Note: I tried to live blog for you this morning, then lost my connection – good ole AT&T!
Good morning! I’m sitting here at MetroTex’s Forecast 2016 and Britt Fair is the emcee. Seems like every Realtor is Dallas is here. Pete Sessions is about to take the stage, followed by Jim Gaines, of course, Chief Economist and Everything at the Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University… a panel about relocation (who the heck are all these peeps moving here and where do they come from?) with Karen Greene, Director of Corporate Relocation Services at Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Frank Obringer, President of Dallas-Fort Worth Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (and a recent transplant from Florida) , and Ginny Taylor, Senior Vice President of Relocation Services at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.
Oh yes: we heard from Steven Garza first, from the Texas Association of Realtors on proposition 1, which we will talk more about.
OK, Pete Sessions is up. Starts by telling us how excited he is that we are getting rain next week, nice to know!
Dallas, he says is at the epicenter of world events… but we have fewer people actually employed today than we did in 1980. We need to get back to where we have been in those 80’s: job creation. Realtors get this because people need jobs to buy houses.
“We learned years ago that Realtors understood how important it is to create jobs to sustain our schools and cities,” he says. “This is the way we were.” (more…)