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HOUSTON-PM Realty Group’s Q3 Houston Office Market Report pointed to continued strength throughout the metro region, noting that high employment growth continues to drive office space demand. Specifically, direct net absorption during the quarter totaled a little more than 2.1 million square feet, bringing the year-to-date total to 3.7 million square feet.

Furthermore, class A direct occupancy rates stood at 90.2%, moving up 110 basis points within the past year to reach a six-year high. The report points out, however, that class B was no slouch in the leasing department either – though direct occupancy rates declined by 30 basis points to 84.3% (due to new space deliveries outpacing demand), the class experienced a 50-basis point improvement during the past year.

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