Tag: Texas

May 16, 2016

Beware! Wire Fraud is at an All Time High.

You’ve done it!  You took a Buyer from shopping for a house, to a contract on a house, to the closing table and you couldn’t be more ecstatic for them.  Then… in total shock you find out your Buyers have wired thousands of dollars to a thief!  You discover the “I could never be a victim to wire fraud, it’d never happen to me” […]

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January 9, 2015

Low oil prices and the Texas economy

For the last few weeks there has been great interest in the decline in oil prices. I wanted to address the many questions I have received about how this will impact the Texas economy. I am not an expert on oil futures, but living in Texas for the last half century has given me a […]

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October 10, 2014

Is Texas overvalued?

Last week, the media picked up an article by one of the major real estate media outlets on the ‘overvalued’ Texas metros real estate. The real estate and financial collapse of the last decade — a once-in-a-century financial crisis and recession — is not something most folks are excited to see repeated. Many parameters since […]

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October 3, 2014

Metropolitan job growth drives demand for all real estate channels

The median price for homes in the state of Texas hit another all-time high in June 2014 in the four major metros, and demand for homes in the state continues to be strong, but demand has seems to reached a plateau in the last couple of months with values and rents continuing to remain strong […]

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March 28, 2014

Texas is the place to be

I came across a great article called “50 Reasons We’re Living Through the Greatest Period in World History”. The article in my estimation is worth reading and should make us appreciate where we are and when we are living. In reading it, I felt the challenge to state why Texas is presently one of the […]

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July 19, 2013

Another look at rising interest rates

With Texas seeing the resurgence of a seller’s market the last year, there has been concern over what could stop it. One concern is the ending of rock-bottom interest rates, and how it will impact the real estate market. We will begin to find out. Last month the nation learned that the days of ridiculously […]

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February 22, 2013

Texas vs. California (Part 3)

This is our third installment in a series discussing Texas and California. We have written about why businesses and individuals seem to be leaving CA for TX. One in five Americans calls California or Texas home. The two most populous states have a lot in common: a long coast, a sunny climate, a diverse population, […]

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February 7, 2013

California vs. Texas

It’s hard not to compare California and Texas against each other. Both states are geographically large, coastal, resource-rich, ethnically diverse, and are the #1 and #2 states in both population and GDP. However, the states differ greatly in culture, government, and political and business climate. Much has been made throughout the Great Recession of the […]

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November 16, 2012

Getting ready for the next housing boom

Yes, you read that right. Get ready for the next housing boom. With the negative media, political dysfunction, mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures we still have going on, and the record levels of housing inventory, how could we possibly have another housing boom, right? Despite all the problems we are seeing today, pent up demand is […]

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October 12, 2012

Texas continues to outpace the US

Texas continues to outpace the US in job growth, driving Texas real estate The Texas economy continues to grow at a rate higher than the national average. The state gained 261,000 nonagricultural jobs from August 2011 to August 2012, an annual growth rate of 2.5 percent compared with 1.4 percent for the United States. The […]

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September 14, 2012

Demographics

Since the founding of Texas, there has been constant change in the composition of the state’s growth. Population in rural areas in many parts of the state is declining and in all likelihood will continue to. The opposite is true in Texas’s four major metros. Projections show that the state’s doubling of population in the […]

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