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Erik HaydenJul 18, 2023 2:54:44 PM7 min read

More people are working in our DST's home region, Dallas-Fort Worth, than ever before

Back in January, we expanded our fund offerings to include what I call a “turnkey solution” to the lack of attractive 1031 exchange candidates: a Delaware Statutory Trust. A DST is a real estate ownership structure where multiple investors are able to satisfy their 1031 requirements into one asset. Our first DST is an auto-processing plant in Dallas, within the larger Dallas—Fort Worth metroplex. Dallas—Fort Worth is the second-largest industrial market in the U.S., encompassing 19 counties in northern Texas, according to CoStar data.

We were drawn to this market mainly because its fundamentals — rental rates, vacancy rate, construction pipeline size — are at or near the top of the nation’s industrial real estate market. They’ve been strong for more than a decade, too — the first quarter of this year marked the 50th consecutive quarter, or 12 and a half years, of positive net absorption, meaning industrial users have occupied more space than they’ve vacated in every quarter during that time, according to CBRE data. Last year’s net absorption total for Dallas—Fort Worth’s industrial space exceeded 36 million square feet, the second-best year in the market’s history — only bested by 2021’s absorption total of 39.6 million square feet, CBRE data show.

Any indicators of a softening market haven’t affected Dallas—Fort Worth’s status as a destination for corporate occupiers and job seekers, nor have they halted a years-long climb in asking rental rates. Annual asking rents averaged $6.43 a square foot at the end of last quarter, up 8 percent from the previous three months, according to Savills data. More importantly, the region is arguably better positioned than any other U.S. industrial market for future success mainly because it’s a crucial connection point in the global economy. Dallas—Fort Worth International Airport is the second busiest worldwide in terms of passengers, with over 62 million of them passing through in 2021, according to Airports Council International data.

Moreover, the region includes the convergence point for four interstates, a second major cargo-moving airport, and three highly trafficked railroads, according to CBRE. Considering all of that, it’s no wonder that net absorption totaled 8.9 million square feet of industrial space from January through March, contributing to a 50th consecutive quarter of growth, CBRE data show. And it’s no surprise that tenant demand remains robust; CBRE was tracking 48 active space requirements totaling over 24 million square feet in the market, in line with the amount of long-term tenant demand the real estate brokerage observed in Dallas—Fort Worth during the first quarter.

Those companies have access to Dallas—Fort Worth’s largest-ever labor pool (4.2 million people employed) and population (over 8 million people), as the region recently hit new records in both metrics, according to Cushman & Wakefield data. More than 1 million people work in the region’s industrial sector, whose total number of employed people expanded by 4 percent between the first quarters of 2022 and 2023, according to Cushman data. Some of them work at Drive Casa, a used car seller and repairer that fully occupies our DST property. The company signed a 10-year lease on our industrial facility shortly before we acquired the site last year.

Our DST is a prime example of an institutional-quality property since it’s long-term leased to a tenant with solid financials. Contact us today to learn more about Drive Casa, our DST fund offering, and our bullishness in the Dallas—Fort Worth industrial market.


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Erik Hayden

Responsible for developing more than $3.5 billion in real estate projects, including over 2,300 residential units in the California Bay Area, Mr. Hayden has experience in acquisition, contract negotiation, due diligence, risk assessment, financing, construction, and disposition of multifamily, single family and large mixed-use and master planned developments. He maintains relationships with a broad network of property owners, enabling him to identify and acquire prime investments. Mr. Hayden also has expertise in navigating projects through the entitlement process by working with elected officials, community groups, and political organizations to gain support and get projects approved.