Dallas-Fort Worth office market report

Q1 2024

As of early 2024, DFW’s total job base hit another new peak, rising by more than 350,000 jobs, or 9% since the pandemic recovery. Although this includes a sizable revision by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, DFW remains as one of the most robust markets in the US. In comparison, office jobs increased by 15% or 163,000 net new jobs over the period. 

The BLS jobs revision also shifted year-on-year job gains considerably. In the last 12 months, DFW reportedly lost 7,700 office jobs – although has seen total growth over the last few years 30% higher than the region’s longer-term average. Even with these above average office job gains, the market saw availability for both direct and sublet space remain elevated near record levels due to the continued acceptance of remote and hybrid work. Absorption came in slightly positive the last few quarters, which suggests the market may have seen the worst and an upswing is beginning.
284k sf

Absorption beginning to hold positive

DFW office absorption has edged positive the last few quarters. This is a key trend given the significant “negatives” the market suffered through since 2020.

29.5%

Availability finally tops out

It looks like office space availability may have finally topped out in DFW. Even though 29.5% is close to DFW’s all-time high, it is important that it has moved slightly lower in the last few quarters. In comparison, DFW averaged around 23% during good economic periods.

2.6 msf

Anemic leasing complicates the picture

In 2023, leasing was at 80% of its historical average of 17.3 msf. Leasing continued to be anemic in Q1, totaling 2.6 msf – 40% lower than the quarterly average.

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