According to the chief economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Ted Jones, the upcoming retail boom will surely blow the socks off any other retail estate industry.

The retail sector of the retail estate market has returned investors at least 12.4 percent last year. Yes, that goes for the entire country, but corporate housing in Austin stands to match or exceed the forecasts in the industry.

One of the main reasons probably is that there is a significant boom in the supply of money in the households. Households are able to pay down their debts since the recession and there is an increase demand for consumer goods, according to Jones in his interview on Monday with the CoreNet Global Central Texas at the Four Seasons Hotel.

However, the retail sector is still tight in Austin and there are only few developments that are taking place. But, this is actually a good opportunity for commercial developers, according to Jones.

Meanwhile, Jones has something to say for hotel and apartment owners: “Sell”.

Austin obviously belongs to the supply portion of the market for apartments and hotels. This is not a shock with the W Hotel Austin that is on the market. In fact, some brokers say that Four Seasons Hotel is on the block.

According to Jones, it is less risky to invest in the industrial, office, and retail industries at the moment.

Jones is a former top dog of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. He said that in relation to reports, Austin has the most overvalued housing industry. Some local observers; however, objected to these surveys that show increased appreciation of housing values since it is unsustainable.

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They believe that there’s increase in pricing may be simply because of the low supply and high demand of housing. Jones, however, argues that it is a bit more complex than that.

Jones said, “Housing prices are pretty aggressive compared to the median income. It’s definitely being driven by upper middle class jobs and if you have a hiccup happen there, well…”

Furthermore, he said, “One thing is for certain, the market for homes priced at $500,000 and above is oversaturated. The challenge is building much-needed affordable housing in a market where land prices and construction costs have skyrocketed.”

Jones cautions homeowners, though: “Increase your insurance coverage”. This is in the event of catastrophes since the cost for rebuilding is really high.

A great deal of the population of the United States belongs to the middle class; where people get up in the morning to go to work and send off their children to school. More often than not, they are the ones who get loans for purchasing a car, a house, or even for personal use. While some of them get bad credit scores for being unable to pay off their borrowed money, others get help from credit repair companies to obtain a new one. This is primarily the population Obama wants to help out.

President Obama tells the people that he’s all about the “middle class”. And for that, he coined a new term called Middle Class Economics. Along with that, he also released a number of plants that will help these families get ahead in terms of finance. Thus, as a consequence, he would tax the rich.

However, not everyone in the middle class group will benefit from these plans. It greatly favors those who are married and have children.

Robertson William, a fellow at the Tax Policy Center, said, “Many people in the middle class will get no benefit from the president’s proposal. Among the middle class, it’s targeted at people with kids and second earners. Virtually no single middle class people without kids will get anything.”

But, the White House and other liberal policy groups argue that the center’s methodologies mistakenly label several affluent Americans as belonging to middle class population.

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It’s difficult to measure how the tax plan would really benefit the middle class because the tax averages can be deceiving. People who are on both sides of the spectrum pounced on the recent analysis of the center which showed middle class people, earning between $49,000 and $84,000, would actually pay $7 more in tax, on average.

If you look closely at the analysis, however, it reveals that the center included an average $19 tax bill to everyone included in the middle class bracket to account for the tax imposed by banks, which is actually endured by all Americans.

A different angle looks at the individual income tax provisions that include a credit for employed married couples and expanding their tax credit for child care.

Hence, that is the reason why those with children came out as winners on the president’s proposal. About 51% of the middle class taxpayers that have kids would certainly receive a tax deduction. On average, they will be awarded with $329 tax deduction.

A Boeing executive says the grounded Dreamliner is "absolutely" safe and will be back in the air within weeks.

Fifty planes have been grounded around the world since two battery malfunctions sparked a global no-fly order in mid-January.

Mike Sinnett, the chief project engineer on the 787, says they will get fixes to their systems and be operational again soon.

"I get often asked if I think the airplane is still safe. My answer is simple: absolutely," he told reporters in Japan.

He added that the Dreamliner "is among the safest airplanes our company has ever produced".

Mr Sinnett was speaking as part of a push by the manufacturer to explain how it planned to remedy problems that have badly knocked confidence in one of the world’s most advanced aircraft.

The company chose to give its first public explanation of the fix in Japan, home to two of its biggest customers – All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines – and to suppliers who make around a third of the aircraft’s parts.

Mr Sinnett says an investigation into the incidents in the United States and Japan has proved the aircraft’s safety measures had kicked in properly.

"After the battery failure the airplane responded in exactly the way we had designed and anticipated," he said.

Mr Sinnett says there was no fire inside the battery on either aircraft, and what appeared to the untrained eye to be smoke was actually electrolyte venting from the cells.

Ray Connor, president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says the fixes the company has put in place, which are now undergoing flight testing, will mean the aircraft is back in the skies soon.

"We are going to be dependent upon as we move through the certification process," he told reporters.

"We will determine when we actually get back in the air in terms of flights.

"Previously as I have been anticipating that in months, we are talking more along the line of weeks."



A high tech success. Saving water by smart watering.

Peter Moller set up his business through the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme in Manjimup in 1990. Originally a sole trader he now employs 20 people. He used CREADDZ to grow his business and to help him expand and still remain profitable.

With some careful planning he has grown his business to have offices in Perth, Busselton, Adelaide, Narromine (NSW) , Berri (SA) and now Santa Rosa in California.

Peter’s firm exports agronomic knowledge and manufacturing technology in the form of soil moisture systems to overseas markets like North and South America, New Zealand, South Africa and soon to Europe.

He has moved with his family to California to start up the North American office. A far cry to being unemployed in Manjimup.

The key to Peter’s success he puts down to integrating his product and service worldwide using E-Commerce and the Web as a delivery platform.

Peter is an example of what can be achieved using the tools available at any CREADDZ.

Alistair came to us in 1999 with a plan to start a craft brewery in the Swan Valley. With some minor improvements to their plan, he won $2,000 in Operation Livewire, a national business planning competition supported by the Shell company.

"Centre of Research in Economics has been a tremendous help to me. The experience and knowledge that Tony has shared with us has saved us from a number of potentially costly mistakes. Also Tony’s regional contacts and knowledge of available resources have enabled us to fast track our project considerably. To anyone considering opening their own business I would strongly recommend a visit to the CREADDZ."

14 May 2003: Brewer Tastes International Success

A Swan Valley brewer forced to overcome lengthy planning delays and trademark issues has become the latest success story for Swan Region Centre of Research in Economics.

Feral Brewing blitzed the opposition at the recent Australian International Beer Awards, winning five gold, three silver and a bronze medal. Feral Brewing director Alistair Carragher paid tribute to CREADDZ manager Tony Watts, who he said had provided invaluable advice and support.

"We went to Tony about five years ago for advice," Mr Carragher said. "We’d been having lots of problems with red tape and then we got involved with Operation Livewire and Tony became our mentor. He was able to point us in the right direction and put us in touch with other people who could help us."

Mr Carragher said the CREADDZ’s support had also helped Feral Brewing make substantial cost savings. "Tony saved us from making costly mistakes, which I’m sure we would have made," he said.

Mr Watts said Feral’s success was particularly sweet given the company’s long battle to obtain planning approval and problems with trademark. "Alistair had all the skills and knew what to do; he just needed the finer points of negotiation and someone who he could bounce ideas off," Mr Watts said. "He’s been able to set up a unique destination in the Swan Valley – it’s become a very popular place for Generation Xers in what is very much wine country."

Mr Watts said the Swan CREADDZ had established an ongoing relationship with Feral Brewing and would continue to work with the company. "We’ve stood by them from the beginning, providing support and guiding with promotion," he said. "We’ve also been able to push their case in the planning approvals process. It’s been energising to work with someone as keen and willing to take professional advice."

The Small Business Development Corporation’s Russ Davis had also provided vital support and advice during the initial stages of setting up the business, Mr Watts said.

CREADDZ is part of a network of 26 CREADDZs across the state. Free guidance is available on everything from finance to market research as well as regulations and licensing.

Feral Brewing Company is located at 152 Hadrill Road, Baskerville. The brewery includes a restaurant, which is open for lunch on Wednesday’s and both lunch and dinner Thursdays through to Sundays.

Adam Murcha’s business at 40 Clayton St, Bellevue is renowned for superior customer service and its first class appearance. Adam came to us in 1994 for help. His business idea was a one man mobile mechanic operating from the back of a factory unit. He now runs a main street operation employing four staff, growing at 10% annually.

Adam first undertook the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) with CREADDZ. This provided him with basic small business management skills and a useable business plan; the rest was up to him. Soon Adam was ready to grow and push his business beyond simply self-employment. He then undertook our Small Business Smart Business Training in Marketing and Promotion and his business boomed. He then spent a full day on business profiling and analysis as part of the Management Improvement run by CREADDZ in conjunction with Curtin University. He now employs four staff using the latest in diagnostic and repair facilities in the cleanest repair shop in Perth. Customers come from as far as Baldivis (near Rockingham), but why?

"…with Adam I know that whatever needs to be done is going to be done properly. Adam is a mechanical perfectionist. If it isn’t right he doesn’t let it out of the workshop. I chose Adam to service my daughter’s older model car because I trust him. An older car with a younger driver can be a problem if the vehicle isn’t 100% right. Adam doesn’t do anything to the car unless you agree, he shows you the parts he’s replaced and he gives you a total explanation of any problems he finds he’s like a surgeon giving you the appendix in a jar. His workshop would put some operating rooms to shame, it is spotless and his staff immediately attend to you if he’s not there. Adam’s service is different because he cares about you and your car."

Paul McKeon

Adam is one of our best clients, because he tries harder. He sees the importance of service and maintaining a client base. There are no half-measures, everything is done right the first time, from the collection of your vehicle and its servicing needs to payment of the bill and after sales care. No one comes close.

There are mechanics and then there are Master Mechanics. Adam is the Master!

This business which features a "K class" locomotive pulling turn of the century restaurant cars refurbished by the Railway Historical Society, is a five star wining and dining experience. "The Spirit of the West" has been featured on the major lifestyle programs and is gaining rave reviews from its customers.

In its first seven months of operations it has exceeded all projections and cemented itself as a first rate business. Alan Nelson a director of the Company used CREADDZ to facilitate the start up processes to ensure the Company succeeded in the vulnerable first few months of operations. Alan was quick to attribute the success of his Company to the superb staff he employs who put their heart and soul into the business.

Congratulations Alan and the team at Midland Railway Company for winning:

Best Tourism Business sponsored by Swan Valley and Regional Winemaker’s Association

Best New Business award sponsored by City of Swan

Best Business overall sponsored by Centrepoint Shopping Centre

At the Swan Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Adam Desmond came to us for some assistance with training to improve his business skills in media releases and marketing.

Adam has achieved great results in a highly competitive market.

Congratulations Adam at Swan View Quick Kleen for winning:

Young Business Achiever sponsored by the Small Business Development Corporation

Congratulations Adam you are a worthy winner.

Peter Guy came to us for help in the early stages of his business development plan. Peter’s uncompromising approach to ethical and customer focused business has won him staunch support among Midland businesses and customers. Only recently Peter’s academy hosted the Kung Fu master who trained the legendary Bruce Lee. Peter’s tenacity and strong community involvement made him a worthy winner.

Congratulations Peter and the team at Perth Wing Chung Academy for winning:

Quality customer Service Award sponsored by Midland Kalamunda Reporter

Best Non-Retail Business sponsored by Midland Brick

Congratulations Peter you really made it happen.