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Why you should be optimistic about Texas’s real estate market

February 21, 2013

There’s a lot to look forward to in the housing market this year according to Mark Dotzour, chief economist of the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. During his presentation at Winter Meeting last Tuesday, Dotzour explained why he thinks Texas REALTORS® should be optimistic about the future of housing and economic growth. A […]

Tax-deferral strategies for investment property

February 4, 2013

It’s possible to divest yourself of appreciated investment real estate or rental property but defer the tax liability. Such strategies may be less risky from a tax perspective now that the Taxpayer Relief act has made capital gains tax rates permanent. Nevertheless, tread carefully if you’re considering a deferral strategy such as the following: Installment […]

Real estate activity losses

Losses from investment real estate or rental property are passive by definition — unless you’re a real estate professional. Then you can deduct real estate activity losses in full. To qualify as a real estate professional, you must annually perform: More than 50% of your personal services in real property trades or businesses in which […]

Eagle Ford gives region a shot in the wallet

January 15, 2013

The Eagle Ford Shale is turning out to be more than an oil boom. It’s also a shot in the wallet, pulling up personal income in counties across the region — some of the poorest in the state. With a sudden abundance of well-paying oil field jobs, counties with Eagle Ford Shale wells permitted or […]

7-Eleven Inc. Acquires 143 New Locations in San Antonio

January 11, 2013

The acquisition increases 7-Eleven stores’ footprint in San Antonio, where the country’s largest convenience retailer recently purchased 25 stores as part of its acquisition from TETCO Inc. It also adds to 7-Eleven’s growing fuel wholesale-delivery business because the acquisition includes gasoline distribution to 150 dealer-operated sites. “We continue to build our presence in a rapidly […]

San Antonio #4 in report released by Truila

A new report released by Trulia points out, “2013’s Top 10 Healthiest Housing Markets’. It reviews the largest housing markets in the country based on what Trulia identifies as the three fundamental characteristics of a healthy housing market: strong job growth; low, but manageable, vacancy rates; and low foreclosure inventory. These are the best housing markets for […]

Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Discusses Texas Pro-Business Attitude

January 10, 2013

Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, discusses how the Texas pro-business attitude should be emulated throughout the country to encourage businesses to invest and to foster economic growth. Video Link

FYI: Texas Comptroller’s Weekly Economic Outlook

January 9, 2013

Job growth, sales tax collections — both from business and consumer purchases — as well as automobile sales, signal that the Texas economy has emerged from the recent recession. Another indicator that the state’s economy has been comparatively healthy was the U.S. Census Bureau report that Texas added more people (421,000) than any other state […]

San Antonio makes Orbitz’ list of Top Travel Destinations

January 7, 2013

The Alamo City seems to be growing in popularity as a top spot to visit according to Orbitz, an online travel company. San Antonio ranked number nine on a Top 10 list for Top U.S. Travel Destinations for 2012, beating Miami. This is the city’s first time on the list and experts say a healthy […]

Eagle Ford area expected to benefit from nearly $30 billion in capital expenditures in 2013

December 12, 2012

The Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas play is expected to continue to have a significant economic impact on roughly two-dozen South Texas counties. Wood Mackenzie, a global research firm specializing in energy and metals, has issued new analysis which indicates that companies will invest $28 billion in capitalexpenditures in the Eagle Ford in 2013. Callan […]