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SPECIAL PORTAL PAGES ON REAL ESTATE
DIRECTORY OF REAL ESTATE FIRMS, AGENCIES & REALTORS: See our special page with name, phone, address, and web link to every real estate firm in the Texas Hill Country. Click Directory
FEATURED BROKER LISTINGS: See our special page with paid listings for featured properties that Real Estate Brokers choose to showcase. These are exceptional properties and values worthy of special promotion here. Be sure to check out the detailed property profile on the broker's web site which you can access via the link shown at the end of each listing on the page. Click: Featured Broker Listings
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
ABOUT: About.com: Info about buying a home
CNN MONEY 101 LESSON #8: http://money.cnn.com/pf/101/lessons/8: How to buy a home.
INMANS NEWS: InMan News; and www.inman.com/default.aspx: Real estate news and helpful background info.
MORTGAGE 101: www.mortgage101.com: A great source of information on real estate loans, interest rates, mortgage rates, loan calculator, lenders, and a library of practical documents on all facets of real estate. You can even apply on-line for a loan.
MSN BUYING A HOME: http://realestate.msn.com/buying
REAL ESTATE ABC'S: www.realestateabc.com
(THE) REAL ESTATE REVIEW: www.therealestatereview.com
REAL ESTATE AUCTION GUIDE: http://realestateauctionguide.com
REALTY TIMES: www.realtytimes.com
TEXAS REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE: www.TexasRealEstateMagazine.com
REALTY TRAC: www.RealtyTrac.com
1031 EXCHANGES: www.atlas1031.com: All about "1031 Like Kind Tax Exchanges"
TEXAS A&M REAL ESTATE CENTER: http://recenter.tamu.edu/data: Texas real estate industry news, home buyer tips, links, videos.
TEXAS REAL ESTATE LICENSE ACT: www.trec.state.tx.us/formslawscontracts/rules_codes/rela.asp
ON-LINE PROPERTY LISTING SERVICES-TEXAS SPECIFIC LOCATIONS
FARM AND RANCH ON-LINE: www.farmandranchonline.com
LANDS OF TEXAS: www.LandsofTexas.com: The largest rural land listing service in the nation advertising farms, ranches, timberland, mountain and waterfront properties.
TEXAS ALLIANCE OF LAND BROKERS: www.texaslandbrokers.org: Listing service
ON-LINE PROPERTY LISTING SERVICES-NATIONAL SCOPE
APARTMENTS.COM: www.apartments.com: A national database of available apartments of all kinds.
CCIM INSTITUTE: www.CCIM.com: Commercial real estate
CIMLS: www.CIMLS.com: A commercial property network dedicated to the advertising of commercial and investment properties for sale and for lease by CIMLS designee's.
CYBERHOMES: www.cyberhomes.com: Vast database of real estate information. You can see almost every factor that affects a home's price. Look up in-depth market analysis on sales, values and rentals. You can get stats on the neighborhood you're looking at, see the unemployment rate, average household income and quality-of-life indicators. You can also see area schools, read school reviews, and see average test scores. Can also search for estimated home values in your area, track changes in your home's value and even set up an e-mail alert for specific properties. You'll get a monthly update on changes in value.
FARM AND RANCH.COM: www.farmandranch.com: Listing service for exceptional rural real estate.
GOOGLE DATABASE FOR HOUSING: GoogleBase for Housing: Residential
HARMON HOMES: www.harmonhomes.com: A national homes-for-sale and real estate agent database. Home buyers can browse real estate listings plus get helpful tips on moving, financing, inspections and more.
HGTV'S FRONTDOOR: www.frontdoor.com: Residential listings and guides
LOOPNET: www.Loopnet.com: Founded in 1995, now the Internet's largest commercial real estate listing service, representing over 80,000 commercial real estate professionals.
OODLE: http://austin.oodle.com/housing/sale: On-line classified real estate listings
(THE) REAL ESTATE REVIEW - HILL COUNTRY: www.TheRealEstateReview.com
REAL ESTATE TRADE: 505-220-9770; 5018 Agua Fria Park Rd, Santa Fe, NM. www.realestatetrade.com. On-line service that helps those people exchange their real estate property.
REALTOR.COM: www.Realtor.com: Residential listings and guides
ROOSR.COM: www.Roost.com. Find MLS listings, properties for sale by owner, new homes, and foreclosures for your next home, business or investment. Listings for single family homes, multi-family homes, condos, town homes, lots, land, farms and mobile homes.
TRULIA: www.Trulia.com: Nationwide residential listings and guides. Search for homes by city, state or ZIP. Set your price range, desired home type and more. Plus foreclosure listings. Trulia also features "Heat Maps" where you can see sale and price trends across the country. This information can help you time your purchase. You can ask questions of local real estate agents, and local residents can discuss their area.
YAHOO: www.Yahoo Real Estate: Used, new, foreclosed, apartments
ZILLOW: www.Zillow.com: Residential listings and guides. Has some innovative web tools. You can see a seller's price and an estimated home value. Zillow calls it a "Zestimate". This can help you spot good deals. Plus seller's tool: You can post a seller's description of the property and link to a listing web site. Special "Make Me Move" feature: Maybe you're not planning to move just yet. But everyone has a price that can't be refused. Post it here, and maybe you'll get an offer.
COUNTY TAX APPRAISAL RELATED WEB SITES
BLANCO COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-868-4013; 615 N Nugent Ave (Spur 356), Johnson City, TX 78636. www.blancocad.com
GILLESPIE COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-997-9807; 101 W Main St, #11, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. http://www.gillespiecad.org
KENDALL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-249-8012; 118 Market Ave, Boerne, TX 78006. www.kendallad.org
KERR CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: www.kerrcad.org
LAMPASAS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-556-8058; 109 W 5th St, Lampasas, TX 76550. www.lampasascad.org
MASON COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-347-5989; 200 Fort McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. www.masoncad.org
TRUE AUTOMATION: www.trueautomation.com: On-line property tax records by county in Texas.
TEXAS COUNTY DATA: www.txcountydata.com: On-line property tax database, by county in Texas.
TEXAS CAD: www.texascad.com: Provides a list of Texas Appraisal Districts that have a Web site.
TEXAS CAD: www.window.state.tx.us/propertytax/references/directory/cad
TEXAS COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS: www.txcountydata.com
TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS (Window on State Government): Information on agency services, electronic addresses for specific types of tax assistance, information on how to file qualifying taxes via the telephone (TeleFile), and links to other branches of Texas government: See Comptroller; Local Property Taxes; and Texas Statutes
THE BOARD OF TAX PROFESSIONAL EXAMINERS: www.txbtpe.state.tx.us: General information for tax certification, re-certification, course schedules, study guides, exam rules, instructor lists, and course descriptions.
TEXAS APPRAISAL LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION BOARD: www.talcb.state.tx.us: Offers information on licensing, certification and regulation on real estate appraisers in Texas under state and federal laws.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF APPRAISAL DISTRICTS: www.taad.org: Provides upcoming event calendar, educational opportunity information, conference information, legislative summary, member data, and other helpful links.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF ASSESSING OFFICERS: www.taao.org: Provides information regarding legislative updates, conference events, chapter news, and tax policy.
TAXPAYER'S RIGHTS, REMEDIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/remedy06/index.html
REGIONAL BOARD OF REALTORS & ASSOCIATIONS
AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORS: www.abor.com
BANDERA COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS: 800-873-9155; www.usamls.net/banderacounty
CENTRAL HILL COUNTRY (FORMERLY GILLESPIE COUNTY) BOARD OF REALTORS: 830-997-4758; 906 N Milam, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.gillespieboardofrealtors.com. Serves Gillespie, Mason, Blanco, and Kimble counties
CENTRAL TEXAS MLS: www.usamls.net/centraltexas
HIGHLAND LAKES ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: 830-693-5787; 801 3rd St, Marble Falls, TX 78654-5727. www.highlandlakesrealtors.com
KERRVILLE BOARD OF REALTORS: 830-896-1255; 328 Jefferson St, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.kerrvillerealtors.com
SAN ANTONIO AREA BOARD OF REALTORS: www.sabor.com
SAN MARCOS BOARD OF REALTORS: 512-396-5478; 1628 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-7224. www.smabor.com
REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATIONS
APPRAISAL INSTITUTE: www.appraisalinstitute.org
CENTRAL TEXAS COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: www.ctcaronline.com
COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE (CIREI): www.ccim.com
INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT (IREM): www.irem.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FEE APPRAISERS (NAIFA): www.naifa.com
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS: www.iami.org/narea.html
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: www.realtor.org
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION: www.reji.com/associations/pma/nonmember/data
REAL ESTATE BUYER'S AGENT COUNCIL: www.rebac.net
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: www.texasrealtors.com, and www.texasrealestate.com
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION: www.hillcountrybuilders.org
TEXAS LAND TITLE ASSOCIATION: www.tlta.com
WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS (WCR): www.wcr.org
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH REAL ESTATE
FANNIE MAE: www.Fanniemae.com: They provide financial products and services that make it possible for low, moderate, and middle-income families to buy homes of their own.
FANNIE MAE, HOW TO BUY: How to Buy a Fannie Mae-Owned Home
FREDDIE MAC: www.freddiemac.com: A stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress to increase the supply of funds that mortgage lenders, such as commercial banks, mortgage bankers, savings institutions and credit unions, can make available to homebuyers and multifamily investors.
HUD: www.Hud.gov: Mission: A decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American. The direct source for HUD homes.
HUD, FOR CONSUMERS: www.hud.gov/consumer: HUD Consumer Information
HUD/VA FORECLOSURES: www.USHUD.com: Allows you to directly access all VA and HUD foreclosures sold here for a fraction of their value.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY: www.fema.gov
TEXAS STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH REAL ESTATE
(TEXAS) APPRAISER LICENSING & CERTIFICATION BOARD: 512-465-3950; 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752. www.talcb.state.tx.us
ARCHITECTURAL EXAMINERS, TEXAS BOARD OF: 512-305-9000; Hobby Bldg 333 Guadalupe St, Ste 2-350, Austin, TX 78701-3942. www.tbae.state.tx.us
COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: 800-252-5555; 512-463-4000; LBJ Bldg, 111 E 17th St, First Floor, Austin, TX 78774-0100. http://www.window.state.tx.us
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF: www.tdhca.state.tx.us
(TEXAS RESIDENTIAL) CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION: 512-463-1040; 311 E 14th St, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78701. www.trcc.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) GENERAL LAND OFFICE: www.glo.state.tx.us
(AFFORDABLE) HOUSING CORPORATION: 512-477-3555; 101 Westlake Dr, Ste 101, Austin, TX 78746. www.tsahc.org
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, TEXAS DEPTARTMENT OF: 512-475-3800; 221 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701. www.tdhca.state.tx.us
(TEXAS GENERAL) LAND OFFICE: 512-463-5001; 1700 N Congress Ave, Ste 835, Austin, TX 78701. www.glo.texas.gov
LICENSING AND REGULATION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF: 512-463-6599; 920 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701. www.license.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) REAL ESTATE COMMISSION: 512-459-6544; 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752. www.trec.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) VETERANS LAND BOARD: 800-252-8387; 512-463-5060; 1700 N Congress Ave, Rm 700, Austin, TX 78701. www.glo.state.tx.us/vlb
TEXAS PROPERTY SALES & TITLE HISTORY
TEXAS LAND AND RESIDENTIAL SALES HISTORY: http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/datahs.html
TEXAS TITLE HISTORY: http://recenter.tamu.edu/tgrande/vol13-1/1760.html
PROPERTY, SEPTIC, WELLS, ENVIRONMENT, WATER MAINTENANCE
See Portal focus page: Hill Country Natural Resources
PIPELINE INFORMATION: Pipeline
TEXAS LONGHORN PIPELINE INFORMATION: www.longhornpipeline.com
HILL COUNTRY MAPS
GOOGLE MAP SIZED TO INCLUDE A RECTANGLE AROUND THE HILL COUNTRY: Google Map
HILL COUNTRY SUN: Map (note, click on map image to enlarge or reduce size)
AUSTIN STATESMAN: Map
HILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE: Map
TEXAS COUNTY MAPS: Maps (TXDOT Maps via UT Library)
EPA MAPS: EPA Maps
SATELLITE VIEW OF PROPERTY: Satellite
GOOGLE STREET MAPS: Google Street Maps
GOOGLE EARTH MAPS: Google Earth
TEXAS MAPS: www.Maps.Live.com: photos, satellite & directions driving maps, easy-to-read
TEXAS MAPS: www.lib.utexas.edu: Perry-Castaneda Map Collection - UT Library Online:
TEXAS COUNTY LOCATOR MAP: Need to know where a county can be found? Try this interactive map from the CIP! Map
TEXAS COUNTY MAP: A PDF map of the state with the county boundaries and names. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view: Map
TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS: www.topozone.com
MAPSTATS: Locate a County by Place Name. Enter a place name (city or town) and this utility will tell you in what county the place is located: Map
GEOLOGY.COM: Texas State Map, with individual maps for physical/topography, elevation, rivers/lakes, political, roads: Map
REAL ESTATE FINANCE COMPANIES
CAPITAL FARM CREDIT: www.capitalfarmcredit.com
FIRST AG CREDIT: www.agmoney.com
USDA FARM LOAN PROGRAMS: 830-278-4571 ext 2; www.FSA.USDA.gov
FINANCIAL LINKS RELATED TO REAL ESTATE
AG VALUATIONS: Ag Valuations
BROKER PRICE OPTIONS: Listings for real estate agents involved with BPO's (Broker Price Opinions) and REO's regarding foreclosure properties. www.BPOREOAgents.com
CREDIT REPORTS: Credit Reports
TEXAS LAND BANK: Texas Land Bank
HOME BUILDER & CONSTRUCTION RESOURCES
BUILDER-STATE.COM: www.builderstate.com; Thousands of builders and residential construction industry sites offering home improvement, home building contractors, construction engineers and many unique and exclusive special services.
PROPERTY & PRIVACY RIGHTS
AMERICAN LAND FOUNDATION: 800-452-6389; 512-365-2699; POB 1033, Taylor, TX 76574. www.PropertyRights.org
MOVERS & TRUCK RENTALS
ALLIED VAN LINES: http://www.allied.com
ATLAS VAN LINES: www.atlasworldgroup.com
PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL: www.pensketruckrental.com
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