The state of Texas is well known for its “bigger is better” mentality, and this article talks about why this is especially true when it comes to real estate development. With its abundant land, favorable business climate, and growing population, Texas has become a hotbed for large-scale projects in recent years. From massive mixed-use developments to sprawling industrial parks, developers in Texas are not afraid to go big. However, some experts warn that this focus on size could lead to overbuilding and oversupply in certain sectors, especially as the state’s economy and demographics continue to evolve.

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By Erick Pirayesh, FEB 27, 2023, 5:14 PM


Commercial real estate spending doubled last year with $70B in construction

There is no contest: Texas commercial construction projects totaled an estimated $70 billion last year.

The Lone Star State contributed more than 20 percent of national commercial real estate spending in 2022, the Dallas Morning News reported, based on an annual study by the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.

Commercial spending more than doubled in Texas compared to 2021, and over 1 million jobs were funded by commercial property business, more than double the previous year, according to the study. Texas leads the country in officeindustrial and retail development spending, according to the study.

“Texas is the highest-ranking state in the U.S. for overall contributions of commercial real estate to state gross domestic product with $184 billion, $70.3 billion in direct spending, $69.2 billion in personal spending and 1.2 million jobs supported in 2022,” NAIOP vice president Kathryn Hamilton told the DMN.

Multifamily construction is also high across the state, with Dallas leading the country in planned apartment units with 65,000 in the pipeline.

Overall $362 billion was spent in commercial construction across the country last year, and no other state came close to Texas’ spending. Second-closest was Arizona with $41 billion spent, followed by Ohio with $27 billion.

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Commercial growth could experience a cool down nationwide as construction loan costs increase and lenders tighten borrowing standards, the report stated.

“The data in the report are strong economic indicators of commercial real estate development investment, job growth and contributions to the U.S. economy,” Marc Selvitelli, president and CEO of the NAIOP, said. “Our success could be met with headwinds as inflation, workforce constraints and higher interest rates create uncertainty.”

A number of massive commercial projects are underway in Texas, including the tallest building ever constructed in Austin, Goldman Sachs’ $500 million office complex in Dallas and a $60 million office building in Houston.


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About the Author: Kaitie Moore Underwood

Kaitie Moore Underwood
Kaitie Moore Underwood's roots in competitive rodeo in Texas intertwined with her academic pursuits at the University of Houston, where she met her husband, Hank. Their move to the Hill Country in 2021 marked the beginning of both their family and Kaitie's successful career in real estate, assisting 18 families in her first year. With a background in the hospitality industry, recognized for her service excellence by the Starwood Hotel Sales Organization, Kaitie has honed her skills in financial analysis, strategy, and marketing. Now, as a pivotal member of the Blue Collar Commercial Group, she continues her professional ascent, consistently exceeding expectations through her dedication to relationships and solutions.

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