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  • Realtor in Justin,Texas GE MOTOROLA ALLIANCE

    Posted Under: Home Buying in 76247, In My Neighborhood in 76247, Investment Properties in 76247  |  June 26, 2013 11:37 AM  |  2,168 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

                
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy
  • Realtor North Fort Worth,BNSF

    Posted Under: General Area in 76177, Home Buying in 76177, Investment Properties in 76177  |  June 26, 2013 11:35 AM  |  2,064 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

                
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy
  • Realtor near GE in Justin,Texas

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Justin, In My Neighborhood in Justin, Investment Properties in Justin  |  June 26, 2013 11:34 AM  |  1,989 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

                
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy
  • Realtor near Motorola,Alliance Texas

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Alliance, In My Neighborhood in Alliance, Investment Properties in Alliance  |  June 26, 2013 11:33 AM  |  1,238 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

                
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy
  • Realtor in Haslet,Texas

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Haslet, In My Neighborhood in Haslet, Investment Properties in Haslet  |  June 26, 2013 11:32 AM  |  1,164 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

                
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy
  • Realtor in Haslet,Texas

    Posted Under: Home Buying in 76052, In My Neighborhood in 76052, Investment Properties in 76052  |  June 26, 2013 11:31 AM  |  1,125 views  |  No comments

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. housing recovery is strengthening. Factories are fielding more orders. And Americans’ confidence in the economy has reached its highest point in 51/2 years.

    That brightening picture, captured in four reports Tuesday, suggests that the economy could accelerate in the second half of the year. It underscores the message last week from the Federal Reserve, which plans to slow its bond-buying program this year and end it next year if the economy continues to strengthen. The bond purchases have helped keep long-term interest rates low.

    Investors appeared to welcome the flurry of positive data.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 100 points to close at 14,760, and broader stock indexes also ended higher. Those gains made up only a fraction of the losses since Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that the Fed will likely scale back its economic stimulus within months — a move that would send long-term rates up.

    But the rising confidence of U.S. consumers shows that most Americans are focused on a better job market, said Beth Ann Bovino, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s.

    “Maybe households agree with the Fed: The economy is improving,” Bovino said.

    Spending still strong

    The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index jumped this month to 81.4, the highest since January 2008. The New York-based research group said consumers appear more encouraged by economic conditions and more optimistic about where the economy and job market are headed over the next six months.

    Last month, U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs, which almost matched the average increase of the previous 12 months. Steady job growth has gradually reduced the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent from a peak of 10 percent in 2009. And rising home and stock prices since the recession ended four years ago have made many Americans feel wealthier.

    The combination has kept consumers spending this year despite higher Social Security taxes and steep government spending cuts.

    The survey was completed June 13, so it doesn’t reflect the past week’s plunge in stock prices. The market turmoil might lower July’s consumer confidence. Still, many economists say they doubt that any drop would be dramatic.

    For most Americans, the biggest investment is their home. And a steady rise in prices is allowing them to recover much of the wealth lost during and immediately after the Great Recession.

    U.S. home prices jumped 12.1 percent in April from a year ago, according to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index.

    That was the biggest year-over-year gain since March 2006.

    The home front

    For a fourth straight month, prices rose from a year earlier in all 20 cities in the index. Twelve cities posted double-digit gains, led by San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Atlanta. Dallas-Fort Worth prices gained 7.4 percent.

    More buyers and a limited home supply have lifted prices in most cities. Higher prices have, in turn, fueled sales and encouraged builders to ramp up construction. A more sustainable housing recovery is contributing to economic growth and creating jobs.

    Sales of new homes rose in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 476,000, the Commerce Department said. That was the fastest pace since July 2008. Though sales of new homes remain below the 700,000 annual rate that most economists consider healthy, the pace has jumped 29 percent from a year ago.

    Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes in May surpassed 5 million for the first time since November 2009.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Alliance.Haslet.NorthFort.Worth.TexasRealtor

               
    In God We Trust

    Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/06/25/4962198/us-home-prices-rise-in-april-by.html#storylink=cpy

  • FAA- more growth in the Alliance Corridor

    Posted Under: Home Buying in 76052, In My Neighborhood in 76052, Investment Properties in 76052  |  June 5, 2013 3:51 PM  |  1,362 views  |  No comments

    The new FAA regional office will open in 2015. (Trammell Crow)

    Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. has landed a highly competitive deal to build the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Southwest regional office center in North Fort Worth.

    The 357,214-square-foot, 6-story complex will house almost 1,600 FAA workers when it opens in 2015 in the AllianceTexas community on Interstate 35W.

    “This is a unique deal, a project where we competed against other developers in the open process the U.S. government requires,” Adam Saphier, president of Crow’s central region, said Tuesday. “It was a 3-year pursuit that’s cumulated in us buying about 45 acres for the project.”

    Crow will develop the $160 million project in partnership with USAA Real Estate Co.

    Construction on the office campus should start this fall at the northeast corner of I-35W and Heritage Trace Parkway near Alliance Airport.

    ‘We have the General Services Administration, the FAA and the City of Fort Worth all working with us,” Saphier said.

    Architect Gensler designed the FAA project, which will be built by Manhattan Construction Co.

    The FAA signed a 20-year lease for the deal. The government agency plans to consolidate workers into the new facility.

    Currently more than 1,000 FAA employees are located in a building at 2601 Meacham Blvd. in Fort Worth

    “This is a great chance for us to develop in Fort Worth where we have not been active for a while,” Saphier said.

    Lucy A. Puniwai
    REALTOR®
    (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax
    puniwai@fathomrealty.com
    http://www.puniwai.fathomdallas.com/agents/6440-Lucy-Puniwai
                
    In God We Trust
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