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San Antonio Top Texas City for Business and Careers

August 28, 2013

San Antonio continues to shine. The Alamo city has been ranked as number 11 of the top 25 cities for business and careers in 2013 on Forbes.com. Ranked as the top city in Texas for growth it surpassed 4 other Texas Cities on the list (Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth and Houston). According to this article, […]

6 Tips to Keep Your Budget on Track

August 5, 2013

Lifehack.com recently posted an article, 6 Ways to Prevent Your Budget from Failing, I really enjoyed this article because it seems like a lot of the tips could be applied to both your personal and business budget. Tip #1 Be as specific as possible- Often smaller purchases aren’t tracked as well and those are the […]

San Antonio Retail Listing Exhibits Slow and Steady 1st Quarter

August 1, 2013

Slow and steady appears to be the trend for San Antonio- area retail properties based on First Quarter Reports. NAI REOC reported that the 47 million square feet retail market closed with a vacancy rate of 11.0% citywide, consistent with the previous quarter. Although the rate maintained the same for the past 2 quarters the […]

Texas Boom Creates Jobs

July 31, 2013

The monthly review of the Texas Economy, composed by the Real Estate Center, for the month of July shows a positive turn in the job sector. According to the report Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent, which is below the national rate, currently at 7.6 percent. Between June 2012 to July 2013 […]

Urgent vs. Essential

July 24, 2013

Urgent: Requiring immediate action or attention. Essential: Absolutely necessary; extremely important. Is this a part of your daily routine. Can it be postponed? If both of those answers are yes, then, the task may an be essential one. Could not completing this task cause you to lose a client or a deal? Are there time […]

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Profit Distribution in Question

July 19, 2013

If you borrow a book at the library there comes a time you have to give it back and depending on how long you keep it you may incur a fee. Similarly when companies receive government aid or a payout they are expected to pay the money back. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investors have […]

Alamo City Bonds Receive AAA Rating

July 18, 2013

The Fitch Ratings agency gave their highest rating, a “AAA”, to San Antonio’s bonds scheduled for sell the week of July 15th. The bonds include: The 188.7 million general improvement and refunding bonds series 2013 The 15.2 million combination tax and revenue certificates of obligation both series 2013 For more details on this rating and […]

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports Cost of Living Increase

July 17, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 16th that the month of June demonstrated an increase in the Cost of Living. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 0.5 percent. A majority of this increase is linked to gasoline prices which jumped 6.3 percent accounting for about two thirds of the increase. Compare this to […]

Planning for the Worst so Your Family has the Best

July 16, 2013

Recently there was a very interesting article in the NY Times, Mom and Dad, Let’s Talk Real Estate by Constance Rosenblum. I found the article addressed some issues for which people should prepare. The article focused on how to have the conversation with your family about what will happen to assets or estate in the […]

Take A Break, Get More Done

June 28, 2013

Lifehack.com recently posted an article by Jill Harness, The Importance of Breaks at Work. According to the article even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity up to 13%. Currently only 1 in 3 people take a lunch break and the other 2 in 3 either snack at their desk and continue working or […]

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