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Employment, Port Development Boost Houston’s Real Estate Outlook

Houston ranked fifth on the Urban Land Institute's list of the top 20 real estate investment prospects for 2013. The Institute held its yearly conference on emerging trends in real estate Thursday in the Galleria.



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The city advanced three spots in the rankings from the Urban Land Institute’s last annual survey. Respondents cited Houston’s strong employment outlook and development around its ports as the main draws. Peter Rummel is the Institute’s global chair.

“Houston has an enormous advantage that most other cities in the United States would kill for, and that is demand.”

Longer term, Rummel said Houston will face major challenges as the baby boomers retire — and many abandon the suburbs they’ve lived in throughout their working lives.

“I think that you’re going to find that an enormous number of baby boomers who want to age in place, aren’t going to want to age in those same suburbs. They don’t want a 3,500 square foot house anymore. They don’t want the yard. So if they decide that they don’t want to spend the last 20 years [of their lives] in a suburb, but want to be someplace that’s lower maintenance or closer in or easier access, then that’s going to change the landscape.”

Houston was actually the second-ranked Texas city on the list, behind number four Austin. Number one on the list was San Francisco.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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