Population Growth. A number of secondary markets are seeing a jump in population as people follow the jobs. This is particularly true in Texas, with rapid growth in Houston, Austin, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, fueled by the technology and energy sectors. Increased development and infrastructure improvements provide opportunities for investment.
Strong Economy. The U.S. economy is the most stable and open in the world, and attracts buyers from countries where the situation is much more volatile. Foreign investors can operate with relative freedom in the U.S.
Investor Control. There’s a high level of control available to investors in the U.S. commercial real estate market. Investing in stocks is a more passive activity, while investors can handpick properties from the inventory of U.S. commercial properties.
Real Estate Prices Are Skyrocketing in other Countries. With the skyrocketing of real estate prices in places like Dubai, London, China and Singapore, the US offers an ultimate bargain for those with cash to spend. In China, for example, commercial real estate prices jumped by over 35% in 2012 alone.
A Buyer’s Market. Prices are currently very low in U.S. commercial properties. They’re down 30% overall from their peak, and this makes U.S. commercial real estate the best bet for international investors, as well as an attractive option for domestic buyers.
There can be no doubt that it’s a good time to invest in commercial real estate in the U.S. Its long-term stability and attractive inventory keep it at the forefront of international investment and continue to present opportunities that seem too good to pass up.
If the projections turn out to be right, the Texas Triangle’s population will surge more than 19 percent during the 15-year span — from 18.14 million in 2015 to 21.65 million in 2030. To put that into perspective, the New York City, NY, metro area has about 20.18 million residents. In other words, if the Texas Triangle is treated as one humongous metropolis, rather than four separate metro areas tethered by highways and airways, it’s on track to eclipse the size of the Big Apple. Nonetheless, a 2008 report by urban planning professors and students at Texas A&M calls the Triangle “one of the most dynamic urban regions in the nation,” rivaling both New York and L.A. If the Triangle’s population grows as foreseen, the megaregion will become even more dynamic -- and crowded.