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Owner Financing in Texas

July 5, 2010

From the Texas Association of Realtors:

“Many of us have been very concerned about the implementation of federal legislation known as the SAFE Act that would severely limit an individual’s ability to seller finance their property in Texas.

We are working on numerous regulatory and legislative solutions to this affront to private-property owners, and have some good news to report. At our urging, the chief regulator over the SAFE Act in Texas, the commissioner of the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending, has taken significant steps to allow Texas property owners to continue to seller finance up to five transactions in a 12-month period.

More specifically, the commissioner has delayed the implementation of the SAFE Act requirement for licensure in seller-financed transactions in Texas until August 31. This will give us time to implement regulatory and legislative changes during the coming months. For now it is important for you to know that the long-standing law of allowing a Texas seller to finance up to five transactions in a consecutive 12-month period is still in effect and the Texas Association of REALTORS® will continue to work at the federal and state level to see that this is a permanent solution.

Finally, this action would not have happened if not for the thousands of Texas REALTORS® who participated in our grassroots efforts to correct this abuse to private-property owners in Texas.”


Thank God in Texas we are still free to sell our homes anyway we choose ((at least 5 per year))


how are your returns?

April 23, 2010

Why Many Investors Keep Fooling Themselves
by Jason Zweig
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 of the wall street journal penned a great article about How high most investors returns are. You can check it out at

To summarize the article says that most investors cant earn over 5% or so on thier investments. The Stock market has returned 9.8% since 1926 according to Ibbotson Associates. Can you out earn that figure? After fees, taxes, and inflation the return drops down to just 4%. 4% SUCKS! Just in case you were wondering.

So how do you out earn the US stock market? I use real estate that produces cashflow today to spend or invest and normally will not get out of bed to even look at returns under 20% on a cash on cash basis. I hope you read the article and if you have questions about how to make your retirement better give me a call at 512-782-8982

property tax values decreasing in Austin?

April 19, 2010

Can it be true? Will we see a drop in what property owners owe the Tax man in Austin TX? According to the Austin American Statesman we should see a 5.3% drop in tax values in our lovely city. What does that mean to revenues for the City, County and School districts? Big trouble! Thats what! is the link to the full story in the paper. We will have to wait and see what this does to the tax rate and how that will effect the interested parties and their perspective budgets!

Are you thinking long term about appreciation?

January 9, 2010

check out the blog post by the bawldguy!

He is laying out the conservative analysis of a 5 year, no appreciation, property performance.   In other words what would our situation look like if you bought a property that did not appreciate but all the returns you received were modest (small) cashflow and debt reduction.   He then stretched it out a little further and discussed what your situation would look like if you paid off this property in a short 16 years.   Go take a read of his analysis it is good.   Call me at 512-689-6742 if you want to discuss how to make this situation your worse case scenario in a real estate  investment.

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