Monthly Archives: March, 2009

How many people really buy "green?"

Interesting results from a consumer research firm. The number of Americans who say they “almost always” or “regularly” buy eco-friendly products has stalled at 36 percent, the same as last year, according to a survey from Mintel, a Chicago-based consumer research firm. That follows a leap in green shoppers to that 36 percent from 12 [...]

Texas Economic Review – January 2009

From our friends at the Texas A&M Real Estate Center: The Texas economy is cooling but continues to create more jobs. Texas gained 154,600 jobs from December 2007 to December 2008, while the U.S. economy lost more than 2.8 million jobs over the same period. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.2 percent [...]

How to know when the upturn’s here

Interesting article in the Dallas Morning News yesterday on the economy. In our cyclical economy, there are certain clues to look for that will point to a recovery. The article reviews three main components hardest hit – jobs, housing, stocks – and provides its signs to watch for. On Jobs: Economist Sophia Koropeckyj, a managing [...]

Dallas job growth and future outlook

Good recap by the Dallas Business Journal in their Feb 27-Mar 5, 2009 issue. Headline “N. Texas added more than 91,100 jobs in ’08.” Bolstering the local job outlook last year was the health services industry, which had a net gain of 28,400 jobs, or 4.4%. Seemingly recession-resistant, the number of people employed locally by [...]

The Healthiest Housing Markets for 2009 (Dallas is #5!)

According to research done by Builder Magazine, Dallas is the 5th healthiest housing market in the country. Per the magazine, To compile these lists, we analyzed the top 75 housing markets in the country. We ranked them based on population trends and job growth, perennial drivers of housing demand. We also examined what’s happened with [...]