Monthly Archives: November 2016

Quality Space Leads Demand

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By Walter Bialas

While office absorption has slowed from its frenzied pace in 2014 and 2015, it is still running well above our long-term annual average of around 1.5 million square feet. At the start of 2016, we took a shot and estimated that we would be around a 2 million square feet this year. With 1.5 million square feet of Class A and B in the books through 3Q, that still looks like a… Read More

Chart of the Week: Home Price Affordability

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By Walter Bialas

JLL Research took a look at home affordability and how it has been changing in support of understanding where Legacy / Frisco is going in response to high job growth .

This is no surprise because it is in the news often – home prices have been rising fast here in Dallas/Fort Worth, with numbers like 8% to 10% annually commonly quoted. The chart below shows the median home price increase since 2013… Read More

Industrial Absorption Year-End Record

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By Walter Bialas

Our Dallas/Fort Worth industrial market has been performing extremely well.

We’ve pointed out on several occasions that despite record construction, absorption has been keeping pace. While we thought there might be a slight near-term mismatch between supply and demand, causing vacancy to rise gradually, that has not happened. In fact, as you can see below, vacancy remains at close to its all-time low.

Given where we stand today, we believe the fourth quarter will… Read More

Commute Time vs Home Price

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By Walter Bialas

As we continue to look at the rapid growth of our northern suburbs, we realized that a dramatic pricing spread exists for homes between the Legacy area and the heart of Richardson-Plano. In some ways, this is not a surprise. The six or seven zip codes around the core of Legacy are mostly newer homes, whereas much of the stock around Richardson-Plano was developed back in the 1970s.

Still, even though the size,… Read More