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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 …

Borrowers Scramble to Lock In Rates

The Federal Reserve met during the second week of June, and as expected, the nation’s central bank opted to raise short-term interest rates for the second time this year. In short order, this means that borrowing costs for banks are going up, which means that increased borrowing costs for consumers will follow close behind. At least one more rate hike is anticipated to occur before year’s end as part of the Fed’s stated goal of increasing the federal funds rate from its current range of …

Energy Users Become Developers, Buyers in Midland Office Market

In early 2017, real estate professionals in West Texas began to see a noticeable boost in demand for industrial properties across the Permian Basin. In keeping with economic tradition, demand for space in the Midland office market is now catching up to the industrial sector after a 12- to 18-month lag period. The beginning of 2018 is when Midland’s office market really began to gain steam, riding not only a surge in oil prices but also a 2.4 percent unemployment rate, which is more than a …

An Investor’s Guide to Financing Multifamily Assets in Lubbock, West Texas

Growing up in Lubbock in the 1990s, cotton fields were everywhere. No growth existed in the southwest part of town, and few new apartments were built. Today those same cotton fields are housing developments; the southwest part of town is filled with high-quality retail and more than 2,000 apartment units have been delivered since 2015. [caption id="attachment_207533" align="alignright" width="100"] Carl Pankratz, NorthMarq Capital[/caption] Lubbock is thriving behind its sub-3 percent …

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