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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

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]

Capital Markets CIO: Life Blood Provider, Not Bridge Builder

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Technology insights by HFF Chief Information Officer Jeff Roberts. Many people compare the role of chief information officer (CIO) to that of a bridge builder – connecting the separate worlds of technology and business. Analogies can be useful in giving us a mental model to overlay onto a complex concept, in this case yielding a basic view of how to approach an extremely challenging executive role. Unfortunately, the “CIO as bridge builder” analogy falls short in many ways, particularly in a capital markets context. Of course IT, or information technology, groups need to deliver technology solutions to our organizations, but those solutions shouldn’t be conceived or evaluated in a separate “world” and then brought across a “bridge” to the business. IT departments should strive to create stable, scalable architectures; to develop innovative systems and reporting platforms; and to... [Read More]

Tech Companies Respond to Housing Crisis

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Booming job growth in certain areas of the country is changing multi-housing development. One example is Silicon Valley, where tech companies continue driving the region’s employment growth. While thousands of new jobs are added year-after-year, the housing supply is unable to keep pace with the demand. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, Mountain View added more than 17,000 new jobs between 2012 and 2015, but only added 779 new housing units. In response, a new developer trend is emerging: Silicon Valley companies building housing for area employees. Facebook’s Anton Menlo Facebook started the housing development trend with its 2013 announcement of the Anton Menlo project, now nearing completion. The 394 multi-family units are within walking and biking distance of the company's Menlo Park headquarters. The development will offer studio apartments and one- to... [Read More]


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