Sales of Medical Office Properties, Though Healthy, Trail Behind Last Year’s Levels

After a stellar 2015, investment sales volumes and construction activity in the medical office sectorare showing a healthy pace. But whether 2016 will top last year’s activity levels may just be a matter of politics.

In the 12 months spanning from July 2015 to June 2016, 665 healthcare properties representing more than 40.4 million sq. ft. of space were sold nationally, according to medical real estate information company Revista Med. The total dollar volume came to $12.24 billion. At this point last year, that figure stood at $13.7 billion.

Read more at National Real Estate Investor

Dallas Midtown’s 20-acre focal point begins to take shape

The proposed centerpiece of the Dallas Midtown evolution will be unveiled at a town hall meeting next week.

This 20-acre focal point will tie in the rest of Dallas Midtown and could be a big draw to investors, developers and companies, said Bruce Bradford, president and CEO of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce .

Read more at Dallas Business Journal.

Two Houston universities rank among top schools in the world

A couple of Houston schools landed on a list of the world’s best universities.

Rice University and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centerreceived a nod in the Shanghai Ranking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities yearly list, according to Times Higher Education. ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has published the list annually since 2013 and ranks about 500 schools

Read more at Houston Business Journal.

Take a trip back to a business travel future

I’ve been covering the exigencies of business travel since forever and I’ve flown in almost everything and stayed in nearly everything sold to business travelers. One thing I’ve missed: a time machine.

Not my fault, of course. There are no DeLoreans with flux capacitors available on the car-rental lots. No aircraft currently in service can execute the Starship Enterprise’s slingshot effect. And hotels that promise you can “step back in time” always seem to be making excuses for their lousy beds, tiny rooms, crummy showers and wonky HVAC systems

Read more at Houston Business Journal.

Inner-Loop community named to Forbes’ most-expensive suburbs list

A small community near West University landed on a list of most expensive places to live.

Southside Place was named to Forbes’ “Most Expensive Suburbs Surrounding Major U.S. Cities” list. Forbes compiled the list from real estate firm Engel & Völkers’ research, which looked at communities surrounding the 10 largest major cities. Suburbs were ranked according to the nearby city’s population

Read more at Houston Business Journal.

See where Dallas ranks on the best places to start a business

Dallas is the eighth best city in the U.S. to start a business, according to CNBC’s ‘Metro 20’ list.

CNBC examined the 107 American areas that have a population of more than 500,000. Another Texas city, Austin, topped the list at No. 1. In total there were six Texas cities in the top 20, four in the top 10.

Read more at Dallas Business Journal.