Texas & Oklahoma Feature Archive

InterFace Panel: Time to Rethink How We Meet Demand for Office Space

HOUSTON — Much like the preferences of younger generations are influencing how retailers pick their locations and sizes, the whims of today’s office-using workforce significantly impact the way professional services companies view their office spaces. This is not strictly an amenities-based trend. It goes beyond adding fitness centers, walking trails and food trucks to cater to Millennial workers. It’s an evolution of the role that office space plays in company budgets and..

February 8, 2018

Recovery of Houston Office Market Still Distant, Say InterFace Panelists

HOUSTON — If patience is a virtue, then developers and brokers in Houston’s office market are poised to become a bit more saintly. For the past three years, the story of the market has been a painful coinciding of sluggish oil prices hurting Houston’s largest tenants, while deliveries of new office spaces are at a peak. According to CoStar Group, more than 5 million square feet of office space has been delivered in Houston during each of the past three years. The nosedive that oil..

February 5, 2018

Retail Landlords Struggle With the Logistics of Backfilling Vacated Space with Entertainment Concepts

As 2018 gets underway, retail real estate finds itself at an odd juncture. According to CNN, more than 6,700 stores either closed or announced plans to close in 2017, leading many to consider last year to be the beginning of the end for brick-and-mortar shopping. Yet a new report from Tennessee-based retail advisory firm IHL Consulting Group notes that for every company that closed stores in 2017, there were nearly three companies opening new stores to offset it. Whether you believe..

January 2, 2018

InterFace Panel: Demand for Automated Labor Growing in Industrial Sector

HOUSTON — The number of American manufacturing jobs has been decreasing for more than a decade, radically enough that the pledge to return them became a cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s campaign. Between 2004 and 2014, the country lost about 2.1 million manufacturing jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which also projects that another 814,000 manufacturing jobs will be cut by 2024. The decline in manufacturing jobs has coincided with job growth in..

November 15, 2017

Logistics Consultant: Role of Air, Rail Transit Expands in Industrial Market

HOUSTON — As the growth of e-commerce continues, its impacts on logistics and operations within the industrial real estate sector become more significant. Recent data from supply chain consulting firm Tompkins projects that by 2020, the value of America’s cross-border e-commerce sales will be approximately $486 billion. In addition, the value of cross-border purchases via e-commerce will total about $140 billion. To meet the e-commerce demand, industrial developers will have to supply..

November 6, 2017

Forecast Survey: What’s Your Take on Real Estate in 2018?

France Media, Inc. is conducting a brief online survey to gauge market conditions, and we welcome your participation. This survey should only take a few minutes to complete. Questions range from property sectors that your firm is most bullish on heading into 2018 to trends in deal volume to the outlook for interest rates. The results will be collated and published in the January 2018 issue of our regional magazines. Conducting these surveys is part of our mission at France Media to provide..

October 24, 2017

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

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

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