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TEXAS MANUFACTURED HOUSING HITS STRIDEIn contrast to Texas’ manufacturing industry as a whole, the state’s housing manufacturers surged with confidence in May, according to the latest Texas Manufactured Housing Survey. The business-activity and company-outlook indices increased for the fourth consecutive month to their highest levels since 2021. New orders and production continued to rebound after last year’s correction. Read the news release. Photo from Seguin, Texas, by Center Photographer JP Beato III.
June 9, 2023

Ryman Hospitality heads for the Hill Country for resort purchase

SAN ANTONIO (The Real Deal) – Ryman Hospitality will buy the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort and Spa from Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust for $800 million.

The 1,002-key resort opened in 2010 and spans 640 acres. Group travel accounts for a little over half of nightly bookings, and the resort has 268,000 sf of meeting and event space, a 26,000-sf spa, five restaurants, and two golf courses. 

Ryman will continue to operate the hotel under the JW Marriott branding.

The deal, which works out to $798,000 per key, will be funded in part by Ryman’s recent offering of 3.5 million shares of common stock.

Blackstone held the property for five years and will profit roughly $275 million. According to an investor presentation by Ryman, the deal has a 6.6 percent cap rate. 

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Construction underway on three-building project at 130 Crossing

PFLUGERVILLE (REBUSINESS) – Dallas-based Ironwood Realty Partners has started construction on 490,000 sf of industrial space across three buildings at 130 Crossing.

The project is the third and final phase of the development whose first two phases featured five buildings totaling 675,000 sf.

Alliance Architects is designing phase three, and Catamount Constructors is serving as the general contractor.

Completion is slated for the fourth quarter.

New 1M-sf business park coming to Grapevine

GRAPEVINE (Dallas Morning News) – The city council has approved plans for a new business park that will span nearly one million sf.

The park will have four industrial warehouses. The initial phase of construction will be 200,340 sf of the development. The second phase will be 772,040 sf. 

The development is on 88 acres.

It will be built by ARCO/Murray. Colliers International is handling leasing.

Construction begins in September, and it will open in July 2024.

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Grand(scape) adventure planned for The Colony

THE COLONY (Dallas Morning News– Construction for an indoor amusement park in Grandscape is underway.

The 100,000-sf Fritz's Adventure will have a ropes course, underground tunnels, laser mazes, a 48-ft climbing wall, rappelling, treehouses, slides, ziplines, and free falls, as well as meeting rooms, retail, and a café. 

It is off SH 121 on Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr. It will open in 2024.

The architect is H Design Group LLC.

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Fort Worth: Putting the 'pop' in population growth

FORT WORTH (Fort Worth Business Press) – The U.S. Census Bureau's latest population estimates show Fort Worth added more to its population than any other city nationwide between July 2021 and July 2022.

Fort Worth added 19,170 residents, making its population 956,709 and ranking it the 13th largest city in the U.S. 

Cow Town was one of five Texas cities among the 15 most populous in 2022. The list also included Houston (fourth), San Antonio (seventh), Dallas (ninth), and Austin (tenth).

Texas was the only state with more than three cities on the list of fastest population gain by numbers and by percentage of growth.

DFW was the nation's fourth largest metro area. It added more residents than any of the cities in the top ten most populous by numbers.

Multibillion-dollar Dallas Midtown breaking ground in December

DALLAS (Dallas Business Journal) – After years of delays, the Dallas Midtown development will begin its initial phase in December with an $80 million project.

This first project will be a 26,000-sf mixed-use building, including 275 apartments and ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

The $5 billion Dallas Midtown will be on 104 acres and include housing, offices, restaurants, and retail. It will also have two luxury hotels, upscale theater, elevated tram system, parks, hiking and bike trails, and interactive water features.

Part of the planned Dallas International District, the development will be on I-635 at Preston Rd. 

Beck Ventures is the developer.

2,200-acre luxury community underway in Spicewood

SPICEWOOD (Austin Business Journal) – Thomas Ranch, a 2,200-acre luxury community at 26400 SH 71, will break ground on its first phase this month.

The first-phase neighborhood will be called Loraloma and have 450 cottages, villas, estates, and custom homesites. Homes will range from two to five bedrooms and 2,500 to 10,000 sf.

Amenities include a swimming hole, fishing pond, and golf course that's set to begin construction this fall and open in 2024. The golf campus will have a clubhouse and restaurant, wellness facility, pickleball courts, and boutique hotel.

Sales for Loraloma's homes open this summer with 25 initial lots.

Utah-based Areté Collective LP is the developer.

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"TEXAS' PROPERTY TAX PUZZLE" Texas citizens have been clamoring for property tax relief. In California, Proposition 13 was supposed to keep taxes down by limiting appraisal growth rates, but the results have been far from beneficial. Texans can learn from the changes California made and what ultimately went wrong. 
June 6, 2023

Small town Decatur gets big expansion to business park

DECATUR (Dallas Morning News) – The Decatur Economic Development Corporation has purchased 364 acres for its business park, more than tripling its size.

The previous 165-acre Eagle's Landing Business Park is now 530 acres. With the expansion, the business park is adjacent to BNSF's rail line near US 287 and FM 2264.

Companies now in the business park include Cardinal Paint, GT Products, Industrial Diesel, Omega Research, and Aqualine Plumbing + Irrigation. 

The sale was brokered by Altschuler and Co.

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300K-sf luxury apartment complex nears completion in Manor

MANOR (Austin Business Journal) – Wood Partners LLC has started leasing apartments at Alta Blue Goose, a 295,933-sf luxury apartment complex near the intersection of SH-130 and SH 290.

The 300-unit property, which is about ten miles north of Tesla's new gigafactory, has one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 582 to 1,580 sf.

There are 257 apartments available for lease with rents ranging from $1,260 to $1,335 for a studio apartment and $2,285 to $2,325 for a three-bedroom.

Construction will be completed this September.

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372-unit garden-style community coming to Westover Hills

SAN ANTONIO (REBUSINESS) – Dallas-based GenCap Partners has broken ground on a 372-unit multifamily project 16 acres in Westover Hills.

The project will have studio and one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, pool, fitness center, conference rooms, coffee bar, outdoor grilling and dining areas, and two dog parks.

GenCap Partners is developing the property with International Development. Dwell Design Studio is the project architect. Rampart Multifamily is the general contractor.

Completion is slated for early 2025.

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Ironwood adding industrial space to Grand Prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE (REBUSINESS) – Construction has begun on a 214,801-sf industrial project.

Crossing 360 @ Red Hawk is a rear-load, freestanding building. It will have 36-ft clear heights, ten dock-high loading doors, parking for 178 cars and 49 trailers, and an ESFR sprinkler system. It is on 12.5 acres.

The developer is Ironwood Realty Partners.

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Six-building industrial park coming to Schertz

SCHERTZ (Houston Business Journal) – Investment & Development Ventures LLC of Houston is planning a six-building industrial park on 118 acres at 22867 I-35.

Called Park 35, the project will deliver 1.4 million sf of warehouse space.

Building 6 has been outlined for a build-to-suit opportunity at up to 350,000 sf, with the other buildings being built on spec.

Powers Brown Architecture is designing the project. JLL is handling leasing.

Construction begins this August. Completion is slated for August 2024.

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More jobs, dollars being added to Lubbock economy

LUBBOCK (Lubbock Economic Development Alliance) – Three companies are expanding, creating 145 new jobs and adding more than $15 million to the local economy.

Taylor Rig and Equipment, which provides industry leading repair, refurbishing, inspection and support for a wide variety of oilfield equipment and brands, will create 100 jobs.

CoNetrix, a full service computer networking, security and compliance firm that specializes in financial institutions, announced its $15.3 million expansion with the construction of a new facility and added equipment. The announcement also included the creation of 15 new jobs.

After launching a new steel tank production line at its local manufacturing facility this spring, TrueNorth Steel has added 30 jobs due to the increased labor demand. The facility produces structural steel, vehicular and pedestrian bridges, and underground tanks.. 

ERCOT launches grid notification tool

AUSTIN (ERCOT) – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) last week announced the Texas Advisory and Notification System (TXANS), a new communications tool that will deliver information on grid conditions to the public. 

ERCOT says TXANS is part of an ongoing effort to be more open and transparent.

“TXANS will deliver clear and reliable notifications ahead of significant weather conditions where high demand on the grid is possible,” said ERCOT President and CEO Pablo Vegas. “Keeping Texans informed earlier adds a new level of awareness on grid conditions and any public action that may be needed.”

TXANS will introduce the ERCOT Weather Watch, which is intended to provide the public with an earlier notification three to five days ahead of possible higher demand due to forecasted conditions. Grid conditions are normal when an ERCOT Weather Watch is issued.

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COMMERCIAL'S CARBON CONUNDRUM. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that buildings and construction account for at least 31 percent of energy-related CO2 emissions globally. Although no strict timeline has been established, commercial building owners in Texas may have to one day consider the level of emissions created throughout the life of their properties when deciding what to do with aging structures. Read the article. 
June 2, 2022

Decade-long streak of growing home prices ends in DFW

DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – Home prices have declined after a decade of growth, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index.

Home prices in March fell 1.2 percent from the previous year. They have fallen 7.5 percent since last June, when they peaked, but increased from February to March. This is the first year-over-year decline since February 2012.

The median price for a single-family home declined 5 percent in April compared with last year. Transactions were down 8 percent.

The Case-Shiller Index compares price changes over time for specific properties. It is a couple months behind current market conditions.

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Transformer shortage roadblock for residential developers

SAN ANTONIO (San Antonio Express-News) – Supply chain disruptions that began during the pandemic are still causing shortages of a piece of equipment needed to power homes: transformers.

Transformers, those dark green metal boxes visibile on neighbhood lawns, transform higher voltages flowing through underground power lines into lower voltages for use in homes. For about every four houses being built in a new subdivision, one new transformer must be installed. 

Utilities across the state and nation are struggling to secure the distribution system transformers they need to meet the needs of residential developers. Procurement times, which averaged about three months in 2020, stretched to more than a year by the end of last year, according to the American Public Power Association. In national surveys, the lack of transformers been specifically identified by builders as a concern for 2023. 

In early May, CPS Energy, which serves San Antonio, had 645 of the 35-kilovolt transformers used in residential subdivisions ready for installation—and requests for more than 3,400. CPS warns that some developments could be waiting for more than a year.

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Economic indicators along the border showed mixed responses in March. Employment numbers increased modestly in each of the border Metropolitan Statistical Areas, corroborated by a slight increase in unemployment rates and unemployment claims.

From sheet metal to immersive art: Fifth Ward warehouse repurposed

HOUSTON (Houston Business Journal) – Meow Wolf has broken ground on its $42 million immersive art exhibit project at 2103 Lyon St.

The exhibit will occupy 32,242 sf in the former Moncrief-Lenoir Manufacturing Co. sheet metal plant, a 115,000-sf warehouse built in 1917.

The company said this location will be larger than its permanent exhibit in Denver, which attracts as many as 750,000 visitors annually. 

Completion is slated for 2024.

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High-rise luxury apartments ready to break ground in Dallas

DALLAS (Dallas Morning News) – A new high-rise apartment building will be built near Turtle Creek.

The 31-story Fairmount Tower will break ground this fall. It will include luxury rental units and ground-floor retail. The $130 million building will replace the commercial buildings on the site.  

The designer is WDG Architecture.

Fairmount Tower will open in late 2025.

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Psst! 600-acre public park under development in Whisper Valley

MANOR (Austin American-Statesman) – Plans for Valley Park, a 600-acre public park in the $2 billion Whisper Valley housing subdivision, are underway.

The project will be just off the SH 130 tollway along FM 973 and extend east of Taylor Ln.

Plans for the space include picnic areas, manicured open space, playgrounds, shade structures, restrooms, decomposed granite trails, community gardens, an events amphitheater, benches, landscaping, and signage. The park will cost more than $8 million.

The park will be the centerpiece for a new master trail plan that will ultimately connect Austin's 4,000-acre Walter E Long Metropolitan Park and Lake Walter E. Long, Travis County's 14-mile trail system and the East Metropolitan Park through Whisper Valley, providing about 20 miles of trails in all.

The park's first phase will include the design and construction of miles of 12-ft-wide pedestrian trails that extend from the community retail center at FM 973 and along Gilleland Creek to Taylor Ln.

The final design for the first phase of Valley Park is due to be completed in 2025, with construction slated to begin in 2026.

The park is expected to be built in seven phases over six years.

Taurus Investment Holdings is the developer.

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Wilmer welcoming new 1.5 million-sf business park

WILMER (Dallas Morning News) – A 1.5 million-sf business park is under development south of Dallas.

The Southport Logistics Center will have two industrial buildings near I-45 and the Union Pacific Intermodal Yard. These will add to the 17 million sf of warehouses planned for south Dallas County.

The project is being developed by Bandera Ventures and Invesco Real Estate. JLL will oversee leasing.

The buildings will open later this year.

Five smart-home features for 2023

WASHINGTON (Builder Online) – Builders are equipping new homes with advanced technology as a way to differentiate their product from the competition. The question is whether the appliances and devices are cutting edge or a decade behind. Here are five that are turning heads in 2023.

1. Advanced security. Floodlight cameras and 24/7 monitoring go without saying, but the latest innovation in home security is the smart door. LED motion lighting, a video doorbell, and a smart lock are included.

2. Home health. Many are keeping a closer eye on indoor air quality since COVID-19. That’s why demand for whole-home air purification and humidifiers has been rising. Appliances work in conjunction with a home’s HVAC system to eliminate airborne bacteria and keep humidity levels in check. High-tech versions feature wi-fi touchscreens and are compatible with voice-activated assistants.

3. Home office. With nearly 18 percent of people working from home, floor plans that include dedicated workspaces are popular. Built-in work stations, upgraded technology packages, additional data/teleports, and USB charging outlets are attractive.

4. High-tech kitchen. A microwave that sends a phone notification when a meal is ready is a slick feature, but smart technology goes beyond appliances. The kitchen faucet is the latest fixture to get the smart treatment—tell it how much water you need and your desired temperature for hands-free operation.

5. Smart(er) thermostat. The latest generation of smart thermostats offers the same energy-saving features as previous models, such as remote operation and the ability to learn your preferences and daily routine, but also comes with more bells and whistles. Remote sensors detect temperatures in other rooms to help maintain an even temperature throughout the home. Also, new models are voice-activated and integrate into a smart-home hub.

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TEXAS HOUSING INSIGHT. Construction had a great March as it made monumental leaps over February. Meanwhile, active listings dropped as sales continued to rise. Read the May report.
May 30, 2023

Billingsley bringing $3 billion Sloan Corners mixed-use to Collin County

COLLIN COUNTY (Dallas Morning News) – Developer Billingsley Co. is finalizing plans for the first phase of a 500-acre mixed-use development that could total over $3 billion when completed.

The development, Sloan Corners, will be in Allen and Fairview.

The developer gained control of 240 acres at the southeast corner of US 75 and SH 121 in Fairview in 2019. Two years later, they purchased 260 acres across the highway in Allen.

The City of Allen just designated its corner as a reinvestment zone and tax increment finance district, which will allocate increased property taxes from the Sloan Corners development to help pay for streets, utility lines, and other infrastructure. The maximum reimbursement could be nearly $75 million.

Plans for Sloan Corners call for more than ten million sf of office space, 6,000 apartments, and over 200,000 sf of retail space.

The firm plans to build apartments and offices in the first phase on Chelsea Blvd. The planned Hartford Square apartments would be in a four-story building designed by Dallas’ O’Brien Architects. The rental units would open in early 2026.

Sloan Corners will include greenbelts, parks and walking trails.

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503K-sf medical education tower underway at Baylor College of Medicine campus

HOUSTON (BISNOW) – Baylor College of Medicine has started construction on The Lillie and Roy Cullen Tower, a 503,000-sf, 11-story medical education and research building.

The development will include a 35,000-sf simulation lab, a 500-seat classroom and event center, small-group and studio classrooms, dedicated space for big data analytics, lecture halls, and a student wellness center.

The 11th floor will house the new offices of Baylor executive leadership.

The Cullen Foundation, The Cullen Trust for Health Care, and The Cullen Trust for Higher Education contributed a combined $30 million for the project with an additional $100 million donated.

The construction manager for the project is Linbeck Group. The project manager is JLL.

The building is expectd to open in 2026.

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How refreshing! ARCO Beverage building 253K-sf Weslaco distribution center

WESLACO (REBUSINESS) – ARCO Beverage Group has broken ground on a 253,200-sf distribution center in Mid Valley International Industrial Park, a 122-acre master-planned development owned by Weslaco EDC.

The project will have 210,000 sf of temperature-controlled space, 36-ft clear heights, 27 dock positions, and 25,000 sf of office space.

Completion is slated for first quarter 2024.

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Admiral Legacy mixed-use planned for Mansfield

MANSFIELD (Dallas Morning News) – The city council has approved plans for a 240,000-sf mixed-use project.

Admiral Legacy will be at Heritage and Regency Parkways off US 287. It will include two office buildings totaling 240,000 sf, 650 apartments, and retail. The office buildings will break ground next year.

Admiral Legacy Investments LLC is the developer.

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160K-sf medical office building completed on Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus

HOUSTON (lDala Communications) – McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has completed construction of a six-story medical office building and an attached seven-level parking garage on the campus of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

The 160,000-sf building has a lobby, corridors, and an endoscopy surgical center.

The medical center is connected to existing campus buildings by a conditioned pedestrian bridge, and the garage is connected to an existing adjacent garage by a vehicle bridge.

The project also extended a water main 2,500 ft around the campus.

McCarthy broke ground in December 2021.

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ATCAP picks up 1.2M-sf Houston industrial portfolio

HOUSTON ( REBUSINESS) – ATCAP Partners purchased a portfolio of eight industrial buildings totaling approximately 1.2 million sf from CenterPoint Properties.

The buildings have a mix of front-load and cross-dock configurations and clear heights ranging from 20 to 34 ft.

At the time of sale, the properties were fully leased to a roster of tenants with a weighted average remaining lease term of 3.75 years.

CBRE brokered the deal.

TPW commission approves purchase of Fairfield Lake State Park

AUSTIN (Texas Parks & Wildlife) – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission last week unanimously voted to authorize Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) executive director to purchase approximately 5,000 acres in Freestone County including Fairfield Lake State Park.

TPWD acquired Fairfield Lake State Park by lease in 1971 from Texas Utilities, now Vistra Energy. The park opened to the public in 1976. 

Named after 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake, it sees an average 80,000 visitors a year and is known for activities such as horseback riding, family reunions, paddling, fishing, camping, and hiking.


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"PROPERTY CONDITION & PRICING: Navigating an 'As Is' Sale." Understanding the mechanics of an "As Is" contract and the interplay of the option period is important for agents and their clients when negotiating the original sales price of a contract or renegotiating the sales price during an option period. Read more here. Photo from Center files.
May 26, 2023

North Texas housing market turns up the heat

DALLAS (Dallas Business Journal) – Dallas-Fort Worth's housing market ranks fourth among the 50 largest U.S. metros and 11th among all 212 U.S. metros, according to Bankrate's Housing Heat Index.

DFW ranked third in job growth and sixth in population growth for the largest markets.

Overall, though, DFW ranked eighth in job growth, 37th in population growth, 41st in home price appreciation, 138th in unemployment, 126th in active listings, and 66th in number of days homes are on the market. 

Meanwhile, San Antonio ranked 43rd overall, while Houston came in 52nd and Austin 144th.

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Texas has 'roared back' from COVID job losses

COLLEGE STATION (Texas Real Estate Research Center) – A couple of years ago, it was hard to imagine Texas recovering from substantial COVID-related job losses. However, a Texas Real Estate Research Center (TRERC) research economist says data show the state's job numbers have "roared back."

TRERC's Dr. Adam Perdue said Texas employment has more than recovered relative to the 2016-19 trend line for the last few months, even outperforming the U.S. (Figure 1).

He said Austin and DFW have contributed significantly to this outsized performance, while San Antonio and, especially, Houston have lagged (Figure 2).

"This complete return to the former trend line is unusual," Perdue said. "We've surpassed levels we would have forecast even if COVID had never happened." 

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484K-sf industrial project in the works in southeast Houston

HOUSTON (REBUSINESS) – GTIS Partners of New York will develop a 484,000-sf industrial project on the city's southeast side.

The development will consist of a 355,017-sf, cross-dock building and a 128,999-sf, rear-load building on a 26-acre site. The buildings will have 36- and 32-ft clear heights, respectively, and combined parking for 382 cars and 92 trailers.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter. Completion is slated for summer 2024.

Powers Brown Architecture and Langan Engineering are also on the project team.

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Abilene tire plant sets wheels in motion for big expansion

ABILENE (Develop Abilene) – Bridgestone Bandag, a retread tire plant, is adding 50,000 sf to its 200,000-sf facility. The expansion will cost $60 million.

Over the next decade, the project is estimated to add $21 million in taxes to the city, county, and school district. It will allow for 25 additional jobs in the company. 

Bridgestone Bandag has been in Abilene for 52 years.

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Texas A&M expansion approved for Fort Worth campus

FORT WORTH (Fort Worth Business Press) – Texas A&M is about to break ground on the anchor building of its new downtown campus.

The $150 million project has been approved and will begin construction in June. The eight-story building will replace the current Law and Education building. Construction will finish in 2025.

Two more buildings are planned for the campus. 

The Gateway Building will have classroom and meeting space and a conference center. 

The Research and Innovation Building will house public and private research and development initiatives in engineering, defense, agriculture, telecommunications, health sciences, and technology.

The architect, Stantec, will work with Pelli Clarke & Partners.

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Tech sector woes put pressure on major office markets

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (CommercialEdge) – CommercialEdge’s May U.S. office report examines current market conditions, including the challenges fueled by weak demand and rising vacancies, particularly in tech-driven cities. 

As one of the growing tech hubs in recent years, Austin is also feeling the effects of the tech pullback: The metro's vacancy rate increased 5.9 percent year-over-year (YOY) in April, reaching 22 percent. 

Key findings from the report:   

  • Austin led the nation in development on a percentage-of-stock basis, with underway projects representing 6.7 percent of its existing inventory.

  • Miami still led the South in terms of prices, with asking rents coming in at $46.60/sf. 

  • Washington, D.C. and Houston led the South in sales volume, with $509M and $466M in closed office deals, respectively. 

  • The average U.S. office listing rate stood at $38.23/sf, rising 2.3 percent YOY. 

  • Up 100 basis points YOY, the national vacancy rate was 16.7 percent.   

  • Under-construction office space reached 118.2M sf nationwide, accounting for 1.8 percent of the total stock.

Texarkana ninth best ROI potential for investors

AUSTIN (Agent Advice) – Real estate experts at Agent Advice analyzed home value and typical rent prices across U.S. cities to establish where investors can currently expect the highest return on investment (ROI).

Straddling the border of Texas and Arkansas, Texarkana took the No. 9 spot. Texarkana's typical property value of $148,518 is 47 percent of the national average value. An average asking rent price of $1,212 equals 0.82 percent of property value, 55 percent more than the national average proportion. This makes for a potential down payment payback period for a typical investment property (20 percent down payment) just over two years and 38 percent shorter than the national average period.

Others in the top ten are: Houma (LA), Dotham (AL), Johnstown (PA), Beckley (WV), Decatur (IL), Shreveport (LA), Peoria (IL), Sumter (SC), and Jackson (TN).

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