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Governor announces the business reopening in Texas

According to REBusiness Online Gov. Greg Abbott has expanded the reopening of certain businesses and activities. 

Retailers such as barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons, and similar businesses may reopen on Friday, May 8, provided they maintain six-foot distances between workstations.  Office buildings and manufacturing plants that produce nonessential goods may restart their operations at 25 percent of their normal occupancies on Monday, May 18. 

Market Snapshot

Texas home prices rose to $249,000, a 5.8 percent YOY increase. Austin pushed the home prices in double digit.

The Texas Repeat Sales Home Price Index which provides change in single family values.  Repeat sales home index for  Dallas and Houston increased 2.5 and 3.0 percent, respectively

Texas Home Inventory and Market Snapshot

Google plans to build data center in Ellis County Texas

According to Dallas Morning news Compass Datacenters is finishing up the first phase of the data center on 225 acre track East of I35 E on Red OakGoogle has purchased more than 165 acres where it plans another huge data center — its second such project in Ellis County

Rent drops in Austin Metro during Co-Vid 19 Crisis

According to Austin Business Journal COVID-19 has slowed down the metro’s multifamily market, according to

From March to April, apartment rents dropped 1.2 percent to $1,297. That’s a contrast from last year, when rents saw a 5.7 percent increase. 

Occupancy went up 0.3 percent to 91.1 percent in April. 

$1.5 billion Star mixed-use development coming in Frisco

According to Dallas Morning News Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones Bluestar land development company is coming up with another mixed use $1.5 Billion office building in Frisco

The 11-story, 327,000-sf office tower will be at the northwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Cowboys Way.

Along with the office tower, a six-level, 1,200-car parking garage is planned for the west side of the tollway.

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Property Tax – What is Homestead, Dallas and Austin Names the best City in US for Jobs



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Spring Maintenance List

Time to tune in your HVAC

Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system

Check your roof and Gutters

Clean up your gutters for any fall and winter debris. Check your roof to inspect any missing shingles


Check your Lawn Watering Schedule

Time to turn on those sprinklers and check your lawn watering schedules and adjust them

Check for any broken sprinker heads and replace those

Clean up your windows and screen

Time to get those windows and screens dusted up

Replace Smoke detector batteries

Time to change the smoke detector batteries and check the smoke detectors

Prepare your Lawn equipment

Time to clean up , oil and prepare your lawn equipment for spring mowing


What is homestead Exemption in Texas. How does it

influence property taxes

Homestead Law protects the primary home by providing for right of occupancy

From ad valorem taxation point of view, a certain portion of the appraised value of a principal residence is excluded from the taxable value. Filing an Homestead Exemption does provide some relief from property taxes for residents of Texas

Filing Homestead also protects from forced sale from creditors and judgments.

Even an abstracted judgment lien will not attach to a homestead property as long as the property retains its homestead character.

The right to occupy the homestead extends to all family members who continue to occupy it, including those who occupy the property after the owner’s death. This protection applies to  1) a spouse 2) a surviving spouse 3) minor children (and in some circumstances their guardian) 4) unmarried children.

Homestead rights commence when the owner uses the property as a homestead

An owner who owns multiple properties may wish to establish which of the properties is the homestead. A lender may require a borrower to designate which property is and is not a homestead as a condition of the loan

Property remains a homestead until death, abandonment, or sale. If the owner dies, the homestead terminates unless there are surviving family members who are still entitled to homestead rights. A homestead is considered abandoned when its use is discontinued and there is no intent to use the property again as a home. Even a temporary absence from the home is not abandonment unless there is intent to discontinue use as a home. The burden of proof for abandonment is on the creditor.

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Dallas & Austin Names the best City in US for Jobs

According to Forbes  Dallas-Plano-Irving is at # 1 and Austin-Round Rock is at # 2 the rest of the top 5 are The rest of the top Five are:

No. 3 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tenn.;​
No. 4 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.;
No. 5 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N​.C.-S.C.;


New Home production drops but remains near post-recession high

According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department.
Total housing production fell 3.7 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.29 million units after an upwardly revised March reading of 1.34 million

The drop in overall production can be attributable to a decline in the multifamily sector — which includes apartment buildings and condos — after a big uptick in March. Multifamily starts fell 11.3 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 393,000 units. Meanwhile, single-family starts remained essentially flat, inching up 0.1 percent to 894,000 units after an upwardly revised March reading. ….More here

Monarch City, a 270 Acres development in Allen

According to Dallas Business Journal Howard Huges Corp is Partnerign with Allen to construct Monarch City, which will span 8.7 million square feet of office, retail, residential and green space. The project will be centered around a more than 20-acre park featuring ponds, water features and hike and bike trails.



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