Google announced plans Thursday to invest more than $750 million in Nebraska this year, including construction of a new data center on the northwest edge of Omaha.
The financial commitment also includes an expansion of Google’s current data center in Papillion, though company officials did not provide specific financial details for that or any of the other projects during an event with elected leaders in Papillion.
The new northwest Omaha data center, slated to be built at the intersection of State Street and Blair High Road, will be the third Google data center to open in the region. Along with the facility in Papillion, Google has a data center in Council Bluffs.
Work is underway at the site of a future Google data center, located northwest of Blair High Road and State Street, on Thursday.
“(This) will bring more opportunity to the local community and more resources for our customers to grow their businesses and use digital services,” said Stacy Trackey Meagher, managing director for Google Cloud’s central region.
Operations for the new data center will span multiple buildings, totaling more than 1.4 million square feet, along with equipment yards and parking areas, according to documents filed with the City of Omaha. A Google representative estimated that construction could last anywhere from 18 to 24 months.
Combined with a previous $600 million investment to build the Papillion data center, where more than 120 people work, Google’s $750 million announcement will push its investments in Nebraska well north of $1 billion.
“I think it just gets to the great people that we have here to be able to hire (and) the great business climate we have here in our state,” Gov. Pete Ricketts told reporters.
Zack Wineinger, second from right, a data operations manager at Google’s data center in Papillion, shows blueprints to Papillion Mayor David Black, left, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, second from left, and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert Thursday.
Trackey Meagher said the data centers, in part, run Google software platforms that people routinely interact with, including search and YouTube.
Separate from its $750 million commitment, Google also announced that it will donate $100,000 toward Omaha’s new central public library that is currently in the planning stages — a donation lauded by Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
“We have great momentum right now and strong public-private partnerships with our business community,” she said. “Building great partnerships is the way we get things done in Omaha. Nearly everything we accomplish benefits from the leadership, the financial support and the vision of all of our valued partners.”
Google’s efforts in Nebraska are part of its plan to invest about $9.5 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. this year. In a press release, the company also said it will create at least 12,000 new full-time jobs. A representative for the company said Google did not have any new job figures to share for the Omaha area.
These 20 metro areas show the massive flux in US housing inventory over the last year
These 20 metro areas show the massive flux in US housing inventory over the last year
While it’s difficult to predict which way the market might go, fluctuations are not only expected but considered a normal part of investing in real estate. Home prices rise, property values fall, and interest rates change at regular intervals whether you’re buying your first home or selling numerous properties across several markets.
There is really no better example of the unpredictable housing market than the trends over the last year. Throughout 2021, buyers and investors rushed to capitalize on record-low mortgage rates that began falling after the start of the year. As more buyers entered the market and competition heated up, home prices skyrocketed from rural Wisconsin to Manhattan. In some cases, prices increased by double-digit percentages month-over-month. By the close of 2021, the national home prices were up an
average of 19% year-over-year. These higher prices made it tough for many low- to moderate-income buyers to compete.
And it wasn’t just home prices that changed over the last year, either. The rates of available inventory also fluctuated wildly throughout 2021 as houses sold at a breakneck pace across the country. Throughout the year, the rates of available inventory rose and fell quickly based on the demand from buyers. Mid-year, an unexpected uptick in available inventory made it appear that there may be a turnaround in the market, potentially easing the competition for buyers who were being outbid for limited housing. By December 2021, however, real estate figures showed a one-year decrease in all metros except for one: Cape Coral, Florida.
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ZeroDown analyzed housing market statistics from Redfin’s Data Center to see how housing inventory has changed in different metros over the past year. The top-20 metros with the largest changes in for-sale inventory between December 2020 and December 2021 are listed below, as well as their percent change since July 2021. Additional statistics for December 2021, such as the median sale price and the number of homes sold in the metro that month are also included. Metros that had less than 1,000 homes for sale were not included in order to better compare inventory across metros with different populations. Here are the 20 metro areas that saw a massive flux in U.S. housing inventory over the last year.
#20. Hartford, Connecticut
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 1,795 (39.3% less than December 2020)
— 50.1% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 1,646
– Median sale price of homes sold: $275,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 44
Housing inventory in Hartford, Connecticut, is significantly lower than it was one year ago—and it’s primarily due to homeowners staying put in their current homes in this city. As with other markets across the nation, the home inventory in Hartford was vastly depleted when mortgage rates dropped early in the pandemic. Unlike some other markets, though, many residents didn’t opt to sell their homes to cash in on rising prices and high demand. Instead, they’re
sticking around in their current homes, making repairs, improvements, and updates to their properties. Homeowners who wanted to capitalize on the uptick in buyer demand have already done so, and the rest are staying put, which has resulted in home inventory declining in this city over the last year.
#19. Nassau County, New York
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 3,962 (39.6% less than December 2020)
— 45.5% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 2,965
– Median sale price of homes sold: $575,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 33
There are numerous reasons for the low rates of for-sale housing inventory in Nassau County, New York—not the least of which is the swift uptick in buyer demand that occurred over the last year. As home inventory was depleted and prices skyrocketed on the East Coast, buyers turned to areas like Nassau County, which is part of Long Island just east of New York City, for more affordable and more widely available home inventory. That led to a
swift depletion of inventory, and the lack of available rental units—as well as a lag in new construction—only exacerbated the issue. Homeowners who would have otherwise sold their properties at a profit found they had nowhere to move—they couldn’t afford to buy elsewhere on Long Island. In turn, many homeowners have opted not to list their homes for sale, leading to housing inventory in Nassau County hitting even lower numbers over the last year.
#15. Port St. Lucie, Florida
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 1,526 (44.1% less than December 2020)
— 19.9% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 1,139
– Median sale price of homes sold: $345,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 37
The city of Port St. Lucie, Florida, saw a
big uptick of new residents in 2021, and with these new residents came a rapid decline in housing inventory. Last year, new residents who moved to Port St. Lucie, located about 110 miles north of Miami, were quick to snatch up the available housing inventory while capitalizing on record-low mortgage rates. However, the rate of new construction in this city couldn’t keep up the pace with the demand, which meant that the for-sale housing inventory declined significantly throughout 2021. And, as with other cities across the nation, rising home prices make it difficult for homeowners to sell their houses and buy another in the competitive market. High housing prices have been a big factor suppressing the amount of inventory.
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 4,455 (44.3% less than December 2020)
— 52.6% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 5,807
– Median sale price of homes sold: $385,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 21
Developers in Dallas
have not built enough new construction housing to keep up with the demand, and that contributed significantly to the decline in for-sale inventory over the last year. While builders have pushed to develop more housing in Dallas, labor shortages and supply chain issues have made it tough to meet the need in this north Texas city. These rising costs have also made it tough for builders to break even or profit on new construction housing, which added to lag in for-sale inventory in Dallas throughout 2021. That, coupled with the city’s high rental and purchase prices, kept many homeowners from listing their homes for sale in this area in 2021. The demand from buyers continued, though, which caused home inventory to become further depleted in Dallas over the last year.
#13. Bridgeport, Connecticut
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 1,899 (44.9% less than December 2020)
— 55.0% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 1,319
– Median sale price of homes sold: $495,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 57
Building permit restrictions have left a lasting impact on the current housing inventory in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2021. The land-use restrictions in this area, which limit what types of housing could be built where, made it tough for developers to rapidly scale the number of new construction homes in this area last year. As such, the rate of new construction was limited, which meant that the number of new homes that were added to the market did not keep up with demand. Other factors, like the
unexpected uptick in buying in Bridgeport, spurred on by record-low rates at the start of 2021, further contributed to the issue.
#12. Los Angeles
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 6,855 (45.8% less than December 2020)
— 51.3% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 6,799
– Median sale price of homes sold: $835,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 35
There were issues with housing shortages in Los Angeles well before 2021, but the rate of available-for-sale inventory took a major hit last year. A lack of new home construction is a critical reason for the housing crunch as builders, who were facing higher construction material costs and sluggish supply chain issues, were unable to build enough homes to meet the demand. Other issues, like a
lack of available land to develop and the skyrocketing prices for rentals and purchases, helped inventory in Los Angeles take a nosedive in 2021.
#10. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 5,935 (47.5% less than December 2020)
— 31.5% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 3,271
– Median sale price of homes sold: $365,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 48
As with Miami, the city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, saw a huge influx of buyers to the area throughout 2021. As buyers poured into the south Florida city, the existing home inventory was depleted—and the
sluggish rates of new construction homes in the area only added to the issue. The lack of new construction homes in this area was due to multiple issues, including a lack of land to develop and high materials costs, which discouraged builders from breaking ground on new developments. With little inventory on the market, home prices shot up. Other issues, like high rent prices, also kept owners from listing their existing homes, as they ran the risk of paying more for rent each month than they did for their home mortgage loans.
#8. West Palm Beach, Florida
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 5,122 (49.7% less than December 2020)
— 26.2% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 2,996
– Median sale price of homes sold: $390,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 44
As with the rest of South Florida, there isn’t enough land left to develop in West Palm Beach, and it had a big impact on the available housing inventory in the area throughout 2021. That lack of land, coupled with other issues, like the high construction materials costs, slowed down construction in West Palm Beach to meet the high demand. And, as buyers poured into the Florida city, the existing home inventory
was depleted— which caused home and rental prices to shoot up significantly. In turn, many West Palm Beach homeowners became wary of listing their homes for sale, as it would be expensive to find a new home to purchase. As such, the already low rates of home inventory dropped even lower in West Palm Beach last year.
#7. Tampa, Florida
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 3,684 (50.6% less than December 2020)
— 40.5% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 6,361
– Median sale price of homes sold: $338,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 11
Unlike other areas in southern Florida, Tampa has enough land available to build homes, but the global supply chain issues that arose last year
put a damper on development efforts. The lumber shortage and the high construction material costs held back the development of new neighborhoods in the Tampa, Florida, housing market last year. This delay has meant the rate of new construction homes could not keep up with the uptick in buyer demand in Tampa. In turn, the prices of new and existing homes—as well as area rentals— shot upward, furthering the issue with a lack of for-sale homes.
#5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 1,014 (55.5% less than December 2020)
— 45.4% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 1,130
– Median sale price of homes sold: $244,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 27
slowdown in new home construction caused the for-sale inventory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to decline significantly in 2021. Interest in Baton Rouge has been high since last year, but a materials shortage and high construction prices—as well as a general slowdown of new home construction—meant the demand in this city far outweighed the supply. In turn, the competition was stiff among buyers, and the housing prices shot up. This kept homeowners from listing their properties for sale, as it would have been tough for them to find rentals or home purchases after selling their own homes.
#4. Orlando, Florida
– Housing for-sale inventory in December 2021: 2,917 (59.0% less than December 2020)
— 43.4% less than in July 2021
– Homes sold in December 2021: 4,440
– Median sale price of homes sold: $356,000
– Median days home is pending before a sale: 13
Home to several amusement parks and one of the largest convention centers in the U.S., Orlando, Florida, is one of the state’s largest cities that attracts many homebuyers. However,
home construction was hindered in Orlando throughout 2021—and it had a big impact on the available housing market inventory. As with many markets across the nation, issues with materials and labor shortages made it tough for builders to keep home prices affordable while breaking even or profiting on sales. This caused slow growth in home construction at a time when buyer demand was at a high. A lack of listings for existing homes further complicated things in Orlando, as homeowners ran the risk of being unable to find adequate and affordable housing after their homes sold.