Marcus Hiles’ obligation towards nature stretches beyond real estate. His company’s tree-planting practices have extended the volume of trees significantly more than pre-change levels. “Each of the 3,000 trees we planted a year earlier traps more than 45 pounds of carbon dioxide and poisons while also discharging oxygen,” he states. In the mean time, Hiles tries to protect existing arboreal fortunes, for example, the various 100-year-old oak trees that grow in a park designed alongside one Western Rim location. Marcus Hiles sees ecological conservation as a win for both individuals and the planet. “Our ambitious goal is to restrict carbon emissions by more than 500,000 metric tons all through the next ten years,” he says. “In the meantime, we’ll have the ability to convey energy savings for our occupants and make thriving groups.”
The Lone Star State’s population rose by nearly 433,000 individuals, from 27.42 million to 27.86, exemplifying a growth trend that spanned the entirety of the Southern U.S. “States in the South and West continued to lead in population growth,” said Ben Bolender, chief of the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Branch. “In 2016, 37.9 percent of the nation’s population lived in the South.” Jeffrey S. Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Research Center, predicts the phenomena to continue indefinitely, stating to the New York Times that, “the movement to the South and West is a very long term trend.” Hiles tends to agree with the two researchers, adding that older residents of the North and Northeast, mostly part of the populous baby boomer generation, are seeking more temperate places to retire.
Marcus Hiles noted that while these statistics seem to show a trend of movement to urban areas, it is actually the surrounding suburbs that are experiencing the largest increases, mostly due to costly downtown housing prices. For instance, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University reported that the average price paid for a house in Austin’s local market area is $386,700, and predicted that number to continue to rise throughout 2017. Extreme costs of living are not only driving residents to the suburbs, but also causing them to choose renting over buying. In many Texas cities, including Houston and Dallas, renting has already been shown to be more cost effective than owning a house. As developers build more lavish rental communities complete with resort-like amenities and services, individuals will continue to find that apartments offer improved quality and convenience of life paired with greater financial freedom.
TechShield® is a proven way for residents to efficiently cut utility costs. “On average, residents of our Estates, Towers and Mansions communities have lowered their bills by about 17 percent every month,” says Western Rim’s Marcus Hiles. Time-tested through installation in over 1.5 million homes across the U.S., the ecologically sound product utilizes wood sourced through programs which are certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This initiative is a conservation program created by its parent non-profit organization, SFI Inc. promotes responsible wood production methods. The use of these environmentally safe roof panels combines with 16 SEER air conditioners, programmable thermostats, dual-pane windows, weather stripping and full depth cellulose sound insulation in Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth company’s homes, townhomes and apartments to stand as a true testament to the rise of upscale, energy-efficient housing.