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Corporate Tax Cut as Growth Elixir? Foreign Experience Suggests Caution

May 23, 2017

President Trump seeks to lower corporate tax rates to 15% from its current rate of 35% in hopes of eventually pushing U.S. long-term growth rate up to 3% from 2%. In comparison to other countries, the United States has the highest coporate tax rate within the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Other countries […]

Is The US Over Retailed?

May 22, 2017

Retail employment losses and sales statistics were highlighted this past March in almost every media outlet. The story on losses is not as bad as it seems. The retail vacancy rate for community shopping centers and neighborhoods was flat in the first quarter at 9.9 percent, the same as Q1 in 2016. According to Reis, […]

Delays On Apartment Projects Keep Vacancies Low, For Now

May 18, 2017

Construction delays for multifamily projects are helping to keep vacancies low and overall performance positive with vacancies holding at a steady 5%. In a recent analysis conducted by Axiometrics between 27%- 43.4% of multi-housing projects that were started in 2014 had reached the ground-breaking stages in 2017 for gateway cities such as New York and […]

Upscale Limited-Service Hotels Are All the Rage among Developers

May 10, 2017

Of the entire spectrum of different types of hospitality properties being developed, upscale limited- service hotels are receiving the most enthusiasm. There are 191,000 new hotel rooms under construction across the nation, most of which are in the middle to upscale segment. In the first quarter of the new year, upscale rooms being developed grew […]

Despite strong opposition, Texas bill to ban ‘impact’ fees moves to Senate

May 8, 2017

Rep. Ron Simmons refused pleas to halt his bill that would ban linkage fees on residential builders. Simmons stood his ground on the house floor and was opposed to any new tax that would make the price of affordable housing increase. “We’re just saying that we’re not going to have linkage fees that put the […]

Pot Warehouses Are Going Through a Boom

May 3, 2017

Medical and recreational marijuana use is now legal in 28 U.S states, this has initially created an increase in warehouse property values as well as rents which multiplied 4 times over, and cut prices for the plant from $4,000 to $1,000/lb. Growers have begun to move some of their operations from warehouses to greenhouses which […]

Year Over Year Office Absorption Drops To 5 Year Low, And Other Worrisome Q1 Stats

May 2, 2017

Principal economist at Cushman & Wakefield, Ken McCarthy believes we have reached a point of inflection in the office market. Absorption remained positive and has stayed relatively flat since the 4Q 2016, as have vacancy rates. McCarthy notes that the significance of this is that the state of absorption in the office sector is due […]

Hulu posts job openings days after announcing San Antonio expansion

May 1, 2017

Hulu has arrived in San Antonio and plans on creating 500 new jobs by the end of 2018. It has already released 8 job postings seeking to fill entry to senior level positions. The company is planning on leasing and renovating 4511 Horizon Hill Blvd. which has qualified for city and county incentive packages by […]

Millennials Are All About the Online Experience—Except in Real Estate

April 27, 2017

A recent survey by CentSai, a financial wellness website, shows that millennials would much prefer to work with a real estate agent or mortgage lender face to face, over 70% respectively, as opposed to with online professionals due to reasons such as personal touch, handholding, and local knowledge. A recent Ellie Mae survey showed similar […]

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