New demand for office space in core marketsmeasured by tenant tours of properties across the countryincreased by 21%, or seven index points, in January 2021, a rate that’s on par with previous years but still smaller than it was pre-pandemic. But recent research by VTS shows that local COVID-19 caseloads are no longer the same demand driver they were.

The VTS Office Demand Index shows that office demand nationally was at 40 index points, as compared to 99 points year-over-year. By way of comparison, demand activity was at 100 in January 2018, a time that was relatively stable for office leasing.

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