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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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Little Known Way JBGoodwin is Working to Increase Your Sales by 82%

plane 2Two years ago, we took the initiative to regularly visit face to face with out-of-state third-party companies and out-of-state Leading RE Broker partners and we’ve seen fabulous results!handshakeJust this past month, Judy travelled to Phoenix, AZ and Orange County, CA to meet with our network partners. Visiting these companies in person really strengthens our presence and enhances our relationship, which then results in more business for all!

Judy had the chance to meet face to face with Odyssey Relocation, The MI Group, First Team Real Estate, Cornerstone, Bristol Global Mobility, Star Real Estate, Brookfield, and Global Mobility Solutions.  She also had lunch with Merry Shuck of Ebby Halliday and Gina Schoener of Heritage Texas Properties.

See below, how over a short 2-year period, our numbers have increased dramatically:

  • # of Incoming leads from third-party companies and Leading RE brokers grew from 579 to 827.
    • This is a 43% increase in our annual incoming # of leads!
  • # of Closed Sales increased from 170 to 274.
    • This is a 61% increase in closed sales!
  • Agent Dollar from these sales increased from $614,000 agent dollar to $1,120,000.
    • This is an 82% increase in Agent Dollar volume!
What does this mean for you?

Visiting our partnering companies representing JBGoodwin Realtors builds rapport and increases business for us.  This initiative has produced clear results – more business for you!

The partners Judy met with on her most recent visit represent the following companies:

Chevron, Continental Corporation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Chase Bank, Healthtronics, EP Energy, U.S. Deptartment of Interior, Charles Schwab, Brady Corporation, Nielsen Company, Dana Holding Corporation, Hensel Phelps, Baptist Medical Center, Dollar General, Computer Associates, Bayer, and Micron Technology, just to name a few.

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!