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Hearst Selects HFF to Market Houston Chronicle Downtown Property

HOUSTON – Hearst Corp. has selected the HFF commercial real estate brokerage firm to handle the sale of its Houston Chronicle property in downtown Houston. Hearst interviewed a number of Houston’s leading commercial real estate brokers before selecting HFF, a national firm with a strong local office. The 10-story Chronicle building, 801 Texas Ave., covers a full city block and ... Read More »

DATELINE HOUSTON: Oil Prices and Real Estate

HOUSTON – Texas real estate will be unscathed by the significant decline in oil prices this fall, although the topic is getting a lot of buzz in Houston, known as the “Energy Capital of the World.” Oil prices are a sensitive topic here. Houston was the place where the battle cry of the business community once was “$90 in ‘90” ... Read More »

Houston Leads Nation with 112,000 New Jobs (Marcus & Millichap Forecast Nailed the Number Dead-On)

(Commentary by Ralph Bivins) – Houston leads the nation in job growth with 112,200 new jobs created for the 12 months ending in July – almost exactly what one research group forecasted. That represented a 4 percent gain for Houston’s job market to top the nation’s major metropolitan areas, followed by Dallas/Fort Worth at 3.9 percent and Miami at 3.3 ... Read More »

City of Houston Rejecting John Beeson’s High Bid of $40 Million for Tract Near Downtown Houston

(COMMENTARY By Ralph Bivins) The City of Houston is considering skipping over the highest bidder in selling off a prime development tract, just west of downtown. The 10.5-acre city-owned tract, which is vacant, is located on West Dallas at Gillette.  The West Dallas area has been ground zero for a boom in multifamily development in recent years. Alliance Residential, a ... Read More »

EastGroup Properties REIT Buys Austin Industrial

AUSTIN – EastGroup Properties acquired the Centerpoint @ Colorado Crossing, a 265,099-square-foot, four-building industrial complex in east Austin. The transaction was announced by CBRE. The Class A development was constructed in 2009 and is 100 percent leased. The four buildings are made up of an average of 24 prcent office and 76 percent light industrial. Centerpoint @ Colorado Crossing is located on ... Read More »

Bivins: The Texas Condo Boom Gives Me the Heebie-Jeebies

Commentary By Ralph Bivins, Editor I just got a little worried about the Texas real estate market today. Why? The answer can by summed up in one word: “Condos.” The Texas Association of Realtors released a stud Tuesday saying condos “were the fastest growing segment of the Texas housing market during the first half of 2014.” The study is well ... Read More »

The Boom is Not Over for Houston, So Why are Local Economists So Negative?

Commentary by Ralph Bivins, Editor, RealtyNewsReport: Houston is No. 1 in the nation in job growth.  So why are Houston’s local economists forecasting a puny 2014? Houston added 82,000 jobs in 2013, a 3 percent gain over the previous year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number will be revised, probably downward, but Houston will remain an economic star. ... Read More »

AEW Capital Buying Majority Stake in Heritage Plaza in Downtown Houston in $400 Million Deal at About $413 per SF

HOUSTON – AEW Capital has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the 53-story Heritage Plaza, according to the authoritative Real Estate Alert newsletter. The 1.15 million-sf building, known as one of Houston’s most distinctive towers because its top resembles a Mayan temple, is valued at approximately $475 million.  AEW, a Boston-based investment manager, is believed to be acquiring at ... Read More »

Ralph Bivins’ Realty News Report Top 7 Predictions for 2014

HOUSTON – The Boom is not over. Houston’s real estate market is respected as one of the hottest markets in the world. With a few exceptions, both residential and commercial real estate will continue to sizzle in 2014 and produce as much pop as we saw in 2013. Here are the top seven predictions for Houston real estate in 2014 ... Read More »

REIT Buys the Most Flamboyant Shopping Center in Texas

By Ralph Bivins HOUSTON – The Portofino shopping center, one of the most ambitiously designed shopping centers in Texas, has been acquired by the Kite Realty Group Trust. Borrowing from the architecture of Venice, Jefco Development Corp., a Houston retail center group led by Jim Fisher, developed Portofino in 2000. The center features Roman fountains, canals, courtyards and waterfalls. Its buildings ... Read More »

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