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October 18, 2019 3:35 pm

Booming Tech Industry Sends Tel Aviv Office Rental Prices Up

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A view of the Yehudit Bridge and the Ayalon highway in Tel Aviv, Feb. 17, 2019. Photo: Adam Shuldman / Flash90.

CTech – The booming Tel Aviv tech scene has led to a dramatic increase in office rental prices, according to estimates by the Israeli branch of real estate investment company CBRE Group Inc. According to CBRE data, between January and September 2019, the average price per square meter of office rentals in Tel Aviv, Israel’s main tech hub, went up 6% to NIS 102 ($28.87).

In contrast, in other cities that are considered tech employment hubs and regularly reviewed in CBRE’s periodic studies, including Jerusalem and the coastal town Herzliya, a stagnation in office rental prices was recorded. In the northern city of Haifa, which houses research university the Technion Israel Institute of Technology as well as both IBM and Intel’s research and development centers, office rental prices rose by 2% over the past nine months to NIS 65 ($18.40) per square meter.

The upward trend of office prices only occurred in areas that have many pedestrians, such as areas in close proximity to train stations and to major shopping and entertainment areas, Jacky Mukmel, CRBE Israeli chairman, told Calcalist on Wednesday.
Many employers also look for centrally located office spaces because it makes hiring workers much easier, even if it means rent is substantially higher than in peripheral areas, Mukmel said.

It is estimated that in the greater Tel Aviv area, 700,000 square meters of office space is currently being built. The occupancy rate currently stands at 94%, according to CBRE data.

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