Everywhere we look when it comes to Real Estate, we see negative articles, news, and forecasts for the country. Gas prices are going up, the housing market is going under...blah blah. Our society is based on a consumer society, so naturally we are influenced by what the media tells us to do. Each market is held as separate from the others, which is just like saying it's raining in California, but the sun sure is shining in Texas! Whether it be from buying a new laptop, to rising gas prices, to purchasing a new home, the media heavily influences what we buy. I believe what we as a country need to do is to become financially, mentally, and physically strong/prepared.
Have you ever sat around and wanted a better life style? Of course, we all do, yes even Donald Trump does. I believe that educating your self when it comes to making a big purchase is the first step we all need to take, without listening to a thousand different opions. Opionions are what get you into financial trouble, what we all need to take a look at are the facts. The first fact I would like to mention is that "The Austin-Round Rock region ranks 4th among the country's largest metropolitan areas on the Milken Institute and Greenstreet Real Estate Partners' 2008 Best Performing Cities list." Even though home sales have slown down, our home prices have held very close to what we were last year. If you compare that to what we are seeing across the nation, I say we are doing very well.
The Austin Real Estate market is continuing to grow, fueled by a surging job growth market. I found an article on the Austin Business Journal that speaks of this growth: "Houston, Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth are 1-2-3 in the latest employment rankings of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. The three Texas markets have added a total of 107,200 private-sector jobs since mid-2007, while keeping their unemployment rates below 5 percent." As you can see our area is financially, mentally, and now physically becoming very strong.
Another thing you need to pay attention to when thinking of purchasing a home, is getting in touch with a credible lender and realtor. The lender and realtor work together as a solid financial team ensuring you are getting the best home for your money. The realtor can help you choose the best area to invest your money in order for you to get the highest returns with your resale value down the road. Establishing a relationship with this team from the get go, can help ensure your financial success. A good realtor/lender team will be in it for the long haul with you, and will really take pride in making sure your first deal goes smooth, so you will return to them for future business.
I love evey aspect of my job because I get the chance to help my clients achieve their financial dreams. I do not know of a better way to help society, than to educate our citizens about taking their current status and achieving things they never dreamed of. I have decided that I am in this business for the long haul!