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Will Houston’s Economy Survive the Rise of Self-Driving and Electric Cars?

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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Real estate indicators from HFF Houston's Associate Director of Research Justin Boyar. I have fielded a handful of questions recently from concerned investors wondering about the potential threats posed by self-driving cars, electric cars and the increasing use of renewable energy on the oil industry, and thus Houston’s economy. Both Ric Campo, chairman and CEO of Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) and Paul Layne, executive vice president of Master Planned Communities, The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC), recently mentioned in a ULI Emerging Trends roundtable something that – in my... [Read More]


Flying Cars: The Future or Fantasy?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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While some companies are focusing on autonomous cars, other innovators are embracing an even more futuristic vision and are working on developing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicles, or flying cars. Companies like Uber, also a self-driving vehicle pioneer; Airbus; startups and more are racing to be the first to get through the myriad of design and regulatory hurdles to take the pain out of big-city commuting. The term “flying car” is a misnomer; these commercial personal aircrafts, depending on the developer, are more analogous... [Read More]


Self-Driving Cars: A Game Changer for Commercial Real Estate?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Real Estate Indicators from HFF Director Ben Sayles of HFF's Boston office. Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. – E. B. White The future is now: Self-driving cars have moved from fantasy to reality. Technology companies, including Alphabet, Apple and Intel; traditional automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Nissan and Toyota; and hybrid companies like Tesla are all deploying significant resources to make this revolution happen even faster. Much speculation has been made regarding the impact... [Read More]




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