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DFW Multifamily Lenders Remain Disciplined

The joint effects of heavy supply additions, rising construction costs and the possibility of an looming recession have multifamily lenders in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) exercising caution and restraint on new construction financing, even as jobs and people continue to flow into the metroplex and fuel demand for housing. The sector’s fundamentals are very encouraging. According to data from CoStar Group, the metroplex has added approximately 23,000 new units over the past 12 months. At just …

With Oil Still Recovering, Midland Office Market May See Higher Vacancy in 2019

Throughout the first half of 2018, when oil prices appeared to be on a steady upward trajectory, Midland, Texas, saw a number of energy firms up their stakes in the city’s office market. Major names such as Chevron, Anadarko, Apache and Natural Gas Services Group announced build-to-suit office projects in Midland during this time, adding a significant amount of supply to this 6 million-square-foot market. In addition, strong leasing activity by an array of energy firms looking to bolster …

Housing, Labor Fundamentals Showcase Midland-Odessa Retail Market’s Potential

The Midland-Odessa retail market continues to get stronger, even with the slight dip in oil prices over the last year. West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices stood at $56.11 per barrel as of August 28, 2019. The economy has remained very strong, with the average unemployment rate in the Midland and Odessa MSAs averaging 2.4 percent in 2018 — essentially full employment. That unemployment rate is also about two percentage points lower than it was in 2012. Housing Drives Retail This strong …

While the City Thrives, Amarillo Industrial Market Faces Hurdles

Amarillo has continued on the path of steady growth with a strong unemployment rate of 2.7 percent. Along with its sturdy economy, Amarillo’s commercial market has followed a path of consistent advancement, but there are clouds on the horizon and hints of a stall are visible. Our core market indicators are showing cracks. There are fewer jobs now than there were a year ago. Commodities have been flat at best. Oil prices have experienced declines in excess of 10 percent from this time last …

Strong Economy Propels Lubbock Multifamily Market Despite Uptick in Concessions

It’s an exciting time to be living in Lubbock, Texas. The amazing smells of Evie Mae’s Beef Ribs fill the air. McPherson, llano Estacado and English Wineries are producing gold medal wines, on point with anywhere in the country. The Texas Tech men’s basketball team was 30 seconds away from a national championship; the men’s track team won the NCAA Championship; and the Red Raiders’ Meat Judging Team continued its dominant reign. Winning has infected the community culture, …

Case Study: Dallas vs. Houston Industrial

The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston metro areas have vastly different opportunities and challenges in terms of commercial real estate. Yet this year both have both landed in the top five in the nation for industrial development. Driven by strong population and job growth, DFW and Houston don’t expect their industrial expansions to slow down any time soon. At the end of the second quarter, DFW was No. 2 in the country in industrial development behind California’s Inland Empire, with …

For Clients’ Sake, Technology Must Be Used in Tandem With Critical, Creative Thinking

There are now dozens of commercial real estate platforms and apps on the market today that are designed to assist brokers in their day-to-day activities, and many are quite good. However, any technology should primarily serve to enhance how brokers serve their clients and not direct how that service is provided. Too often, the process a technology lays down may actually become a stumbling block in the way of creating the most economical and beneficial transaction for a client. Overreliance on …

New Tenant Mixes Drive Retail Redevelopments

A persistent need for a tenant mix that is resistant to e-commerce and which facilitates a unique, authentic experience is prompting owners of older retail centers and malls to assume high levels of risk and redevelop their properties. While there can be a plethora of non-tenant-related factors that spur redevelopment projects — the basic need to charge higher rents, the structural and aesthetic deterioration over time, a desire to restore a public perception of vibrancy — the ultimate …

Texas Self-Storage Markets Respond to Saturation

Developers of self-storage properties in major Texas cities are consciously putting the brakes on new construction as they wait for excess supply to be absorbed and for positive rent growth to return to the market. The market has been moving in this direction for some time. While property owners have generally maintained occupancy rates that meet pro forma thresholds for profitability, rent growth has been and will likely remain stunted. Supply growth has led to competitors cannibalizing each …

Up To the Challenge: Dallas Apartment Market Absorbs Record Levels of New Supply

In 2019, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) once again represents the nation’s top metro for job creation and net migration. These market conditions are occurring at an opportune time as more than 26,000 multifamily units have been completed throughout the market this year, marking a record wave of annual deliveries. This influx of new apartments will increase the metro’s rental inventory by 3.3 percent, yet robust demand for new supply allows net absorption to match delivery volume, lowering overall …

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