New Developments

  • As Housing Markets Advance, What Is Next for Single-Family Residential REITs?

    May 26, 2015 Several years into a growth economy, most housing markets are moving forward. The four publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that were formed to acquire and rent distressed single-family homes are currently reporting short-term successes, with improved earnings and property values. However, each of the single-family residential REITs reported a net loss for the first quarter of the year.
  • Repositioning Existing Office Towers

    May 22, 2015 With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.
  • Richard Kinder Chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan (left), talks with William Fulton of the Kinder Institute, during the General Session: Richard Kinder on Business Resilience at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston. Sustainability

    Pairing Business Discipline with Philanthropy in Houston

    Public-private partnerships have helped drive Houston’s transformation in recent years. But in order for that formula to succeed, energy industry entrepreneur and civic philanthropist Richard “Rich” Kinder warns that it is essential for private donors to show the same sort of toughness and financial savvy that helped them make their business fortunes.

  • For decades, Buffalo Bayou Park—adjacent to downtown but hidden by bridges and freeway overpasses—was neglected and overgrown. Now that it is being reclaimed, even canoeists are returning to the slow-moving bayou waters. (Buffalo Bayou Partnership/Tom Fox/SWA Group) Development

    The Bayou City: Reclaiming Houston’s Signature Waterways

    Across the United States, a number of cities are attempting to restore and rediscover their urban rivers. One of the most ambitious efforts is occurring in Houston, where Buffalo Bayou Park is undergoing a $58 million redevelopment to be completed this year.

  • One Park Place, built along Discovery Green park, was  among the first new apartment buildings to be constructed downtown. (Finger Companies) Planning & Design

    Houston Creates a New Neighborhood Downtown

    The most expensive apartments per square foot in Houston are in a new tower overlooking a new park in a new residential neighborhood now blossoming downtown. That tower, One Park Place, proved that luxury rental housing can thrive in a central business district still dominated by high-rise office properties.

New Developments

  • As Housing Markets Advance, What Is Next for Single-Family Residential REITs?

    May 26, 2015 Several years into a growth economy, most housing markets are moving forward. The four publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that were formed to acquire and rent distressed single-family homes are currently reporting short-term successes, with improved earnings and property values. However, each of the single-family residential REITs reported a net loss for the first quarter of the year.
  • Repositioning Existing Office Towers

    May 22, 2015 With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.
  • 1CityCentre-7098-2 Planning & Design

    ULI Case Study: CityCentre in Houston

    A mixed-use urban district in the Houston suburbs has created a much-needed pedestrian-friendly setting for office tenants, apartment dwellers, hotel guests, and retail/restaurant patrons.

  • (©sean deburca/corbis) Development

    Product Council Outlook: Recreational Development

    How are developers catering to boomers, gen Xers, and millennials whose expectations were affected by the Great Recession? Members of ULI’s Recreational Development Council discuss opportunities for repositioning and new construction in the coming years, changes in consumer preferences and demographic trends, and other factors influencing resort, vacation, and second-home destinations.

Recent Articles

  • As Housing Markets Advance, What Is Next for Single-Family Residential REITs?

    May 26, 2015

    Several years into a growth economy, most housing markets are moving forward. The four publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that were formed to acquire and rent distressed single-family homes are currently reporting short-term successes, with improved earnings and property values. However, each of the single-family residential REITs reported a net loss for the first quarter of the year.

  • Future of Transportation: Cities with Choices—and Less Parking

    May 26, 2015

    The one-size-fits-all, car-centric city is becoming a thing of the past, as evidenced by changes in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, North Carolina, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston. More and more, transportation leaders treat transportation infrastructure as a real estate asset.

  • Modern Workplaces Evolving Away From Industrial Roots

    May 22, 2015

    At ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston, AECOM global practice lead Andrew Laing traced the evolution of white-collar work spaces over more than a century in patterns driven primarily by technology.

  • Placemaking Can Keep Suburban Office Competitive

    May 22, 2015

    Downtown urban office and mixed-use markets are “hot,” but so are some suburban markets—including the iconic Silicon Valley. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, a panel moderated by AECOM senior vice president Stephen Engblom explored regional responses to market demands outside traditional downtown markets.

  • ULI’s Three-Year Forecast Bodes Well for U.S. Real Estate

    May 22, 2015

    The U.S. real estate industry is on a steady course to sustain growth through 2017, according to ULI’s latest three-year forecast. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, the consensus forecast was discussed in a session moderated by William J. Maher, director of North American strategy for LaSalle investment Management.

  • Creating Long-Term Value through Resiliency

    May 22, 2015

    Preparing for more frequent and intense storms, wildfires, or droughts as well as for incremental rises in sea levels and water temperatures can no longer be ignored in favor of cost cutting and short-term returns, according to a panel of sustainability experts at the 2015 Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • Growth of E-Commerce Sparking Interest in Hybrid Property Types

    May 22, 2015

    With e-commerce activity increasing, the real estate market is scrambling to keep up with a new type of building demand that combines distribution centers with fulfillment centers, said experts speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting.

  • Health Care and Life Sciences as Catalysts for Community Development

    May 22, 2015

    Health care and life sciences continue to yield strong returns for real estate investors. These sectors can also create economic value through their physical footprints, anchoring mixed-used developments that attract a diverse workforce while spurring further development, according to an expert panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • Repositioning Existing Office Towers

    May 22, 2015

    With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.

  • Houston as a Vision for the Future of American Cities

    May 21, 2015

    Welcoming attendees to the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, Mayor Anisse Parker said that the lessons learned by her city have resonance across the United States. “One of the things that I very quickly discovered when I became mayor,” she said, “is that Houston was better known across the borders of the United States than it was across the state lines.”

  • Practical Considerations Can Make or Break Mixed Use

    May 21, 2015

    Creating a thriving mixed-use property is not nearly as simple as putting retail space on the ground floor of a multifamily residential building, even though that is just what many local officials and planners like to dictate, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • E-Commerce Giants Battling for the “Last Mile” of Delivery

    May 21, 2015

    The explosion in e-commerce continues to disrupt the real estate industry, with no end in sight. E-commerce may affect demand for retail space, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting, and it is already increasing demand for warehouse space.

  • From Eyesore to Eye Candy: Successful Makeovers for Aging Infrastructure

    May 21, 2015

    What can cities do with aging, obsolete infrastructure that becomes not only useless but also dangerous? At the annual Washington Real Estate Trends conference sponsored by ULI’s Washington, D.C., district council, panelists presented inspiring examples of several successful projects in the nation’s capital and beyond.

  • Aging Office Parks Revitalized with Healthy Amenities

    May 20, 2015

    While office tenants may not realize the significance of healthier buildings, experts speaking at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting said that in the kind of office that tenants want, most of the amenities center on wellness and health.

  • Shifting the Focus of Commercial Strips from Moving Cars to Connecting People

    May 20, 2015

    ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and the Rose Center for Public Leadership are taking a closer look at auto-oriented commercial strips and their potential to activate healthy behaviors in surrounding communities instead of inhibiting them. Through demonstration corridors in four geographically diverse and growing cities—Boise, Denver, Los Angeles, and Nashville—the healthy corridors project aims to spur real changes in infrastructure, policy, and programming along these sites.

  • Taking Calculated Risks on Game-Changing Ideas

    May 19, 2015

    At the closing session of the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, two local icons—landmark real estate developer Gerald D. Hines and James A. Baker III, who served in three presidential administrations and was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush—talked about leadership and perhaps its most crucial ingredient, the willingness to take bold risks and run with game-changing ideas.

  • Financing among Several Challenges for Ideal Mixed-Use Projects

    May 19, 2015

    Mixed-use projects have the potential to transform urban areas and create long-term value for developers and investors. But as members of a panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston explained, it is a lot trickier than it might seem to create a successful synergy of uses, at a time when demographic shifts are altering how people live and work.

  • Measuring the Effects of the “Unprecedented” Flow of Capital to U.S. Markets

    May 18, 2015

    The U.S. real estate market remains awash in foreign capital, but those providing the funds are much more disciplined and better informed than in the past, a panel of real estate finance experts said at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • Connectivity and Reliability Driving Growth in U.S. Intermodal Ports

    May 18, 2015

    Over the last decade, there has been a sea change in how freight is moved through ports and on land, which is beginning to have a profound impact on traditional ports and inland ports and the real estate that surrounds them.

  • E-Commerce Driving Demand for Industrial Space

    May 18, 2015

    Strong growth in e-commerce is driving demand for industrial space. Real estate investment trusts like Prologis, whose $20.5 billion market cap represents 66 percent of the industrial REIT sector, are at the forefront of these changes. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

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