TIERRA GRANDE

April 2006

Tierra Grande Cover

Housing's Perfect Storm

(Gaines) 4pp.

Texas' residential market is healthy now, but we all know life is uncertain. What would happen if the worst case scenario came to pass?

Texas Housing Bubble: Truth or Scare?

(Gaines) 4pp.

The bubble talk just won't go away. But a good look at important market indicators should give Texas homeowners some peace of mind.

Water Pressure: Below the Surface of GCDs

(Gilliland) 4pp.

Landowners who don't know much about how groundwater conservation districts affect water rights should do themselves a favor, and read this article.

El Paso's Home Field Advantage

(Hunt) 4pp.

The government's recent Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) proceedings will have a favorable influence on El Paso's real estate markets. When coupled with an improving U.S. economy, El Paso should experience demand for real estate in coming months.

From the Outside In: Domestic Migration Boosts Population

(Murdock) 1pp.

People are flocking to Texas from other states and south of the border. How does "where" new residents come from affect the real estate industry?

What's Happening with Home Appreciation?

(Gaines) 3pp.

Texas home prices have not appreciated as rapidly as those in other parts of the United States. Here's why.

Principal Residences and Tax-Free Exchanges

(Stern) 2pp.

Taxpayers can avoid tax on up to $500,000 of gain when selling their principal residence. Yet, all gain is taxable if the residence was acquired during the previous five years as part of a tax-free like-kind exchange. The 2005 Tax Act clarifies the conditions under which such gains are taxable.

Lone Star Licensees

(Gilliland, Carciere, Davis, Z.) 2pp.

In the past 20 years, the number of Texas real estate licensees has decreased while the state's population has grown. This trend is good news for real estate professionals in the Lone Star State.

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