Ray’s Buzz | May 2019

HOUSTON 2036
A BICENTENNIAL CITY REDEVELOPED BY MILLENNIALS

Takeaway: Graduate students presented what their generation wants in their city, and seasoned developers present three mega-projects currently in planning which will deliver to the Millennials what they want.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
● Active lifestyle
● Walking and public transport, life less dependent on the automobile; more protection for pedestrians and cyclists
● Public places for human interaction such as shops and restaurants
● Healthy food
● Safe neighborhoods
● Quality healthcare availability at reasonable cost
DAILY WORKING CONDITIONS
● Office space designed to please users; more work from home
● Workspace customized for productivity and comfort, fewer private offices
● Flex time; more open space; consideration of tending to family needs during the week
● Rethinking how people use space; dedicated office space will shrink going forward
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Ray’s Buzz | April 2019

CCIM Luncheon
Speaker: Ed Emmett, Former County Judge-Harris County

Takeaway: Governance in Harris County has evolved in a way that is unique to any city of our size in the world: Houston, 32 other municipalities, and a population living in the unincorporated areas, which, if it were one city, would be the fifth largest in the U.S. This creates governmental / administrative challenges for us, moving forward.

● To ensure its growth would not be choked by a ring of smaller cities, Houston years ago annexed the highways leading into the city throughout the county, and created an Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) which froze all existing small municipalities and prevented them from expanding ● Many citizens in the Houston area prefer to live in the suburbs for the schools and for larger, more affordable homes
● Expansion of subdivisions in the ETJ is done by forming legal taxing entities – not cities- called Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) which build utilities and roads which are to the specifications of Houston but which remain ‘in the county’, not in Houston.
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Ray’s Buzz – March 2019

No indications of recessions this year or next
● Houston & Texas economies much stronger than
national economy by many indicators
● Turn off TV and read books the rest of your life-TV and
especially cable news are nothing but propaganda designed
to upset you and sell advertising
● Above all don’t make business decisions based on what you
hear on TV
● Top one-third of home market experiencing slow sales,
while bottom third is booming
● Wages are averaging 3% growth
● There is high consumer confidence, and the current
expansion is in 116th month, the second longest in history
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Ray’s Buzz – February 2019

CCIM January Luncheon
Speaker: Patrick Jankowski, Sr. V.P. Research-Greater Houston Partnership

Takeaway: No recession in sight for the Houston or for the national economy.

• Oil prices need to find their ‘sweet spot’ for both the Houston and
the national economies
• ‘Recession’ is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative
growth-in spite of the negative things in the news these days, a
recession does not appear to be indicated any time soon
• In fact, the economy is still expanding locally and nationwide as
measured by all indicators
• The US economy expanded by creating 312,000 jobs last month,
which is strong, and more jobs = more consumer buying power
• The US economy last month showed 3.9% unemployment, which is
tantamount to full employment
• Consumer confidence is still rising; consumer debt is at a low point, so
if a recession were to come we would be in good shape to handle it
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McAllen, Simply The Place to Be

Lush tropical landscapes sway gently in warm coastal breezes. Bright sunshine frames year-round activities like golf and bird watching. But McAllen, Texas, nestled in deep South Texas, is more than just another beautiful destination. Innovative business and investment opportunities, a rapidly expanding medical education and research industry, and premier luxury retail locations pair with a constant flow of visitors from throughout the region, Mexico and the United States spurring residential and commercial development. Click to read more at www.rednews.com.

Retail Trends to Watch in 2019

2018 saw several retailers declare bankruptcy. However, many analysts predict the number of bankruptcies may ease up in the year ahead. “They will slow if for no other reason than a lot of the most troubled retailers have already filed bankruptcy like Toys R Us, Bon-Ton, and of course Sears,” Philip Emma, a senior retail analyst with Debtwire, told Retail Dive in an email. “That said, there are a lot of variables that are new to the equation that will continue to challenge those retailers who were already facing challenges.” Click to read more at www.rednews.com.