Houston office market reports

Q3 2021

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The total vacancy in metro Houston is at a record-high 23 percent. Leasing activity is stagnating as more firms reopen but effective rents are declining while concessions multiply. Company mergers and downsizing are responsible for blocks of both direct and sublease space being added to the market.


Economic conditions

The unemployment rate in metro Houston in August 2021, down 790 bps from the height of the pandemic.


Recovery rate

Among U.S. gateway cities, Houston ranks fourth in recovery when comparing representative office employers. Overall, the Houston area has a 67.5% recovery rate based on representative locations.


Office demand

The share of Class A and Trophy leasing activity through third quarter. Leasing activity has paused, decreasing by 38.3% compared with long-term historical averages. 

7.7 msf

Office supply

Total amount of available sublease space on the market in Houston comprises 11.6% of total available space. Trending down in early 2020, large occupiers started adding blocks to the market in late 2020 as they determine future space needs while allowing employees’ flex schedules.


Pricing trends

Drop in Class A quoted average rents during the last two years. With the large amount of available options, landlords are expected to continue offering numerous concessions to close deals including lengthy rent abatements, large tenant-improvement allowances and free parking.


Capital markets

Total office investment volume (in billions) in Houston from January 2020 through current while total volume is down 43.5%.

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