News in the WC
Voice For Texas is preparing to launch the new "My Texas Home" video contest. Throughout July (and even now), Texas homeowners can create a short video telling why they love their home, submit their video at MyTexasHome.org, and be entered for a chance to win up to $5,000!
My Texas Home is a great way to educate Texans about the intrinsic value of homeownership and importance of protecting private-property rights.
Members can submit their own videos, but cannot win prizes. This is a contest for consumers.
Get your friends and clients in on this fun and potentially lucrative, contest. It's a rewarding endeavor.
Join WCREALTORS's TREPAC Committee for some fun in the sun! With a $110 investment in TREPAC, you and your team of four can enter your winning recipe into the competition! Local city leaders will be invited in to taste your creation and judge the winning burger! Be sure to bring enough ingredients for about 100 burgers (sliders are recommended,) a table, a tent, and your favorite grill! Prizes will be awarded based on burger, attire, and energy! Not a master of the grill? No worries, for only a $35 investment in TREPAC you can come out, taste the burgers, participate in the games, the fun, and the networking. Call the Association at 512.255.6211 to purchase your ticket today! More Information | Team Registration Form
Join WCREALTOR's 2013 Affiliate of the Year, Laura Fowler, as she discusses Home Builders:How to Tell the Difference between the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Topics of discussion will include: New home builder warranties and how to tell the ones that are worth more than the paper they are written on; builder contracts and how they differ significantly from TAR and TREC forms, to the buyer’s disadvantage; earnest money deposit being mischaracterized as upgrades; builders sales reps who act like REALTORS® but really aren’t and how to tell the difference. Cost is only $10 and lunch is provided by David Weekley Homes. More Information | Course Flyer
As a leader of the most prestigious and fastest growing REALTOR® association in the country, WCREALTORS Directors are recognized within the Williamson County community and nationally for the real difference they make in the lives of WC’s more than 1400 members through the decisions they make and the standards they set. Please return the Board of Directors Commitment form, bio, and current headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 1, 2014. More Information & Application Form.
Millennials are going to be a big force in the housing industry in the years to come, but for homebuilders, they may be trouble. Columnist Jeff Reeve writes in The Wall Street Journal that homebuilders should be worried about millennials’ impact to their bottom line.
The generation tends to have a personal taste for urban living and they’re financially strapped so they have less income and a lot of student loan debt that will likely prevent them from taking on a hefty mortgage. What’s more, they don’t show a high desire for living in suburbia, where many builders are centering their projects.click here to read more
If you’re a zipForm online user who hasn’t yet moved to zipForm Plus, you’re going to be upgraded automatically on June 16. Beginning on that date, you’ll see a pop-up window when you log in explaining that you’ve been upgraded to zipForm Plus. You will have the option to revert back to zipForm 6 Professional until July 8, when the change to zipForm Plus becomes permanent.click here to read more
Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia are at risk of long-term home affordability problems and housing shortages if lackluster levels of new-home construction don’t catch up to the strong pace of job growth, according to new research by the National Association of REALTORS®.
Over a three-year period ending in the first quarter of 2014, NAR found that the rate of new single-family housing starts was far below historic averages relative to job growth in the majority of the country. Historically, there’s one new home construction for every one-and-a-half new jobs, but 32 states and the District of Columbia had a ratio higher than the long-term average of 1.5. The discrepancy was highest in…click here to read more
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The Leander Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Wednesday evening for the city’s new Travisso development, which will include more than 2,900 upscale homes once fully developed.
As part of a month-long promotion, Travisso will showcase 10 of its model homes at an open house event this Sunday. Kathy Mayer, Travisso community manager, said there has been a lot of interest from the community. She said homes range from the upper $200,000 to $800,000.
“Those prices are already going up because we’ve had such success in the early phase,” Mayer said.
“We have already gotten contracts on over a dozen homes and we just opened,” explained Mayer. “Not only is it proving to be beautiful, but the business is there. The sales are happening.”click here to read more
The Austin Community College District’s board of trustees voted to move forward with a November 2014 bond election, but cut nearly $115 million from the original proposal based on input from a citizen advisory committee.
“Over years of discussions, the board has listened to employers, taxpayers and the ACC community,” said Jeffrey Richard, ACC board chair. “This proposal takes into account the impact on the public and allows us to ensure a pipeline of skilled workers throughout the region for the jobs of today and tomorrow, while keeping college affordable.”click here to read more
The Pflugerville and Round Rock city councils during their latest meetings unanimously voted to approve an agreement to conduct a study on state Highway 45 frontage roads near the city limits dividing the communities.
The study will look at the feasibility of constructing frontage roads to connect Donnell Drive, also connected to Louis Henna Boulevard, to Heatherwilde Boulevard parallel to both north and southbound lanes of state Highway 45.click here to read more