TIERRA GRANDE

July 2005

Tierra Grande Cover

Risky Business: Mineral Sales by Mail

(Fambrough) 0pp.

Mineral owners, beware. Offers to buy your minerals through the mail may be misleading. Before sponding, read the deed carefully.

A Walk on the Supply Side: Texas Residential Rental Market

(Anari) 0pp.

A look at the supply side of Texas residential market using Census Bureau data.

As the Commercial World Turns

(Dotzour) 0pp.

More than ever, global events are influencing business returns. Topics at a pension fund investors conference illustrate the variety and scope of concerns.

Bubble Talk

(Anari) 0pp.

Is there a home price bubble in Texas? If there is, will it burst like the stock market bubble did? Center research indicates that is unlikely.

Up, Up and Away: Rural Land Prices Soar

(Gilliland, Pettigrew, Carciere, Davis, Z.) 0pp.

Texas land prices just keep rising, with no end in sight. Lack of appealing investment alternatives and widespread lust for recreational properties are fueling the ascent.

Playing in the Big League

(Brewster) 0pp.

Women are still rare in commercial real estate, but these successful Houston brokers are chalking up some impressive stats.

Vacation Home Deductions: Relax and Save Tax

(Stern) 0pp.

Vacation homes can reduce income taxes under certain circumstances. This column reviews the general rules for vacation homes and summarizes new tax planning perspectives that enable taxpayers to maximize vacation home tax benefits.

TIC Fever

(Hunt) 0pp.

Properties purchased as tenants-in-common (TICs) are becoming more popular. However, there are some pitfalls for real estate investors and brokers that should be considered carefully.

ABCs of TIF

(Eversberg, Goebel) 0pp.

Forty-eight states have tax increment financing (TIF) laws. Learn more about Texas' TIF laws and why cities and counties are finding this financing and economic development tool increasingly useful.

A Time to Sell, A Time to Buy

(Harris) 0pp.

Take a look behind the scenes at what causes the changes from buyers' to sellers' markets and how licensees can benefit from reading the market.

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