By Jennifer Lish  

Hello, I hope you are all ready for the fun spring season in real estate! The Austin area is a wonderful place for us to be doing business, especially with all of the people and businesses relocating to our great city. About the time we hoped Austin wouldn’t get any more crowded, especially the with our city’s traffic woes, the forecast indicates the region’s population will grow 2.6 percent in 2019 compared with 2018, the highest projected growth rate among Texas’ four major metro areas. The forecast, released by commercial real estate services company Marcus & Millichap, indicates the Austin metro area’s population growth in 2019 will surpass 50,000 for the ninth year in a row. Of those residents, it is said more than 13,000 will be millennials. It is hard to imagine that is about 150 plus people per day!

Since so many companies are relocating to central Texas, this brings about the opportunity to gain homebuyers using relocation services. It is true the buyers will very likely purchase a home but be very careful and get all of the details if a relocation company is involved. They are not all alike and their referral fees can be very high. Remember, you can always put your negotiating skills to use with relocation companies. Needless to say, there is a lot of new business for us all.

We have so many options to get updates, continuing education classes, marketing material and much more. Reach out to your brokers, your associations, title companies, coaches, builders and lenders for information so that you can be the best for your clients. Whether a client is trying to find the perfect first home, upgrading or downsizing or looking for a great investment property, make sure to understand your clients’ needs, hopes and concerns and help them start a new chapter as seamlessly as possible.

As members of Women’s Council of REALTORS, we belong to an elite group of business leaders. We are a network of successful REALTORS, advancing professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities we serve. We have some incredible speakers coming your way in 2019.

Be on the lookout for Tony Robbins Peak Performance Strategist, Karissa Kouchis for a Strategy Session in March, a speaker on cyber security in April, Michael Maher in May and national speaker Leigh Brown in June, to name a few!
Don’t forget it is time to sign up or renew your membership. You can go to www.wcr.org to join today! If you are interested in more updates on any of these events or WCR, please contact me at 512-296-8187 or Lishjennifer@gmail.com. RL