Nebraska Furniture Mart Inc. officially has made its foray into the development world, signing hotels and restaurants to its $1.5 billion, 433-acre Grandscape project — even as it stocks shelves with furniture, appliances and electronics. This is the first time the 77-year-old Omaha, Nebraska-based furniture retailer has developed its 1.9 million-square-foot furniture showroom and distribution center as well as the entire “entertainment destination” surrounding the furniture store at the southeast corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Plano Parkway in The Colony. “We had a chance to be thoughtful in how we recruited tenants for that area and how we will continue to recruit tenants,” Jeff Lind, chief strategy and development officer with Nebraska Furniture Mart and president of Grandscape told the Dallas Business Journal. Lind and other city officials held a press conference on Tuesday to announce the new retail tenants of Grandscape, which include Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Cheddar’s Casual Cafe, Hard Eight BBQ, Mi Cocina and Rock & Brews. The Nebraska Furniture Mart is expected to be one of the largest grossing retail stores on the planet, which is why the developer is being particular when selecting tenants for Grandscape. Construction is underway on the infrastructure that will support Grandscape’s new tenants. Cheddar’s and Rock & Brews plans to open in summer of 2015, with Hampton Inn, Hard Eight and Mi Cocina following in the fall. Homewood Suites plans to open in late 2016. The Nebraska Furniture Mart showroom and distribution center is on pace to open in spring 2015.
- Dallas Business Journal, October 28, 2014
Dallas-based development firm KDC kicked off its second major corporate campus Monday afternoon — the first double-header groundbreaking in company history, located at Sam Rayburn Tollway (121) and Legacy Pkwy. “This is a huge consolidation of FedEx Office’s corporate offices,” Toby Grove, president of KDC, told the Dallas Business Journal.“Right now, they are located in several facilities and this will help them in creating a corporate culture.” FedEx Office and KDC executives officially broke ground on the 21-acre corporate campus site, formerly owned by Plano-based retailer J.C. Penney Co. FedEx Office’s corporate campus and Toyota’s corporate campus will have a lot in common. The two headquarters will feature a tie into the $2 billion Legacy West project, which will be an extension of the Shops at Legacy and the development to the east side of the Dallas North Tollway. “The idea is to incorporate the corporate campuses into a cohesive development with retail and multi-family components,” Grove told me. “This will all be tied together in a walkable community. … It will be developed to the highest of standards.”
– Dallas Business Journal, July 21, 2014
A Dallas-based development firm Rosewood Property Co. is moving forward with construction a massive 156-acre mixed-use development near North Central Expressway and the President George Bush Turnpike in Plano, which will include a corporate campus. The project, called Heritage Creekside, will include up to 1,300 apartment homes, several hundred townhomes and single-family homes, as well as retail space and a corporate campus totaling up to 2.5 million square feet of space. Construction is ready to get underway after the group received approval from the city’s planning and zoning commission on Monday. The tract was acquired by the Hunt family more than 50 years ago. It is bisected by Pittman Creek and contains wooded areas, which will be integrated into the development.
Plans for the initial phase include the residential development and three restaurant sites on the east side of the property along Alma Road.
- Dallas Business Journal, October 28, 2014
Billionaire money manager John Paulson was interviewed at the Delivering Alpha Conference presented by CNBC and Institutional Investor. During his session he boldly stated:
“I still think, from an individual perspective, the best deal investment you can make is to buy a primary residence that you’re the owner-occupier of.”
Who is John Paulson?
Paulson is the person who, back in 2005 & 2006, made a fortune betting that the subprime mortgage mess would cause the real estate market to collapse. He understands how the housing market works and knows when to buy and when to sell. What do others think of Paulson? According to Forbes, John Paulson is:
“A multibillionaire hedge fund operator and the investment genius.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, Paulson is:
“A hedge fund tycoon who made his name, and a fortune, betting against subprime mortgages when no one else even knew what they were.”
Two recently released reports indicate that both young adults (Millennials) and teenagers (Generation Z) still see homeownership as an important piece of their future success. A report by The Demand Institute, Millennials and Their Homes: Still Seeking the American Dream, revealed that the Millennial Generation is optimistic about their financial future and still believe in homeownership. The findings were based on a survey of millennial households (ages 18 to 29). The report predicted that:
- 8.3 million new Millennial (Gen Y) households will form in the next five years
- $1.6 trillion will be spent on home purchases by Millennials and $600 billion on rent over the next five years
Millennials optimistic about their finances and homeownership
Of those surveyed:
- 74% expect to move within the next five years
- 79% expect their financial situation to improve
- 75% believe homeownership is an important long-term goal
- 73% believe homeownership is an excellent investment
- 24% already own their home and
- An additional 60% plan to buy a home in the future
- 44% do think it would be difficult to qualify for a mortgage
What about the next generation (today’s teenagers)?
A recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens® revealed that Generation Z (teens ages 13-17) is very traditional in their views toward homeownership and is willing to sacrifice to attain the American Dream. Findings from the survey show:
- 82% of Gen Z teens indicate that homeownership is the most important factor in achieving the American Dream.
- 89% said owning a home is part of their interpretation of the American Dream
- 97% believe they will own a home
- 77% percent chose owning a home over owning a business
It seems that the belief that homeownership as a huge part of the American Dream still beats in the hearts of the young people of this country.
It’s that time of year, the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 11.2% (most pessimistic) and 27.8% (most optimistic).
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.
An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.
3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage
As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”
4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life
The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait? Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.
If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.
Kevin Kelly, Chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), recently explained that:
“With interest rates near historically low levels and strengthening job growth, now continues to be a great opportunity to buy a home.”
We couldn’t agree more. However, we must realize that, with prices and interest rates both projected to increase, waiting could cost us.
There are two organizations that look at the affordability of purchasing and actually measure it over time. The National Association of Home Builders has their Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) and the National Association of Realtors’ has the Housing Affordability Index .
Both indexes are reporting the same thing. The cost of buying a home is beginning to increase leading the affordability indexes to dip.
Both indexes say we passed the bottom of the housing market
According to NAHB’s HOI housing affordability dipped slightly in the second quarter of 2014. NAHB’s Chief Economist David Crowe explains:
“The second quarter HOI reflects the slow but steady march toward the historic levels of price appreciation and interest rates that result in affordability levels we experienced before the mid-2000s boom.”
According to NAR in a recent Economists’ Outlook post, home affordability is down from both one month ago and one year ago in all regions.
Michael Hyman, Research Assistant at NAR said:
“At the national level, housing affordability is down for the month of June due to higher prices and qualifying income levels despite the lowest mortgage rates of the year.”
In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal also revealed that the cost of home ownership is higher than any time in over five years:
“Housing affordability hit its lowest level in nearly six years in June as home prices continued to climb.”
If you were waiting for the bottom of the market, you missed it. Yet, with prices below values of seven years ago in most parts of the country and interest rates near historic lows, it is still a great time to buy a home…but hurry!