Texas Roads & The Roads Less Taken

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The geography of Texas is changing. Projected population in the State of Texas for 2016 is estimated to be approximately 28,240,245. The diversity landscaping is changing yet Anglo and Hispanics dominate the overall diversity groups. 

Three major factors will continue to impact Texas' economy in 2016. They are energy, national economy and the value of the dollar. To boost the national economy other industries that can boost the state's overall economy include health care, technology or business services. New construction is thriving in North Dallas. 


While driving through Flower Mound yesterday afternoon, I turned down one of the few remaining country roads less taken and captured these beautiful wild flowers growing along the side of the road. Although Blue Bonnets are blooming, I was captivated by these purple wildflowers which I haven't seen before along roadsides. Not far in the distance was an old abandoned barn. Elsewhere, trees, shrubs, and grass was growing turning the landscape into a season of luscious green.


Trends for Texas Real Estate continue to see low inventory. It's still a Seller's Market, and new construction is everywhere. What's different are the number of rental units available as a result of new construction. Property rentals and apartment dwellings are now higher and new apartments seem to be getting smaller in size with new units. It's not unusual to see new luxury homes one, two or three million dollars. The gap between the affluent and lower income continues to widen. Finding affordable housing is a challenge for those whose incomes haven't increased over time. Like other areas, the economy is impacted with the conditions of the U.S. economic performance. Overall, a steep fall in crude oil prices has had a negative impact.  


Despite global warnings, the prices in oil, war on terrorism, medical costs and other needs for our Military, and for job losses, President Obama has proposed about an 18% increase for former Presidential Pension Funds. Former living Presidents include Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and of  course after the new President is sworn in, will include Obama. So what else is new?


                       *Source: Robert Fowler - Obama Looks to Raise Pension Funds for former Presidents 3/18/16




For the rest of the U.S. citizens, let's have a positive outlook that the United States of America will stay ethical, strong, and stay united. With the debates still heavily on my mind, I listened to the car radio Sunday morning. While driving down a Texas road less traveled, observing abandoned barns and purple wild flowers, I listened to a religious channel with different opinions from Baptist, Catholic, and Evangelical religious leaders. One of them (not a Catholic priest) said how horrible things were going with the presidential debates. He said, he was sick of the circus act among the candidates.

Listeners were reminded, voters should remember the foundation of our government was based on separation of Church and State. Regardless of ones preference for religion, it's not one of the qualifications for President or a justifiable reason to cast your vote for someone for President. People should be careful not get confused about voting for someone who speaks more about their personal religious beliefs and opinions than what they will do for our country.   



“...legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.” 
― Thomas JeffersonLetters of Thomas Jefferson



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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Patricia Feager ,

As always a very thought provoking post! Thank you for your observations for us to ponder. Enjoy your Monday..the landscape of Texas is changing and frankly I'm glad I've been here since 1981 to be a part of its historic growth.

Mar 20, 2016 10:35 PM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a beautiful photograph - I am heading out a country road today - I try to cherish them as they get rarer and rarer! 

Mar 20, 2016 11:12 PM #2
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I have never been to your state, but you always make it sound so pretty!!

Mar 20, 2016 11:53 PM #3
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Amen to that ... vote for the promises ... and pray they will keep them. 

Loving wild flowers ... 

Mar 21, 2016 02:05 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia, while reading your post, first I smiled, just picturing the beautiful nature, that smile turned into frown when I came to the end. That's all I'm going to say, I only hope and pray our great country will stay strong.

Mar 21, 2016 03:41 AM #5
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Patricia, We were planning a trip to Texas with our friends, but one passed away suddenly of a brain tumor. We hope to visit this state soon.  Love the purple wildflowers. We have plenty of country roads here in WV, and never tire of the scenery.

Mar 21, 2016 05:36 AM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Hello Patricia Feager Love the wild flowers you captured while driving down a country road.  Thanks for your invocative post.

Mar 21, 2016 07:34 AM #7
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia that is a beautiful sight, I would have pulled over and taken a picture as well.

By the way if politicians took care of this country as well as they take care of themselves, this country would be doing much better than it is.

Mar 21, 2016 09:57 AM #8
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Patricia, as our large cities expand into the rural areas, we are seeing less and less of those "less traveled roads".  We too are seeing a very strong market with such low inventory, buyers are struggling to find a property.  

Mar 21, 2016 11:56 PM #9
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Patricia Feager What a beautiful sight on a country road.  We have no such roads here, but we do have beautiful flowers everywhere.  We are seeing the same type of market with low inventory, strong seller's market, new construction priced very high and sky-high rentals.

Apr 04, 2016 09:25 PM #10
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