This is kinda a two part post. One part is intended to be informative and the other part a response to a trouble maker.
In today's Dallas Morning News, an article appeared in the Business section about the Dallas housing market. This article is saying in a slightly different way the same thing I have been preaching in this blog. I have written that the average family income in Rowlett is not sufficient to purchase the average house in Rowlett. The headline of the DMN article is, "Renting is cheaper than buying in D-FW." The DMN reports that Daren Blomquist, Senior Vice President of Attorn Data Solutions, states that, "Dallas is less afordable to buy because although rents have been skyrocketing there (Dallas) during this housing boom, home prices have been rising at hyper speed." He further said that, "Since 2012, median homes prices in Dallas County home prices have risen by 47% while fair market rents have risen by 24% during the same time period."
Now, I've already told you all that in earlier writings. The above DMN article only reinforced my assertions. However, it further supports the need for a Housing Finance Corporation. These HFC's contain many financing vehicles in which to aid renters and potential home owners in keeping a lid on some of these rapidly escalating prices. Clearly, incomes aren't keeping up with prices. How many times have you received 10% per year raises several years in a row? We all know that seniors need some relief. It is becoming increasing evident that our very needed and important workforce populations are watching home ownership rapidly slip away from them. That means our policemen, firemen, teachers, many business managers, and other professions are falling further behind in their attempts of finding suitable housing. We need to get an HFC up and running. The facts are in.
There seems to be some evidence that someone in Rowlett "officialdom" is slowing down the application for an HFC. I don't know who it is, or why. But, I know they need their butt kicked if there is. We need citizen support to further this project along. Seventy other cities or counties in Texas have them.
Apparantly, some people do not feel the need to be so community oriented. I am a conservative. I am not a Libertarian, nor am I left of center, however I feel the need to be a part of a community. In that regard, I would like to help any Rowlett citizen that has a fair and honest need. I am doubly interested in helping when I learn that any help I can offer does not cost any taxpayer money. It sounds greedy, but I prefer the words intelligent and frugal. However, there are citizens in this town that just defy any compassion for other citizens........and, unbelievably, they regard themselves as a homegrown intellect.
It has been my displeasure to have read some comments by another Rowlett citizen. They are certainly entitled to their opinion, but I think their opinion should be based on all the facts, not just the ones that support their pre-ordained conclusion. I would like to analyze their intellect.
In a Nextdoor publication, a citizen wrote that, he didn't see any need for workforce housing because it would only cause imports to Rowlett of low income and unworthy citizens. He totally ignored citizens that were already here. His conclusions couldn't have been more wrong. No one has even hinted at importing "workforce" citizens, unless, of course, they already work here. And, if the writer is against that concept, he is essentially saying that the subject workforce populations are beneath the stature of existing citizens. What a stupid elitist attitude. The HFC message has always been that Rowlett wants to take care of their own citizens, not the citizens of other cities. Let me ask you all a question. If a Mesquite firefighter wishes and receives a job with the Rowlett Fire Department, is he going to be prevented from moving here? That firefighter would be in the workforce population being discussed. What about a policeman? What about a store manager? What about the ones that already live here? Following that idiot's concept, we probably should make all workforce populations move out of Rowlett. The above self annointed intellectual only presents facts that he thinks support his preordained conclusions. That is not very good analytical technique. Essentially, he is nothing but a trouble maker. I would be interested in learning if the writer has done one single solitary thing for the city of Rowlett.
To borrow a line from Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as Stupid does." Or as subsequently redefined, "You can't fix stupid."