For building owners, property managers, real estate agents, or other real estate professionals in Texas, knowing and complying with Fair Housing regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act is crucial. Depending on the location of your property, your role in leasing or sales, and the age of the property, you are subject to federal, state, and local fair housing and ADA laws. Here, we are outlining the federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, we explore Texas accessibility standards and Texas fair housing requirements. It’s important to note that some jurisdictions in Texas have additional protections for marginalized groups not covered by federal and state protections. Knowing, understanding, and following these fair housing and accessibility laws is crucial to your success as a real estate professional. Failure to comply with these regulations could result in expensive fees and fines, or potential litigation. The Federal Fair Housing Act In 1968, Congress passed […]
Texas is home to six of the top 20 largest American cities, great music, amazing barbecue, and the Dallas Cowboys. The Lone Star State also has lots of room for commercial growth. Below we look at the future of Texas commercial real estate. Texas’ Explosive Population Growth The Lone Star State leads the nation in population gain and is the top destination for relocating Americans. Eight of the top 15 counties for population gains are in Texas. Between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, the Dallas and Houston metro areas were first and second respectively for the nation’s top gaining metro commercial real estate markets; Austin was eighth. Collectively, these three metros added gained a combined 300,000 new residents. Why All the Growth? These population gains aren’t a new trend for Texas and they don’t seem to be slowing. Why are so many people relocating to Texas? CNN Money says that most people are […]
The Westlake Academy of Dallas-Fort Worth looks like a traditional school but don’t let the natural stone walls fool you. Westlake Academy wants to be green and greener and then some. The local director of facilities and recreation summed up the mindset of the school and the surrounding community; “We want to be good stewards of the environment.”What Westlake has found is that the students want the same thing. “Green is becoming the new democracy. It is just the right thing to do.”
Plans have been announced to replace The Parkland County Public Hospital in Dallas. The plans are exciting, environmentally friendly and socially responsible. Everyone connected to the project is enthusiastically embracing the hospital’s new green philosophy.Parkland’s president and chief executive, Dr. Ron Anderson, announced the $1.27 billion construction project on April 22, 2009. The new facility will be located on more than 65 acres across from the current Parkland Hospital on Harry Hines Boulevard. Construction will begin in early 2010 and should be completed by 2014.Excited administrators, architects and planners have begun spreading the green word. The building hopes to accomplish a silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system.
Sustainable construction is responsible construction. When the U.S. Green Building Council launched its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification programs in 2000, the focus was clearly on commercial development. While many Texas cities, including Dallas in 2003, have adopted the LEED® program as a standard for achieving commercial sustainability, the LEED® system is now being used by residential developers and builders as well