Tight Retail Market Drives Up Asking Rents, Sparks New Development

The Houston retail market has changed dramatically in recent years, but 2014 has seen historically strong real estate fundamentals to date. It is a sign of considerable economic strength that per capita personal income reached a new peak in 2013, even while Houston experienced the largest change in population across U.S. metro areas, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Houston’s population increase of nearly 137,700 over the year ending in July 2013 outpaced …

Demand Comes Back Bigger, Better than Ever in DFW

Is the Dallas/Fort Worth multifamily market headed back to the same level of intensity we experienced from 2005 to 2007? Most of the signs suggest that we are on track to not only meet this same amount of demand, but also outperform the market of the mid-2000s. So what are the drivers that are leading this investor demand? First, as a whole (not only Dallas/Fort Worth), Texas is flourishing right now. The state leads the nation in job growth, gaining nearly 300,000 new jobs in 2013, with …

Galveston Experiencing Renaissance

Galveston is poised for economic growth and expansion on several fronts. With a proven track record for resiliency, the city has continued to see investments across the island touching all geographic and economic clusters. As illustrated in the 2013 Developer Profile magazine, a publication of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), more than $2 billion in investment is currently in process across the island. The area is seeing new investment in both public and private sector …

High Retail Occupancy in Fort Worth Drives Rate Increases, New Development

The Texas economy has recovered quickly from the recession, and Fort Worth is a prime example of a flourishing commercial real estate market. Leasing activity in the city’s retail market is high, despite low inventory and increased rental rates. Cap rates are low, investment sales have increased, and the scarce inventory has prompted multiple new developments. Incredible leasing activity involving both national and local credit retailers has been seen across the market, and the activity …

Lubbock Commercial Real Estate: All Sectors Clicking

While growth and development have been evident in most Texas areas during the last few years, Lubbock shines bright among cities in the Lone Star State. As Marci Russell, former chief economist with CNBC, said, “Lubbock’s got oil and gas, a strong agricultural presence, a great university and a health care system that is the envy of other communities.” The year 2013 brought amazing growth, and the positive economic trends look to continue in 2014. Building permits climbed to …

Houston Industrial Activity Increases, Intensifies

There is no denying the Houston commercial real estate market is one of the strongest in the nation, and all indications are it will remain on this upward trajectory — especially the industrial sector. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently ranked Houston as the second best market to invest in industrial real estate in the country in its Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2014 report, and the organization predicts we will continue to build on this momentum. While energy-related businesses …

Walmart, Other Big Box Retailers Lead Charge in San Antonio Retail Market

There is no doubt that Walmart is the dominant force driving growth in the San Antonio area right now. San Antonio-area shoppers gained four new Walmart Supercenters in 2013, five more are nearing completion and scheduled to open in the next few months, and two or three more are expected to break ground later this year. At the same time, two new Sam’s Club stores will be opening in the first quarter, and Walmart’s new Neighborhood Market concept stores are slated to debut in the …

Trends Point to Continued Improvement in El Paso Industrial Market

Although El Paso’s industrial vacancy rate remains near recession highs, the city is surrounded by positive developments expected to drive stronger demand and allow for tighter industrial fundamentals. The high vacancy is due in large part to the availability of large, bulk spaces of 200,000 square feet and more. However, such properties account for only 30 percent of El Paso’s industrial inventory, and these structures do not serve the market’s core tenants, which typically …

Waco's Businesses Absorbing Industrial, Office Space at a Rapid Pace

Having been at the same desk and phone for 37 years, I can definitively proclaim that the activity has reached a level in Waco and Central Texas that has never been experienced before. Blessed with a diverse economic base and stable market growth, the greater Waco real estate market weathered the storm of the last few years rather well with the addition of jobs and capital investment throughout the recession and sluggish economic recovery. The metro is one of only 34 of the 372 MSAs in the …

Solid Fundamentals, Measured Development Have Amarillo Retail On The Rise

Amarillo’s market rarely experiences periods of rapid growth or rapid deceleration. The market cycle sustains solid performance. This stability is due to a well-rounded economy that has benefitted from strong commodity prices and job growth. Like many markets around the country, the last couple years have been fairly flat, but we did see some areas of economic strength. Retail sales were much higher in 2013 compared to the lower levels of 2012. The leasing of previously empty big box …

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