There continues to be a lot of talk about millennials and what they want in terms of their housing and work environments. This generation is of particular interest to those involved in the relocation industry, and employers and service providers are actively scrambling to make adjustments in order to appeal to millennial tastes.
Millennials, or "Gen Y" are considered to be those individuals who were born between 1982 and 2001. They are often described as the "DIY" generation, because they tend to be very independent in the way that they buy products and services. Real estate is no exception, as millennials are very inclined to conduct much of their own real estate research themselves, with or without the assistance of a Realtor.
"I was very interested in being in real estate and development and I was excited about what was going on in Houston. After finishing grad school at UT, I had this great opportunity to join McCord Development and work on Generation Park in Houston," he said.
Generation Park is McCord's 4,000-acre master-planned commercial development in northeast Houston.
Although Hart's relocation to Houston from Austin was a relatively short distance, he was still faced with the complexities associated with moving to a new city and trying to navigate through the many areas and neighborhoods in order to determine where he wanted to live.
Prior to Hart's relocation, he did his share of online research. In general, he said that he felt that the information that was available online painted a fairly accurate picture of Houston as a thriving city.
"Houston has for a long time, and especially recently, been such a thriving city. So, following the trend of Houston being a top destination city, I think a lot of the information available on the web gives a great base of knowledge, and we have plenty of people here in Houston to call if you have questions," Hart said. "There are a lot of resources, and I think there are lots of great Realtor sources, and the same goes for apartment communities. I think there is a lot of good information out there."
For initial assistance, Hart turned to his colleagues, who offered advice and shared their insight about some of the different areas and neighborhoods in Houston.
Hart chose to pursue apartment communities, and a friend of his referred him to a Realtor. In terms of areas, he said that he gravitated towards the Heights, Upper Kirby, Montrose and the Museum District.
"The selection process ended up being me personally driving around and touring different properties, and driving the neighborhoods and getting an idea of what sort of amenities were there and whether I liked the building and felt comfortable with the management company. So, I had some early advice from a Realtor who helped me narrow down my selections, but the choice was something that I ultimately made on my own," he said.
Hart also felt the brunt of the inventory shortage of Houston apartments. He said that he had to be ready to act quickly and willing to make concessions.
"In just about every apartment community that I looked at, I didn't have my pick of the litter. I got lucky because someone happened to terminate a lease early to move abroad for business, and I had been on the waiting list at my apartment building."
Now that Hart has settled into life in Houston, he is excited about the growth opportunities that the city has to offer, and enjoys learning about the various industries and companies that are contributing to the city's thriving economy.
"One my favorite parts about Houston is how fascinating our economy is here," Hart said. "We represent a wide swath of U.S. business and economic growth, and it's not all oil and gas, although that's a big part of it.
"We have an incredible Medical Center and Port of Houston, and there are a lot of folks that work in companies that are sometimes behind the scenes, but they are integral parts of our economy, and I enjoy learning about those companies."
Hart seems to be very excited and optimistic about his future in Houston.
"I am happy to be here. I am really enjoying Houston and I'm very excited and really enjoying my job here and the role that we are going to play in shaping that next chapter in Houston and its growth."
Michelle Sandlin is a writer who has been involved in the relocation industry for many years. She is the 2014 President of Houston Relocation Professionals (HRP), and Vice President/Director of Communications & Marketing for Chicago Title. Follow Michelle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoustonRelocation and on Twitter: @MichelleSandlin. Also visit "On the Move - Exploring Houston Relocation with Michelle Sandlin" at blog.chron.com/onthemove.
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