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More validation for Austin


I find myself in disagreement with our city council’s approach to the world more often than I would like, but Austin is home, and it is great to see “river city” keep coming up on national rankings for positive things.  Here’s the latest from Brookings Institute:

America’s most recession-proof cities

I guess “Keep Austin Weird” means many things.  On the surface, Austin’s free-wheeling lifestyle and worldview don’t mesh well with a thriving economy and the kind of stability that article discusses.  On the other hand, we have had a strong entrepreneurial outlook for many years, and I believe that is an important factor.  Sure large employment and related local spending by state government and several colleges and universities make a huge contribution, but it is the private sector that continues to attract employers and their employees here.

Austin has paid some dues on the downside before — notably when the dot-com bubble burst a decade ago.  Small companies failed right and left, employment tumbled, and home values took a serious hit.  We came back, though, and thankfully we did not follow Silicon Valley back up the real estate roller coaster just to roar back down the hill in this recession.

This really is a great place to be, and a great time to be here!

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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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