Exclusive: Houston Center to trade hands for $875 million

Houston Center officially has a buyer.

Toronto, Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management agreed to buy Houston Center, sources familiar with the deal told the Houston Business Journal. Brookfield will pay $875 million for the property, per sources. The deal should close in around 60 days.

Houston Center went on the market in late June. The 4.2 million-square-foot office complex includes LyondellBassell Tower, 2 Houston Center, Fulbright Tower and 4 Houston Center, which also includes 200,000 square feet of retail space.

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JLL’s new Texas office sales leader: ‘This is the right time to invest in Houston’

So far, this year’s office investment sales volume is four times as large as 2016’s office investment sales volume, per JLL research.

That’s good news for Michael Zeitsman, an international director with JLL’scapital markets group, who’s been tasked with leading the firm’s office investment sales efforts in Texas and Denver.

In 2016, approximately $330 million in office investment sales transactions were executed. To-date in 2017, though, more than $1.4 billion in office transactions have been closed.

“A lot of our clients are telling us that this is the right time to invest in Houston,” Zeitsman said.

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Houston among top 10 cities for millennials

How does Houston rank when it comes to appealing to millennials?

According to a new survey, there are only eight better cities for millennials than Houston. Click through the slideshow to see the top 10 cities, according to the analysis by Apartment List.

Apartment-finding company Apartment List surveyed 24,000 millennial renters, between ages 18 to 34, and ranked 75 U.S. cities for jobs, affordability and livability.

Houston received an overall “A+” grade, scoring high for its job market — based on median wages, wage growth and millennial unemployment rate. But its affordability score and livability score were about average.

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Why Houston is on the rise as a major retail distribution hub

Several factors, including Houston’s rapid population growth and its access to Port Houston, are solidifying the Bayou City as a viable retail distribution hub poised to compete with Dallas.

Over the past 12 months, a flurry of consumer goods retailers, including Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), The Netherlands-based Ikea and Minnesota-based Best Buy Co. Inc., have either leased or are looking to lease distribution space in Houston.

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Here’s why Houston could land Amazon’s HQ2 bid

On Sept. 7, Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. announced it would build a second headquarters facility– dubbed HQ2 – equal to its headquarters in Seattle, and one that would bring 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment from Amazon.

Cities, including Houston, around the U.S. are tossing their hats into the ring.

“Houston is definitely interested in the Amazon HQ project and will look into the process of formally soliciting it,” a spokesperson from Mayor Sylvester Turner‘s office told the Houston Business Journal.

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How some Houston commercial properties are faring amid Harvey floods

As rainfall from Tropical Storm Harvey slows a bit, Houston-area property managers are starting to get a feel for how many of their properties incurred damage.

Roadway flooding is preventing companies from dispatching maintenance workers and engineers to a significant chunk of properties, so any assessment of damage is only a partial glimpse of the situation.

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