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Houston CBD There are 18 buildings with vacant blocks of contiguous space larger than 100,000 square feet in the CBD.

HOUSTON—The US energy market outlook is optimistic as the country is projected to become a net-exporter in 2020, resulting from an uptick in production paired with technological efficiencies stabilizing consumption. Indeed, oil shows signs of recovery as the maximum closing price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate reached $59.09 during March 2019, a year-over-year decrease of 11.4%. In addition, strength in the economy bodes well for office demand as the Greater Houston area enjoyed 73,300 new jobs in 2018, representing an annual growth rate of 2.4%.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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