Houston Ranks Third in Office Recovery Among U.S. Gateway Cities
As Houstonians return to the office, second quarter 2021 closed with a vacancy rate of 22.9 percent. While this is substantial, Houston ranks number three in office recovery among U.S. gateway cities as employers reopen, says Anthony Squillante, Avison Young principal.
“It’s important to note that Houston had a major market correction in late 2014/early 2015 as oil and gas prices dropped sharply from their peak, making the implications of COVID on completing leases less substantial compared to other major metropolitan areas, given that Houston was already operating in a soft office market,” he says. “We anticipate vacancies to steadily decline in the years to come. But, the good news is on the tenant side.”
Many landlords are seeking stability and offering strong concession packages such as lengthy free rent periods; significantly reduced base rental rates, large TI allowances and substantial parking abatements. As a result of the concessions, Houston is experiencing a flight to quality by its tenant base, Squillante observes.
Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM.
In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.
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