Texas Affordable Housing Developers Find Creative Ways to Secure Gap Financing

By Taylor Williams In an era in which land and construction costs are perpetually on the rise, developers of affordable housing must be able to navigate a complex web of federal, state and local programs in order to secure gap financing — the capital that covers the delta between total development costs and those covered by tax credit equity, municipal bonds or other types of subsidies. Understanding and effectively utilizing the various initiatives and incentives — density bonuses, …

Growing Pool of Investors Targets Multifamily, Industrial Deals in Fort Worth

By Bobby Weinberg, senior vice president of debt and equity, NorthMarq Employment growth is providing a powerful tailwind for the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) commercial real estate market. And while Dallas may be the headline name that is attracting employers and investment capital to the metroplex, Fort Worth is commanding attention as a formidable market in its own right. DFW embodies a classic story of a high tide raising all boats. The metro has been one a national leader in terms of …

Demand for Class A Office Space, Flexible Work Routines Juxtaposed in Fort Worth

By Chris Doggett, executive vice president, Stream Realty Partners The allure of the Dallas-Forth Worth (DFW) market continues to make it one of the top corporate destinations in the country. This past year, DFW ranked number one in the nation in raw population growth. Specifically, an average of 328 people per day were added to the DFW fold, which equates to approximately 119,748 more residents this past year. This is truly an incredible stat and reflects the fact that the consistent, …

Build Today, Sell Tomorrow: Three Ways Healthcare Developers in Texas Can Maximize Marketability

By Ben Reinberg, CEO, Alliance Consolidated Group of Cos.Healthcare real estate has proven to be one of the most resilient asset classes, able to bend but not break in the midst of global economic upheaval. Investors have become keenly aware of this fact, perhaps even more so during the latest downturn brought on by COVID-19.According to the 2021 U.S. Medical Office Trends report by CBRE, year-over-year investment volume for medical office properties fell 12.7 percent between the fourth …

Low Retail Inventory Sustains Sales Prices in Dallas, Austin

By Taylor Williams The combination of a flight by investors to highly targeted segments of the physical retail market and a lack of new development in 2020 is keeping prices high for select properties in some of Texas’ biggest markets. Retail investment sales brokers in Dallas and Austin say that for specific subtypes of well-located properties — such as single-tenant, net-leased (STNL) assets and multi-tenant strip centers with essential businesses — there simply aren’t enough of …

Investors Take Notice as RGV Multifamily Market Emerges from Pandemic Lull

By Brad Frisby, associate, NAI Rio Grande Valley As the national economy and society as a whole move toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, multifamily investors of all varieties, eager to deploy capital into the space, are increasingly looking at markets in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). While the region’s multifamily investment market has unquestionably experienced its share of decreased activity over the past 15 months, deal volume and velocity have really picked back up through the …

RGV Industrial Market Maintains Steady Growth, Draws Investors’ Attention

By Daniel Galvan, SIOR, principal, Coldwell Banker Commercial RGV The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) industrial market continues to be very active despite a small, temporary slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With single-digit vacancy rates in both Hidalgo and Cameron counties, absorption is holding at a steady pace as available space has declined. To that point, the market saw approximately 250,000 square feet of net absorption in 2020. Rents have also continued to increase modestly with …

RGV Retail Market Displays Creativity, Resourcefulness in Response to Pandemic

By Lupita Gutierrez-Garza, principal, and Christian Gutierrez, senior associate, Southern Commercial Real Estate Group The impacts of COVID-19 on the retail sector in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) have mirrored those of the rest of the country. However, the way the region responded was different from the way it addressed past crises, such as natural disasters, and even very different from past responses to local problems like peso devaluations and drug cartel activity along the …

Food & Beverage Industry Returns to Growth Mode in Houston

By Jason Baker, principal, Baker Katz At a time when commercial real estate professionals see promising COVID-19 metrics and a better-than-expected vaccine rollout as signs that the end of the pandemic is near, it’s natural to examine where some of the most interesting and encouraging signs of recovery are already popping up. Food and beverage (F&B) has certainly weathered the pandemic storm as well as any other retail sector. Understanding what comes next in F&B — what the next …

Buyers Crowd Texas Industrial Markets

By Taylor Williams E-commerce has revealed some fundamental truths about how humans consume goods, mainly that price point and convenience are by far the most important criteria in purchase decisions. The COVID-19 pandemic has served to further ingrain these mentalities and to suck more people into the world of online shopping in the name of adhering to public health guidelines. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2020, a year in which a global health crisis spurred furious increases in …

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