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Real Estate Center wins in HoustonReal Estate Center wins in Houston2016-06-20T05:00:00Z

​COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Real Estate Center) –  A magazine, podcast, and annual report produced by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University won top business communication honors in Houston Thursday.

Each won a Bronze Quill Award of Excellence from the Houston chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) .

The Center was recognized for its quarterly periodical Tierra Grande magazine, its weekly Red Zone podcast, and its unique annual report/calendar combination.

The awards came less than two weeks after Tierra Grande was honored with the top international award, a Gold Quill, which was presented at IABC's  global conference in New Orleans.

Forty-five awards were presented at the IABC/Houston gala. Coincidentally, the Real Estate Center is 45 years old this year. Center communications have received 213 local, state, regional, and international awards since its founding in 1971.

Funded primarily by Texas real estate licensee fees, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was created by the state legislature to meet the needs of many audiences, including the real estate industry, instructors, researchers and the general public. The Center is part of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

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Texas showing signs of economic recoveryTexas showing signs of economic recovery2016-05-26T05:00:00ZCOLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Real Estate Center) – Texas’ economy is slowly showing signs of recovery from the impact of the 2015 oil price collapse.

According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy​, the state gained 187,500 nonagricultural jobs from April 2015 to April 2016, an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent, lower than the nation’s growth rate of 1.9 percent.

The nongovernment sector added 154,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent compared with 2.2 percent for the nation’s private sector.
 
April was the fourth month the state’s economy posted an annual employment growth rate exceeding the annual growth rate in December 2015, indicating that the Texas economy has passed the worst of the downturn.
 
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 4.4, the same rate as in April 2015. The nation’s rate decreased from 5.4 to 5 percent.
 
All Texas industries except mining and logging, manufacturing, and information industry had more jobs in April 2016 than in April 2015. Leisure and hospitality ranked first in job creation followed by education and health services, trade, other services, construction, and financial activities.
 
All Texas metro areas except Longview, Midland, and Odessa had more jobs last month than a year ago. Dallas-Plano-Irving ranked first in job creation followed by Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan, Lubbock, and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood.
 
The state’s actual unemployment rate was 4.2 percent. Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Austin-Round Rock, Lubbock, College Station-Bryan, Dallas-Plano-Irving, and San Antonio-New Braunfels.
 
Funded primarily by Texas real estate licensee fees, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was created by the state legislature in 1971 to meet the needs of many audiences, including the real estate industry, instructors, researchers and the general public. The Center is part of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
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Texas’ Unique Real Estate Research Center Turns 45Texas’ Unique Real Estate Research Center Turns 452016-05-18T05:00:00Z

​​​COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Real Estate Center) – The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University celebrates its 45th anniversary today.

On May 18, 1971, Texas Gov. Preston Smith signed Senate Bill 338 into law creating the Texas Real Estate Research Center and placing it at Texas A&M University.

“Interest in Center research has never been greater,” said Center Director Gary Maler. “The national media has discovered what Texans have known for decades. The Center is a valuable resource for information and data on a state that has weathered economic storms better than most."

Fees paid by Texas real estate licensees fund the Center. The staff today is about the same size it was in 1972 — around 20. Research is conducted under a broad legislative mandate to "conduct studies in all areas related directly or indirectly to real estate and/or urban or rural economics."

An advisory committee appointed by the governor provides advice and counsel and approves the annual budget and plan of work.

For more information, read Real Estate Center: 45 Years or visit the Center’s website.

Funded primarily by Texas real estate licensee fees, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was created by the state legislature to meet the needs of many audiences, including the real estate industry, instructors, researchers and the general public. The Center is part of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.

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Tierra Grande Magazine Among World's BestTierra Grande Magazine Among World's Best2016-05-02T05:00:00Z

​​​COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Real Estate Center) – Tierra Grande magazine, the flagship periodical for the Real Estate Center in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, has been named one of the top business publications in the world for 2016.

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced winners in its annual Gold Quill Awards program. The global competition is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious award programs in the industry.

More than 650 entries came from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Tierra Grande was one of only ten U.S. winners among 28 award recipients in the publications category.

“The work sample is executed to the highest professional standards,” said one of the international judges. “Sharing research findings is not the easiest of communications objectives. The work displays a high level of creativity and innovation and succeeds admirably in connecting visually with a specialized target audience.

“The total package displays integrated design and discipline, and it is obvious that while none of the editorial staff and production team work on the project full time, a high level of professionalism is involved.”

Awards will be presented at the IABC Excellence Gala as part of the world conference in New Orleans in June.

“The Gold Quill Awards are unique in the industry because they recognize work that makes a significant contribution to business or organizational outcomes,” said Monika Lancucki, chair of the IABC Awards Committee. “Also, unlike many other awards programs, evaluators review each entry against IABC’s standard of excellence rather than against other entries. This encourages the pursuit of excellence rather than competition.”

This is not the first time Tierra Grande has been a Gold Quill Award winner. It also won in 1979 and 1980.

Funded primarily by Texas real estate licensee fees, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was created by the state legislature to meet the needs of many audiences, including the real estate industry, instructors, researchers and the general public. The Center is part of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.​​

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Texas Gradually Recovering from Oil DownturnTexas Gradually Recovering from Oil Downturn2016-04-25T05:00:00Z​​​​COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (Real Estate Center) – Texas’ economy is slowly recovering from the impact of the 2015 oil price collapse.
 
According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state gained 181,800 nonagricultural jobs from March 2015 to March 2016, an annual growth rate of 1.5 percent, lower than the nation’s growth rate of 2 percent. The nongovernment sector added 148,400 jobs, an annual growth rate of 1.5 percent compared with 2.3 percent for the nation’s private sector.
 
March 2016 was the third month the state’s economy posted an annual employment growth rate exceeding the annual growth rate in December 2015, indicating that the Texas economy has passed the worst impact of the downturn.
 
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month fell to 4.3 percent from 4.4 percent a year ago. The nation’s rate decreased from 5.5 to 5 percent.
 
All Texas industries except mining and logging, manufacturing, and transportation, warehousing and utilities had more jobs. Leisure and hospitality ranked first in job creation followed by education and health services, trade, and financial activities.
 
All Texas metro areas except Victoria, Longview, Midland, and Odessa had more jobs. Dallas-Plano-Irving ranked first in job creation, followed by College Station-Bryan, Austin-Round Rock, Sherman-Denison, Killeen-Temple, and Lubbock.
 
The state’s actual unemployment rate was 4.5 percent. Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Austin-Round Rock, Lubbock, College Station-Bryan, Dallas-Plano-Irving, and San Antonio-New Braunfels.
 
Funded primarily by Texas real estate licensee fees, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was created by the state legislature in 1971 to meet the needs of many audiences, including the real estate industry, instructors, researchers and the general public. The Center is part of Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
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