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.” (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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.” (more…)

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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.” (more…)

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