The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started a program called ENERGY STAR in 1992 and the program is still active today. The main purpose of this program is to save the environment but it also has some other aspects we should be aware of. Marcus Hiles points out to the fact that ENERGY STAR labeled products can reduce your energy bill by almost half when compared to ten-year-old appliances. That’s why Hiles wants to use his major influence in the real estate business and urge people to buy only products with the ENERGY STAR label on them. More on: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/marcus-hiles—-on-tricks-to-cut-your-energy-bill-in-half-2016-06-19
More than 25 years ago, Hiles saw that there was an unmet desire of Texas residents to live in state of the art homes and decided to launch Western Rim Properties in 1990. Nowadays, his company has more than 15,000 townhomes and apartments with amenities of the highest quality. Hiles considers a developer’s work never finished and claims that there a desire for better must always be present. Now, his plans are focused on continuing to build high-end units thus creating great communities where people would be happy to live in. More on this: http://www.sb.marketwatch.com/story/marcus-hiles—-donates-computers-for-students-through-philanthropic
The Grand Estates in the Forest, built north of Houston in the suburb of Conroe, is the epitome of crème de la crème renting. The property features lush green spaces alongside the W.G. Jones State Forest, golf courses just up the road, and ample parks. “Residents appreciate the availability of a gourmet summer kitchen featuring farm fresh produce, as well as an expert personal trainer available to guide them to fitness,” says builder Marcus Hiles. The Estates Woodland in Magnolia provides tenants with lavishly appointed apartments – oversized covered balconies and spacious walk-in pantries are to be expected. For families, an expansive on-site central park and children’s activity area will occupy the kids, while others take advantage of the thorough network of trails for jogging or walking. San Antonio’s The Estates at Briggs Ranch attracts community members with a keen attention to detail, as apartments feature pendant lighting, crown molding, and garden tubs. Offering golf privileges and breathtaking golf course views, Briggs Ranch is appeals to the golfer in your family.
What is causing the preference for leasing over owning? Marcus Hiles believes that, in Texas and around the country, people are enjoying the flexibility the rental lifestyle allows. “We’re a mobile population,” he demonstrates. “The idea of settling in one place for a decade – or for the length of a 30-year mortgage – doesn’t hold the same appeal as it did a generation or two ago.” Debunking the concept that owners have an edge in personal happiness, Hiles points to research explaining that renters come out ahead. He explains, “People who rent actually spend more time engaging in leisure activities and interacting with their friends and neighbors.”
Pollution has been a problem for most of Texas cities mainly because except for Hiles and Western Rim Properties, there are not many companies which put an effort in being environmentally friendly when planning a community. Hiles thinks that vegetation and trees should have a central role when planning a community because not only does such strategic planning provide renters with healthy surroundings but also trees reduce the cooling needs for renters by up to 30%. This kind of strategic development brings Hiles more and more renters each day. Find out more about this topic on: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2949220