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Housing Market is on the rise

April 18, 2012

Rising rents and a healthier job market are inspiring more people to consider buying. Builders are responding to the demand by laying plans for more homes this year than at any other point in past 31/2 years.  And banks are helping both by approving more loans. All that points to a better year for the housing market — […]

6th Annual CCIM Central Texas Symposium

March 5, 2012

Excerpts from Dr. Mark Dotzour’s presentation at the CCIM Symposium in Austin, TX Jan. 31st To visualize the U.S. economy, picture a Jack-in-the-Box. Turn the crank, generate energy, and watch the crank pop up and release that energy. Watch how creating more energy produces job growth. People are still working and have a desire to […]

Leaders are not easily deterred. Leadership & President’s Day

February 21, 2012

Mike Myatt, Chief Strategy Officer writes: “If  I were to take a casual poll asking readers to name our two greatest Presidents it would not shock me at all if Washington and Lincoln would show very well among their peers. However, what I find so interesting in comparing and contrasting these two great men is […]

Housing Industry on Firmer Ground

January 11, 2012

Home builders are expected to start at least 10 percent more homes in 2012 than they did last year — the first double-digit bump for the industry since the 2006 market peak and subsequent downturn. And the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas could provide more opportunity for the local real estate industry. It’s […]

San Antonio is tops in Small Business Hiring Reports …

January 10, 2012

San Antonio’s reputation as an economic dynamo was polished this week by a report from a national payroll services company showing area small businesses increased hiring more than any other city in the U.S. last year. The SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard showed that SurePayroll customers in San Antonio hired 8.3 percent more people in 2011, […]

Texas No. 1 in U.S. for biggest 5-year job gains

January 4, 2012

Texas added far more jobs than any other state in the country in the past five years. Nationwide, only six of the 50 states have more retail jobs today than they did at the end of 2006. That’s according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by On Numbers, a […]

San Antonio has one of the best downtown scenes in America

October 11, 2011

San Antonio has earned the distinction of having one of the best downtowns in America, thanks in large part to the River Walk. After researching more than 500 downtown communities, the editors of Livability.com included San Antonio in its Top 10 ranking of the most appealing downtowns in the United States. San Antonio ranked fourth […]

San Antonio tops the list of where employers are looking for people

September 19, 2011

It’s difficult to be optimistic about the bleak job market when unemployment is stuck at around 9.1 percent, but a survey just released by employment services firm ManpowerGroup offers hope for job seekers in many places around the country. … While the outlook is positive overall, the one-point drop from the third quarter is the […]

Tracking the Texas Economy

August 31, 2011

The Texas oil and natural gas drilling rig count for August 2011 (882) was 24 percent higher than the August 2010 count, and the highest since a rig count of 899 in November 2008. This count represents the number of operating oil and natural gas rigs, on wells not yet plugged or producing. Strong growth […]

Texas economist: Alamo City has momentum on its side

August 18, 2011

TXP Inc.’s Travis Tullos says it will take a strong punch to knock San Antonio of of its economic stride. Texas economist Travis Tullos says there is still nervousness and hesitation among consumers nationally. But he says San Antonio continues to build economic momentum despite the uncertainties across the U.S. and in other parts of […]

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