office space by AI companies is being attributed to the collaborative nature of the work involved in developing new AI technology. Despite this growth from the tech industry, commercial real estate markets across the U.S. are still grappling with the challenges created in part by high interest rates and flexible work environments.
While some tech giants like Amazon and Alphabet are calling workers back to the office, others like Microsoft are reportedly maintaining a more flexible approach to work arrangements. Tech companies like DropBox and Atlassian are investing millions into remote and hybrid work.
Yahoo Finance Reports that the share of leased office spaces by the tech industry remains below its pre-pandemic peak of 22% in 2019. The long-term impact of AI on office leasing demand is still uncertain, but the new wave of business creation in tech is a positive sign for struggling commercial real estate markets.
The rise of AI companies is injecting some positive recovery into commercial real estate markets. This trend might suggest a broader trend for commercial offices, one that places more of an emphasis on collaborative spaces designed to drive innovation. While the long-term trajectory of traditional office growth remains to be seen, the recent data is a good indicator of the rapidly evolving landscape.