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Options Abound as El Paso Healthcare Real Estate Market Expands

Healthcare facilities have become a mainstream investment asset class for private and institutional investors over the last decade. Healthcare assets with strong credit tenancy and on-campus locations are now fetching record pricing. Pressure from consumers, federal and state legislation and fiscal responsibility are driving changes in the delivery of healthcare services. Significant consolidation is occurring in the form of acquisitions and affiliations. The most visible and tangible change..

October 20, 2017

El Paso Office Market Seeing Strong Absorption Through 2017

The border economy of the United States and Mexico is complex and deeply intertwined, to say the least. As such, the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez should be  viewed as one economy. The region ended 2016 on a high note. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso’s total nonfarm employment rose 1.7 percent during the year, besting the state average of 1.6 percent. [caption id="attachment_187056" align="alignright" width="100"] Brett Preston, Cushman &..

October 13, 2017

Institutional Portfolio Trades Dominate El Paso Industrial Investment Activity

With an inventory of about 63 million square feet, El Paso’s industrial market has played a pivotal role in the business of commercial real estate for the past 10 years. During that stretch, portfolio trades have come to dominate industrial transactions in this market. For example, Dallas-based Stonelake Capital Partners recently added to its holdings by buying four buildings from 5 Star Real Estate in Vista Del Sol East totaling about 567,000 square feet. Stonelake had entered the market..

October 6, 2017

Close Ties to Mexico Enable Stability in El Paso’s Multifamily Market

Long-time El Paso residents frequently hear people talking about the good things happening in our city. To be sure, El Paso is an enigma and a contradiction — a big small town with its own identity. Cultural, economic, social and ethnic differences are comfortably accommodated in a “mi casa es tu casa” openness. Contrary to our “wild west” reputation, El Paso ranks as one of America’s safest cities by size. The closest major city to El Paso is Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.5..

September 29, 2017

Retail Tenant Mix Tops Mixed-Use Agenda

The terms “experiential retail” and “mixed-use development” are both thrown around heavily in the context of 21st century commercial real estate. As buzzwords for the changing landscape of retail real estate and encapsulations of the preferences of millennials, the terms are as popular in their usage as they are arbitrary in their application. Is an apartment building with a ground-floor restaurant or coffee shop really considered mixed-use? Is it actually legitimate to think of buying..

September 22, 2017

Houston Retailers Respond to E-Commerce with Experiential Projects

For the past several quarters, the headlines of most CRE publications in Texas and beyond have proclaimed the end of retail as we know it. By now, we’ve all heard the stories and seen the writing on the wall: e-commerce will kill the shopping mall; large anchors that landlords have counted on for decades are shuttering and Amazon will be the end of the retail storefront. It’s a familiar tale as of late. But amid the doom and gloom of store closings, Houston seems to be staying on top..

September 15, 2017

Texas Flirts With Oversupply of Self-Storage

Speaking to a panel of real estate professionals in the 1980s on the dangers of overbuilding during a period of economic expansion, Dallas real estate magnate Trammell Crow offered lenders in the crowd a simple proposition: “If you stop lending, I’ll stop developing.” Thirty-one years later, the nature of that relationship has manifested in the Texas self-storage market. After minimal delivery of self-storage properties in 2012 and 2013, development began to surge in 2014. The Texas Self..

September 8, 2017

Baluarte Bridge Heightens Role of Agriculture In RGV Industrial Sector

The need for storage and distribution space for the variety of fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico has long been a driver of industrial demand in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). Overall industrial occupancy is on the rise throughout the region — about 92 percent in the Greater McAllen Area — and the role of agriculture is becoming a major part of it. The agriculture industry has fueled rapid growth in the RGV city of Pharr and continues to bolster its economic prosperity today. As a..

September 1, 2017

RGV’S Multifamily Market Attracts More Diverse Pool of Buyers

These days, first-time investors in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) multifamily market are in for a bit of education. Misconceptions about the RGV are common due to the market’s actual proximity to the Mexican border and lack of proximity to other major metros, as well as the Trump administration’s dicey relationship with our neighbor to the south. In reality, the area is an attractive, stand-alone market filled with growth potential. Education, healthcare, retail, international trade,..

August 25, 2017

Demand for Freestanding Emergency Rooms, Cold Storage Facilities Surges in RGV

South Texas is in the midst of a growth spurt in the commercial real estate industry. Within the area’s retail sector, demand for freestanding emergency rooms and cold storage facilities is growing rapidly. Though atypical, requests for such spaces are becoming increasingly common in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). An estimated 1.3 million people call the RGV home. Both Hidalgo and Cameron counties are equipped with multiple hospitals to meet the healthcare needs of residents. There are three..

August 18, 2017