Texas second nationally for international CRE investors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida and Texas were the top two states where foreigners purchased and sold commercial property last year, according to survey results released today by the National Association of Realtors. California was the third most popular buyer destination.

The 2017 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends survey analyzed cross-border commercial real estate transactions made by Realtors during 2016. 

Texas accounted for 19 percent of buyer-side and 17 percent of seller-side transactions nationally. Florida had 26 percent and 38 percent, respectively.

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CEOs love Texas: State retains top spot in ranking of best places for business

Texas has built up quite a reputation with CEOs around the nation who have ranked it the No. 1 state for business in Chief Executive magazine’s latest annual list of the Best & Worst States for Business.

It is the 13th consecutive year that Texas has secured the top honor. The new survey also ranks states in various individual categories, and Texas performed well in several. Texas took the top spot in five categories: technology, retail, energy, manufacturing and financial services. It ranked No. 2, trailing only Florida, in both health care and pharmaceuticals/medical products.

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How Texas ranks among the most innovative states

WalletHub set out to rank all 50 states and the District of Columbia from least to most innovative, and the results show Texas is holding its own — even if there’s room for improvement in the Lone Star state.

The study looks at each state by 18 key indicators, from share of STEM professionals to research and development spending to the number of tech companies per capita

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Houston named fastest-growing metro in America on new Census Bureau report

Eleven major metropolitan areas, led by the Texas duo of Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, are growing at a pace of more than 1,000 persons per week, based on population estimates issued this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The federal agency released July 2016 estimates for 382 metros and 3,142 counties across the nation. Click through the slideshow to see the major metros (with populations greater than 500,000) that are growing or shrinking at the fastest weekly rates. Then scroll down to see a database that shows the 2010 and 2016 populations for all metros and counties.

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