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For Texas Office Owners, Understanding Best Operating Practices Is Critical Post-COVID-19

By Cody Payne, senior vice president, Colliers International. As strong job growth over the past decade has brought more and more investors to Texas, many of these buyers have looked to office product due to the appealing going-in returns that the property type offers. In addition, many cross-product owners look at office investing to make higher returns outside of their current portfolios. As buyers look toward the office market, there are many factors that need to be considered before …

Texas Retail Landscape Evolves Before Our Eyes

It’s no question that 2020 has become a turning point in history. Within a few short weeks, what was a booming time in our industry has changed in the blink of an eye. Although the good times may not last forever, it’s safe to say many didn’t expect a sudden change so soon — and on such a large scale. While health remains the nation’s top priority, COVID-19 has taken a toll in some shape or form on plenty of industries in the weeks following its arrival in the United States, with …

Texas Industrial Owners Adopt Short-Term Solutions for COVID-19

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, industrial landlords in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) are demonstrating greater flexibility on short-term lease structures in order to keep deals moving forward. With most of the nation sheltering in place to stem the spread of the virus, e-commerce activity is accelerating, leading to greater demand for distribution and logistics services. In addition, supply chain operators that service essential industries  …

First Takes: Texas Office Markets React To COVID-19

It’s still too early to pinpoint how long and how severe the disruption caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, will be to the major office markets of Texas. But brokers in Dallas, Houston and Austin are already seeing their markets display short-term adjustments with regard to deal velocity and structure. As commercial brokers know all too well, every deal is different. Companies are making decisions on whether to delay or pursue office lease …

Institutional Capital Targets El Paso Industrial Market As Rental Rates Rise

El Paso’s industrial market is growing and maturing, as evidenced by a surge in investment demand from institutional capital sources over the last 18 to 24 months. Whereas in past cycles, institutional capital found its way to El Paso by developing here, new players have been ready to buy existing portfolios, but we have seen very little new spec development. Stonelake Capital Partners, LINK Industrial Properties and Equity Industrial Partners/Raith Capital Partners are examples of new …

El Paso’s Multifamily Market Takes On COVID-19

As a multifamily investment sales brokerage firm, Greysteel has transacted close to 2,000 units in El Paso over the last 12 months. To say the El Paso multifamily market has been hot would be an understatement.  But with a sudden pandemic causing economic chaos, jobs are at risk and multifamily owners are facing ever-increasing pressure. First, let’s talk about how El Paso has recently performed. Demand for multifamily product in El Paso has been particularly strong lately, and we’ve …

How Workforce Housing Owners in Texas Can Help Tenants Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Multifamily developers across the country know that these are unprecedented and uncertain times for nearly everyone due to COVID-19. Houstonians making up our workforce, which many consider “the essential class,” include professionals like teachers, police officers, nurses and firefighters who invest in other peoples’ betterment every day. These are the people who are working day in and day out to provide us with various fundamental needs during this time of mandated …

Houston Industrial Developers Covet Infill Sites

The growth of large distribution facilities for e-commerce users and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) symbolizes the evolution of Houston’s industrial market. Consequently, developers are leaping into action to secure well-located infill sites that are squarely in the pathways of natural population growth, the rise of new industries and infrastructural upgrades. According to data from office and industrial brokerage firm Lee & Associates, there was roughly 18 million square feet …

Placemaking, Integration Define Mixed-Use Projects in Texas

Development trends in commercial real estate are beholden to the whims of consumer behavior. When it comes to mixed-use in the 21st century, successful projects deliver a high-quality experience that centers on a sense of social belonging and connection — for living, working and playing alike. “In today’s experiential economy, demographic changes and shifts in consumer values and preferences across generations are converging on the desire for social connection,” says Brian Cramer, …

Fort Worth Rises on Multifamily Investors’ Radars

The U.S. economy’s continued expansion, combined with the migration of people from high-tax states in the Northeast and California, bodes well for multifamily real estate investment in metros across the Southeast and Texas. Many cities in the so-called “Sun Belt” will continue to experience strong demand for apartments thanks to the low cost of living and new jobs stemming from corporate investment across the region. The Fort Worth market has been a beneficiary of all of these dynamics, …

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