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Report: US Office Market Improving

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According to a recent report from Colliers International, it appears that the U.S. office space market has turned the corner and absorbed 6.5 million square feet of office space during the third quarter of 2010 compared to only 1.8 million sq. ft. of absorption activity for the previous quarter.

It was the major office space markets that showed the largest office leasing absorption for the quarter. Among those, the Washington, DC office space market showed over 882,000 square feet of net absorption during the quarter, resulting in an office space vacancy rate of only 11.6%, the lowest in the nation. The Washington, DC office rental rate increased to $52.32 per square foot, an increase of $1.06 over the previous quarter. The rental rate and absorption gains are mostly due to the addition of new government jobs and a limited supply of new office space coming on line during the quarter.

Also of interest, during the 3rd quarter the amount of sublease office space nationally continued to decrease, to only 7.6%of total office space vacancy compared with 8.2% at the end of the 2nd quarter.

The national office space vacancy rate decreased slightly from 16.3%to 16.2% during the third quarter, but it still is above the 16% at the end of the 3rd quarter 2009.

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