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Second Quarter 2010 Chicago Suburban Office Market Report

Office Market is Navigating Bottom of Downturn
New buyers help spur office sales as asset prices are established

Available Space Starting to Steady
Declining availability is one indication the Chicago suburban office market is approaching, or is at the bottom of, the downturn that began in 2008. Overall availability, following eight consecutive quarters of raises, declined for the second straight quarter to 26.1%, a 0.3 percentage point decrease from the first quarter and a 1.0 percentage point drop since year-end 2009. Sublease space declined as well, to 2.3%, down from 2.5% in first quarter, and 2.7% from the end of 2009. The potential stability is positive for this market that has been in bad shape since the downturn started; however for availability to consistently decline, large office users will have to re-emerge in a market currently driven by users requiring 10,000 square feet (sf) or less.

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