July 3, 2012

Texans realize the blessing.

Texans realize the blessing we have with one in four of all new jobs created in our state since the recession. Employment as a whole in Texas is up 1%. The Dallas and Fort Worth areas have grown jobs by 8.8% and 10.6%; San Antonio is up 15%, Houston 17% and Austin nearly 23%. Positive […]

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June 22, 2012

With all the good economic news, why doesn’t the economy “feel” better?

We keep hearing that we are in a recovery from the ‘great recession’, yet it seems that the market is just a single media zinger away from locking up and shutting down for the third year in a row, perhaps from a sound bite that originates from China, the European debt crisis, or standstill on […]

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March 2, 2012

The problem with Case/Shiller

First, there is no such thing as a national real estate market. A sale in Tucson has no bearing on a sale in Houston or Atlanta or Boston. All real estate is local. No matter what the Case-Shiller Index says, what matters to your local market is what’s happening in your local market. Each neighborhood […]

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December 2, 2010

The Truth About Title in Texas

Tell the truth – do you really know what title insurance is? Why most people should have it? Why it costs what it costs? Most people don’t. When I tell people at parties that I’m in the title business, I get a vague “Ohhh …that must be interesting …” uttered in pointedly uninterested tones. I […]

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