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New Breed of Millennials, Adaptive Reuse Drive San Antonio’s Office Market

Would you believe that San Antonio is the second most sought-after city for millennials? According to local media pundits and reports from Forbes, San Antonio is attracting the greatest number of millennials of any city in Texas, even beating out Austin, the original yuppie capital of the state. San Antonio, which had taken a back seat to Austin in terms of creating tech jobs and drawing millennial workers, has surged ahead in recent years. The metro has begun to appeal to a different breed …

Three Major Consumer-Driven Changes in Austin’s Retail Landscape

Among professionals in the major sectors of commercial real estate, retailers are often the first to spot, understand and respond to emerging trends in human behavior. Those trends have shifted dramatically the past few years, and retail real estate in Austin has certainly felt the ripple effects, from downtown to the suburbs and across the emerging "nodes" in between. For some time now, American consumers in general have been clearly indicating their preference for more "experiential" ways …

Dart Container Buys Largest Warehouse in Texas

CORSICANA, TEXAS — Dart Container has purchased a 1.4 million-square-foot industrial building in Corsicana for an undisclosed sum. The building formerly housed Home Depot’s distribution center. It is situated on 139 acres just south of Dallas. The building consists of 13,248 square feet of modern, air-conditioned office space with paved and lighted parking for 560 cars and 1,130 trailers. The asset’s rail access is served by Union Pacific on the northwest boundary. The facility is …

Tenant Demands Changing in Austin Industrial Market

The story of industrial real estate today, at least in terms of national media coverage, centers around compressing cap rates and the steady stream of capital flowing into the sector. But in Austin — the kid brother of two major industrial markets, Dallas and Houston — the story over the past 12 months has been the large increase in the volume of industrial construction. Austin delivered 3.1 million square feet of industrial product in 2017, a 55 percent increase over the total space …

Office Market in Austin CBD Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

The story of the office market in Austin’s central business district (CBD) begins in 2008. With the national economic downturn just beginning, a new, 44-story high-rise residential building had  just been completed and the millennial generation was slowly starting to enter the workforce. At that time, the total inventory of office product in Austin’s CBD was approximately 8.44 million square feet. These properties posted a vacancy rate of about 12.9 percent. Several major factors would …

Austin’s Declining Homeownership Rate Bolsters Demand for Apartments

Since the Great Recession, a strong, steady pace of job creation has attracted thousands of new residents to the Texas capital. This growth has subsequently provided numerous job options for locals, pushing the area’s unemployment rate to 3 percent, one of the lowest in the country. Sinking unemployment, along with wages that have grown faster than the national rate, have spurred robust household formation trends over the last few years, benefiting the local housing market. Rents vs. …

A Retail Recalibration in Houston

For retail tenants and developers alike, Houston’s Space City moniker could easily be interpreted as a kind of tongue-in-cheek double meaning, mainly because space is one thing Houston always has plenty of. Commercial developers have taken full advantage of that space in recent years, adding an eye-opening 16.3 million square feet of retail product over the last 36 months, according to a report from Colliers International. Houston added somewhere between 4 million and 4.5 million square feet …

Houston Office Market, CBD Experiencing a Renaissance

In recent months, a renaissance in the Houston’s urban core, paired with a flight to quality and focus on sustainable design, has created a perfect storm for the metro’s office sector. This revival has been combined with a renewed focus on living and working in Houston’s Central Business District (CBD), which has simultaneously driven a resurgence in both retail and mixed-use developments. [caption id="attachment_194679" align="alignright" width="100"] Matt Damborsky, Skanska …

Turning the Page: Houston’s Multifamily Market Poised for Growth in 2018

Houston’s resilient multifamily market has turned a corner and is poised for growth this year, according to experts across a range of industries. While the city faced significant headwinds in 2017, mainly a sluggish energy sector and a major hurricane that damaged thousands of homes and apartments, Houston’s strong fundamentals have paved the way for the multifamily market to post its strongest performance since 2015. The impacts of Hurricane Harvey generated unexpected changes in the …

Houston Industrial Market Has Come to Reflect City’s Economic Diversity

The resiliency of Houston’s industrial real estate market is truly astounding. Outsiders have always considered Houston to be an “oil town” whose economic success is tied to the geopolitical intricacies of the international energy markets. Yet three years into the oil and gas downturn, Houston has proven that it has a truly diversified economic base. The city’s industrial real estate market has consequently enjoyed a disproportionate benefit of that concerted effort to establish a …

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