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Multifamily Roundup: High-Growth Austin vs. Steady San Antonio

Despite being located 80 miles apart, the Austin and San Antonio metros might as well be on different planets when comparing growth and multifamily operations during the current business cycle. While both multifamily markets have been in growth mode since the Great Recession, Austin has outpaced San Antonio with a rapid rate of expansion during this time. Austin’s job growth has risen steadily at an average annual pace near 4 percent since 2010. In addition, strong migration to the metro has …

Same Drivers Move Austin, San Antonio Retail Markets at Different Pace

A mere 80 miles separates Austin and San Antonio, the anchors of the growing Interstate 35 corridor. The two cities have some fundamental cultural differences but share certain economic drivers that have produced healthy retail real estate markets in both metros, albeit with varied results. The most basic economic drivers common to both metro areas are population and employment growth. Like other Texas cities, the Austin and San Antonio metro areas continue to experience a steady stream of new …

Constraints in Austin Push Distribution South, Bolstering San Antonio’s Market

Less than 100 miles along Interstate 35 separates downtown Austin from downtown San Antonio. But thanks to strong job and population growth throughout the region, that short stretch is becoming home to two industrial markets that occupy distinctively different, yet thriving, niches in the local economy. The CliffsNotes version of this story is that Austin is trending toward servicing smaller, local tenants with ties to the tech sector, while San Antonio is moving toward being a regional …

Austin’s Office Market Goes Boomtown, San Antonio’s Continues Impressive Growth

Compared to Houston and Dallas, the office markets of Austin and San Antonio have a hard time competing on sheer size alone. However, these two central Texas cities are undergoing rapid changes that are leaving longtime residents amazed at the constantly morphing skylines. Both metros boast strong office markets that are growing with the entire Texas economy. But how do they match up in a head-to-head comparison? Basic Numbers At approximately 50 million square feet of office space, Austin …

Value-Add Opens Doors For Multifamily Buyers

Capital sources of all types see opportunity in the apartment sectors of core Texas markets, which regularly lead the nation in employment and population gains. With so many investors trying to park money in this space, sales prices have risen, cap rates for multifamily properties in major markets have compressed and lenders are competing among themselves to finance acquisitions. When lenders compete, borrowers win. For multifamily lending in sizable markets, value-add borrowers are seeing …

Texas Summer Heat Is No Match for DFW Multifamily Market

To say the multifamily investment market in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) is healthy would be an understatement. With nearly 36,000 units across 183 properties sold in the first half of 2018, according to Real Capital Analytics, a more accurate assessment would be that the sector is — figuratively — on fire. Investor demand for workforce housing remains at an all-time high. With strong economic fundamentals, buyers remain bullish on the DFW multifamily market. Historically low interest rates …

Class A Office Buildings in North Texas Evolve With New Tech

Over the last decade, Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation, and there are no immediate signs that the growth is stagnating. Particularly in the last several years, DFW has experienced a wave of corporate relocations and expansions from a wide variety of industries. This activity has brought an assortment of valuable economic opportunities to the metroplex, resulting in a robust construction pipeline. This new …

Out-of-State Investors Eye Surging Dallas Retail Market

The Dallas retail market has been on a historic run over the last five years. Dallas is attracting significant attention from foreign and domestic retail investors alike for several reasons. Cap rates continue to compress, big box spaces are experiencing steady absorption, occupancy is at an all-time high of 94.6 percent, unemployment is at a historic low of 3.7 percent, population growth is holding steady and residential development remains robust. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) MSA recently …

Building Boom Forces Dallas Industrial Developers to Mix it Up

As industrial development ramps up across the country in an effort to keep pace with demand, developers are eyeing Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) for new projects, forcing existing players to get more creative with their site selections and design elements. The DFW metroplex has experienced millions of square feet of industrial development over the past year. The market currently has more than 27.9 million square feet of space under construction. If DFW continues to expand at this pace, …

Oversupply, Taxes Choke Self-Storage Growth

Self-storage properties have had a pretty good run in Texas over the last several years. Surging population growth has brought more material possessions into the state, boosting absorption of existing space. In addition, ample land for development has enabled builders to bring self-storage — a submarket-specific business — to new, underserved communities. The investment side of the business has flourished as well. A capital-rich environment has sustained a healthy pace of development and …

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