Incubating microfinance : the Texas border experience
Dallas Booms Through Texas Oil Bust
The Dallas metropolitan division?s economy, buttressed by business relocations and consolidations, has expanded steadily since 2010, following the Great Recession. Growth sectors, which included business and financial services, defense and security, and transportation, powered Dallas and helped it pace the Texas economy after the energy price collapse.
Services, Construction Lead Texas as Manufacturing, Energy Soften
Sluggish growth in manufacturing is attributable to softening demand for durables, which appears tied to a slowing energy sector.
Harvey Highlights Houston MUD Bond Development Funding
Historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey struck many Houston housing developments whose infrastructure was funded with municipal utility district (MUD) bonds. The tax-exempt debt has been widely used in the Houston area, and in the storm?s aftermath, MUD bond issuance has come under review with the possibility investors may seek greater future compensation.
Texas office, industrial markets mostly healthy despite energy bust
Texas commercial real estate activity is poised for a solid performance in 2016, though energy sector-related weakness will constrain prospects, particularly in Houston where an office space overhang should persist.
COVID-19 Fuels Sudden, Surging Demand for Suburban Housing
Business interruption and social distancing mandates because of COVID-19 have disrupted what had been a period of sustained growth within city centers nationally and in Texas. The pandemic-related actions have helped propel a sudden, large shift from renting to homeownership and a concurrent movement to the suburbs and larger homes.
Texas dodges worst of foreclosure woes
The housing bust leaves in its wake elevated foreclosure levels in Texas and the U.S. Like other consequences of the bust, including declines in construction and existing-home sales, foreclosures have been less severe in Texas. While the nation's foreclosure rate has grown nearly sixfold over the last four years, Texas' has climbed only marginally. ; Housing markets in Texas and the U.S. have shown signs of stabilizing in recent months. Home sales and construction starts are beginning to tick up, thanks in large part to low mortgage rates and the first-time homebuyer tax credit. Despite the ...
Not Everything Is Bigger in Texas: The Varied Fortunes of Four Smaller Metros
While Texas’ major metropolitan areas power the bulk of the state’s commercial activity, some smaller metros have worked to establish their place as part of the state’s economic mosaic.