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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

Large Blocks of Quality Class A Space

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By Walter Bialas

The chart below highlights the current level of large Class A blocks of office space available by submarket. We consistently track this metric, and it has not moved appreciably in the last few quarters. That is not to say demand has been lacking. In fact, most of the recent absorption has been taking place in the newest developments.

The issue here is that a good portion of the space highlighted below is in… Read More