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Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Discusses Texas Pro-Business Attitude

January 10, 2013

Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, discusses how the Texas pro-business attitude should be emulated throughout the country to encourage businesses to invest and to foster economic growth. Video Link

FYI: Texas Comptroller’s Weekly Economic Outlook

January 9, 2013

Job growth, sales tax collections — both from business and consumer purchases — as well as automobile sales, signal that the Texas economy has emerged from the recent recession. Another indicator that the state’s economy has been comparatively healthy was the U.S. Census Bureau report that Texas added more people (421,000) than any other state […]

San Antonio makes Orbitz’ list of Top Travel Destinations

January 7, 2013

The Alamo City seems to be growing in popularity as a top spot to visit according to Orbitz, an online travel company. San Antonio ranked number nine on a Top 10 list for Top U.S. Travel Destinations for 2012, beating Miami. This is the city’s first time on the list and experts say a healthy […]

Eagle Ford area expected to benefit from nearly $30 billion in capital expenditures in 2013

December 12, 2012

The Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play is expected to continue to have a significant economic impact on roughly two-dozen South Texas counties. Wood Mackenzie, a global research firm specializing in energy and metals, has issued new analysis which indicates that companies will invest $28 billion in capitalexpenditures in the Eagle Ford in 2013. Callan […]

Raub Report

December 5, 2012

“Jobs” was the central issue in the recent election.  It is certainly on everyone’s minds with the national unemployment rate hovering around 8%; and if you go to the government’s  broadest measure of unemployment which includes all the potential workforce including those who have stopped looking, then, the unemployment rate is at about 15%.   It […]

Apartment Supply & Demand

November 26, 2012

Earlier this year, there were signs that construction would spike in 2013, in the order of 150,000 to 200,000 units.  Developers have since postponed many projects to 2014, so that 2013 figures hover closer to 130,000 units – not far off from the pre-recession 10-year annual average of around 125,000 units.  The “bubble” now shows […]

Raub Report October 2012

October 22, 2012

“Are we there yet?” – Yes, this was the question your kids asked you on your summer vacation trip this year.  It is also the question everyone is asking about The Recovery.  Are we THERE yet?   Or are we starting another Double Dip? Or just limping into the New Normal malaises? At the moment it […]

San Antonio Snapshot: MultiFamily

October 19, 2012

San Antonio’s multifamily market has historically been exempt from the fluctuations typical of other Texas cities. Job growth is the most powerful force behind San Antonio’s multifamily growth.  The U.S. military has long been one of the region’s largest employers, and San Antonio has been the beneficiary of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) activity, […]

Raub Report July 2012

July 5, 2012

Think of an egg and the little chicken inside is breaking out.  I believe this is an apt analogy for what is happening to our South Texas region as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale drilling boom.  The old dry shell has cracked open from the inside and a little chick emerges to become […]

Raub Report – May 2012

May 8, 2012

We celebrate Texas Independence Day on April 21st which was the day of the victory over the army of Santa Ana at San Jacinto and the reason for Fiesta San Antonio.  We should pause to remember our great Texan heritage as an independent nation for the ten years from 1836 to 1846.  Our beloved Governor, […]