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Apartment Supply & Demand

November 26, 2012

Earlier this year, there were signs that construction would spike in 2013, in the order of 150,000 to 200,000 units.  Developers have since postponed many projects to 2014, so that 2013 figures hover closer to 130,000 units – not far off from the pre-recession 10-year annual average of around 125,000 units.  The “bubble” now shows […]

Raub Report October 2012

October 22, 2012

“Are we there yet?” – Yes, this was the question your kids asked you on your summer vacation trip this year.  It is also the question everyone is asking about The Recovery.  Are we THERE yet?   Or are we starting another Double Dip? Or just limping into the New Normal malaises? At the moment it […]

San Antonio Snapshot: MultiFamily

October 19, 2012

San Antonio’s multifamily market has historically been exempt from the fluctuations typical of other Texas cities. Job growth is the most powerful force behind San Antonio’s multifamily growth.  The U.S. military has long been one of the region’s largest employers, and San Antonio has been the beneficiary of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activity, […]

Raub Report July 2012

July 5, 2012

Think of an egg and the little chicken inside is breaking out.  I believe this is an apt analogy for what is happening to our South Texas region as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.  The old dry shell has cracked open from the inside and a little chick emerges to become […]

Raub Report – May 2012

May 8, 2012

We celebrate Texas Independence Day on April 21st which was the day of the victory over the army of Santa Ana at San Jacinto and the reason for Fiesta San Antonio.  We should pause to remember our great Texan heritage as an independent nation for the ten years from 1836 to 1846.  Our beloved Governor, […]

Housing Market is on the rise

April 18, 2012

Rising rents and a healthier job market are inspiring more people to consider buying. Builders are responding to the demand by laying plans for more homes this year than at any other point in past 31/2 years.  And banks are helping both by approving more loans. All that points to a better year for the housing market — […]

Raub Report March 2012

March 13, 2012

We are having a very interesting discussion in our fair city over private property rights.   You may know that Wal-Mart has a tract of land at Wurzbach Parkway and Blanco Road under contract.  The property has been appropriately zoned for this type of use since the early 1970’s when the land for the surrounding subdivisions […]

6th Annual CCIM Central Texas Symposium

March 5, 2012

Excerpts from Dr. Mark Dotzour’s presentation at the CCIM Symposium in Austin, TX Jan. 31st To visualize the U.S. economy, picture a Jack-in-the-Box. Turn the crank, generate energy, and watch the crank pop up and release that energy. Watch how creating more energy produces job growth. People are still working and have a desire to […]

Raub Report January 2012

January 30, 2012

Happy New Year! This time last year I said that 2011 will be Year One of the Recovery. Well, we started off well for the first six months and then things fizzled in the latter half of the year. So now what’s next? With the economic landscape still shaky and the political scenery unclear in […]

Housing Industry on Firmer Ground

January 11, 2012

Home builders are expected to start at least 10 percent more homes in 2012 than they did last year — the first double-digit bump for the industry since the 2006 market peak and subsequent downturn. And the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas could provide more opportunity for the local real estate industry. It’s […]

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