Possible Texas Economic Rebound After COVID-19, Drop in Oil Prices Researcher Says

By Candy's Dirt / June 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

From Staff Reports Lower oil prices plus a pandemic mean Texas’ economy is being hit harder than the world and the rest of the United States. But a researcher monitoring the state’s weekly economic heartbeat, says he detects positive signs.  “After flattening the last two weeks of May, the Texas weekly leading index increased during […]

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Small Bank Delivers Big Results for SBA Loan Applicants

By Elaine Raffel / May 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

The SBA’s “CARES ACT” promised a lifeline for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Yet for many owners, the loan process proved frustrating, time-consuming, and full of red tape.

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One-on-One With George Ratiu, Senior Economist for

By Candy Evans / May 14, 2020 / 0 Comments

I first met George Ratiu at NAREE, then again at MetroTex, and liked him immediately. Then I discovered we shared a common ethnic heritage: we are both Romanian! My maternal grandparents were Romanian, my grandmother emigrating when she was 12. She had six children, supported them all through the Great Depression. Tough doesn’t even begin […]

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Take a Hard Look: April Jobs Report Is Not Going To Be Pretty

By Candy Evans / April 30, 2020 / 1 Comment

DFW job gains shine in March, but April and May are not going to be so bright…

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What You Should Be Doing Now to Get Ready for New Round of PPP Loan Funding

By Shelby Skrhak / April 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Before the first round of funding ran out last week, Ebby Halliday agent Jason Bell had become the resident expert on Small Business Administration loans for friends and fellow agents who understandably had more questions than answers when applying for coronavirus relief. “It was a jumbled mess,” Bell says. In early April, the Plano Willow […]

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SBA Exhausts Funding for Paycheck Protection Loans, Urges Congress for More

By Shelby Skrhak / April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

SBA: “processed more than 14 years worth of loans in less than 14 days” 76% of loans have been processed by small/regional banks 49,000 loans totaling $8 billion have gone to real estate subsector Guidelines still murky for independent contractors, who had only four days to apply before funds ran out Talks are underway for […]

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