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Texas Economic Outlook

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 9:57pm. 378 Views

Austin new construction homesThe Texas economy continued to expand in November 2018, but did lose some steam, according to a Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University report. Factors weighing down the expansion included lower oil prices, lower home sales, and weaker hiring in the service sector. Factors elevating the expansion included upward wages due to low unemployment and historic levels of crude production. Manufacturing also created a record high number of jobs.

Austin and Houston business-cycle indices “boomed,” according to the report, with 7.4 and 6.4 percent growth, respectively, while Dallas slowed to four percent and Fort Worth slowed to 2.7 percent growth. The overall Dallas Fed’s Texas Business-Cycle Index was up five percent, for the first time since January 2015.

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Texas Job Growth Outpaces U.S.

Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 3:12pm. 779 Views

Austin jobs employmentNonagricultural job growth in Texas nearly doubled that of the United States, with a 3.1 percent increase from October 2017 to October 2018, compared to 1.7 percent for the U.S., according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy. Nongovernment jobs also increased: 3.7 percent in Texas compared to two percent in the U.S.

Texas unemployment was 3.7 percent in October 2018, down from 3.9 percent in October 2017. National unemployment decreased from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent.

Midland experienced the largest percent growth in employment among Texas metros, at 9.3 percent. Tyler, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Austin-Round Rock, Sherman-Denison, and Dallas-Plano-Irving followed, all 3.1 percent or higher.

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Texas Almost Doubles U.S. Job Creation Rate

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 10:11pm. 892 Views

Texas gained nonagricultural jobs at a rate of 3.3 percent from September 2017 to September 2018, almost doubling the nation’s growth rate of 1.7 percent, according to the Monthly Review of the Texas Economy by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Nongovernment jobs also almost doubled that of the United States’ rate, with an annual growth rate of 3.9 percent in Texas and two percent in the U.S.

The unemployment rate in Texas in September 2018 was 3.8 percent, down from four percent in September 2017. The unemployment rate was lowest in Midland, with only 2.2 percent unemployment. Amarillo and Odessa tied for second at 2.7 percent, and Austin-Round Rock and College Station-Bryan tied for fourth with 2.9 percent.

Texas mining and logging

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WalletHub: Austin is Third Best U.S. City

Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 11:45am. 569 Views

austin best cities to liveWalletHub named Austin, Texas the third best big city to live in within the United States. Seattle, Washington and Virginia Beach, Virginia took the top two spots, while San Francisco, San Diego, and Honolulu rounded out the top five. The top three scores were very close, with scores of 63.63, 63.27, and 63.24.

There was a three-way tie among U.S. big cities for income growth, with San Francisco, Seattle, and Austin taking top spot. Austin ranked second overall in the U.S. for its economy and ranked eighth for education and health. For quality of life, Austin ranked 16th and then dropped below the top 20 from there, to 21st in safety and 28th in affordability.

Of Texas cities, Arlington was the next highest ranked at 31, followed by Fort Worth and

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Outdoor Home Projects Offer Financial Returns and Owner Satisfaction

Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 10:50am. 623 Views

austin home landscape Thinking about remodeling? Homeowners should consider looking outdoors for their next upgrade, as outdoor projects can bring both financial reward and owner satisfaction, according to the National Association of Realtors®’and National Association of Landscape Professionals’ 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features.

The report looked at 13 outdoor residential projects and found that Realtors® ranked standard lawn care service as the most financially productive at resale, with a recovery rate of 267 percent of the project cost. Landscape maintenance and tree care came in second and third, with recovery rates of 100 percent. Installing an irrigation system was next most productive, at 86 percent recovery.

“Realtors® understand that a home’s first

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Texas Economic Outlook

Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 3:05pm. 517 Views

Austin downtownThe Texas economy continues to be strong, according to the Outlook for the Texas Economy Report by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. A strong United States economy and stable energy prices were the predominant factors cited in the report. Texas produces 39 percent of national crude oil and accounts for 84 percent of its exports. Here are a few of the key findings in the April 2018 report:

For the Dallas Fed’s Business-Cycle Index, the Texas Urban Triangle was led by Austin, with an 8.5 percent metropolitan business cycle index. Dallas and San Antonio came in at 3.6 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively. Houston declined but still hit 5.9 percent.

The Texas Consumer Confidence Index reached a record high, with an increase of two

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Texas Economy Continues to Outpace U.S. Economy

Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 11:59am. 544 Views

Austin downtownThe Texas economy is continuing to outpace the United States economy in job creation, even with a strong performance nationally, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

From March 2017 to March 2018, Texas gained 294,100 nonagricultural jobs for a 2.4 percent growth rate, compared to a U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent. During the same time period, Texas gained 289,100 nongovernment sector jobs for a 2.8 percent growth rate, compared to a U.S. growth rate of 1.8 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas for March 2018 was four percent, compared to a 4.6 percent rate in March 2017. The unemployment rate nationally was 4.5 percent, compared to 4.1 percent in March 2017. Austin

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Austin Named the Top Place to Live in the United States

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 7:01pm. 791 Views

town lake austinIn its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report has named Austin, Texas the number one place to live in the United States. With a score of 7.8, the capital city was compared to the 100 most populous metro areas in the U.S. and scored based on value, desirability, job market, and quality of life.

Austin’s individual rankings included a score of 8.4 for desirability, 7.3 for value, 7.5 for job market, 7.3 for quality of life, and 9.8 for net migration. About 50 people per day move to Austin, according to the report, and the latest data put the area at a population of 1,889,094.

Austin’s unemployment rate was listed at 3.2 percent, with the top employment industries being Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific, and Technical

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WalletHub: Austin is the Nation’s Best State Capital

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 2:35pm. 678 Views

Austin state capitalAustin, Texas is the 2018 best state capital to live in, according to WalletHub, which compared all 50 United States capitals on factors such as affordability, economics, education and health, and living standards. Austin scored a 67.73 on its State Capital Index score, besting second place Madison, Wisconsin by over three points. Boise, Idaho; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Bismarck, North Dakota rounded out the top five.

Of the 50 capital cities, Austin came in second for highest median income, second for lowest premature death rate, and had the second highest level of millennial newcomers. It came in third for its number of attractions. Austin had the fifth highest percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Austin’s overall affordability

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Texas Economic Outlook

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 2:35pm. 869 Views

Austin businessesThe Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University has released its January 2018 outlook for the Texas economy, with major factors robust, including those involved with residential real estate.

Housing sales across the state expanded, despite “shortages of homes priced under $300,000,” which is making entry level and starter home purchases potentially more difficult for many buyers. Residential construction activity held steady. And the Residential Construction Leading Index reached its highest level since April 2017, with increased weighted building permits and housing starts. The report stated that this signaled residential construction activity improvements through the end of 2018.

Rebuilding efforts around the Texas Gulf Coast contributed to 8,200

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