RealPage puts exclamation point on first half of 2015 activity in Richardson

By John Jacobs
Executive Vice President

The RealPage project put an exclamation point, or maybe several, on the first half economic development activity for Richardson’s Telecom Corridor® area.


For those who don’t know RealPage, the company was founded in 1998 by UT Austin grad Stephen Winn. RealPage develops software that manages real estate through a subscription (“Software-as-a-Service”) model. They serve 10,000 customers, including the ten largest multi-family property management companies in the US, that collectively oversee 9.5 million residential units and over 200 million square feet of commercial space.


The company has grown through acquisitions of smaller software companies fueled in part by its 2010 IPO, which raised $150 million. Most recently, RealPage acquired for $49 million Louisville-based Indatus, a cloud computing services company. Overall, RealPage has over 4,000 employees with the primary concentration in DFW and another large contingent in South Carolina. The company has over $400 million in annual revenues.


A key factor in the relocation decision was the presence in Richardson of a 400,000-square-foot office space that will accommodate RealPage’s current 250,000-square-foot occupancy as well as significant future headcount growth. RealPage plans to make a number of interior improvements to create an inviting, comfortable and collaborative work environment that its employees will love.


Additional considerations in RealPage’s relocation decision were proximity to UT Dallas’ 23,000-student talent magnet as well as Richardson’s rich high-tech history and globally recognized technology brand.


Other first half highlights are:


  • TD Ameritrade, which reports indicate has purchased the 73,000 SF data center facility at 1811 Renner developed by Stream Data Centers;  


  • Amerisource-Bergen, which found Fobare Commercial’s repurposed 1225 Alma office building with 8:1000 parking to its liking for a customer contact center;  


  • Kathrein Group, a German telecom company that found its way to the Telecom Corridor® area from Medford, Oregon. Amongst other products, the $1 billion+ (sales) company makes car mounted mobile antennas, such as the dorsal-fin shaped unit on the roof of BMW’s;


  • TNT Dental, which is redeveloping the old 500 Lockwood Post Office building into a hip, cool workplace that’s within walking distance of Alamo Drafthouse, Taco Joint and the other restaurant/retailers that make some people refer to the Heights Shopping Center as “Little Austin”;   


  • Avnet, a large Phoenix-based distributor of technology parts and equipment and a long-time Richardson corporate citizen moved its regional sales and accounting office within the city

2015 Relocations and Expansions

CompanyBusinessTypeFromOcc.AddressSquare Feet Type Space Jobs Broker 
Service KingHQ for auto repairs businessRelocationRichardsonLease2600 NCX, #400 27,000Office80
Brandon Wood                  CORP. REALTY ADV. 
2iWire365B2B communications consultingRelocationPlanoLease 700 N. Glenville12,000Flex    30    
3Nexa Technologies
Customizable online stock trading system
RelocationPlano Lease 801 E. Campbell #4005,842Office20 
Deborah Borum    BELTWAY COMM.
4TNT Dental 
Internet and web services for dental professionals
RelocationPlano Buy 
500 Lockwood
5Texas InstrumentsManufacture semiconductor chips RelocationPlanoOwn300 W. Renner100,000 Office400 None 
Hitachi Telecom HQ for telecom arm of Hitachi RenewalRichardson Lease 2280 Campbell Creek 33,014Flex 100 
Susan Arledge                     CRESA
7Avnet Distribute technology parts and equipment RelocationRichardson Lease 3101 E. PGBT36,000Office40 
John Aldrich        ALDRICH GROUP
Contact center for Fortune 50 pharma company
RelocationFrisco Lease 1225 Alma  38,000Office 250 
Chris Doggett        FOBARE
TD AmeritradeData center for stock trading company RelocationCarrollton Buy 1811 Renner73,320Data center 15
Anthony Bolner         STREAM 
10Vertex GroupHQ for utility company BPO RelocationRichardson Lease 501 W. PGBT #35020,000Office250
Chris Doggett        FOBARE
11Kathrein Group
US HQ for wireless telecom business
RelocationMedford, OR Lease 2400 Lakewide8,026 Office25
Mark Jordan          SOONER MGMT
12Silicone Specialties, Inc.
Materials for highway and commercial constrcution
New branchDallas (HQ) Lease
610 S. Sherman St. #118
Ryan Wolcott         STREAM
13 RealPage, Inc.
Software for real estate management
RelocationCarrollton Lease 2201 Lakeside400,000Office 1,400
Tim Terrell                 STREAM
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