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Nothing Going On but the Rent

Space for your business never comes cheap, especially if you’re slugging it out in a major city, where rents seem to rise ceaselessly. Or do they? Data from commercial real estate analyst CoStar Group shows serious fluctuations in office and retail rent trends among major U.S. metro areas, and that not every hot region of the moment (hello, Pittsburgh) has rent spikes to match its rep. But if your business is in Charlotte or Seattle and you locked in a long-term lease long ago: Good move. Those cities’ commercial rents have been rising fast, and show no signs of stopping.

THE HOT MARKETS COOL DOWN

No one seeking retail or office space would call San Francisco or New York City affordable, but two of the nation’s most overheated real estate markets have seen rents

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