Texas Border Business
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. hosted the 14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum on March 8th at the Edinburg Conference Center and it did not disappoint. A record attendance by realtors, lenders, builders, developers, real estate attorneys, business and civic leaders, helped fill the conference room. Edwards Abstract and Title Co. has made a commitment to provide resources that the company has available to share in the RGV market and the Real Estate Forum continues to be the company’s premier event.
Dr. Ted C. Jones, Senior Vice President-Chief Economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Director of Investor Relations for Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE-STC)was the keynote speaker as he has been for the past thirteen years. Dr. Jones’ presentation titled By the Numbers – 2018 Real Estate and Economic Outlook, provided insight and statistics on the national, state and local job markets and specifically the local real estate market. He shared analysis and various other indicators that positively affect the Valley’s economy.
President and C.E.O. of Edwards Abstract and Title Co., Byron Jay Lewis, welcomed guests and served as the master of ceremonies. “Every year I am humbled and energized with the support and attendance at our annual State of Real Estate Forum,” said Lewis. “Ted has a way of condensing and presenting complex economic data in an entertaining and easy to understand manner. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas continues to be a wonderful place to do business, and has an even brighter future,” he added.
Dr. Jones’ presentation related the job growth rates in the nation ending December 2017 showed that Texas ranked 4thin jobs created at 2.53%. Nevada led the country at 3.31% followed by Oregon, Utah, and Florida is 5thwith a slightly lower margin than Texas at 2.51%. Dr. Jones posted on his blog recently that jobs are the number one driver of the economy. “Jobs are everything to an economy. Period.” He went on to say,“So goes the number of jobs, so goes (in general) the demand for housing, commercial real estate and the overall performance of the economy.” In the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA jobs increased 1.45% creating 3,700 net new jobs ending December 2017.
Michael Overly, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer was enthused with the statistics that Dr. Jones presented at the Forum. “Thus far 2018 has lived up to Ted’s predications of being a robust year in the real estate industry as our business has increased year to date this year over the same period last year by 12%. That is a great way to start the year!”
Juan Olaguibel, Director of Bridge Operations for the McAllen/Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges was the guest speaker. Mr. Olaguibel’s presentation on the City of McAllen International Bridges provided insight on the volume of vehicle and commercial traffic and their focus on doing what they can to make the use of these bridges as positive an experience as possible. He also highlighted the advertising that is in place to attract and inform more international travelers regarding the quickest access available for crossing at the Anzalduas or McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge. “It was my pleasure to participate in such a valuable program. The economy in the RGV is diverse and enigmatic and Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s Real Estate Forum allows speakers to share valuable information and insight,” said Juan Olabuibel.
Edwards Abstract and Title Co. specializes in Mobile Closing Services for customers in Hidalgo and Cameron counties. The Edwards Escrow Teams will coordinate and assist in finalizing closing documents at a location that is convenient to the customer. The title insurance company operates full-service offices in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in the cities of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, and South Padre Island. For more information regarding Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s experienced personnel, products and resources, visit their website or log on to Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.