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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
ABOUT: About.com: Info about buying a home
CNN MONEY 101 LESSON: money.cnn.com/pf/money-essentials-home-buying/index.html: Buy a home in 10 steps
INMANS NEWS: InMan News; and inman.com/default.aspx: Real estate news and helpful background info.
MORTGAGE 101: 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: realestate.msn.com/buying
REAL ESTATE ABC'S: realestateabc.com
(THE) REAL ESTATE REVIEW: therealestatereview.com
REAL ESTATE AUCTION GUIDE: //realestateauctionguide.com
REALTY TIMES: realtytimes.com
TEXAS REAL ESTATE MAGAZINE: TexasRealEstateMagazine.com
REALTY TRAC: RealtyTrac.com
1031 EXCHANGES: atlas1031.com: All about "1031 Like Kind Tax Exchanges"
TEXAS A&M REAL ESTATE CENTER: recenter.tamu.edu/data: Texas real estate industry news, home buyer tips, links, videos.
TEXAS REAL ESTATE LICENSE ACT: trec.state.tx.us/formslawscontracts/rules_codes/rela.asp
FARM AND RANCH ON-LINE: farmandranchonline.com
LANDS OF TEXAS: LandsofTexas.com: The largest rural land listing service in the nation advertising farms, ranches, timberland, mountain and waterfront properties.
TEXAS ALLIANCE OF LAND BROKERS: texaslandbrokers.org: Listing service
APARTMENTS.COM: apartments.com: A national database of available apartments of all kinds.
CCIM INSTITUTE: CCIM.com: Commercial real estate
CIMLS: 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: 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: farmandranch.com: Listing service for exceptional rural real estate.
GOOGLE DATABASE FOR HOUSING: GoogleBase for Housing: Residential
HARMON HOMES: 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: frontdoor.com: Residential listings and guides
LOOPNET: Loopnet.com: Founded in 1995, now the Internet's largest commercial real estate listing service, representing over 80,000 commercial real estate professionals.
OODLE: austin.oodle.com/housing/sale: On-line classified real estate listings
(THE) REAL ESTATE REVIEW - HILL COUNTRY: TheRealEstateReview.com
REAL ESTATE TRADE: 505-220-9770; 5018 Agua Fria Park Rd, Santa Fe, NM. realestatetrade.com. On-line service that helps those people exchange their real estate property.
REALTOR.COM: Realtor.com: Residential listings and guides
TRULIA: 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: Yahoo Real Estate: Used, new, foreclosed, apartments
ZILLOW: 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.
Appraisal districts are responsible for appraising all real and business personal property within their county. The districts appraise property according to the Texas Property Tax Code and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP). They appraise property for "ad valorem" taxation for the certain taxing authorities within their county. They admitter exemptions and special valuations as authorized by the local entity and the State of Texas.
The governing body of each taxing authority (aka "Taxing Unit", typically, school districts, county government, city government, water districts, and sometimes ESD, public libraries, etc.) individually determines the tax rate (the rate/$100 of valuation, aka the "mil-levy" rate) for their own entity.
When a county tax assessor does not collect property taxes, the county appraisal district may be responsible for collecting some or all local property taxes. Contact your appraisal district.
See list of Appraisal Districts, Tax Assessor/Collectors, and all Taxing Units, for all of Texas at: comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/property-tax/county-directory
TRUE AUTOMATION: trueautomation.com: On-line property tax records by county in Texas.
TEXAS COUNTY DATA: txcountydata.com: On-line property tax database, by county in Texas.
TEXAS CAD: texascad.com: Provides a list of Texas Appraisal Districts that have a Web site.
TEXAS CAD: window.state.tx.us/propertytax/references/directory/cad
TEXAS COUNTY TAX ASSESSORS: txcountydata.com
TEXAS COMPTROLLER OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS (Window on State Government): Information on agency services, links to specific types of tax assistance, how to file qualifying taxes via the telephone (TeleFile). This is the epi-center for information property taxes in Texas.
- Texas Statutes
- Local Property Taxes
- Property Tax Assistance, including Local Protest, Appraisal, Assessment/Collection, Comptroller Services, Resources, Links. (*Very helpful)
- Publications on Property Tax Assistance, including: Administration, Appraisal, Appraisal Review Board (ARB), Exemptions, Legal, Property Value Study, Reports, Special Inventory. These are the core document to understand property taxes. (*Very helpful)
- Frequently Asked Questions About Property Tax (*Very helpful)
TEXAS APPRAISAL LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION BOARD: 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: taad.org: Provides upcoming event calendar, educational opportunity information, conference information, legislative summary, member data, and other helpful links.
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF ASSESSING OFFICERS: taao.org: Provides information regarding legislative updates, conference events, chapter news, and tax policy.
TAXPAYER'S RIGHTS, REMEDIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/remedy06/index.html
The appraisal districts in the Hill Country include:
BANDERA COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-796-3039, 1206 Main St, Bandera, TX 78003. banderaproptax.org
BLANCO COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-868-4013; 615 N Nugent Ave (Spur 356), Johnson City, TX 78636. blancocad.com
BURNET COUNTY, CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-756-8291; 223 S Pierce St, Burnet, TX 78611. burnet-cad.org. Map. Marble Falls Annex: 830-693-5468; 110 Ave H, #106, Marble Falls, TX 78654
EDWARDS COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-683-4189; 101 E Main St, POB 858, Rocksprings, TX 78880. edwardscad.org
GILLESPIE COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-997-9807; 101 W Main St, #11, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. gillespiecad.org
HAYS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-268-2522; 21001 IH-35 N, Kyle, TX 78640; hayscad.com. Web
KENDALL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-249-8012; 118 Market Ave, Boerne, TX 78006. kendallad.org
KERR CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: kerrcad.org
KIMBLE COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-446-3717; 501 Main St, Junction, TX 76849. kimblecad.org
LAMPASAS CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-556-8058; 109 W 5th St, Lampasas, TX 76550. lampasascad.org
LLANO COUNTY, TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR: 325-247-3065; 103 E Sandstone, Llano, TX 78643. llanocad.net
MASON COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-347-5989; 200 Fort McKavitt St, Mason, TX 76856. masoncad.org
MENARD COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-396-4784; 110 Bevans St, Menard, TX 76859. menardcad.org
MCCULLOCH COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-597-1627; 306 W Lockhart, Brady, TX 76825. mccullochcad.org
MEDINA COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-741-3035; 1410 Avenue K, Hondo, TX 78861-1300. medinacad.org
MENARD COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-396-4784; 110 Bevans St, Menard, TX 76859. menardcad.org
REAL COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-232-6248; 101 S Market St, Leakey, TX 78873. realcad.org
SAN SABA COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 325-372-5031; Courthouse Annex, 423 E Wallace St, San Saba, TX 76877-3527. sansabacad.org
TRAVIS COUNTY CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-834-9317; 8314 Cross Park Dr, Austin, Texas 78754. (traviscad.org
UVALDE COUNTY, APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 830-278-1106; 209 N High St, Uvalde, TX 78801-5207. uvaldecad.org
WILLIAMSON COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT: 512-930-3787; 625 FM 1460, Georgetown TX 78626-8050. wcad.org
DALLAS NEWS WATCHDOG: Timely news, articles, research on local and legislative front on property tax in Texas, and other consumer watchdog activities. dallasnews.com/news/watchdog
THE TEXAS TRIBUNE: Independent, non-profit, fact-based journalism about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Based in Austin. texastribune.org
AUSTIN BOARD OF REALTORS: abor.com
BANDERA COUNTY BOARD OF REALTORS: 800-873-9155; usamls.net/banderacounty
CENTRAL HILL COUNTRY (FORMERLY GILLESPIE COUNTY) BOARD OF REALTORS: 830-997-4758; 906 N Milam, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. gillespieboardofrealtors.com. Serves Gillespie, Mason, Blanco, and Kimble counties
CENTRAL TEXAS MLS: usamls.net/centraltexas
HIGHLAND LAKES ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: 830-693-5787; 801 3rd St, Marble Falls, TX 78654-5727. highlandlakesrealtors.com
KERRVILLE BOARD OF REALTORS: 830-896-1255; 328 Jefferson St, Kerrville, TX 78028. kerrvillerealtors.com
SAN ANTONIO AREA BOARD OF REALTORS: sabor.com
SAN MARCOS BOARD OF REALTORS: 512-396-5478; 1628 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666-7224. smabor.com
APPRAISAL INSTITUTE: appraisalinstitute.org
CENTRAL TEXAS COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: ctcaronline.com
COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE INSTITUTE (CIREI): ccim.com
FOUR RIVERS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: 830-625-6954; 936 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130 and 1628 Aquarena Springs Dr (satellite) San Marcos, TX 78666. A non-profit that provides education, networking and volunteer opportunities to members. Includes a merger that represents members from the former New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of REALTORS®, Seguin Board of REALTORS®, and San Marcos Area Board of REALTORS®. Members from across 5 counties: Caldwell, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays. Owner of the Central Texas MLS, a for-profit MLS system that covers the area between Austin and San Antonio.
INSTITUTE OF REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT (IREM): irem.org
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT FEE APPRAISERS (NAIFA): naifa.com
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS: iami.org/narea.html
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: realtor.org
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION: reji.com/associations/pma/nonmember/data
REAL ESTATE BUYER'S AGENT COUNCIL: rebac.net
TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS: texasrealtors.com, and texasrealestate.com
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION: hillcountrybuilders.org
TEXAS LAND TITLE ASSOCIATION: tlta.com
WOMEN'S COUNCIL OF REALTORS (WCR): wcr.org
FANNIE MAE: 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: 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: 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: hud.gov/consumer: HUD Consumer Information
HUD/VA FORECLOSURES: USHUD.com: Allows you to directly access all VA and HUD foreclosures sold here for a fraction of their value.
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY: fema.gov
(TEXAS) APPRAISER LICENSING & CERTIFICATION BOARD: 512-465-3950; 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752. talcb.state.tx.us
ARCHITECTURAL EXAMINERS, TEXAS BOARD OF: 512-305-9000; Hobby Bldg 333 Guadalupe St, Ste 2-350, Austin, TX 78701-3942. 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. window.state.tx.us
COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF: tdhca.state.tx.us
(TEXAS RESIDENTIAL) CONSTRUCTION COMMISSION: 512-463-1040; 311 E 14th St, Ste 200, Austin, TX 78701. trcc.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) GENERAL LAND OFFICE: glo.state.tx.us
(AFFORDABLE) HOUSING CORPORATION: 512-477-3555; 101 Westlake Dr, Ste 101, Austin, TX 78746. tsahc.org
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, TEXAS DEPTARTMENT OF: 512-475-3800; 221 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78701. tdhca.state.tx.us
(TEXAS GENERAL) LAND OFFICE: 512-463-5001; 1700 N Congress Ave, Ste 835, Austin, TX 78701. glo.texas.gov
LICENSING AND REGULATION, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF: 512-463-6599; 920 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701. license.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) REAL ESTATE COMMISSION: 512-459-6544; 1101 Camino La Costa, Austin, TX 78752. trec.state.tx.us
(TEXAS) VETERANS LAND BOARD: 800-252-8387; 512-463-5060; 1700 N Congress Ave, Rm 700, Austin, TX 78701. glo.state.tx.us/vlb
TEXAS LAND AND RESIDENTIAL SALES HISTORY: recenter.tamu.edu/data/datahs.html
TEXAS TITLE HISTORY: recenter.tamu.edu/tgrande/vol13-1/1760.html
See Portal focus page: Hill Country Natural Resources
PIPELINE INFORMATION: Pipeline
TEXAS LONGHORN PIPELINE INFORMATION: longhornpipeline.com
See our Portal focus topic page on: Maps, including special real estate maps.
CAPITAL FARM CREDIT: capitalfarmcredit.com
FIRST AG CREDIT: agmoney.com
USDA FARM LOAN PROGRAMS: 830-278-4571 ext 2; FSA.USDA.gov
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. BPOREOAgents.com
CREDIT REPORTS: Credit Reports
TEXAS LAND BANK: Texas Land Bank
BUILDER-STATE.COM: 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.
AMERICAN LAND FOUNDATION: 800-452-6389; 512-365-2699; POB 1033, Taylor, TX 76574. PropertyRights.org
ALLIED VAN LINES: allied.com
ATLAS VAN LINES: atlasworldgroup.com
PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL: pensketruckrental.com
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