Overall office vacancy rates in central business districts shot up by nearly 420 basis points over the past seven quarters, while suburban counterparts posted a rise of nearly half that. And as companies continue to grapple with post-COVID return-to-work plans, suburban markets are leading the sector’s slog toward recovery. 

“While the pandemic-driven downturn adversely impacted virtually all office markets across the US, the impact on vacancy rates in CBD locations has been more pronounced than in the suburbs,” Colliers analysts note in a recent report on the sector’s fourth-quarter performance.

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