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Belvoir keeps you informed on commercial real estate brokerage and industry news through blog posts and links to updates with our company. Stay up-to-date with the latest information so you can keep going places.

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Why Now is the Time to Invest in Houston

Commercial real estate investors have yet another reason to look to the Houston market this year. 150 areas in Houston have been designated opportunity zones as part of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was signed into law December 2017. Texas Governor Greg Abbott framed the opportunity zones as a boost for communities still recovering from the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. But for real estate investors, it’s a prime opportunity for tax breaks.

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The Attraction of Debt Funds

As Houston’s commercial real estate market heats up, CRE investment activity is on the rise. 10 years after the 2008 financial crisis, banks remain relatively conservative with their lending practices. Where previously they might loan 75% of a property to an investor, these days they’re lending closer to about 65%. That’s leading to alternative financing methods for CRE investment deals, such as debt funds, which typically leverage up to 75% of a property with one loan.

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4 reasons to invest in Houston Commercial Real Estate

Austin and Dallas get a lot of attention, but Houston’s commercial real estate market is not to be missed. It’s home to a strong, diversified economy and office and industrial space for every business.

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How Can a Building Engineer Solve Your Office’s Biggest Complaints?

There are three things office building tenants complain about more than anything else. The bad news is: they’re environmental problems that are almost certainly plaguing your office right now. The good news? A building engineer can help your office work more comfortably than ever. Say goodbye to frozen fingers or stuffy workspaces. It’s time for a happy, productive workforce.

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Houston Commercial Real Estate Comes Back Strong One Year After Harvey

August 27, 2017 marked one year since Hurricane Harvey moved into Houston, ultimately dropping 9 trillion gallons of water on the Houston metropolitan area (and 19 trillion across Southeast Texas). We expressed confidence then that we would get through it and, despite catastrophic flooding to the city, Houston’s commercial real estate has, indeed, proven resilient.

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What to Look for in a Good Commercial Property Manager

As a commercial real estate leader in Houston, we’ve learned a thing or two about what great property management requires. It takes a special person, one who knows contracts, buildings and can work with anyone. Each building has slightly different requirements, but a successful property manager should have these three essential skill sets:

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Forget the coffee shop – wake up to co-working

Co-working is quickly growing, and the innovative trend stands to significantly impact the landscape of commercial real estate in the coming years. For those unfamiliar with the concept, co-working brings together independent workers into a common, rented workspace as an alternative to the corner coffee shop or home office.

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What’s Next for Houston’s Commercial Real Estate Landscape?

Houston’s economy has historically been strongly tied to the state of oil prices, and commercial real estate was certainly affected by the 2014 downturn, yet its overall breadth and increasing diversity have kept the city resilient. The Houston metro area ranks #2 on Site Selection magazine’ list of the top U.S. metropolitan areas for new and expanded corporate facilities. Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, noted that Houston’s diversity and skilled talent base, “coupled with a low-cost of doing business, offer global companies vast opportunities for growth and investment.”

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From Bayou City to “Smart City”

Houston enters into partnership with Microsoft

On Friday May 4, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that the city of Houston has entered into an Internet of Things alliance with Microsoft. In addition to providing education to promote technology, the alliance should help elevate the city as a prime location for businesses focused on innovation and technology.

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Investors Flock to Houston

City Ranks 4th in Nation for CRE Investors

America’s 4th largest city by population is also the 4th most popular city for commercial real estate investors, according to CBRE’s 2018 Americas Investor Intentions Survey.

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Portfolio Agility Keeps Your Business Going Places

A recent CBRE report cited portfolio agility—or the ability to rapidly adapt, scale and reposition assets to support shifting enterprise needs—as being the most important type of reactive adaptation for business success.

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Trump Tax Bill & Commercial Real Estate Investing | Pass-Throughs, 1031 Exchanges

In the wake of the tax bill passed on December 22, the commercial real estate industry has come out ahead in terms of benefitting from new changes. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) cited sections dealing with like-kind exchanges, carried interest, cost recovery, qualified private activity bonds and the low-income housing tax credit as “major [victories] for real estate stakeholders.”

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Houston Out of the Running for Amazon HQ2 | Austin & Dallas Keep Texas’ Dream Alive

News broke this week that Amazon had released a shortlist of cities under consideration for their highly anticipated HQ2. After an outrageous bidding war which included proposals from 238 North American cities, the tech giant has narrowed the list of potential cities down to 20—and it doesn’t include Houston. While this is a huge let down for the Greater Houston Partnership which lobbied hard for H-Town, many are hopeful that Houston may still get a piece of the pie if Amazon settles in another Texas city.

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Projected Commercial Real Estate Trends for 2018

Despite fears of a looming office market bubble and general urban migration, the commercial real estate outlook is bright moving into the new year. Q4 momentum will likely carry over to Q1, with the exception of multifamily and industrial submarkets which may see a slight decline of 5-10%. The National Association of Realtors attributes this potential slow down to “a mismatch between the worldviews of buyers and sellers.”

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Rising Oil Prices Increase Demand for Energy Office Space, Correspond with Industrial Boom

As oil prices approach $62.oo/barrel, experts predict an eventual rebound for Houston’s office markets. This optimism is tempered by a report from JLL, which warns that “a record overhang of sublease space coupled with permanently changed capital expenditures and space requirements means despite the optimism, recovery for energy-related markets is still a long way off.”

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Houston Commercial Properties Escape Harvey

Despite more than 50” of rain across the Houston and surrounding areas, the majority of Houston’s commercial business properties seemed to have escaped damage.

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After the Storm – Assessing the Impact of Harvey on Houston Commercial Real Estate

A Message from Managing Director Matthew Goldsby

In late August, Hurricane Harvey inflicted unprecedented damage to Houston and southeast Texas, unleashing nearly 25 trillion gallons of water on our state as well as Louisiana. Harvey set a record for rainfall from a single event in the continental U.S.

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Belvoir Expands Broker Team

Kyle Fischer Joins as Associate

HOUSTON — July 7, 2017 — Belvoir Real Estate Group, LLC, a leading area commercial real estate broker, has announced the addition of Kyle Fischer to their brokerage team.

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Belvoir Breaks Bread with Rolling Dough for Land Lease

Rolling Dough, LTD., a franchisee of Panera Bread, recently signed a twenty year ground lease with the help of experienced commercial real estate representatives from Belvoir Real Estate Group. Panera Bread is a bakery-café chain, founded in 1981, and was recently named Culinary/Operations, National Chain Winner at the COEX Innovation Awards. The new lease, a 4,500 square-foot location at 851 & 857 Dairy Ashford in Houston, is scheduled to commence the first quarter of 2018. Matthew Goldsby and Rin Willis of Belvoir Real Estate Group LLC represented the landlord, 929 LLC, while David Littwitz with Littwitz Investments, Inc represented the tenant, Rolling Dough, Ltd.

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Belvoir Adds Color to Houston Commercial Real Estate

UYL Color recently signed a lease for their new corporate headquarters with the help of experienced commercial real estate representatives from Belvoir Real Estate Group. UYL Color is a family owned business, recently featured by Microsoft in a Surface promotional video, that provides vehicle and light industrial support services and distributes cutting edge performance coatings. Their newest 20,000 square-foot headquarters at 1180 West Loop North in Houston marks their fifth location in the area, with plans to open an additional four to six over the next year. Matthew Goldsby and Sam Chang of Belvoir Real Estate Group LLC represented UYL Color Inc., while Kelly Landwermeyer of Hold Lunsford represented the landlord, Centerpoint Properties Trust.

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Belvoir Partners with Combined Arms to Support Veterans

Belvoir Real Estate Group is excited to announce their ongoing support of Combined Arms, a Houston-based veteran services program.

Belvoir’s contributions help Combined Arms build an integrated network for local veterans to increase the impact they have in their communities. With over 300,000 military veterans in the Greater Houston area, all sectors can be positively influenced by their presence, from workforce, to neighborhoods, to culture, to schools.

“We are honored to partner with such a special organization that not only helps veterans, but takes pride in building the Houston community,” commented Matthew Goldsby, Managing Director of Belvoir. “Houston’s business community is quite dynamic, and we recognize that former service men and women are an integral part of this growing market.”

In late 2016, Belvoir helped Combined Arms to lease 16,000 square feet of office space at 2929 McKinney for The CAX Center – “The Veteran Hub of Houston.” The location had its grand opening on January 26th, where Houston’s Mayor SylvesterTurner was present to proclaim it “Combined Arms Day.” In the lease, Combined Arms was represented by Matthew Goldsby and Sam Chang of Belvoir, and the Landlord was represented by Steven O’Connor of Principal Realty Group.

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