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Remote working to hit office income by 20-25%

We think that the enforced remote-working experiment of recent months will cause a dramatic demand shift in the office sector, with as many as 50% of office-based employees working from home at least once a week. Even with a heroic supply response through substantial conversions and demolitions, we expect vacancy to rise markedly in the next five years and still…
Kiran Raichura Senior Property Economist
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