Western Rim Properties Chairman and CEO Marcus Hiles has been generating luxury rental communities for Texans for over thirty years. Unmatched in contemporary design and resort-style convenience, the homes, townhomes and apartments the company has built are widely known for their cutting-edge, energy-efficient amenities. Keeping well informed about innovations in smart house technologies, the visionary real estate developer has had firsthand experience with the next generation of fully programmable appliances which give users previously unavailable levels of customization and control, all managed by cell phone. The growing consumer market for state-of-the-art smart machines has evolved to be affordable and offer convenience previously unattainable. Hiles offers his thoughts on the current additions to the network of the “Internet of Things,” and their role in an easier lifestyle.
For the average US citizen, notes Marcus Hiles, heating and cooling accounts for almost 50% of carbon emissions. To reduce these, each Western Rim property utilizes three primary strategies: effective insulation, Energy Star rated systems, and programmable thermostats with advanced options to set different temperatures for certain rooms. Additional weather stripping and the caulking of draughts will offer increased protection from the elements, and increase a house’s ability to maintain a steady climate. Using the thermostat to segment rooms into warmer or cooler zones and decrease usage when away will optimize energy savings.
The Grand Estates in the Forest, located north of Houston in Conroe, exemplifies the top-of-the-line in rental living, with lush green spaces that adjoin the W.G. Jones State Forest, nearby golf courses, and luxuriant parks. “Inhabitants appreciate the convenience of a gourmet summer kitchen featuring farm fresh produce, as well as an proficient personal trainer available to help them achieve fitness,” states Marcus Hiles. Nearby in Magnolia, The Estates Woodland offers tenants extravagantly appointed apartments with huge covered balconies and roomy walk-in pantries. Families enjoy the vast on-site central park and children’s activity area, while other residents appreciate the widespread network of trails for jogging or walking. San Antonio’s The Estates at Briggs Ranch appeals to community members with a strong attention to detail, as apartments feature pendant lighting, crown molding, and garden tubs. With golf privileges and breathtaking golf course views, Briggs Ranch is also an attractive feature for golfers of all skill levels.
Marcus Hiles is considered one of the most discernable business and real estate development heads in the Lone Star state, which is why he always updates about the track record of Texas in getting more companies to come into the state. “Our business-oriented regulations and strong workforce simply urge companies to relocate to Texas,” he claims. The state even draws in foreign investors, which give over 500,000 more jobs. Not only the exports increase significantly because of this but also the productivity as well. In 2015, exports have a value of $251 billion, and the growth of exports with free trade agreement partners have increased by 93 percent. The state’s exports include chemicals which is worth $39.99 billion, computers and electronics totalling to 45.4 billion dollars, and products made from oil and coal priced at $44.1 billion. The state is in trading partnership with Mexico, Canada, China, Korea, and Brazil. Hiles added that, Texas always primes its pro-growth stand as a way to attain growing exports, higher number of jobs, more companies year after year.
Marcus Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, is a strong analyst of the Texas economy. He has watched the growth over the past three years, driven by $5 billion in tax cuts, result in steady in consumer confidence and spending in the real estate market. With 1.3 million new jobs generated by these tax cuts, unemployment was down to 4.4 percent in April (while at 5% nationally). The state’s job recovery rate is two years ahead of the US average. In May, the Consumer Confidence Index in Texas was at 117.6, a solid 15 points over the national average. Hiles explains that year-over-year home values in Texas are up 5.9 percent and there has been a 6 percent increase for single-family building permits.