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More firms bet on Central Texas

Three more articles appeared today that demonstrate that developers and employers recognize the strength of the Central Texas economy and are making tangible bets on the future. Continue reading

Act soon to take advantage of low interest rates

NOW, we have tax incentives and very low interest rates and seasonally low home prices. LATER, tax incentives will expire (contracts after April 30) and interest rates and home prices are likely to increase. Continue reading

January Market Update — Austin and Central Texas

Austin’s real estate market remains a significant bright spot among many U.S. metro areas that continue to struggle. I trust this recap will be informative, and helpful as you consider the current market position of your Central Texas home, or your plans to purchase a home. Continue reading

It’s not just the city of Austin …

I’ve written so much lately about growth and opportunity in Austin-proper, I want to share that the entire area is getting a lot of positive attention. More to come as the year goes on …. Continue reading

New Central Texas jobs report

As the American-Statesman article says, total non-farm employment in December 2009 was 2,300 jobs lower than December 2008, but recent trends and most economic forecasts (Austin employment picture remains positive) are optimistic. Continue reading

Austin employment picture remains positive

As pleased as I am to be in our relatively healthy local economic environment, we must never forget that in many ways we are all in this together! We still need a national surge in private sector employment. That’s the keystone for all of us.
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December home price spike!

December 2009 — almost 10% month-to-month increase in average home sale prices. Does last year’s tax credit program explain it? Continue reading

Kudos to two great Austin employers

Congratulations, and thank you for continuing to represent Austin’s business community so well! Continue reading

It’s still about jobs …

We continue to add employers and employees, and to see investments in the future of our community. Our growth is undoubtedly constrained by the difficulty selling homes in other parts of the country, keeping people and companies from moving here that might otherwise choose to do so. Nonetheless, “cautious optimism” remains a good bet in the Austin area. Continue reading

We’re famous … for traffic?

Tell trucking companies, “By-pass Austin, drive SH-130 for FREE!” Continue reading