The snapshot is Houston is ranked second only to Los Angeles foroffice and industrial market strengths through 2012 and fifth placeon the retail market strength forecast. The national analysis isdue out this week.

"Houston is an oasis of prosperity right now," says RustyTamlyn, senior managing director for Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP inHouston. "There's been good job growth, not much subprime exposureand good absorption. And, we're being less impacted by higher oilprices."

The quiet 2007 close bucked the historical trend for afast-paced, high sales volume Q4.[IMGCAP(2)]"It went gangbustersand then trailed off in the fourth quarter," Tamlyn says."Everyone's had a good year and there is not this mad rush foryear-end closings. There's no reason to cram them in."

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