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Healthy industrial demand spurs new development across Houston

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Jan. 3, 2018

By: Jeff Venghaus, executive vice president and industrial lead, JLL Houston

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Sustained demand from industrial users is spurring new developments across Houston, and they are bigger than ever.

Five new buildings broke ground in the fourth quarter of 2017, and 4.6 million square feet of industrial space is currently under construction. The increase in big-box groundbreakings at year-end helped reverse a six quarter… Read More

Heightened subleasing activity not enough to counter supply overhang in 2017

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Jan. 2, 2018

By: Ronnie Deyo, executive vice president and office team lead, JLL Houston

A record amount of sublease leasing activity was not enough to balance supply-heavy market conditions in 2017.

At 2.8 million square feet, subleasing activity increased by 46.5 percent over 2016’s total and accounted for nearly one-fourth of all leasing activity… Read More

The latest on O&G’s impact on Houston commercial property

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Nov. 8, 2017

Contrary to the market as a whole, construction activity is increasing in the southeast industrial submarket in anticipation of petrochemical plants coming online in 2018.

Energy-related employment reached an inflection point in 2017, with office positions increasing despite the low-price environment. In Houston, energy employment increased… Read More

Law firms still want that CBD cachet

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Nov. 3, 2017

Law firms have been driving the preleasing of Houston’s newest developments and capitalizing on excess space released by energy tenants, particularly in the city’s CBD.

Long consumers of Houston’s highest quality space, the red hot competition for talent has made securing the best space top of mind for many firms. But… Read More

Internet-resistant retailers expand while others catch their breath

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Oct. 19, 2017

By: Mark Raines, senior vice president, JLL Houston

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Houston retail remains healthy as it settles into a new and more sustainable normal following the frenetic game of catch-up from the last three years.

During the third quarter, leasing activity decreased to 1.5 million square feet while some retailers paused to evaluate strategies… Read More

A comprehensive review of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on commercial property

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Oct. 12, 2017

By: Eli Gilbert, senior vice president, JLL Research

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, August 25, 2017, northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. The slow moving system was quickly downgraded to a tropical storm but would eventually dump an estimated 19 trillion gallons of water… Read More

Industrial demand soars as land constraints stifle supply

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Oct. 3, 2017

By: Jeff Venghaus, executive vice president and industrial lead, JLL Houston

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After a relatively quiet second quarter, Houston’s industrial market returned to its fervent pace in the third quarter. Vacancy and availability decreased, while the market recorded nearly 3 million square feet of positive net absorption, a significant increase from… Read More

Investors look to Houston despite continued slowdown

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Oct. 2, 2017

By: Ronnie Deyo, executive vice president and office team lead, JLL Houston

total vacancyDespite Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation, Houston’s office properties fared relatively well, with less than 60 office buildings reporting damage from the storm. As a result, the office market, by-and-large, stayed its course through the close of… Read More