Both internally and externally, Marcus Hiles’ communities are thoughtfully constructed with the highest quality materials in order to be eco-friendly and visually stunning. Roofs and attics are stocked with reflective, radiant TechShield® barriers which reduce heat transfer by up to 97 percent, while lowering indoor temperatures by thirty degrees or more during the hottest summer months. Inside the living spaces, high-density weather stripping and dual pane windows with a layer of argon gas and a solar heat gain coefficient of at least 0.22 take climate control up another notch, protecting units from the elements. Air conditioners with a seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) of 16 or more are the only ones used across the communities, controlled by programmable thermostats allowing residents to use up to 30 percent less energy, cut their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint. By maintaining standards high above industry averages, Hiles and Western Rim deliver comfort in the most polarized weather conditions, guaranteeing a respectful, mutually beneficial relationship with the environment – carbon emissions have been lowered by 32,000 tons across at 10,000 properties.
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Sometimes merely a tool for weight loss, regular physical activity is actually essential in reducing one’s risk of heart disease, avoiding injuries, feeling well mentally, staying fit, and living longer. Marcus Hiles cites the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their proof of how regular exercise is imperative in staving off heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2-diabetes, obesity, depression, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis, regardless of one’s age (including in children). Marcus Hiles excitedly points to data from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that show how an active lifestyle adds up to five years to life expectancy. The Lancet’s studies attribute mental and social benefits, beginning with “a sense of purpose and value, a better quality of life, improved sleep and reduced stress, as well as stronger relationships and social connectedness.”
A graduate of Pepperdine and Rice Universities, Marcus Hiles has seen the impact education has on youth. He is deeply committed to each and every child’s right to be educated regardless of their social class or level of privilege. This belief is demonstrated in his insistence that homes developed by Western Rim be located near schools to simplify access to education for all residents.
In late December, the U.S. Census released its 2016 population estimates, showing state-by-state growth from 2015 into 2016, noting that the Lone Star State saw the greatest gains. Real estate entrepreneur Marcus Hiles sees the nation-leading increase is a positive sign, as large jumps in population have historically meant upcoming market expansion. Hiles, as the Founding Chairman & CEO of the celebrated Western Rim Property Services, serves as Texas’ largest producer of upscale rental complexes including stunning designs, scenic landscapes, resort-like amenities and comprehensive lifestyle services.
Further research within the Bureau’s findings show that the Texas’ four large metros, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, accounted for 84 percent of the state’s growth. Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth led cities around the country by welcoming around 150,000 new residents each, while Austin again topped the nation in growth percentage for the fifth consecutive time, notes Marcus Hiles.
Marcus Hiles proves, throughout his numerous apartment development projects, that LEED Certification is cost-effective, efficient, and valued by today’s rental customer. The fact that LEED-Certified Apartment Construction has skyrocketed, increasing tenfold since 2008, underscores its place in the market. Hiles’ neighborhoods show solid numbers that the LEED formula of eco-friendly materials, along with focus on performance, smart grid thinking, and efficient water use are directly related to better financial returns and rental rates, optimized health and productivity of renters, improved public relations, as well as ongoing reductions in expenditures for energy and operating costs.
The reflective TechShield® is proven to help renters effectively reduce their utility costs. “On average, residents of our Estates, Towers and Mansions communities have lowered their bills by about 17 percent every month,” Hiles notes. Having been time-tested through its installation in more than 1.5 million homes across the U.S., these ecologically sound products are made of wood sourced through programs certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, a conservation program created by non-profit organization SFI Inc. to promote responsible wood production. The use of these eco-friendly roof panels combines with 16 SEER air conditioners, programmable thermostats, dual-pane windows, weather stripping and full depth cellulose sound insulation to ensure that Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth company’s homes, townhomes and apartments serve as a true advancement in upscale, energy-efficient housing.
When viewing rental homes, a popular floorplan with a good view, at a fair price, is the ultimate goal. Marcus Hiles, a respected Texas property investor and developer, understands that Texas residents seek to live a comfortable and luxurious life at an affordable price point. What landlords will rarely tell prospective renters, is that they use yield management programming to automatically increase the rent when popular floorplans are requested. Marcus Hiles specializes in not only working ahead of housing market trends, but also providing renters with knowledge on how to negotiate rental rates.