It was standing room only on January 6 when NRG hosted its much anticipated luncheon at The Federal Reserve Bank on Allen Parkway near downtown Houston. The event was hallmarked by the first 2011 Economic Forecast developed by Ted Jones, PhD, Chief Economist for Stewart Title.

Among the most important of generally positive statistics for Houston is job growth. “While the rest of the US continues to suffer significant job losses, Houston has seen a 10 percent increase which is likely to continue through 2011,” said Dr. Jones.

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“Dr. Jones is a highly respected economic forecaster. With positive news on jobs and the improving economic news in other sectors, it’s looking like it could be a good year for Houston’s REALTORS®,” added Tiffany Curry, 2011 NRG Chair.

The luncheon attendees enjoyed another treat. They were given a private tour of the bank, featuring the massive six story, fully automated vault that holds an average of $65 million dollars in cash on any given day. (The tour was from the outside, looking in.)

The most asked question was… ‘do they give out samples?’ and the answer is yes! Each of HAR’s guests received a free sample of money…the kind that’s shredded every day and then bottled up as souvenirs by the folks at Goodwill Industries.