The economy is booming in North Texas, with a number of corporations bringing thousands of employees to the D-FW area in the near future. Here’s a look at some of the big corporate moves in the works from Real Estate editor Steve Brown. (Dallas Morning News, March 11, 2016)
State Farm Insurance is nearing completion on a 2 million-square-foot, four-building regional office campus at Plano Road and the Bush Turnpike in Richardson. About 8,000 State Farm workers will be housed in the towers, which are part of the $1.5 billion CityLine development.
JPMorgan Chase is moving 6,000 workers to a new office campus in the Legacy West development near the southwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and State Highway 121. The project is expected to total more than 1 million square feet in six buildings and could cost more than $300 million.
Toyota Motor Co.’s new North American headquarters complex is under construction in Plano’s Legacy West development at State Highway 121 and Legacy Drive. The $350 million office project, with more than 2 million square feet of space in seven buildings, will open in 2017 and will house more than 4,000 workers.
Liberty Mutual Insurance plans a 1 million-square-foot, two-tower regional operations center on Headquarters Drive at the Dallas North Tollway in West Plano. The $325 million project, part of the $2 billion Legacy West development, will have room for more than 4,000 workers when it opens in 2017.
McKesson announced Thursday that it is buying the former NEC Corp. of America office complex on State Highway 114 in Las Colinas. The two office buildings contain more than a half-million square feet of office space. McKesson will add 975 new jobs and move 900 workers already in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to the new offices.
Raytheon is building a 500,000-square-foot, three-building office campus as part of the 186-acre CityLine development on the Bush Turnpike in Richardson. About 1,700 workers will move into the new campus.
CoreLogic is building a $68 million, 327,000-square-foot office campus in the Cypress Waters business park just north of LBJ Freeway near Belt Line Road. CoreLogic plans to move more than 1,300 workers from Westlake and Richardson when the new building opens in 2017.
7-Eleven is moving to a 325,000-square-foot headquarters complex in the Cypress Waters development off LBJ Freeway in Irving. 7-Eleven starts relocating more than 1,200 workers from downtown this year.
FedEx Office just opened a 265,000-square-foot corporate campus at Legacy and Headquarters drives, south of State Highway 121 in West Plano. 1,200 employeesworkers will work be located in the worldwide headquarters complex.
Dallas-Area Home Price Still Racing Up
9.8% Increase in January; Economists Predicted 3-4% Increase for DFW
Dallas-area home prices rose by almost 9.8 percent in January, continuing to grow faster than nationwide rates. The analysts had predicted the DFW area would slow to a 3% to 4% increase in 2016, but are now revising – there is simply too many jobs coming to North Texas. Analysts expect that North Texas’ near double-digit home price gains will continue as long as employment growth in the area remains strong. CoreLogic said Tuesday that U.S. home prices were 6.9 percent higher in January than they were at the start of 2015. “Heading into the spring buying season, home prices continue to rise across much of the country,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “With rates staying low for now and continued solid job and income growth, the spring buying season is shaping up to be a good one.” CoreLogic is forecasting that nationwide home prices will rise by 5.5 percent in the year ahead.
– Dallas Morning News, March 1, 2016 (excerpt of article)
Castle Hills Developer Has Bought Singer Ranch; Negotiating with Clem Ranch.
Will Be Larger Than Valley Ranch
About 3,400 houses have been completed in the Castle Hills community. Another 1,500 lots are in development. Now Chris bright has announced the purchase of the Singer Ranch (Old Denton Rd, just south of Windhaven) and negotiations underway for the Clem Ranch (Josey at Parker Rd)
Bright Realty just acquired the next door Singer Ranch, a more than 100-acre property on Old Denton Road. The former horse boarding and riding facility is surrounded to the east on three sides by Castle Hills. Bright Realty CEO Chris Bright said the purchase will give Castle Hills land for more than 300 additional homebuilding sites. “We moved fast to buy it,” Bright said. “We knew the way things are working right now in single-family home development that it would sell fast. Bright Realty is already working with the City of Carrollton to plan and zone the property – much of which is located in a floodplain and is wooded creek area.
Bright said he’s working with the Clem family, which owns about 140 acres north of Castle Hills to expand the project further. “That family has owned that property since 1860,” he said. “We are doing a joint venture with them that will give us another 400 to 500 lots north of Parker Road.”
More than 12,000 people now live in Castle Hills. In addition to the custom home communities, Bright Realty is building shopping apartments and an office park to complement the residential neighborhoods.
– Dallas Morning News, March 2, 2016 (excerpts)
No Dallas Bubble Most Housing Analysts Say in New Poll
North Texas were up 11 percent on 2015. With a year of double-digit home price gains, concerns about housing costs in North Texas are growing. Most housing experts polled for the study by Zillow said Dallas has no significant risk of a housing bubble in the next five years. The rest said Dallas is either already in a bubble or will be in the next few years. That is a better forecast than almost any other major city. “It is very clear that nationally we are not seeing a return of the conditions that caused the last national bubble,” Gudell said. “Tighter lending restrictions today mean we aren’t seeing buyers get loans they realistically can’t pay back, like we did in years past. “It’s significant that some experts are starting to worry about bubble conditions, but in my opinion, there’s no real danger of a severe crash like the one we all remember from the last decade.” But continued employment gains and population increases will keep housing demands strong in Dallas. Some 20 of the analysts saw no risk for Dallas in for more than five years.
– Dallas Morning News, December 9, 2016 (excerpts)