Category Archives: Austin

J.B. Goodwin VS The Troll

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J.B. took a page out of Tom Petty’s songbook “Hey, I will stand my ground
And I won’t back down.”  It was music to our ears.

Read the article below to read how J.B. Goodwin stood up to CORPORATE GREED.

JBGoodwin REALTORS® was sued, along with 12 other real estate industry leaders on January 2014 by Property Disclosure Technologies (aka “patent trolls”) for allegedly infringing on patents obtained in 2009.

J.B. Goodwin, with the help of TAR and NAR, fought a bogus patent infringement claim, and won.  His decisions and perseverance resulted in a WIN and we thank him for standing strong and not backing down.

Read the full article here.

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JBGoodwin Wins Top Workplace by Austin American Statesman

Top Work Places 2014JB Goodwin REALTORS® was recently awarded the top spot among midsize employers in Austin according to the American-Statesman’s 2014 Top Workplaces of Greater Austin project. The annual report which surveys over 22,000 employees at 159 Austin companies was released last week, and announced the top 100 local businesses.

As it turns out, Austinites are looking for more than just a job that pays well. Factors which ranked high on employees’ lists included a balance between work and family life, being valued at work, good company leadership, and professional development.

So what makes JB Goodwin REALTORS® one of the top Austin employers? According to survey, the company’s approach to leadership, technology support, and down-to-earth professional environment is what makes it so appealing. “I feel appreciated and the company is constantly striving to improve,” says one employee. In fact, the company just recently overhauled their website, and invested in mobile-friendly technology which allows agents and their clients to securely sign documents from a remote location.

JB Goodwin REALTORS® is not new to this list. Founded in 1972, the residential real estate broker has received lots of recognition in past years for its employer satisfaction and workplace excellence. It comes with being Austin’s oldest and largest independent real estate broker. 42 years later, founder and CEO JB Goodwin still takes great pride in running his company.  J.B.’s personal approach to real estate along with his humble local roots in Austin really resonates with his agents.

One employer said it best: “When you treat people the right way, you can be doing business with their family and friends for years to come.”

J.B. couldn’t agree more.

See the full American-Statesman article on JB Goodwin REALTORS® here.

J.B. Goodwin Represents

We are very proud of J.B. Goodwin!  Governor Rick Perry has appointed J.B. Goodwin to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  The mission is to help Texans achieve an improved quality of life through the development of better communities.

Click here to read the full article in the Austin Business Journal.

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Texas Ranks #1 Again!

Nationwide, Texas ranks number one for largest amount of people migrating into our state. It’s true!  Texas Association of Realtors’ 2014 Relocation Report shows that almost 600,000 people moved here from other states last year. Guess where the majority came from? You are correct…California. But Floridians and Oklahomans move here too!

Top 3 States Entering Texas:

  1. California (66,318)
  2. Florida (32,619)
  3. Oklahoma (29,169)

Texas Inflow

Okay, so there are no surprises. But what I found interesting and blog-worthy was the list of states Texans are moving TO.  See the list below.

Top 3 States People Moved From Texas TO (Outgoing):

  1. California (32,290)
  2. Oklahoma (27,391)
  3. Florida (24,226)

Texas Outflow

3 Ways JBGoodwin Austin is “Keepin’ It Weird”

Keep Austin Weird

“Keep Austin Weird” is Austin’s mantra supporting local businesses.  JBGoodwin is a local business that’s been around since the 1970’s.  We have over 430 agents to serve you.

3 Ways JBGoodwin Austin is “Keepin’ It Weird”

1.  Through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, JBGoodwin’s Relocation Department sends more outgoing leads than any other network broker and we’ve been doing it a really long time.  Can anyone say “RELO”?

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2.  JBGoodwin is voted one of the “Best Places to Work” by Austin Business Journal 2014 and a “Top Work Place” in the Austin American Statesman three years in a row.

3.  What’s really exciting for you, is that 48% of our outbound leads converted to a sale.

Thank you for helping us “keep it weird!”

Austin Traffic – Is It Really That Bad?

Typical Loop-1 rush-hour traffic at Lake Austin Blvd.

Despite our best efforts, Austin has recently been ranked the third-worst traffic in the United States. A traffic research firm, INRIX, announced that Austin is one of the top five most congested cities in America with approximately 70 new cars hitting the streets daily in Austin.

It’s no surprise that the traffic in Austin has become a major issue with all the population growth happening in the city.  More and more people moving to Austin per day means more cars on the roadways.  Although the traffic congestion is a very frustrating problem to many, it does prove to be a positive sign of our healthy, booming economy at the moment.  Austin’s unemployment rate is below 5% and at any given time you can look at the city’s skyline and see anywhere between 12 and 20 construction cranes building new employment venues & residences.

So what is the city doing to address this issue & improve mobility in Austin? There are a number of projects that have already been completed, projects that are currently in the process of being done, and some proposed ideas are still on the drawing board.

Projects already completed include:

  • State Highway 45 which is a toll road highway loop around Austin, Texas, that exists in two open segments & forms a complete loop around Austin (a distance of roughly 80 miles.)
  • Texas State Highway 130 (SH 130), which is a highway that runs in a 131-mile corridor east and south of The route parallels I-35 and is intended to relieve the Interstate’s traffic volume through the San Antonio-Austin corridor by serving as an alternate route.

Projects currently in process:

  • MoPac (Loop-1) Express Lanes The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is building one Express Lane in each direction on north MoPac (Loop 1) from Lady Bird Lake to Parmer Lane. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2015. See more info on the MoPac Improvement Project here. Mopac carries about 180,000 cars per day and is expected to carry 320,000 by the year 2030. Most construction is occurring between 9 pm and 5 am so regular traffic is not heavily affected.
  • US-290 @ William Cannon Continuous Flow Intersection Improvement TxDOT, in cooperation with the city of Austin and Travis County, is working on improvements at five intersections along US-290 in western Travis County, including US-290 and William Cannon. This project provides the left-turn movement of US-290 westbound and eastbound traffic 300 ft. in advance of the intersection. The purpose of the project is to reduce congestion by improving mobility and enhancing safety. You can preview a visualization here.

A few ideas currently being considered are focused on expanding our light-rail system and commuter rail and enhancing Interstate 35. Many of these plans are proposals up for voter approval so we expect to resolve many of our traffic woes in the near future!