CCIM Luncheon – Major Texas Market Broker Panel

Jane Nodskov, ICO Commercial-Moderator; Phil Crane, Providence Commercial Real Estate Services, Inc (San Antonio).; Saadia Sheikh, ESRP (Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex); Travis Waldrop, Carr Development, Inc. (Austin)

Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex:

  • This megamarket is 7 million people and growing; its economy is very diverse; commercial real estate segments enjoying 2.5% annual rent growth
  • Huge corporate inbound relocation to North Dallas-1.7 mm SF Toyota; 2 mm SF State Farm; 1.4 mm SF JP Morgan; 1.1 mm SF Liberty Mutual, and many many smaller moves
  • Frisco and Plano – two northern suburbs – have more office SF than all of Austin
  • There is some new office development in CBD although there is an overhang of old space as tenants vacate and move to the northern suburbs
  • Industrial market is huge and getting bigger
  • The commercial center of gravity in Dallas is moving to the north, where a new CBD of sorts is forming

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A Shady Business: Houston Developers and Operators-AND our City Fathers- Discover the Sycamore Tree


For years the oak tree, so prevalent around Rice University and the Museum District, has been the signature tree of Houston.

But the beautiful ‘tree tunnels’ in the Montrose, West University, and Museum District don’t come without problems, as voraciously thirsty iron-hard oak roots heave up sidewalks all over town.

The sycamore, a native Houston tree, is much faster-growing than the oak, providing shade in the summer, and letting the warming sun penetrate its bare branches in winter time.

The first cousin of the sycamore, the plane tree, lines many of the grand boulevards of Europe, and other streets as well. Plane trees line country roads all over France and have for centuries.

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Ray interviews Joe Watson, Axis Point Developers


Can you give us a bit of your background in commercial real estate, including your many trips to Saudi Arabia and their purpose?

In the early part of my career, like many developers, I worked in several commercial fields including shopping centers, office, apartments, and mixed-use developments.  It did not take long to decide to focus on multi-family, both garden and mid-rise communities.  For fifteen years I built apartments in numerous cities in six states.  A lot of the equity for those developments was supplied by American ex-pats and Saudi investors, which necessitated a total of 23 trips to the Middle East. Those trips jump-started my interest in international travel, and hugely expanded my horizon from the small central Texas town where I was raised.

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CCIM Commercial Real Estate Forecast

Speaker:  Dr. Mark Dotzour

  • US economy nearing full employment, having grown slowly but strongly under previous administration from 2007-2008 financial meltdown/recession
  • Higher interest rates in our future, although they will come slowly
  • Economy strengthening which has taken place over past 8 years will lead to labor shortages, wage increases, and some inflation

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Helpful and Interesting Tidbits from Commercial Real Estate Brokers Continuing Education Course-Texas A&M Real Estate Center October 2016

The following “bullet points” are excerpted from a long list of speaker over nineteen hours of presentations:

Investment Climate in Houston:

  • There is ample capital seeking yields…“dry powder” in closed-in funds at all time high; cash more available for mergers & acquisitions, not so much for new construction except retail and industrial
  • Lenders and investors are upping the percentage of capital available to commercial real estate (CRE); however construction debt is difficult in this economic and regulatory climate

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