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Since Jan. 1, Over 2.5 Million SF of Space Put Up for Sublease in Houston, Says JLL
HOUSTON – JLL reports that 2.5 million square feet of sublease space has come on the office market so far this year. About half of the sublease space is located in west Houston, where the Energy Corridor is located.
A number of energy firms have announced layoffs and reduced capital expenditure budgets by billions as oil prices have declined. West Texas Intermediate has fallen from $108 a barrel last summer to less than $50 a barrel today.
According to a JLL report counting full-floors of space put on the sublease market since Jan. 1, including some 883,000 square feet of sublease has been offered in downtown Houston and 664,000 square feet in the Energy Corridor/Katy Freeway.
Another report from CBRE says 5.3 million square feet of sublease space on the market. Houston leads the nation with 16.5 million square feet of office space under construction and it is 65 percent pre-leased.
Last year was an outstanding year for the Houston office market, which racked up 5.5 million square feet of absorption in 2014, CBRE said.