Monthly Archives: January 2013

And the Winner is…


Urban Land Institute Honors Signature Real Estate Developments with its 2013 Development of Distinction Awards H-E-B, Houston Food Bank, and City of Houston Projects Receive Top Honors HOUSTON – January 30, 2013 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) presented its 2013 Development of Distinction Awards at the Rice Crystal Ballroom on January 29, 2013. The Development of Distinction awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development. The Houston award is modeled on … Read More

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Houston Chronicle “Prime Property” profiles Award Winners


Before a sold-out crowd that included three sitting Mayors and one former Mayor, a who’s who of real estate saluted the best of the best. Read the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of last night’s ULI Development of Distinction awards in the Prime Property blog.

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People’s Choice Award Making Headlines


Houston Chronicle Real Estate Reporter Nancy Sarnoff made the ULI Development of Distinction  People’s Choice award voting her top news item in the popular Prime Property real estate blog. Click here to see the story.  The Houston Business Journal also has encouraged readers to weigh in on their favorite finalist for the sixth annual local ULI Awards. See the Houston Business Journal story and slideshow here. More than 3,800 ULI Members and supporters have voted, and there is still time to make your vote count. The People’s Choice Award voting ends on … Read More

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Mayor’s Task force on urban retail

We are proud that immediate past ULI Houston Chair, and current ULI Trustee Jonathan Brinsden, President and CEO of Midway, and past ULI Houston chair Ed Wulfe, CEO of Wulfe & Co.s, have accepted Mayor Annise Parker’s invitation to serve on a task force led by Fred Griffin of Griffin Partners and reporting to Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer for the Mayor. The Mayor’s Task Force is charged with “aggressively seeking all options to increase the amount of retail and supporting parking in downtown,” according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. The task force will … Read More

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Houston Chronicle follows jury’s Sugar Land Town Square tour


For the sixth year, ULI Houston will honor the best of the best in real estate development. The Houston Chronicle followed our out-of-town jury’s tour of Sugar Land Town Square as they selected the winners of an award that is “not just a beauty contest.” Read the Houston Chronicle Article here.

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Where is Technology Taking the Real Estate Industry?


In the most recent issue of Urban Land, ULI members discuss the influence of social media, the internet, and smartphones on consumer behavior, as well as the promise of technology to enhance the design, construction, and operation of buildings.  In March, ULI will bring a global policy and practice forum to Houston, with high-level participants from across the US and the world to explore these issues. Find out more about the forum here. And continue reading the article below What technology has had the biggest impact on the real estate … Read More

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Houston tops list of cities with highest rent spikes

Cities with the Highest Rent Spikes in 2012-Fortune Magazine Still renting?  With apartments and rental homes in short supply, rents are rising quickly here in Houston.  According to David Jarvis, Houston Director, Metrostudy, “This is bad news for renters, but good news for apartment owners and operators.  Secondarily this is also good news for our home builders who market to renters.” Read the full article from Fortune Magazine here.

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