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Wednesday, January 22, 2020   /   by Scott Shine

Coldwell Banker Parent Company Among Best Employers for Diversity

I am proud to share that Realogy, the parent company of Coldwell Banker, was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. This places Realogy among the top 500 companies identified by Forbes and market research company Statista, which anonymously surveyed more than 60,000 employees working for organizations with at least 1,000 people. The study considered a variety of diversity factors, including gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation and physical ability, as well as an index of objective and publicly available diversity KPIs such as gender and ethnic diversity of top executives and the board of directors.
We are extremely honored. Yet we feel deeply and strongly that our industry has a long, long way to go. Recently I shared my deep and personal commitment to advancing the position of Coldwell Banker as the industry leader on issues of diversity, inclusion and creating a network that is reflective of the communities we serve. This honor is humbling in t ...

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Friday, January 10, 2020   /   by Scott Shine

Buying More Affordable Than Renting in Bell County!

January 10, 2020
(ATTOM Data Solutions) – Buying a three-bedroom property is affordable in 455 of the 855 U.S. counties analyzed in ATTOM Data Solution's 2020 Rental Affordability Report. However, that is contrary to the trend in Texas, where it is more affordable to rent than buy in more than half of the 57 Texas counties that were analyzed.
Those counties are (in alphabetical order): • Bexar • Brazoria • Brazos • Burnet • Collin • Comal • Dallas • Denton • Fort Bend • Galveston • Guadalupe • Harris • Hays • Henderson • Hidalgo • Hood • Kendall • Kerr • McLennan • Midland • Montgomery • Parker • Randall • Rockwall • Smith • Tarrant • Travis • Walker • Williamson • Wise • Wood • Van Zandt
The counties in which it is more affordable to buy are: • Angelina • Bell • Cameron • Coryell • Ector • ...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Dedicated Agents Who Honor U.S. Veterans With Acts Of Service

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agents Leaving Their Mark
Athena Snow
Nov 11, 2019 

On November 11, we commemorate U.S. veterans for their incredible acts of service, sacrifice and bravery. During this time when we contemplate and celebrate their lives and efforts, we look to extend our gratitude to so many real estate agents who go beyond their professional responsibilities to support veterans through numerous non-profit organizations, programs and activities in their communities.

According to the Office of the Texas Governor, in Texas alone there are an estimated of 1.5 million residing veterans. Texas also has one of the highest numbers of active duty and reserve members of the military. With this great population of veterans, it comes as now surprise that over 2,360 veteran organizations were registered in Texas – ranging in services, from assistance in transitioning to civilian life and supporting wounded veterans to advocating for veterans’ rights and leg ...

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Real estate still leads stocks as best investment


35% say real estate is best long-term investment option; 27% say stocks
Perceptions of best investment have shifted in response to performance
Stock ownership still well below the pre-recession levels

Stocks have had a strong 2019, with the major U.S. stock indices establishing or nearing record highs in April and early May. Still, more Americans continue to believe real estate (35%) is a superior long-term investment to stocks (27%) or other investment options.

The April 1-9 Gallup poll was conducted amid the ongoing bull stock market, but before the recent stock index records. In recent years, the real estate market has also been hot, with home values in 2018 the highest on record, and Americans expect home prices to continue to rise.

Gallup has asked a version of the best investment question since 2002, and Americans' choices have varied, largely in response to the performance of the various investment options. In 2002, as housin ...

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Monday, July 22, 2019   /   by Scott Shine

Texas unemployment breaks all-time low record . . . again

AUSTIN (Texas Workforce Commission) – After shattering the all-time low in May, Texas' unemployment rate hit 3.4 percent in June 2019.

That's the lowest it has been since the Texas Workforce Commission began tracking the data in 1976. Last month marked the 110th consecutive month of annual nonfarm employment growth as 45,000 seasonally adjusted positions were created. Texas employers have added 315,600 jobs over the year.

The Texas metro with the lowest nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate was Midland at 2.1 percent. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 6.2 percent.

The mining and logging industry saw the most seasonally adjusted growth in employment from June 2018 to June 2019, growing 6.3 percent.

The information industry was the only sector with a drop in employment, falling 0.9 percent.

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