While most large national retail chains shun small towns, dollar stores have been successful in towns with populations as few as 300. Relative saturation (how many people one store serves) is one factor to consider in determining which communities can support more dollar stores.
Job growth is returning to sectors of the economy that use office space. As a result, rents are starting to increase and investor interest is heating up. After several years of dormancy, new buildings are under construction.
Dotzour No. 2014, Tierra Grande reprint, 4pp (1/9/2013)
The shadow inventory of houses will ultimately be foreclosed and sold because of the strength of the Texas economy and prudent lending. The Texas shadow inventory is elevated but manageable and should represent little threat to the state's housing recovery.
Dotzour No. 1995, Tierra Grande reprint, 4pp (4/20/2012)
When Japan's stock market crashed and a real estate bubble collapsed in the early 1980s, the country adopted a policy of "extend and pretend." The results serve as a cautionary tale for the United States, which is in a similar situation now.
How does the Texas economy compare with the national one? This report looks at all the angles with a particular focus on employment and unemployment. It includes rankings of various industries by employment.
Texas stars shine bright for business, attracting big investors from across the nation. Why? Because of its big (and growing) economy, profitability, burgeoning population, affordable housing, and entrepreneurial spirit, just to name a few reasons.
Dotzour No. 1969, Tierra Grande reprint, 2pp (7/15/2011)
Transaction volume in the housing market is like a river. For the most part, the flow is "normal," but on occasion, drought causes the river to dry up, or excess rain causes floods. The same ebb and flow exists in the housing market. A variety of factors precipitate these changes.
Dotzour No. 1962, Tierra Grande reprint, 4pp (4/11/2011)
The commercial real estate sector is in the grips of the "extend and pretend" policy under which lenders are extending loans on troubled commercial real estate instead of foreclosing and taking the loss now. Eventually, the massive amount of distressed real estate will eventually flood the market.