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Real Estate Finance for Texans: Value and the Four Simple Questions

Posted on September 5, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

Understanding Value In this Real Estate Finance for Texans post we take a closer look at the fundamental concept of value. It seems obvious, but when you look at what value really means it can help you make an initial assessment of a potential property purchase. And in the end, I will teach you how […]

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Grants and Loans for Texas Farmers and Ranchers: Part 1 IRR

Posted on August 21, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

Grants and Loans for Texas Farmers and Ranchers The Interest Rate Reduction Program Texas Farm and Ranch property owners can find many economic incentives on the federal and state level. Let’s look at just one program that can help reduce interest rates on loans for Texas Farmers and Ranchers. The Texas Agricultural Finance Authority oversees […]

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What is the Homes for Texas Heroes Program?

Posted on August 1, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

Let’s learn about the Homes for Texas Heroes program, in depth. There are so many loan programs out there for qualified Texans. We have looked at several of them in previous posts, like the My First Texas Home loan and the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program. You should take some time to look at those also. […]

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What is the Texas Mortgage Credit Certificate Program?

Posted on June 26, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

What is the Texas Mortgage Credit Certificate Program? The program is administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.¬†It allows the homebuyer to claim a federal tax credit on up to 40 percent of the mortgage interest paid not to exceed $2,000 annually. That’s a pretty big savings. Do keep in mind you […]

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What is the Texas HAT grant program?

Posted on June 19, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

Today we are looking at the Texas Homeownership Across Texas program. We have explored many grants and loans available to Texans in other posts like the My First Texas Home program and many others. Who Qualifies for the Texas HAT grant program? You must qualify for a mortgage loan from a participating lender. It can […]

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Major Employers and Long Term Real Estate Investment in North Texas

Posted on June 11, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

You can invest in real estate for the short-term or the long-term. Both are viable strategies as an investor. What I want to think about today is the long term viability of North Texas real estate with regard to employment and large employers. And I want to look at who those employers are and speculate […]

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What is the My First Texas Home program?

Posted on June 5, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

So what is the My First Texas Home program? Let’s take a closer look and see if you might qualify and benefit from the program. The program is organized by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Qualifications for the My First Texas Home Program Well, just because you have owned a home in […]

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Is it free to search for HUD homes? Yes.

Posted on May 22, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

There are a lot of websites out there that try to charge you money to search for HUD homes. The names are tricky to make you think they are somehow official or associated with HUD or Fannie Mae. You NEVER need to pay a website to look at these homes. Never. Each organization has their […]

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday: Energy Star Tax Holiday

Posted on May 15, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

Texas has several Sales Tax Holidays. From May 26th-May 28th 2018, The Energy Star Tax Holiday takes place throughout Texas. We hope you didn’t miss the Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies we wrote about here. If so, make sure to sign up for our newsletter, so you don’t miss out. We are always on the […]

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Texas Sales Tax Holidays

Posted on April 23, 2018 by texasfirstrealty in Real Estate Finance

There is an upcoming sales tax holiday in Texas that can save anyone significant money. It’s one of several Texas Sales Tax Holidays. It is called the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. It encourages¬†Texans to stock-up on useful items in case of hurricane, tornado or other natural disaster. But many of the items that […]

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