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Local Economic Challenges, Relative Strength


The Central Texas economy paid its dues in the late 1980s and again in 2001-2002 with the end of the “dot-com” bubble, giving up significant percentages of home values and, particularly six or seven years ago, substantial high-tech employment.  After that last downturn, we entered a new phase of strong but reasonable growth — very different from the “gold-rush” that California, Nevada, Arizona, and Florida experienced.  That allowed our housing market to weather the past couple of years much better than over-inflated metros in those areas.

An article in today’s Austin American-Statesman indicates that we are feeling the nationwide recession nonetheless:

Central Texas job losses are deepest since 2003
Unemployment rate dips slightly to 7.2 percent, still near record levels.
http://www.statesman.com/search/content/business/stories/other/2009/09/19/0919texjobs.html

Year-to-year, Austin’s total employment has clearly moved in the wrong direction, but we actually gained a very modest number of jobs from July to August — almost unique nationally.  Still, Angelos Angelou, well-respected economist and forecaster, says that there is a risk that perceived weakness in our job-creation prospects could slow in-migration and complicate our expected early recovery.

I remain optimistic that we will find 2010 the beginning of a strong new market cycle.  With caution, a variety of local business people offer their similar opinions in this article, also from today’s Austin American-Statesman:

Austin businesspeople look for signs of a rebound:  http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/2009/09/20/0920austinecon.html

I am making a conscious effort to keep from being pollyannish about this, but long experience working here, and my daily exposure to ground-level market forces, lead me to believe that we’ll be just fine.  Look forward to spring and summer 2010.

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About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.

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