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Amazon Deals Another Blow to Already Beaten Down Office Market, Breaking Leases to Cut $1.3 Billion in Expenses

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April 03, 2024

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is reportedly looking to reduce its office vacancies and save $1.3 billion in the process by letting leases expire, negotiating early terminations, and ending the use of some floors in its current offices, according to Business Insider (BI), which cited a source familiar with that matter and internal documents obtained by BI.

The news comes as the commercial real estate market has already taken a beating over the last couple of years. It has faced significant challenges since the Covid-19 pandemic, which ignited the widespread adoption of remote work arrangements. With many companies transitioning to remote work models, the demand for office space has plummeted, leading to high vacancy rates in urban centers and traditional business districts.

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Companies are constantly reevaluating their real estate needs and exploring flexible options such as co-working spaces or reducing their office footprint altogether, which doesn’t bode well for the commercial real estate market in the years ahead.

The trend in commercial real estate led to Fed Chair Jerome Powell saying, “There will be more bank failures,” because “Banks will have made loans to many of those buildings,” which have many empty offices. “We have identified the banks that have high commercial real estate concentration and we are in dialogue with them,” he added.

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