Trying to get a straight answer to what's happening with the office market isn't hard. There are many, with lots of disagreement about who is right.

Some say this is a time for once-in-a-generation opportunities, urgent need for Class-A properties, or knowing there are gems among the mounds of dross. On the other hand, others say that the opportunity is turning office buildings into something else, waiting for the end of extend-and-pretend, and recognizing that the current office down cycle could last longer than the whole global financial crisis downturn.

To which, Moody's Analytics CRE argues not for the overarching narrative, but looking at how to know which office properties will continue to do best. "By examining rent data, vacancy rates, and a range of location and property characteristics, we aim to uncover the patterns and trends that contribute to superior rent performance," they wrote.

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