Marcus Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, is a strong champion of the Texas economy. He has watched economic growth over the past three years, driven by $5 billion in tax cuts, result in steady in consumer confidence and growth in the real estate market. With 1.3 million new jobs created by these tax cuts, unemployment was down to 4.4 percent in April (compared with 5% nationally). The state’s job recovery rate is two years ahead of the national average. In May, the Consumer Confidence Index in Texas was at 117.6, a solid 15 points over the national average. Hiles says that year-over-year home values in Texas are up 5.9 percent and there has been a 6 percent increase in single-family building permits.

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