I'm not sure where the numbers truly are when it comes to the housing bust of the recent bubble. However, I can tell you it has had a very small affect on this area and our absorption rate is healthy. Homes in the ranges of 1.2 to 4.5 are moving along in a normal pattern of sales. They are projected to jump by 12% and we are on track. One of our projects, 2100 acres of land (956 unimproved), is looking at a fair market value of 158 million. We have 14 buyers who are currently in the running for our property and expect bids to come in shortly.

The sub-prime situation has hit the lower income and mainly ethnic groups in San Antonio. Yet, I do not see a slowdown in midsize to high end homes any time soon. In fact, both West Coast and East Cost monies are flowing in to purchase homes and land.

Of course, I expect somewhat of a bump eventually, due to many sellers not going being able to unload their homes in the up and coming market. I also figure that sellers will not want to write checks, at closing, to buyers, and will sit and ride whatever storm is brewing.

Not only is the bust bringing boom to the home sales market in the South West Region of Texas, many corporations are moving into and around the city of San Antonio for the economic reasons such as inexpensive and abundant land, cheaper labor, and weather.

I came to this region two years ago to capitalize on the next recession, the next long and harsh bear market that will hurt the east and west coasts job market and real estate market, and cause individuals to migrate to less expensive areas. I think my timing was early but I know I am on the proper track.

Nonetheless, the bust is nothing but boom in the southwest region. In fact, the proposed 14-lane highway called, the Texas Trans Corridor is looking to bring in more real estate money. I will find out more in two weeks when we have a lunch with Congressman Gonzales to discuss the NAFTA and commerce.

Craig Mee adds:

Certainly in greater Sydney (Aus), where the housing market broke down earlier than the States, middle to high-priced houses on the coast have had a relatively solid floor bid. The poorer areas (and last into the "bubble") are coping with the worst of it. 


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