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Austin-based buyer snags 318-unit apartmentAustin-based buyer snags 318-unit apartmenthttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212782018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-20T01:00:00Z

​​​City View Apartments in San AntonioSAN ANTONIO – California-based SB Pacific Group sold the 318-unit City View Apartments to Austin-based 2503 Jackson Keller Road LP.

The property at 2503 Jackson Keller Rd. offers studio, one-,​ and two-bedroom units. Units average 669 sf and rents average $688 per month.​

San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio-New Braunfels
Multifamily
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Wide open Spaces to downtownWide open Spaces to downtownhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212742018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T23:00:00Z

​​​​​​​501 Congress Ave. in Austin.​AUSTIN – Spaces, a coworking provider, has signed a 53,000-sf lease at 501 Congress Ave.

The opening of Spaces will add 50,000 sf of Class A agile real estate to the Central Business District, which has been experiencing extremely low vacancy rates.

CBRE represented the tenant. JLL represented the landlord, AFIAA U.S. Investment Inc. 

CBRE
Austin-Round Rock
Office
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Southern Glazer's pouring up into 700K-sf distribution facilitySouthern Glazer's pouring up into 700K-sf distribution facilityhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212752018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T23:00:00Z

​​​​Logo of the company.KATY – Miami-based Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits has purchased a 673,785-sf distribution facility.

The facility, which delivered earlier this year, offers 36-ft-high ceilings, 70-ft-deep loading bays, 56-ft-wide column spacing, ESFR sprinklers, and LED warehouse lighting.

The facility was developed by Atlanta-based Oakmont Industrial Group. It broke ground in Houston-based Parkside Capital's West Ten Business Park in September 2017.
Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
Industrial
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/10/16/exclusive-north-americas-largest-liquor.html

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River East apartment development to overlook downtownRiver East apartment development to overlook downtownhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212792018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T23:00:00Z

​​FORT WORTH – Aberg Property Co. and Corsair Ventures are developing ​a 140-unit Class A apartment complex at Race St. and Oakhurst Scenic Dr. in the River East District.

The Presidio at River East is a four-building complex that will be on the Scenic Bluff overlooking ​downtown and the new River East Park and downtown Fort Worth.

The companies expect the project buildout to be about 14 months with the projected opening in February 2020.

Over the last two years, the River East area—also known as Six Points Urban Village—has experienced significant new development from both the private and public sectors.

The city is currently improving Race St., and several new businesses are expected to come online in 2019. Last year, Top Golf opened nearby on 4th St.
Fort Worth Business Press
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
Multifamily
http://www.fortworthbusiness.com/news/unit-apartment-complex-announced-in-six-points/article_140059ea-cda4-11e8-aeb4-eb558de85a76.html

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$11M recreation center parks it in El Paso$11M recreation center parks it in El Pasohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212802018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T23:00:00Z

​​​​Lomaland Recreation Center in El Paso.EL PASO – An $11 million recreation center will be built on Lomita Dr. within the Lomaland community park.

The 31,000-sf building will have a weight room, game space, community room, and two gymnasiums. A courtyard, upper terrace, deck, and renovated soccer field will be outside the facility.

MarmonMok Architecture is designing the complex.​

KFOX TV
El Paso
Public Facilities
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Fully occupied Dallas industrial property soldFully occupied Dallas industrial property soldhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212762018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T21:00:00Z

An aerial view of the industrial property on Floyd Circle in DallasDALLAS – A private investor has purchased a 50,708-sf industrial/flex property at 13335 Floyd Circle.

The project, near Texas Instruments off I-635 and US 75, was 100 percent occupied at the time of sale.
Marcus & Millichap
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
Industrial

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Texas unemployment hits new lowTexas unemployment hits new lowhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212852018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T16:00:00Z

​​​​​​​​​AUSTIN – ​​Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in September, setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades.

According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent in August 2018.​​​​

The Texas economy added 15,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last month, marking 27​​​ consecutive months of growth.

​Over the year, the state added 402,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.3 percent.

The Texas metro with the lowest nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate was Midland at 2.2 percent. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 6.2​ percent.

​The mining and logging industry saw the largest seasonally adjusted growth in employment from September 2017 to September ​2018, growing 15.9​ percent. The information industry was the only one to lose jobs with employment dropping 2.9 percent over the year.​​

Texas Workforce Commission
Texas
Employment
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TDHCA enters $12 million agreementTDHCA enters $12 million agreementhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212832018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T15:00:00Z

​​​​​AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has entered into a $12 million syndicated loan agreement with three banks to offer qualified homebuyers low-cost assistance​.

Woodforest National Bank, Tolleson Private Bank, and Hancock Whitney are party to the agreement. 

These funds are in addition to a ​2016 $10 million loan agreement with Woodforest that helped create over 1,500 new homeowners throughout Texas.

TDHCA’s My First Texas Home program is structured to address the most significant obstacles to homeownership faced by low- and moderate-income homebuyers: lack of funds for down payment and closing cost assistance and overall mortgage affordability. The agreement is expected to assist over 2,000 first-time hombuyers and enable $350 million of mortgages to be originated. 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Texas
Housing
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Advanced farm and ranch course offered in FredericksburgAdvanced farm and ranch course offered in Fredericksburghttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212822018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T14:00:00Z

​​FREDERICKSBURG – The Texas Alliance of Land Brokers (TALB) is offering a​ course on advanced farm and ranch practices for Texas agents.

Licensees will receive an in-depth examination of the laws and regulations in Texas that impact farm and ranch brokerage. The course will also cover the fiduciary duties of agents in relation to real-time, real-life current transactional issues.  

Eight hours of Texas Real Estate Commission continuing education credit are offered. All students who take and pass a short, written examination at the ​end of the course will receive designation as a "Texas Farm and Ranch Specialist."

The course will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Hill Country University Center at 2818 E. US 290.

Cost is $395 for TALB and Texas Land Brokers Network members and $495 for nonmembers. 

Register online at http://texaslandbrokers.org/advanced-farm-ranch​.

Texas Alliance of Land Brokers
NonMSA Texas
Land
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National homebuilder confidence ticks upNational homebuilder confidence ticks uphttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212812018-10-19T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T13:00:00Z

​​​​​​​WASHINGTON – Nationally, builder confidence in the single-family housing market rose one point to 68 in October on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

Builder confidence levels have held in the high 60s since June. 

"Builders are motivated by solid housing demand, fueled by a growing economy and a generational low for unemployment," said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel. "Builders are also relieved that lumber prices have declined for three straight months from elevated levels earlier this summer, but they need to manage supply-side costs to keep home prices affordable."

According to NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, while favorable economic conditions should continue to support demand, housing affordability is a challenge due to ongoing price and interest rate increases. 

"Unless housing affordability stabilizes, the market risks losing additional momentum as we head into 2019," said Dietz. 

The HMI measuring current sales conditions rose one point to 74. The index gauging expectations in the next six months also rose one point to 75. The metric charting buyer traffic registered a four-point uptick to 53.

Regionally, the South's HMI rose one point to 71. ​

National Association of Home Builders
U.S.
Housing
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South Temple growth fuels new developmentsSouth Temple growth fuels new developmentshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212672018-10-17T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T01:00:00Z

​​​​​Portico at Friars Creek in Temple.TEMPLE – The city has a few new multifamily developments coming to life as the population grows. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • Portico at Friars Creek recently opened at 507 Marlandwood Rd. with 262 units. It features one- and two-bedroom units with monthly rent between $939–$1,139.​

  • Work has started on a 218-unit development called The Reserve at Friars Creek, located east of Lowe’s Dr. and south of Loop 363.

  • ​The city council has approved a 140-unit apartment complex at the southeast corner of the Temple Mall property.

  • Two complexes, Villas on the Hill and Ariza, have recently been completed across 31st St. from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, adding around 400 units.​

Temple Daily Telegram
Killeen-Temple
Multifamily
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Former UH frat house becoming multifamily complex Former UH frat house becoming multifamily complex https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212702018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T00:45:00Z

​​Rendering of Tower 5040.​HOUSTON – WGC Development will break ground this month on Tower 5040, a private luxury apartment building near the University of Houston at 5018 Calhoun Rd.

The eight-story project will have 147 units with a mix of one-, two-, and four-bedroom options. It will have a three-story parking garage with five stories of residences above that. 

The nearly 1.5-acre site is the former home of a fraternity house.

This month, a $2.86 million building permit was filed with the city. Construction is expected to begin later this month and should wrap up by summer 2020. 

WGC Development is a partnership between locally based Wellington Development Co., Colorado-based private equity firm Gore Creek Partners LLC, and an unnamed investor.

Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
Multifamily
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/10/16/new-luxury-apartments-to-break-ground-on-former.html

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530K sf loading into Greens Crossing Business Park530K sf loading into Greens Crossing Business Parkhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212722018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T00:30:00Z

​​​​​​Image of the construction site.HOUSTON – Dallas-based Crow Holdings will break ground in January 2019 on a 530,000-sf industrial project on the north side of town.

The project, dubbed Layne Crossing, will eventually contain six warehouse buildings ranging from 56,400 to 174,000 sf.

Two of the project's six buildings will be configured for front loading, two will be configured for rear loading, one will be a cross-dock building, and one will be a side-load building.

Layne Crossing will sit on 45 acres in Greens Crossing Business Park. Crow Holdings purchased the land from Dallas-based Sarofim Realty Advisors.​

Delivery is set for fourth quarter 2019.
Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
Industrial
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/10/17/exclusive-developer-buys-45-acres-plans-530k-sf.html

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More than $70M in Paris pipelineMore than $70M in Paris pipelinehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212732018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T00:00:00Z

​​​​​SpiralWelded Steel PipePARIS – A subsidiary of American Cast Iron Pipe Company is building a state-of-the-art, spiral-welded steel pipe plant on 140 acres in Northeast Texas' Lamar County. 

American SpiralWeld Pipe Company LLC (ASWP) will make an initial capital investment of between $70 million to $90 million in the new facility, which will employ 60 workers initially.

The plant will service the south central United States, and the majority of the finished product will be shipped within a 250- to 500-mile radius of the plant.

The facility is expected to be operational by spring 2020.

In April, the city council unanimously approved the Paris Economic Development Corporation’s request to offer a $2.5 million incentive package to ASWP.  ​

Paris Economic Development
Sherman-Denison
Industrial
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Two can claim new owner's nameTwo can claim new owner's namehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212652018-10-16T05:00:00Z2018-10-19T00:00:00Z

​​​​​​Bitterwood Ranch in San Antonio.​SAN ANTONIO – Austin-based Wildhorn Capital has purchased a 388-unit apartment portfolio from Oregan-based Hayden Properties. 

The two properties include the 190-unit Bitterwood Ranch at 400 W. Bitters Rd. and the 198-unit Fifth Avenue Apartments at 11530 Vance Jackson Rd.​

The units at Bitterwood Ranch average 723 sf with the average monthly rent at $844. Fifth Avenue​ offers larger unit sizes, averaging 855 sf, with average monthly rents at $892.

San Antonio Business Journal
San Antonio-New Braunfels
Multifamily
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Stonelake Capital navigates purchase of 238K-sf warehouseStonelake Capital navigates purchase of 238K-sf warehousehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212682018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-18T23:45:00Z

​​​​​Image of 3401 Navigation.​​HOUSTON – Stonelake Capital Partners has purchased a 238,125-sf East End industrial property at 3401 Navigation Blvd. 

The warehouse used to service Weingarten's Grocery, a local supermarket chain that shuttered in the early 1980s.

Stonelake will lease the property to distribution, light manufacturing, and e-commerce tenants.
Houston Business Journal
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
Industrial
https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/10/16/exclusive-investor-buys-old-weingartens-grocery.html

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Collin County outpaces rest of North Texas in home buildingCollin County outpaces rest of North Texas in home buildinghttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212662018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-18T23:25:00Z

​​​Single-Family Unit Building Permits from 2013 to 2018 in Collin County​COLLIN COUNTY – When it comes to new single-family home development, Collin County is showing no signs of slowing down.

But just how fast is the county planning new home growth? More than twice as fast as Dallas County and steps ahead of Tarrant and Denton, according to recent data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M.​

From January to August 2018, an average of 889 single-family building permits per month were submitted in Collin County compared with 436 per month in Dallas County. 

Tarrant County came closer with an average of 714 permits per month. Denton County followed with 606.

Housing growth in the county has been mounting since the market started to recover in 2011. 

According to Residential Strategies Inc., the area's steady growth is due to an abundance of developable land and a strong job market.​

Dallas Business Journal
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
Housing
https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/10/09/collin-county-is-far-outpacing-surrounding.htmlRead more at the {Source}
Affordable apartment combo to SocorroAffordable apartment combo to Socorrohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212692018-10-17T05:00:00Z2018-10-18T23:00:00Z

​​​​Similar apartments by Tropicana Properties.​SOCORRO – Tropicana Building Corp. will build two affordable apartments on Nevarez Rd.

Jaime O. Perez Apartments will offer 96 units and Nevarez Palms Apartments will bring 104 units to the market. Construction on both complexes will begin spring 2019, with completion scheduled for 2020.

The company received $23.3 million in federal tax credits from​​​​​​ Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for the apartments.

El Paso Times
El Paso
Multifamily
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/money/business/2018/10/01/tropicana-tax-credits-low-income-apartment-projects-el-paso-business-people-news/1438286002/Read more at {Source}
Texas housing market still strongTexas housing market still stronghttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212772018-10-18T05:00:00Z2018-10-18T21:00:00Z

​​​​AUSTIN – ​​Home sales and prices increased in third quarter 2018 as the Texas housing market continued to show signs of normalization, said the Texas Association of Realtors' latest quarterly housing report. 

​​​There were 95,225 homes sold last quarter, a 4.4 percent increase from third quarter 2017. The median price also increased 4.4 percent to $235,000. 

Slightly over 36 percent of homes sold in Texas were priced under $200,000. The $200,000-$299,999 price range accounted for 31.5 percent of sales.​​​

​​"Our market remains extremely strong but is still slowly moving toward normalization," said Real Estate Center Chief Economist Dr. Jim Gaines. "Median home prices and home sales are up, but the rate of increase statewide is beginning to slow compared with prior years. With inventory levels for homes priced under $150,000 remaining low, we’re seeing a concerted effort from homebuilders to build lower-cost housing to fit the entry-level homebuyers’ market."

Active listings were up 4.7 percent year over year to 111,144 listings in the third quarter. Texas homes spent an average of 52 days on the market.

Inventory increased 0.1 months over the year to 3.9 months of inventory. According to the Real Estate Center, a balanced market has six to 6.5 months of inventory.

Texas Association of REALTORS
Texas
Housing
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H&M struts into Mercedes outlet mallH&M struts into Mercedes outlet mallhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=212622018-10-17T05:00:00Z2018-10-18T00:30:00Z

​​​Image of the outlet mall.​MERCEDES – International clothing store H&M is opening its third Rio Grande Valley location this month at 5001 E. Expressway 83.

The 25,000-sf store will be at the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, joining Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Banana Republic Factory, and Express Factory Outlet, among others.

H&M plans to hire about 20 employees at this location.
Brownsville Herald
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
Retail
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