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he Williamson County Association of REALTORS (WCREALTORS) has kicked off 2019 by welcoming new association executive Bryan Hutchinson to the 1,900 member association and its multiple listing service. He started on Feb. 1, 2019. Cyndi Bell, 2019 president, introduced Hutchinson to members, saying “WCREALTORS is committed to laying a healthy and strong foundation as our family grows.” Hutchinson comes to WCREALTORS from Denton County, near Fort Worth.

There, he was a managing partner at The Victor Myers Companies where he led his team on different aspects of business development, customer service, marketing, branding and implementing strategies for meeting company goals. When his youngest child was getting ready to graduate from high school, Hutchinson and his wife realized it was time to look ahead to their next chapter. “We both had a strong desire to move someplace else. We started that process and considered different positions, including one in Maryland.” Hutchinson learned this position was soon opening. The Hutchinsons sensed in their gut that this is where they belonged. “Leading non-profit organizations is what I was seeking to do, particularly in the real property world. And these positions are so few and far between.” Hutchinson is right. There are some 70 real estate associations in the state and WCREALTORS is one of the 10 largest. Before settling in Denton with his wife and kids, Hutchinson did a lot of traveling — he describes his early years as “nomadic.” He was born in Florida, and then moved to Texas — from Minnesota — around age 7 or 8. “We moved 18 times before I graduated from high school,” said Hutchinson. “That’s one reason why real estate is so important to me. I know what it’s like to live in a gated community and what it’s like to live in the backseat of a car.” Come again? Around seventh grade, Hutchinson’s parents hit a rough patch and the family home was foreclosed on. “We had to move out in the middle of the night. We spent a night or two in our Plymouth Fury.” The Hutchinson’s were soon able to secure a small apartment. There, they bartered work around the complex in exchange for a place to live. His parents eventually did get back on their feet. But the experience of being homeless and moving so often played a significant role in how Hutchinson would go on to live the rest of his life. “That’s what has driven me, in part, to where I am today.” Comparatively, the rest of Hutchinson’s young adult years were much less chaotic. He

joined the Army soon after graduating high school. There, he was a paratrooper and a military policeman. He worked his way up to the rank of sergeant. He also traveled a lot and had his first opportunity to volunteer with a non-profit group, which he continued doing throughout the remainder of his nearly six years of service in the Army. He then became self-employed, working in consulting and leadership positions, and always kept one foot in the non-profit world, typically with churches or education-based organizations. After hearing about the association executive position at WCREALTORS, and then becoming a candidate for the job, the interview

process took about three months. "For me, aside from faith and family, there’s nothing more important than to advocate on behalf of society and fight for people and housBryan Hutchinson ing," he says. Association Executive Some of the reasons he was chosen out of a small group of extremely qualified candidates is that the board WCREALTORS: Continued on page 28

RELOCATION REPORT: where are all these new Central Texas buyers coming from? By Riki Markowitz

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ationally, the economy is the strongest it has been in decades. But in Texas, based on certain measurements, it’s just a little stronger. Last month, when Texas REALTORS released its 2018 Texas Relocation Report, it shined some light on what to expect for the rest of 2019. Analysis of current reporting data shows, “This is the fourth consecutive year that Texas added more than 500,000 new residents from out of state. [Texas experienced] a net gain of 87,656 residents this reporting period.” The authors of the Texas REALTORS annual survey evaluated statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, migration trend data compiled by U-Haul, and relocation figures from 40 of the largest demographic areas in Texas. The resulting report reveals relocation numbers for metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and counties in Texas show, specifically, that Austin, Round Rock and Travis County are attractive destinations

for new residents from within and out-ofstate. The largest number of folks moving here from out-of-state are coming from other large MSAs, like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Austin and Round Rock had the third highest net gains of out-ofstate residents among the four major Texas MSAs — 17,280 new residents arrived here from California, New York and Illinois. On the list of counties experiencing the largest rise in population from out-of-state, Travis County ranks No. 5 (32,542 new residents) and Williamson County ranks 10th (16,105 new residents). New residents are coming to Texas mostly from California, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Florida. But U.S. migration accounts for just 55 percent of new arrivals. More than 44 percent are moving to Texas from abroad. Travis County is also appealing to fellow Texans living in other counties. In terms of the in-state counties that Texans relocate to the most, Travis County ranks No. 4. This past year, 1,741 Harris County residents RELOCATION: Continued on page 28


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President’s Column By Kevin Scanlan • 2019 President

When it comes to relocation, Austin is still the place to be

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ustin is still the place people want to move to. It’s no secret Austin’s metropolitan statistical area (MSA) has been growing rapidly over the past decade, and that growth has not stopped. Our MSA has grown by an average of more than 150 people a day since 2010 (that’s about 55,500 people annually and 440,000 people since 2010, if you’re doing the math), according to a recent analysis by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The report showed that net migration accounted for 12.9 percent of Austin’s 2017 population, which is a larger market share than any other top 50 metro in the country. This growth makes sense. For decades, Austin’s had the perfect combination of factors that make the city a desirable place to live: sunshine and access to green spaces, an awesome nightlife, a friendly culture and strong job growth. The city’s perks — ranging to its low crime rate to access to incredible hospitals and schools — has been a draw for millennials, families and retirees alike. But now that Austin has cemented its reputation

for being a prime spot for business, supporting both startups and established tech companies (Facebook, Google, Apple, to name a few), it’s inevitable that our region’s stream of newcomers will continue. But where are all of these people coming from? The Chamber’s analysis reveals that over half of the relocation to the Austin and Round Rock MSA was from other Texas metros: Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio. This was echoed in Texas REALTORS®’ Texas Relocation Report released last month, which ranked Texas No. 2 in the nation for relocation activity. At the county level, the Texas Relocation Report shows strong outflow of residents from Travis County into surrounding counties (particularly Williamson County) as Austin homebuyers look outward for access to more affordably priced housing and a greater selection of inventory. What does this mean for REALTORS? One, it’s important that we recognize our client base is changing — fast. The growing influx of residents from other states and

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countries means that Austin REALTORS must broaden their knowledge on homebuyer needs, challenges, and cultural backgrounds to best serve our increasingly diverse client base. Second, despite favorable economic conditions in and around Austin, we can’t rest on our laurels and allow housing affordability to reach crisis levels on our watch. As learned from experience through Austin’s archaic land development code, rapid growth without strategic and proactive planning by local leaders can do more harm than good and, over time, detrimentally impact the long-term sustainability of our communities. It’s important that we as REALTORS speak up and show up for what makes Austin a great place to live, raise a family and do business. (Hint… this is where you come in!) Here are three ways you can take action in the next month: First, join us for REALTOR Day at the Capitol on March 26. Meet directly with state lawmakers alongside thousands of Texas RE-

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Drees Custom Homes treats REALTORS to brunch and a home tour in Caliterra in Dripping Springs. Janet Robison of JP & Associates REALTORS and Tracy Scudder of Keller Williams Realty get the latest updates from Drees Homes' Sara Coltharp.The builder is offering homes in Caliterra starting in the $450s where residents can enjoy 250 acres of green space.

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move. Contact your client sphere and ask who they know from California or Florida that is thinking about moving to Texas. Network with agents that live in states with the highest migration to Central Texas and build a referral network. You can even invest your time and dollars to a relocation designation. WCREALTORS will be hosting several classes and events coming soon that will help you land that next client. Next month we will be featuring classes on Instagram and Facebook. In April, jump on board for our annual Westside Bus Tour. I hope to see you for a fun day of learning, networking and touring new homes and developments on Highway 29. RL

Rebecca Byers and Carmen Soto, both of Vivid Realty, meet some new people and network at the RRC Network with a Cause event where money is being raised to support Refuge Ranch, a non-profit assisting minor victims of sex trafficking.

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Creating Customers for Life AFTER CLOSING BEST PRACTICES Days 1 - 30

Days 31 - 60

Days 60+

Bring/deliver food on moving day

Offer one housekeeper visit

Telephone call - what do they need?

Arrange cleaning service prior to moving in/out

Provide information on community services

Send maintenance checklist

Follow up telehpone call using FORD (Family, Occupation, Recreation, Dreams)

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he Austin Business Journal reports over 150 people relocate to the Austin metropolitan statistical area (MSA) every day making it the second fastest growing city in the nation. Austin makes the top of every desirable city list for our vibrant art community, music and foodie scenes, as well as the laid back lifestyle we all appreciate. Apple announced 5,000 new jobs, and Google, Indeed, Facebook and Progressive have all indicated they are expanding in Austin. We learned at our Annual Housing Forecast in January that, unlike our traffic, the Greater Austin economy is not slowing down anytime soon. People are coming and they will need housing. From a home building perspective, what do we do? We keep building houses! In 2018, our builders cranked out 16,500 starts. We expect to build at a similar pace this year. As more millennials enter our market, our builders are providing more options for a customized experience. As boomers look to downsize, we are creating communities that will service their changing needs. We are working hard to keep houses affordable with the factors in our

control, like increasing functionality in smaller spaces and working with local government entities to keep fees low and processes efficient. Almost 70 percent of Austin’s population growth over the past decade is due to net migration from around Texas, but Austin is a preferred destination for many people across America as well. According to Redfin, 28 percent of people looking to buy in Austin are from out of state, with 18 percent of them seeking refuge from the skyrocketing costs in the Bay Area of California. The average home price in Austin hovers around $305,000 and is significantly less than the Bay area’s $1.3 million average home price. Relocating to a new area is never easy, but the Greater Austin area has so much to offer. Our builders will make sure our new neighbors land in beautiful homes they love and can afford.

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the Gold Award for Best Infill Community for the 2018 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) given by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Awards were announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show on Feb. 20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Built by HBA member Schwartz Custom Homes, Kipp Flores Architects, also an HBA of Greater Austin member, designed the site layout, unit floorplans and construction documents for this project. Civil engineering was provided by HBA member Texas Engineering Solutions and interiors were designed and merchandised by another HBA member, Mary DeWalt of Mary DeWalt Design Group. Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and de-

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Get your tickets for the annual HBA Crawfish Boil Builder/REALTOR Mixer March 28 Our Annual Crawfish Boil is coming up on March 28 at Sweetwater. This is a great opportunity for the real estate community to mix with the building community over great food and live music. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets now at hbaaustin.com. RL

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Giovanna Pinson and Michael Pritchard, both of JP & Associates, have a glass of wine while they learn market information at the North American Title "Thrive for Five" event at North by Northwest.

ABoR Past Presidents Steve Crorey, left, and Brandy Guthrie, center, now life members of TREPAC, receive a token of appreciation from ABoR CEO Emily Chenevert, fellow Past President Bill Evans of Austin Real Pros and Tami Baker of Blueline Realty.

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James Walker of Keller Williams Realty thanks Tisha Endsley of Scott Felder Homes for giving him a tour of their beautiful model in Caliterra, a master-planned community off RR 12 in Dripping Springs. The community was the site of the HBA of Greater Austin's Parade of Homes in 2016.

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Kyung Choi of KnM Realty learns how to use Austin Title's "Agent One" app while taking a class at the company's Cedar Park office. The app helps agents figure out closing costs and has a ton of marketing features designed to help agents sell homes.

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he Austin and Round Rock MSA’s (fivecounty area) population is growing by a net of 150 people per day. (That is considering the number of people moving in minus people moving out and births over deaths.) The two states that are losing the most people to Texas are California and New York. These states are also at the bottom of the list of ratings for economic freedom. Texas has gained over 115,000 people from California in the past five years. That fact and that California has the nation’s highest marginal income tax rate and ranks in the worst five for state and local tax burden while Texas has no income tax and ranks in the best five states for taxation means that Texas should continue to see double-digit percentage growth from California in the years to come. A forecast of population growth shows that the Austin metro area's population may hit 3.2 million by 2030. With so many people relocating to the Lone Star State, it is important to supply them with good information about housing, schools, lifestyle, recreation, festivals, etc. As REALTORS, we have access to many title companies that supply relocation guides chock full of information that would

interest potential neighbors. As a CRS designee, we have access to many resources to help relocators make an informed decision about the area where they will move. A CRS REALTOR is a Certified Residential Specialist, one of the top three percent of real estate agents in the United States. CRS agents have more experience and training than the average REALTOR and are a part of a community of REALTORS dedicated to improving the real estate industry for homebuyers and sellers everywhere. Make plans to attend our next event on April 17 where the Central Texas RRC is teaming up with the Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) at the Austin Country Club for the infamous TREPAC Cake Auction. Texas REALTOR and TREPAC leadership from around the state will be attending. The fee for this event is $35. The money that is collected from entry fees and the auction will go to TREPAC. Your contribution will be credited to your board/association as part of your annual investment. We are signing up sponsors to cover lunch and valet parking. Be on the lookout for flyers and an Eventbrite invitation to RSVP. Register early, we expect this event to sell out. RL

Keller Williams Realty Round Rock Market Center agents are recognized with annual awards. Mariella Rivero's team, second from left, earns the No. 5 spot for GCI for a group, No. 3 in Listing Sold Volume and No. 5 in Closed Volume. Rivero team member Pat Zaheasky, left, earned the No. 3 spot for Top Profit Share. Frances Crossley, third from left, earned individual awards as follows: No. 2 GCI, No. 3 Total Units Sold, No. 2 Listing Volume Sold, No. 2 Closed Volume and No. 1 Highest Priced Closing. Also pictured from the Rivero team are Gabriella Marzonati and Lucy Montealvo. RL Advertising Partner: Austin Title

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Commentary By Wayne Morgan The Real Estate Business School

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A D V E R T I S E I N R E A LT Y L I N E [ V I S I T M Y R E A LT Y L I N E . C O M O R C A L L D O R E N C A R V E R AT 5 1 2 - 5 1 4 - 6 1 4 1 F O R D E TA I L S ]

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hat is your answer? Do you have a financial plan? What will you do for money to pay your living expenses after you stop working? Most of you are working for money; but do you have any of your money working for you? This is where most people stop reading and move on to the next picture or article. Talking about money and making the effort to create a financial plan is too painful, so they ignore it and hope this problem solves itself or goes away. Neither of these is going to happen. The process of creating wealth is actually surprisingly easy. Here are the steps: 1. There are owners out there right now who want to sell their property. Find a property you can buy. 2. There are lenders out there with money who want to lend on real estate. Borrow money from one of these lenders to buy the property. 3. There are people out there who want to rent the property. Find a tenant who wants to occupy the property and pay rent

and rent it to them. 4. Collect the rent and pay the lender back each month. 5. Keep the extra money, the equity, the appreciation and the proceeds at sale. There are few things we need to know to accomplish this, but that is the essence of it. As REALTORS, we are in a unique position to create wealth, yet very few do. We see opportunities few others see. During the licensing process we learned how to determine the value of a piece of property by doing a CMA. We also learned how to write a real estate contract. After we obtained our license and joined our local board of REALTORS, we were given access to and trained on how to use the MLS system, which contains thousands of properties for sale. We can sell these properties to someone else and make three percent and split that with our broker, the IRS and pay our expenses, leaving us with very little or we can buy the property ourselves. Over the years, the mortgage is paid down while rents typically

increase, producing positive cash flow each month that increases over time. In short; you will not become financially independent working three percent at a time. The money in real estate is made by owning real estate, not listing it and selling it to someone else. When we acquire property with our commissions (cash) we get paid over and over each and every month (cash flow) whether we quit working or not. This is what separates the “wealthy” from the rest. The wealthy understand the differ-

ence between cash and cash flow. The wealthy have money working for them. The wealthy acquire assets that produce cash flow and grow in value. The wealthy use “other people’s money.” The wealthy only borrow when someone else pays back the loan. The wealthy are wealthy because they think like wealthy people think. They act like wealthy people act and they do what wealthy people do. So if we want to have what wealthy people have, we simply have to do what wealthy people do and then we will be wealthy. RL


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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 RL Advertising Partner: North American Title

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ello, 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 de-

tails 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

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ne of the largest producers of quality, move-up homes in Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding areas, Scott Felder Homes has been a market innovator for more than 35 years. Since its founding, Scott Felder Homes has made its mission to understand the needs and desires of today’s homebuyer. “We go above and beyond to create an exceptional homebuying experience that fulfills our clients’ needs by offering the latest designs, technology, features and elevations,” says Greg Smith, vice president of Sales for Scott Felder Homes. “Our management team has over 100 years of hands on experience in the homebuilding industry.” Currently, Scott Felder Homes builds in 22 communities in and around the Austin area, including Rough Hollow Lakeway and Santa Rita Ranch which were recently honored with the Best Master Planned Community award by the HBA of Greater Austin. In addition to its current presence in the area’s most desirable locations, Scott Felder Homes is working to expand through new community development and aggressive acquisition of finished lots as premier opportunities become available. Additionally, the company’s product offering is undergoing rapid and exciting diversification. Scott Felder Homes is enjoying an unprecedented expansion into additional communities with new product offerings featuring exciting designs and architectural elements,” says Smith, who oversees the Austin Division sales team. “Our geographic footprint will continue to expand into the emerging submarkets with the finest schools, cutting edge technology and world-class amenities attainable.” Offering a full spectrum of homebuyer opportunities, Scott Felder Homes actively caters to every market segment — from first-time buyers to move-up buyers to active senior “lock and leave” buyers. Scott Felder Homes offers one- and two-story, single-family homes with multiple elevations and styles, including traditional, craftsman, cottage, farmhouse and modern/contemporary. “We aspire to be the finest builder in Central Texas and in order to complete that profile, we must offer a selection for every potential buyer,” Smith says. “For example, we’re currently exploring the single-family attached product that has gained steam on a national scale.” In addition to the variety of home styles and floorplans, Scott Felder Homes offers an array of cutting

edge design elements with signature options, such as its award-winning outdoor living spaces. “Our product development team is unsurpassed in their innovation, creativity and eye for striking design,” Smith says. “We design our homes to ‘bring the outside in’ with 90-degree slider door panels to open directly to the outdoor living spaces. Our outdoor living GREG SMITH, vice president of Sales options provide ample seating areas with masonry fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, built-in grills, cathedral ceilings with tongue and groove soffits and beautiful porch paver flooring.” When it comes to building a home with Scott Felder Homes, homebuyers can expect quality customer service and customer appreciation. “Without our valued customers, we would not exist and we recognize this,” Smith says. “We have many steps in the process that ensure a buyer understands the process and expectations. Setting proper expectations is the first step in having a smooth build cycle.” Homebuyers can expect to work with the Scott Felder Homes Design Studio to make their selections, meet regularly with a field manager who outlines the process and next steps, and receive weekly updates on progress and the following week’s objectives. “We do a final walk through inspection about a week before the close date and a re-walk the morning of closing to ensure that the home is 100 percent complete,” Smith says. “It is our policy that we close homes that have zero outstanding items and are completely ready for a buyer. This improves our customer service, and while it could be frustrating to have a close date move by a day or two before a buyer takes ownership, they can immediately have a level of comfort one may not have with another builder.” Above all, Scott Felder Homes strives to ensure customers are beyond satisfied with the end product. The company’s culture is deeply rooted in measuring success through customer satisfaction, and by working together as one cohesive team, they deliver homes that reflect these values. “Scott Felder Homes is proud to provide the quality of construction we demand from our trade partners,” Smith says. “The enthusiasm amongst our homeowners is reflected in our referral business. We sell new homes today to families who purchased a Scott Felder home over 25 years ago. That is doing something right.” RL

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Continued from front page: WCREALTORS understood his passion, they saw his successes in the private sector, his work in non-profits enhanced his skill sets, and finally, they respected his desire to cooperate and form strong relationships with association members. RealtyLine spoke with Hutchinson on day 28 on the new job and he admits that he’s still figuring things out. But what he understood from the start was that all the staff at WCREALTORS are “phenomenal, very dedicated, intelligent and skilled individuals. They earnestly and genuinely care about membership.” As the CEO of the association, his job is to lead, provide guidance and overlook any of the operational activities that happen to land on his desk. “My job is to make sure my team and I are aligned with the mission of the association, the desire of the board of directors, and be a steward of all that is

entrusted to us.” For 2019, Hutchinson wants to start unlocking the world of real estate. “Not just how to be a REALTOR, but looking at the industry as a whole. Our goal is to reveal how it works, what works in it and how to be a better professional.” The goal is not limited to working with brokers and agents, but also, every professional on every step of the ladder.” Members interested in staying apprised on the latest WCREALTORS news and initiatives should sign up on the association’s Facebook page. But Hutchinson also has a standing offer for all members: give him a call and he’s happy to meet for a cup of coffee. It’s all part of his mission to function in the spirit of service and transparency. RL

CONTINUED from front page: Relocation moved to Travis and 1,426 moved here from Dallas County. And when folks decide to leave Travis for a different county in Texas, most go to Williamson County (6,674), followed by Hays County (3,466). The obvious takeaway from the relocation report is that not only do families and individuals have the desire to move here, but also, the steady and favorable economy gives them the confidence to see it through. Job growth, good wages, pro-business policies, good schools, zero income tax and a strong housing market are all the different factors that people consider when making a big life decision. It’s always interesting to find out where new Austin residents are coming from and when our neighbors pack up and leave, we want to know what new place they’re giving all this up for (most Texas experts say it’s MSAs in California, New York and Louisiana). Tray Bates, 2019 chairman of Texas REALTORS, says there are some important points for Austin real estate professionals to glean from the annual report. For agents interested in growing their business, the Texas Relocation Report reveals exactly where to find new clients, says Bates. If you’re an agent in the Austin area, then you need to increase your presence to residents in Harris and Dallas Counties, as well as in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. With social media, it’s really easy to advertise to targeted zip codes anywhere in the country. Agents find a lot of success using social media to connect with referral partners. Bonnie Neel, a mortgage banker in Austin says, “the best lead-generation method is personal referrals and social media allows for referral connection with more success than advertising.” By using the research provided by Texas REALTORS’ relocation report and focusing on counties where you’re likely to find most new clients, you automatically maximize your marketing efforts. It also saves time, money and can increase your bottom line. RL

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Networking & Other Events Saturday, March 23 MI Homes: Pop on By Home Tour Bear Creek Crossing, 1 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 AREAA: 3rd Annual Crawfish Boil 704 W 9th St., 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26 TAR: REALTOR Day at The Capitol Texas Capitol, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, April 5 WCREALTORS: REALTOR Prom WCREALTORS Office, 7 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 HBA: 15th Annual Crawfish Boil Builder/REALTOR Mixer Sweetwater, 6 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 11 WCREALTORS: Hwy 29 Bus Tour WCREALTORS Office, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Continuing Education Classes Tuesday, March 26 MI Homes: Legal Update I (FREE) Carmel Creek, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 28 Austin Title: Agent One Closing App Spicewood Springs Branch, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 27 ABoR: Slash Your Taxes ABoR Headquarters, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17 Veterans United HL: VLB & Home Loans for Vets 3415 Greystone Drive #301, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27 Veterans United HL: Closing Statement for Your RE Transaction 3415 Greystone Drive, Suite 301 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, May 6-9 RE Business School: Principles of Investing RE Business School, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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In 2018, Classic Realty had a year of great change and even greater growth and does not

plan on slowing down in 2019. The company added another broker associate, Carment Canto, and three REALTORS: Richelle Fowler, Tyler Gatewood and David Shearer. Broker/Owner Lorrie Westberry earned her Buffini certification. Westberry said of her certification,"This is going to be another business accelerating tool our agents can utilize to get their dream business they always envisioned." RL

The Potts Care Team Real Estate Brokerage opens The Potts Care Team opens its doors at Highway 45 and AW Grimes in Round Rock on March 1 and is seeking new agents. The company is offering 15 percent split up to $3 million in commissions. "This gives the young agents without capital an easier time getting their feet on the ground. "There are nearly $5,000 in expenses as a first

year agent," says Craig Potts. "If you recruit an agent, you will receive one percent of their gross sales. This is guaranteed in 2019." Potts touts his references about regarding his coaching and mentoring, his 24 years of knowledge and his focus on giving agents his time.  For more information, Craig is available at 512586-4843. RL

Johnson Development acquires Bryson in Leander Johnson Development closed on the 530acre development, purchasing it from Crescent Communities for an undisclosed price. Opened in 2015, Bryson is located just east of Highway 183A. Homes are priced from the $250,000s to the $500,000s by current builders Brookfield Residential, Chesmar Homes,

Drees Custom Homes, Lennar, Perry Homes and Scott Felder Homes. Houston-based Johnson Development is one of the nation’s leading developers, with more communities on current lists of top-selling master-planned communities than any other developer in the nation. RL

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Putting a face on real estate since 1995. The March 2019 issue of RealtyLine focuses on relocations.