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Thank you Mayor Richard Molina

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Thank you Mayor Richard Molina for making time to join the Edwards Team during the 14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum held on March 8 at the Edinburg Conference Center. Over 200 real estate industry professionals, business and civic leaders attended the Real Estate Forum. “Edwards is headquartered in Edinburg by choice,” said Byron Jay Lewis, President & CEO of Edwards. The majority of the over 40 member team at the Edinburg office lives in the All-America City. The company was established in 1880 and is celebrating 138 years of being a part of the growth of the region.

Pictured are members of the Edwards Management Team and Executive Committee; the Law firm of Lewis Monroe and Pena; Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez; Dr. Ted C. Jones, national economist; Brandon Linscomb, Stewart Title Guaranty Co.; Che Guerra with The Patio on Guerra; Sonny Hildreth and Tyler Stone, RIOCO.

14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum

Dr. Ted C. Jones headlined the 14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum held on March 8th. His presentation titled By the Numbers – Real Estate and Economic Outlook was shared with the audience that consisted of over 200 guests from throughout Hidalgo County. Pictured with Dr. Jones are Byron Jay Lewis, President & CEO; N. Michael Overly, CFO & COO and Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President & Marketing Manager who has coordinated the Forum since its inception.

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Edwards Abstract Real Estate Forum - Focus on Economic and Real Estate Forecast

Edwards Abstract and Title Co. hosted the 14th Annual State of Real Estate Forum on March 8th at the Edinburg Conference Center and it did not disappoint. A record attendance by realtors, lenders, builders, developers, real estate attorneys, business and civic leaders, helped fill the conference room.  Edwards Abstract and Title Co. has made a commitment to provide resources that the company has available to share in the RGV market and the Real Estate Forum continues to be the company’s premier event.

Dr. Ted C. Jones, Senior Vice President-Chief Economist for Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Director of Investor Relations for Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE-STC) was the keynote speaker as he has been for the past thirteen years.  Dr. Jones’ presentation titled By the Numbers – 2018 Real Estate and Economic Outlook, provided insight and statistics on the national, state and local job markets and specifically the local real estate market.  He shared analysis and various other indicators that positively affect the Valley’s economy.

President and C.E.O. of Edwards Abstract and Title Co., Byron Jay Lewis, welcomed guests and served as the master of ceremonies. “Every year I am humbled and energized with the support and attendance at our annual State of Real Estate Forum,” said Lewis. “Ted has a way of condensing and presenting complex economic data in an entertaining and easy to understand manner. The Rio Grande Valley of Texas continues to be a wonderful place to do business, and has an even brighter future,” he added.  

Dr. Jones’ presentation related the job growth rates in the nation ending December, 2017 showed that Texas ranked 4th in jobs created at 2.53%.  Nevada led the country at 3.31% followed by Oregon, Utah and Florida is 5th with a slightly lower margin than Texas at 2.51%.  Dr. Jones posted on his blog recently that jobs are the number one driver of the economy.  “Jobs are everything to an economy. Period.” He went on to say “So goes the number of jobs, so goes (in general) the demand for housing, commercial real estate and the overall performance of the economy.”  In the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA jobs increased 1.45% creating 3,700 net new jobs ending December, 2017.

  1. N. Michael Overly, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer was enthused with the statistics that Dr. Jones presented at the Forum.   “Thus far 2018 has lived up to Ted’s predications of being a robust year in the real estate industry as our business has increased year to date this year over the same period last year by 12%.  That is a great way to start the year!”

Juan Olaguibel, Director of Bridge Operations for the McAllen/Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges was the guest speaker. Mr. Olaguibel’s presentation on the City of McAllen International Bridges provided insight on the volume of vehicle and commercial traffic and their focus on doing what they can to make the use of these bridges as positive an experience as possible. He also highlighted the advertising that is in place to attract and inform more international travelers regarding the quickest access available for crossing at the Anzalduas or McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge.  “It was my pleasure to participate in such a valuable program.  The economy in the RGV is diverse and enigmatic and Edwards Abstract and Title Co.’s Real Estate Forum allows speakers to share valuable information and insight,” said Juan Olabuibel.

Edwards Abstract and Title Co. Supports the City of Alton Commercial Property Tour

Edwards Abstract and Title Co. in cooperation with the City of Alton will host a commercial property tour on Tuesday, March 20.  Alton will showcase its first Commercial Property Tour to inform potential Brokers,  Investors, Commercial Lenders and Commercial Real Estate agents of the properties in Alton that are available for development. 

Gabriel Garza with Credit Management Concepts will be coordinating this effort along with fellow sponsors, Edwards Abstract and Title Co. and SAMES Engineering.  The City of Alton and the Alton Development Corporation will be hosting a breakfast from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. prior to the tour and will be providing property packets to potential investors and their agents.  The group will meet at Alton City Hall 509 S. Alton Blvd.

Edwards Abstract and Title Co. will provide chartered bus transportation to tour the areas in the community that are ready for commercial development. The tour will begin at 9:45 a.m.  “We appreciate the  participation and support of several leading commercial brokers and lenders in this unique opportunity to get in on the ground work for Alton’s progress,” said N. Michael Overly, C.O.O and C.F.O. with Edwards Abstract and Title Co.  “I congratulate the City of Alton for taking the lead in this endeavor to showcase their community and the potential for commercial development,” he added.

8th Annual Texas Proud Customer Appreciation BBQ

Edwards Abstract and Title Co. will proudly host the 8th Annual Texas Proud Customer Appreciation BBQ on Thursday, March 22. The Edwards Hidalgo County Team is looking forward to welcoming guests as we express our appreciation to our customers and friends. The Legacy Chapels (4610 S. Jackson Road) will be transformed with the Texas theme and ranch style décor.  The Edwards Management Team, Escrow, Title Plant and Support staff will be on hand as we anxiously await the over 800 guests who attend the BBQ.  "It's the Edwards' way of saying thank you to those whom we have served over the years," said Byron Jay Lewis, President & CEO.  Many of the Valley's leading real estate industry professionals, civic and business leaders attend the event as it's a great opportunity to do lots of networking and making business connections. The Texas Proud BBQ will start at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register, please contact any member of the Edwards Team at the McAllen or Edinburg offices.  You may also email Elva Jackson Garza, Vice President & Marketing Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edinburg Chamber of Commerce & Congressman Gonzalez Honor Retired Colonel Norris Overly

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce welcomed Congressman Vicente Gonzalez as the program speaker during the Public Affairs Luncheon. The event welcomed over 250 business and civic leaders on October 30 at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.  Congressman Gonzalez provided an update on several issues that he is focusing on while serving in Congress. His focus continues to include improved services for veterans, solutions for the border wall and immigration concerns.  

Prior to addressing the guests, Congressman Gonzalez made a special presentation to a veteran who served during the Vietnam War.  Retired Colonel Norris Overly (U.S. Air Force) was invited by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce as a special guest to lead guests in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Congressman Gonzalez presented Colonel Overly with a United States flag flown over the nation’s capital in his honor. He was also presented with a certificate commemorating the event.

Colonel Overly is a decorated Vietnam Veteran who was held as a Prison of War.  Colonel Overly flew missions in a B-57 Tactical Dive Bomber during the Vietnam War while based out of the Philippines. He was part of the 13th Tactical Air Command Bomb Squadron and was shot down on September 11, 1967 during a late night mission.  

Upon his capture, he was transported and held as a Prisoner of War at the Hanoi Hilton and listed as Missing in Action throughout his captivity.

During Colonel Overly's captivity, Navy airman John McCain was shot down and became his cell mate.  Senator McCain credits Colonel Overly with saving his life during his captivity in Hanoi, as his physical injuries were life threatening during that time and Colonel Overly cared for his well-being.

After a year in captivity, Colonel Overly was released and returned to the United States where he was reunited with his wife, Ruth, and two children, Debbie and Mike.  

Colonel Overly attended the National War College in Washington DC and continued his military career as a full Colonel until his military retirement at the age of 48.  For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Shortly after retiring at the age of 59 from a civilian job in California, Colonel Overly and his wife Ruth moved to Texas to be closer to their family.  They have called the Rio Grande Valley their home for the past 22 years.

Elva Jackson Garza, (Edwards Abstract and Title Co.) Mistress of Ceremonies commented “Thank you Colonel Overly for your service to our country and we truly appreciate that you have joined us today. You are such an inspiration to all of us.”

Attending the Public Affairs Luncheon were Colonel Overly’s wife Ruth, his daughter in law Sandy and his son N. Michael Overly who is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Edwards Abstract and Title Co.

The Public Affairs Luncheon was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Edwards Abstract and Title Co. the  Title Sponsor; Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P.; Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and PlainsCapital Bank – Diamond Sponsors and the Silver Sponsors were The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Greater State Bank.

For more information on the upcoming P.A.L. or other programs, please contact the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 383-4974.

2017 Colonel Overly Group Pic The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are joined by the Public Affairs sponsors, board members, city officials and special guest Retired Colonel Norris Overly. Pictured are (1st row l-r) Byron Jay Lewis, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Council Member David Torres; Michael Overly, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Colonel Norris Overly; Congressman Vicente Gonzalez; Former Mayor Richard Garcia; Alex Rios, Chairman of the Board (Kid’s Kollege Learning Center) Michael Willamson, PlainsCapital Bank and Hiren Govind, Best Western Plus – Edinburg Inn & Suites. Second row: Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guajardo, Jr.; Elva Jackson Garza, Edwards Abstract and Title Co.; Letty Gonzalez - President, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce; Jacob De Leon, Memorial Funeral Home; Kelly Salazar, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P; David Franz, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P; Mario Lizcano, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance; Dina Araguz, International Bank of Commerce and Tito Salinas, Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, L.L.P. Not pictured are Greater State Bank and the University of Texas RGV representatives.