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InterFace Panel: Property Taxes, Public Transit Among Chief Concerns for DFW Multifamily Market

DALLAS — With roughly 10,000 new residents moving into the metro area every month and more than 100,000 jobs already created in 2017, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex appears poised to handle any challenges thrown at its multifamily sector. These obstacles include absorbing the 35,000 or so multifamily units expected to come on line in 2018, maintaining positive rent growth of 3 to 4 percent and navigating a constricting labor market to ensure new projects stay on schedule. For..

September 22, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles Drive New Era of Transformation in Real Estate Development

Although autonomous vehicles are not yet a common sight on today’s roadways, land-use planners, developers and other real estate professionals are already preparing for its potentially vast impact on the real estate environment, according to BBG, a Dallas-based commercial real estate valuation, advisory and assessment firm. Recent announcements have put autonomous vehicles on the radar. On Monday, Sept. 18, Intel announced it is working with Waymo, the Alphabet-owned self-driving car..

September 21, 2017

Stability, Yield Drive Healthcare Real Estate Investment Activity, Say InterFace Panelists

DALLAS — Investor demand for healthcare properties throughout the country is soaring, driven by the recession-resistant nature of the asset class and its ability to consistently generate strong returns. Confidence in the property type also stems from the prevailing realization that legislation opposing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has thus far been unsuccessful. After multiple failed attempts to repeal and revise the law, the Republican Party introduced a bill today that aims to cut..

September 19, 2017

Combination of Multifamily, Office Space is Hot Concept in Texas, Say InterFace Panelists

DALLAS — Say the words “mixed-use” in commercial real estate circles today and generally the first thought that comes to mind is a property featuring a combination of multifamily and retail space. But there’s no written rule that says what property classes can or can’t be included in mixed-use. As such, a number of multifamily developers in Texas are redefining the term’s scope and application by bringing together apartment living and an office component in newer projects. As..

September 15, 2017

Lessons Learned: Hurricane Andrew Helped Prepare South Florida’s Industrial Market for Irma

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday afternoon, tearing through The Keys and heading up the western portion of the state through the Tampa area. For a time, it appeared the hurricane was heading straight for Miami before it ultimately changed course. “A few days ago when we are all staring down the barrel of a Category 4 storm that was heading straight for us, it was concerning,” says Ken Krasnow, executive managing director of Colliers International’s South Florida..

September 14, 2017

CBRE Research: Houston’s Commercial Real Estate Shows Resilience in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON — It’s much too soon to know the extent of the damage Hurricane Irma has inflicted on Florida and the Southeast, but a clearer view is starting to emerge with regard to the total impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on the Houston commercial real estate market. Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall on Aug. 25 near Rockport, Texas, was the strongest storm to hit the Texas Gulf region since 1961, according to CBRE Research. The hurricane dumped more than 50 inches..

September 12, 2017

Fortunes of Houston’s Industrial, Office Sectors Diverge in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

As the flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey begins to recede and more properties become accessible, commercial real estate firms are beginning the long, tedious process of figuring out the full magnitude of the destruction. It will likely be months before the full extent of the property damage throughout Houston is known. But the fortunes of certain classes of commercial real estate are already coming into focus. Metro Houston’s industrial market, which according to CoStar Group..

September 8, 2017

Attracting Workers to ‘Non-Sexy’ Industry Is Challenge Seniors Housing Leaders Face

ATLANTA — By offering paid internships, educational programs, community events and flexible hours, seniors housing leaders hope to combat the well-documented labor shortage and entice younger workers. There simply aren’t enough employees to keep up with the pace of development, and the industry is plagued by high turnover rates as well. That’s according to speakers during an operations update at InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast on Aug. 23 in Atlanta. The conference, held at the..

September 8, 2017

Real Estate Economists Answer Seven Key Questions in Wake of Lukewarm August Jobs Report

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in August, falling short of expectations but not enough to sound alarm bells. In advance of the report released Sept. 1 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the forecast from economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal called for an increase of 179,000 jobs. A closer look at the data shows total nonfarm payroll employment in the private sector grew by 165,000 in August, while the government sector overall contracted by 9,000, mostly at the state..

September 7, 2017

Smart Seniors Housing Design Can Offset Development Expenses, Says InterFace Panel

With construction costs rising and the supply of talented staff diminishing, doing business has never been more expensive for seniors housing developers. As such, both developers and operators are seeking new ways to save money. Increasingly, these groups are considering the role design plays in their projects, with a particular emphasis on identifying design concepts and elements that save on the bottom line without compromising the property’s sense of livability. A panel of seniors..

September 5, 2017