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Wednesday, May 30, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

McLane Launches Veterans' Warriors to Wheels to Temple

TEMPLE – May 29, 2018 - McLane Company Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, launched a Registered Driver Apprenticeship Program featuring a veteran initiative, Warriors to Wheels.

The Warriors to Wheels program is GI Bill approved and is a Registered Driver Apprenticeship with the Department of Labor. It is designed to attract and provide military veterans an “earn while you learn” training model that utilizes their military training experience to move into a career in transportation.

McLane offers careers that don’t require drivers to be away from their families for extended periods of time. Delivery drivers run 1-2-day routes, with over 80 distribution centers nationwide.

McLane’s Driver Apprenticeship Program is open to anyone, not just veterans. However, military veterans who are eligible for GI Bill benefits can receive their GI Bill housing allowance while earning a wage a ...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

Rail-served $16M facility to Temple Industrial Park

TEMPLE – May 29, 2018 - Lane Enterprises will undertake a $16.3 million capital investment for a new manufacturing facility.

Lane will build on a rail-served 21-acre site in the Temple Industrial Park and will create 21 new jobs with a $1.2 million average annual payroll. The Temple facility will produce High Density Polyethylene Pipe and corrugated metal pipe.

Lane Enterprises is a full-line manufacturer of corrugated metal and plastic drainage products.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

Killeen Texas has nearly closed the black and white homeownership gap

David Michael Jones can't resist describing the house he bought a year ago in a suburb of Killeen, Texas — it's 2,800 square feet, set up on a hill, with a formal dining room and an enormous master bedroom that includes a bathroom big enough to do cartwheels in.

"To me, I'm on top of the world," says Jones, 68, a reverend and father of nine. "It's my world, but I'm on top of it."

Jones credits his ability to buy such an ideal abode, in large part, to his long career with the military. He retired with a full pension and disability benefits that total about $70,000 a year, and obtained special home loan financing through the Veterans Administration in a place where houses are plentiful and affordable. And as a fully disabled veteran in Texas — resulting from his post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes and hypertension — he doesn't have to pay property taxes either.

Jones' path to real estate bliss is far from the norm for African Americans.

Fifty years ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

NRT (Coldwell Banker) is the #1 Residential Broker for the 21st Year in a row!

I am very proud to announce that, for the 21st year in a row, NRT has been ranked the #1 residential real estate brokerage in the nation in both closed sales volume and closed transaction sides by REAL Trends 500. NRT closed 346,942 transaction sides and had more than $178 billion in closed sales volume in 2017. Click here to download the full report to view the data.

This is an important differentiation that you can use in your marketing and client discussions. The marketing team is working on a number of items for you to share with your prospects and sphere, including InTouch eCards and flyers, and social media assets that will be available soon on our local intranet. The listing presentation is also being updated in Moxi Present with the 2017 statistics, and will be live in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to every affiliated agent and employee who made this incredible achievement possible. Your hard work, professional excellence and continued commitment to delivering tru ...

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Thursday, March 29, 2018   /   by Scott Shine

Why Buyers May Lose If They Don’t Act Now

Rising mortgage rates could have a big impact on the direction your buyers choose when shopping for real estate, economists warn. “Every time the interest rates go up, you eliminate a group of people who can no longer afford to buy a house,” Don Frommeyer, a mortgage broker at Marine Bank in Indianapolis, told realtor.com®. “Some people may have to rent for a period of time until they make more money—or buy a smaller house.”

To avoid further complications in their plans, your buyers may want to speed up their home search this spring, as interest rates are forecasted to move higher in the coming months. Forty-four percent of home buyers say rate increases likely will force them to settle for a smaller, less expensive home that requires a longer commute to their jobs, according to a realtor.com® survey. First-time buyers may be most affected by rising costs, as increasing home prices and interest rates price some out of the market.

Mortgage r ...

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