Marcus Hiles - Links price spike of crude oil to forthcoming job growth in Houston
Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
As the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC) reached the milestone agreement to strengthen the oil market by decreasing crude production for the first time in eight years, per-barrel prices have approximately doubled after falling to a low of $26 in February 2016. In Greater Houston, the heart of U.S. oil production, the deal has accelerated the industry's recovery from a two-year downturn and spurred local economies. Texas real estate expert and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, the state's largest affordable luxury property developer, Marcus Hiles predicts that as Houston based energy companies continue to hire and grow in 2017, communities throughout the metropolitan area will see higher employment rates and corresponding wage increases.

The day after the members of OPEC agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day, U.S. crude saw its biggest daily price gain in more than seven years, climbing by nearly ten percent to $49.44. "This means 2017 will be a better year for oil and gas activity," said David Pursell, research manager at energy investment bank Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. to the Houston Chronicle. "It's really good for Houston and the white-collar jobs." Now in the $50-plus range, the New York Times reported that prices could continue to rise through the winter months, further accelerating economic recovery.

The most obvious sign of an economic turnaround, remarked Marcus Hiles, is the Greater Houston Partnership's forecast that Greater Houston will create 29,700 jobs in 2017, nearly twice the amount of the year before. Overall optimism for 2017, even among employers, is the highest it has been in years. Murray Resources predict 7.7 percent of companies will make significant hires this year, the largest amount since 2013.

Marcus Hiles is the Founder and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, Texas' leading developer of luxury rental properties. Established in 1988, the company today owns and manages over 15,000 upscale residential townhomes and apartments, with communities in Houston, Austin, North Dallas and San Antonio.

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