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By Jim McAlister IV, President & Chief Executive Officer

According to the American City Business Journals (ACBJ), five of the top 10 cities projected for fastest population growth through 2040 will be in the Lone Star State. Amid a year of uncertainty due to fluctuating oil prices, Texas keeps drawing more people from across the country and globe. Each city was ranked based on the growth change from 2015 to forecasted 2040 population data.

The number one spot was claimed by the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area (MSA), projecting that Austin’s population will almost double by 2040. Austin is currently ranked 33 in the metropolitan population hierarchy for the U.S., however the ACBJ expects a jump all the way to 21 by 2040.

 

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Houston-Woodlands- Sugar Land MSA came in at number five, followed by San Antonio-New Braunfels at six, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at seven and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission at 10.

 

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Population growth provides a significant tailwind for successful real estate investing. Rockspring is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this growth with a strict focus on assets in and around the “Texas Triangle” – Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. This has made us a partner of choice for national and global investors that recognize the value of investing in the Texas market.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 28 Dec 2016 0 comments

By Jim McAlister IV, President & Chief Executive Officer

According to the American City Business Journals (ACBJ), five of the top 10 cities projected for fastest population growth through 2040 will be in the Lone Star State. Amid a year of uncertainty due to fluctuating oil prices, Texas keeps drawing more people from across the country and globe. Each city was ranked based on the growth change from 2015 to forecasted 2040 population data.

The number one spot was claimed by the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area (MSA), projecting that Austin’s population will almost double by 2040. Austin is currently ranked 33 in the metropolitan population hierarchy for the U.S., however the ACBJ expects a jump all the way to 21 by 2040.

 

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Houston-Woodlands- Sugar Land MSA came in at number five, followed by San Antonio-New Braunfels at six, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington at seven and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission at 10.

 

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San Antonio Population Growth - Real Estate Investing - Rockspring Capital

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Population growth provides a significant tailwind for successful real estate investing. Rockspring is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this growth with a strict focus on assets in and around the “Texas Triangle” – Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas/Fort Worth. This has made us a partner of choice for national and global investors that recognize the value of investing in the Texas market.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 28 Dec 2016 0 comments

By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Although you may have yet to meet Melissa Showers in person, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her amazing work. Her skills in commercial graphic design and her knowledge of the Texas markets are essential to helping market Rockspring’s properties in select media channels as well as build colorful and eye catching presentations and brochures that are used by the firm’s investment team.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Houston, Melissa’s works help illuminate the firm in several ways and we’d like to now shine light on her with this Q&A.

 

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How did you start working with Rockspring?

I initially joined the firm in 2011 to assist the real estate division in marketing properties and then was quickly snagged by managing director Jim Hynes to do “one project” for the capital raise division…and so a second adventure began. I am now marketing director for both teams.

What’s your primary role?

I design and create all the marketing tools used to sell real estate and raise capital, including website design, magazine ads, investor presentations, videos, company brochures, eblasts, and more.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Helping to make capital raise an exciting venture and keeping the potential investor engaged when they are hit with pages of financial information. Marketing tools are constantly evolving, and so I find it compelling when I get to marry current art trends with the professionalism of the financial world. Rockspring gives me the creative freedom to continue to expand my horizons.

Tell us about your career before Rockspring.

Before Rockspring, I handled marketing for Arcan Engineering, an international consultancy company well known globally for its achievements in feasibility studies, basic and detailed engineering, and more. I also worked for several small real estate firms where I focused on branding and advertising. I’ve also done freelance commercial graphic design for more than 15 years with a variety of clients in Houston and New York.

What do you like to do on your spare time?

My skills are also my passion. I have been drawing and painting since I could pick up a brush at 3-years old and never stopped. It has truly helped me become a better graphic designer and opened up my creative passions to the fullest.

I also love the outdoors, especially the Texas Hill Country. My two sons and I are true explorers as we’re always looking for our next adventure.

 

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What’s your favorite thing about the office culture?

It truly feels like a family here. We all help each other grow and the energy at the office is always light-hearted and down to earth.  We work hard and play hard.

 

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Art by Melissa Showers – Pictured left to right, A Diamond in Prospect Park (2016), Gazing (2015)

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 28 Dec 2016 0 comments

By Jim Hynes, Managing Director

There’s buzz in the real estate investment space as to where to find the best opportunistic returns. This was the topic of conversation when speaking with Lisa Brown, editor for the south and west regions for Globest.com, a few months ago. Traditional, income-producing commercial and multi-family assets have been popular investments recently. But their popularity has also caused new acquisitions to be extremely competitive, and as a result, are not yielding the same returns they once did. Our team focuses on assets that get overlooked by most institutions, which potentially result in outsized returns for local market experts. See excerpts of our conversation below.

GlobeSt.com: After years of solid yields, what are investors saying about returns from income-producing real estate?

Jim Hynes: Rockspring has trusted partners throughout North America and overseas, and we often hear they are concerned their real estate investments – traditionally multifamily, office, retail – are not going to generate returns near expectations going forward. For a variety of reasons, too many dollars are chasing too few deals, resulting in irrationally low cap rates and intense buying competition. These properties are simply too efficient on the buy side for opportunistic returns. When you look on the horizon, there’s downward pressure on future values with the risk of an interest rate hike and potentially higher exit cap rates on sale. These issues are weighing heavily on our partners’ minds.

GlobeSt.com: So what does an investor look to for opportunistic returns?

Hynes: The residential and land sectors are well positioned for outsized returns as there’s limited supply and growing demand in most markets. They are fundamentally under-supplied because of the capital markets. The consumer mortgage industry is still not operating well and banking regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Act, have hampered regional and community banks from lending to land developers and home builders. On the demand side, an improving national job market and population growth in the Sunbelt states, especially Texas where we operate, have kept the demand for housing high.

GlobeSt.com: How will land and residential returns compare to the income-producing real estate?

Hynes: Most of our investment partners are being very cautious on new investments to income-producing assets as they are bracing for a decline in the returns of these properties as the flow of money slows and more normal conditions return. They believe they are ahead of the crowd now by investing in land and residential as these sectors are becoming an attractive alternative and will likely stand alone over the next few years as the most compelling real estate play.

 

To read the entire article, click here.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 28 Dec 2016 0 comments

By Michael Ross, Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

What better way to close a solid year than to announce the closing of two more properties.

In November, we announced the sale of a 10-acre land tract in Rosenberg, Texas, just south of Houston. The property, located at the northeast corner of FM 2218 and Town Center Boulevard, was sold to commercial real estate company, Gamal Enterprises, to be used for retail development. The population growth in Fort Bend County and the property’s close proximity to Brazos Town Center made the property especially attractive to developers.

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Additionally, we announced the sale of the Ranches of San Geronimo in Helotes, Texas, a 1,590-acre tract of land. This is the largest asset our firm has currently sold in the Alamo City. The esteemed school district and scenic hill country appeal puts high demand on this northwest San Antonio location. The property was sold to Southerland Communities, which plans to change the name to Canyon Creek Preserve and develop 25-acre+ ranches for residential use.

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We look forward to announcing more closings in early 2017!

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 22 Aug 2016 0 comments

As a native Texan, I thought it was time to join the conversation on the “reported” energy crash and its impact on Houston and Texas, so I authored a follow-up article to my Forbes piece last year. With many headlines suggesting gloom and doom, the “Texas Model” continued to propel our state with positive job growth, best-in nation housing numbers and a deeper roster of blue-chip companies.

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In my research for this article, I found the following interesting facts that went unreported by most of the media:

  • The Texas Triangle, compromised of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth, added more people last year than any other state in the country, growing by more than 400,000 residents, or roughly the population of Minneapolis.
  • Job increases from 2010 – 2015 in oil and gas producing companies comprised less than 10 percent of the job increases in Texas.
  • The Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, published by the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, rank the top five Texas industries by employment growth rate as leisure and hospitality, education and health services, construction, financial activities and trade.

While energy is certainly important to Texas, it is nowhere near as dominant as it was in the 1980s. A large, diversified and business-friendly economy is the successful way of the future. I want to thank our friends at Forbes for allowing Rockspring to contribute to the conversation once again and I look forward to continuing the dialogue in the future.

Click on this page for access to my Forbes article.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 22 Aug 2016 0 comments

In April, we partially exited a land parcel in Northwest San Antonio to CST Brands Inc, which plans to build a Corner Store on the tract.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Total 10.58 acres acquired in May 2015 for $1,300,000.
  • Partial exit of 4.71 acres was sold in April 2016 for $1,400,000.  Yes, less than 1/2 of the property sold for more than the total acquisition price in less than one year.
  • Approximately $840,000 of sale proceeds were set aside in an escrow to make infrastructure improvements on remaining 2 pad sites, which will further increase value/prepare sites for sale.

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The tract sits in a rapidly growing area of the Alamo City, the Westover Hills neighborhood. Significant residential, commercial, and business facilities can be found around the land, and the city’s downtown is only seven miles away. We’re expecting the remaining parcels to be prepared and sold off to developers in 2017.

Rockspring owns another property in this booming neighborhood – a 7.6-acre property off of Rogers Rd near Mt. Evans acquired in 2014.

This sale is a great example of Rockspring’s strategy to acquire diverse portfolio options that can be sold off in partial exits to the highest and best user.  We look forward to even more exciting sale updates in the near future.

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Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 22 Aug 2016 0 comments

On a recent trip to China, I met with a number of wealth managers, investment funds and other finance professionals to confirm that the Chinese still had a strong desire to invest in U.S. real estate. The main takeaway of my trip was that not only did they still have a ferocious appetite, but that future investment was going to be driven by the booming middle class.

The economy of China is important for a number of reasons. It’s the second largest in the world, and when based on purchasing power parity, China’s GDP is actually the largest, followed by the U.S., India and Japan. Consequently, China’s economy has a huge effect on the rest of the world, touching everything from commodities demand to consumer consumption.

In 2015, total retail sales in China reached record highs, surpassing 30 trillion renminbi, or about $4.2 trillion USD. By 2020, sales are expected to climb to $6.4 trillion, a 50 percent increase in just five years. This growth will “roughly equal a market 1.3 times the size of Germany or the United Kingdom,” according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

One of the main reasons for this consumption surge is the staggering expansion of the country’s middle class. In October, Credit Suisse reported that for the first time the size of China’s middle class had exceeded that of America’s middle class, 109 million to 92 million people. As incomes rise, so does demand for durable and luxury goods, vehicles, air travel, energy, investment products and more.

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However, middle-income families aren’t the only ones growing in number. The WEF estimates that by 2020, upper-middle-income and affluent households will account for 30 percent of China’s urban households, up from only 7 percent in 2010.

With a current population of approximately 1.3 billion people, China and its booming middle class will continue to have a transformative impact on the global economy. It will be wise for those who position themselves and their companies to deliver much needed investment products and services for this insatiable demand.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 22 Aug 2016 0 comments

We meet with numerous financial partners around North America. Often, we are asked about the folks back in our corporate office that our partners interact with daily. To help put faces to the names and learn more about them, we’d like to begin spotlighting the employees that help our firm run smoothly every day, starting with our company’s Financial Administrator, Darla Purchase.

Darla joined Rockspring Capital in 2007 to manage the accounting functions for all Land Funds, including the related partnerships and joint ventures associated with the U.S. and Canadian Land Funds. Prior to Rockspring, Darla served 25 years as a Financial/Business Administrator in the finance and agriculture industries. Darla studied business at Texas Wesleyan University.

She has one son and a large extended family and loves participating in all memorable family events as often as possible.  Darla is very fond of fine arts – symphony, theatre, etc., and has served on a Concert Series Board in North Houston for 11 seasons.

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She also loves to travel in her RV, especially areas populated with mountains like Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  She also loves skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and canoeing.

 

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This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.

Posted by: In: Uncategorized 08 Mar 2016 0 comments

By Jim Hynes, Managing Director

There’s no question that the oil and gas industry receives most of the energy news headlines in Texas. However, most people are unaware that Texas is the national leader in wind energy and is playing a significant role in this key renewable sector globally.

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Texas alone accounts for about 20 percent of all wind power generated nationwide, based on the most recent national data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Here are some more interesting facts from this report:

  1. Texas authorities and investors have built an industry that hosts 6 of the 10 largest U.S. wind farms, employs more wind workers than any other state and produces enough wind energy to power 3.3 million homes;
  2. The state’s 12,000-megawatt wind capacity roughly equals 18 large coal plants or 12 nuclear plants; and
  3. Texas winds are capable of supplying more than 18 times the state’s current electricity needs.

The U.S. needs an “all of the above” policy to insure energy independence. The cutting edge technology and entrepreneurial spirit of wind farm workers in the Panhandle and West Texas are certainly leading the way.

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Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security, which can be made only by the confidential private placement memorandum (PPM) and all exhibits, attachments and supplements thereto, and sold only by broker-dealers and registered investment advisors who are licensed to do so. These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption there from and from applicable state laws. Please read the PPM carefully before you invest. There is no assurance that the investment objectives of this program will be attained. All information is subject to change. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to this investment. Rockspring Capital, LLC makes no representations as to the suitability for any purpose of any investment whatsoever. This presentation is intended solely for accredited investors who have received a PPM. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

Securities offered by Emerson Equity LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. Emerson Equity is not affiliated with Rockspring Capital.

Neither past nor related performance guarantees future results.