10 reasons to move to Bryan-College Station, Texas.

March 23, 2011

Texas is becoming a new American mecca. According to the 2010 census, one out of 12 people lives in the Lone Star State. And here in Bryan-College Station, we’re welcoming residents who want a better life. If you haven’t yet explored Bryan-College Station, consider these 10 reasons to move here.

  1. Low unemployment rate. Texas is rebounding from the recession faster than the rest of the country. And Bryan-College Station boasts the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the state, just 5.9 percent. Compare that to the 9.4 percent national average!
  2. Location, location, location! We are just a few hours from every major city in Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio). You also enjoy all the benefits of metropolitan living with bonuses of country living, like the many area lakes that cover 180,000 acres!
  3. Sports lovers love Texas A&M. In Bryan-College Station, you’re in the heart of Aggieland. Texas A&M is a first-rate college with first-rate sports and cultural activities. The Aggie spirit has a rich heritage in this community.
  4. Easy commuting. Driving is easy, with no real traffic jams (except after Texas A&M football games).
  5. A growing area. Bryan-College Station is poised to become the Biotech Valley, as more companies in this growing industry are setting up shop in this region.
  6. Great place for families. In 2006, Money Magazine named Bryan-College Station one of the Top 10 Places to Live. That same year, the area was ranked 8th on the list of Best Cities for Relocating Families, by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. We have good schools with test scores that rank above the national average, plus many family-oriented activities and recreation.
  7. Diverse entertainment choices (art, history, sports museums, etc.). Bryan-College Station offers a broad array of ways to spend your free time. The annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival has become a regional favorite. Plus, we have the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Brazos Museum of Natural History, art galleries, nightlife, dining, shopping, and an endless supply of outdoor recreation.
  8. You can get a brand new home that’s affordable. Imagine purchasing a brand new, spacious home for just $150,000. We’ve been helping residents realize their dreams of new homeownership for 25 years.
  9. Lake Bryan. People of all ages enjoy the recreation at Lake Bryan: fishing, swimming, waterskiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, canoeing, biking, picnicking, camping, boating, volleyball, and more.
  10. Brazos County Expo Center. The new expo center features a 70,000 square-foot arena, 60,000 square-foot pavilion, and 50,000 square-foot exhibit hall. It hosts festivals, fairs, sporting events, expos, exhibits, galas, and much more.

When you’re ready to move up to a better, more enjoyable, and affordable way of life, talk to us at Stylecraft Builders. We’ve got lots more reasons for you to come here!



Texas population goes boom!

March 16, 2011

Texas is known for doing anything and everything in a big way. And our population figures are no exception. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, one of out 12 Americans lives in Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Texas has 25,145,561 residents, which is a 20.6 percent growth since the 2000 census figures. Nationally, the U.S. population increased 9.7 percent in the same period.

So what’s luring all these people to the Lone Star State? The affordable housing, lower unemployment rates and cost of living are major reasons. In Bryan, for example, the median cost of a single-family home is $150,000, according to Zillow.com. And the low unemployment rate in Texas is below the national average.

The temperate climate also plays a factor, along with beautiful landscapes, highly regarded colleges and universities—like Texas A&M here in Bryan-College Station—and strong economic roots. With a rich heritage in the aerospace, petrochemical, agriculture, and technology (Dell headquarters), the state provides a wide range of employment opportunities in growth industries.

If you’ve been thinking about making a move, start by contacting us at Stylecraft Builders. We can fill you in on more reasons to consider relocating to Bryan-College Station, including a brand new and very affordable new home!



Texas employment is rebounding faster than the national average

March 2, 2011

While the country is slowly gaining traction in economic recovery, Texas is picking up a faster pace. The Monthly Review of Texas Economy for January 2011 reports that Texas gained 231,700 jobs over the past 12 months, an increase of 2.3 percent. The private sector is playing a significant part, with an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent—more than twice the national pace of 1.2 percent during the same period.

Almost every industry in Texas is growing right now. With the exception of trade and information, every area posted more jobs in December 2010 than in December 2009:

  • Mining and logging grew 14.9 percent
  • Construction added 32,300 jobs (5.8 percent growth)
  • Professional and business services gained 64,900 jobs (up 5.3 percent)
  • Education and health services grew by 46,000 jobs
  • Healthcare and social assistance added 47,400 jobs

Manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, financial services, transportation and warehousing, and the government sector all reported job growth.

The statewide unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, lower than the 9.4 percent national figure. Midland has the lowest figure at 4.9 percent; at just 5.9 percent, Bryan-College Station has the fourth lowest unemployment in Texas, almost half of the national average!

There are many reasons to consider relocating to Bryan-College Station. If getting a good job in a growing area with a low cost of living and a new home at an affordable price is high on your priority list, you should talk to us at Stylecraft Builders. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of living and working in Bryan-College Station.