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Flip Side of The “Dark Store” Tax Loophole

February 24, 2017

The state tax code prevision more commonly known as “dark store theory” allows any business, of any size to “have its real estate assets qualified as vacant so that its appraised value won’t be linked to the business’s profit.”. Rahul Patel, local lawyer and managing partner at Patel | Gaines, flips the recent media portrayal […]

Trump and Retail CEOs Meet to Discuss Tax Code Revisions

February 22, 2017

President Trump has called for tax code revisions in an effort to better the economy. In a meeting with the heads of major retailers such as Best Buy (BBY.N), Target (TGT.N), Autozone (AZO.N), Walgreen’s (WBA.O), JC Penny (JCP.N), JoAnne and Tractor Supply Co. (TSCO.O) the group of retailers discussed their opposition to the border tax […]

H-E-B contributes $1 million to South San Antonio Park Development

February 15, 2017

H-E-B has donated $1 million to the construction of South San Antonio’s Confluence Park. The donation will be distributed as part of a 5-year grant. The Confluence Park will be heading towards completion in 10 months, with the help of the donation. San Antonio River Authority has raised more than $10 million for the site’s […]

How the ‘Trump Bump’ Affects Real Estate

February 8, 2017

The Dow Jones has reached 20,000 and reached the milestone in the fastest 1,000-point jump in history. This event is indicative of a few real estate developments moving forward into the new year. President Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs and plants back to the country, as well as his corporate tax and regulation […]

Trump’s Order For The Renegotiation of NAFTA

February 7, 2017

President Trump has signed an executive order for the renegotiation of NAFTA, this has met its goal of increasing each prospective country competitiveness in the global marketplace, but had labor implications such as loss of manufacturing companies due to cheap labor, and reliance on imports to make U.S made products. If President Trump indeed imposes […]

Texas State Recap of Space Absorption 2016

February 2, 2017

In 2016, San Antonio was the only large market in the entire state to maintain absorption concurrent with new construction, while Houston saw the largest decline in occupancy falling to 87.9%, the lowest it has been since the great recession. The Dallas-Ft. Worth market led the state in effective rent increases rising 6.4% to $1,053, […]

Brands Value For Retailers

January 27, 2017

There is no doubt that many mall retailers have felt the effects of the winds of change brought on by the arrival of modern online shopping and cultural shifting. Despite concerned creditors urging struggling retailers to close their brick and mortar locations, Ramez Toubassy, President of the brands division at Gordon Brothers, a global advisory […]

Texas Efficient Ports of Entry

January 24, 2017

What makes Texas such an efficient crossroads for world trade? For starters, Texas has twenty-nine ports of entry accounting for almost $650 Billion in international trade, supporting 1.6 million Texas jobs, in turn adding more than $224 Billion to gross state product. These ports consist of seaports, border crossings, and logistical facilities for air, rail, […]

Inclusionary Zoning is Stepping In

January 20, 2017

With Class A apartment construction steadily rising in the last few years, rents have continually risen higher, and higher, so much so that one in four working renters is paying 50% or more of their income monthly. “Inclusionary Zoning” would require developers to allow for a certain number of units to be priced accordingly in […]

Office Space Sector Job Growth May Slowdown

January 18, 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have had a drop in unemployment, now 4.6%, and an increase in new job creation numbering between 120,000 to 250,000 jobs every month since June. However, the troubling forecast remains which estimates that in the next six years job positions will become increasingly difficult to fill due […]

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