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Bigger Homes for Wealthy with Mortgage Tax Break

Bigger Homes for Wealthy with Mortgage Tax Break | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The increase in home sizes, encouragement of second-home purchases, and preference for debt financing are all examples of how housing’s tax preferences distort consumer behavior.

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Because the mortgage-interest deduction can be applied to both a primary and secondary residence, it encourages the purchase of vacation homes.

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Latest Galveston beach restoration project set for October

Latest Galveston beach restoration project set for October | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Government funds for Hurricane Ike recovery will help pay for more than $20 million in Galveston beach improvements eight years after the deadly storm.

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The Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees on Tuesday announced more beach restoration will begin in October.

Plans include expanding a 4-mile stretch from 12th to 61st streets, using sand dredged from the Big Reef area. The project should be completed in time for spring break.

 

The park board, the city and the Texas General Land Office are also providing funds. Crews last year finished a $23 million beach expansion.

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Romantic Vacations and Honeymoons in Texas

Romantic Vacations and Honeymoons in Texas | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Romantic Couples Vacations and Honeymoons in Texas

Texas is rich in culture, art, adventure, and most important… ROMANCE! Whether you are looking for a secluded small town or a big city, Texas has everything you need for the perfect honeymoon or couples vacation!

32. San Antonio, Texas – As you plan your honeymoon or next vacation with your spouse, take a look at San Antonio, the most-visited city in Texas, as an option! San Antonio’s unique attractions including the romantic river walk, La Villita, and Marriage Island, are perfect for couples!

33. Austin, Texas – Austin provides the perfect mix of a small town and a big city for couples! Looking for a romantic outdoor adventure? Be sure to check out Mount Bonnell!

34. Fredricksburg, Texas / Texas Hill Country – Even though Texas Hill Country is just west of Austin, it feels worlds away! Escape the hustle and bustle of life with your sweetheart in this quaint area!

35. Galveston Island, Texas – Galveston offers plenty to do and see on a honeymoon or couples romantic getaway! Whether you enjoy the beach, art and culture, history, or adventure… Galveston Island has it all!

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  • San Antonio
  • Austin
  • Fredricksburg
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Galveston Island
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Texas counties rank high for real estate investing

Texas counties rank high for real estate investing | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Real estate investing in Texas

According to SmartAsset, the best opportunities to invest in real estate in Texas are in Harris County, the home of Houston. Harris County has seen business growth of 6.1 percent since 2015, which is lower than most of the other counties ranked — besides Dallas County — but it’s higher than the state of Texas as a whole.

Harris County ranks no. 2 in the nation for real estate investing

LaSalle County had the largest amount of business growth in the state, at 51.7 percent, but GDP growth was just $54 million.

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Harris County had a whopping $38.815 billion in GDP growth. New building permits were the highest in Collin County, which had 45.1 permits per 1,000 homes.

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Hooked on a Reeling

Hooked on a Reeling | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Whereas South Padre Island, that other popular beach destination, has the ambience of an amusement park, Port Aransas still feels like the isolated fishing hamlet that it once was.

 

For most of recorded history, this barrier sand reef has been sparsely populated, first by Karankawa, then by Spanish explorers and pirates, then by U.S. troops during the Mexican and Civil wars. In its glory days, Port Aransas was the Tarpon Capital of the World, drawing sportsmen—including president Franklin D. Roosevelt—to its shores.

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Even with the bigger crowds, Port Aransas remains a fisherman's paradise.

 

Tip, rent a condo at Cinnamon Shore. the still-expanding vacation home community that is a master-planned New-Urbanism alternative to the funky older rentals that many families loyally return to year after year.

 

 

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Beach town real estate deals that won't break budgets | Inman

Beach town real estate deals that won't break budgets | Inman | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

RealtyTrac finds Port Aransas and Palm Beach as low-cost, seaside investment opportunities

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Time for Texas to get street-smart

Time for Texas to get street-smart | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Foot traffic along Houston Street in downtown San Antonio. Future investment should focus on sidewalks and resident-friendly amenities in the city.

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Time for the Texas coast to get street smart.

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Can These Rooftop Cabins Solve Urban Apartment Shortages?

Can These Rooftop Cabins Solve Urban Apartment Shortages? | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Cabin Spacey wants to convert the tops of Berlin's buildings into a new source of housing.
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Six Tips For A Stress Free Summer Vacation

Six Tips For A Stress Free Summer Vacation | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

The stress of traveling starts when planning where to go and how to get there, and this stress can follow travelers throughout the entire vacation. 

This infographic gives you six great tips on how to leave stress behind on your vacation!

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These tips include ways to plan your vacation to help cut stress out of the equation, as well as tips on how to stay relaxed.

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great advice

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Back to the Peninsula - Texas Highways

Back to the Peninsula - Texas Highways | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
As our ferryboat approaches the landing, three dolphins suddenly surface just beyond the jetty. I declare it a positive omen, and my wife smiles
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Port Aransas tiny house will appear on HGTV

Port Aransas tiny house will appear on HGTV | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Sitting at just 399 sq. ft. of beachy paradise, this first of its kind tiny home has made a big splash in Port Aransas.  What started as a dream for designer, Julia Shodrok is now her reality. Sh
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Xtreme Waterparks

Xtreme Waterparks | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Hold on to your swim trunks -- we're giving you an all-access, adrenaline-filled virtual tour of the wildest, most over-the-top and exhilarating water rides in the world!
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Booking.com wants to give hotels a better outlook

Booking.com wants to give hotels a better outlook | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Booking.com's foray into providing B2B services has been reasonably quiet of late - but BookingSuite has this week added a major tool to its armoury.

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This cool map of the Hill Country captures the essence of Central Texas

This cool map of the Hill Country captures the essence of Central Texas | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

If you want to get a sense of the Hill Country in one image, this is it. This colorful map, which was created by TexasHillCountry and artist Kevin Middleton, captures all the nuance and uniqueness that has made the Texas Hill Country a destination on a number of popular travel lists

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The Texas Hill Country (THC) and The Texas Gulf Coast (TGC) are many of the same people, part-time. 

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TexasBeachHomes.com releases the first regional real estate site for the Texas Coast

TexasBeachHomes.com releases the first regional real estate site for the Texas Coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

TexasBeachHomes.com releases the highly anticipated beta for a website that has real estate listings covering the entire Texas Gulf Coast region.

  • That's EVERYTHING for sale on the Texas coast on one website including | Real Estate, Vacation Property, Beach Homes, High-rise Condos, and lots.
  • Covers South Padre | Corpus Christi | Port Aransas | Galveston | Crystal Beach

 

The site's broker, Alice Donahue,  says aggregating all the listings is just the first step, sales statistics and market area comparisons will be on the site later this month.

 

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The Texas Coast's most popular broker, Alice Donahue, releases a website that aggregates all the listings on the Texas Gulf Coast.

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Port A Sand Guy's Blog: Castles on the Gulf Coast

Port A Sand Guy's Blog: Castles on the Gulf Coast | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Started with the Mayan Princess with a gift sandcastle. Lots of talent on this one. Mom and Dad and two daughters were lots of fun.
 
Cinnamon Shore was fun. Every year Cinnamon Shore gets better and better.
 
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Explore Texas: Mustang Island and 12 Stunning Nature Parks 

Explore Texas: Mustang Island and 12 Stunning Nature Parks  | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

There’s nothing better than a State Park that you can make a splash in! And at Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas, TX, there are miles and miles of open beach where you can swim, float or even build a sandcastle!

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If you’d rather explore than splash, paddle the Mustang Island Paddling Trail - the 20 miles of trails pass through waters that are great for birding and fishing.

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Real estate is now a technology industry that sells home - Inman News

Real estate is now a technology industry that sells home - Inman News | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

There will always be niche markets for full-service agents, such as exotic and very expensive homes — with a market segment that can afford high prices for high services.

But the vast majority of the marketplace with a more typical home sale will have 75 percent of their needs met via technology automation 10 years out with specialized niche services provided for portions of the sale/purchase process by tech-brokers completing 10 times the volume of transactions as the average agent today at much less cost.

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Or why the broker-centric model is in decline .

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US, Canada, Mexico to pledge 50% clean energy sources by 2025

US, Canada, Mexico to pledge 50% clean energy sources by 2025 | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama is expected to announce that the U.S., partnering with Canada and Mexico, will help North America achieve a goal of obtaining half its electricity from clean power sources by 2025.
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Texas coming cleaner

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INFOGRAPHIC: Data shows investing is heavily biased by Geography | MINING.com

INFOGRAPHIC: Data shows investing is heavily biased by Geography | MINING.com | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

For investors, there’s no place like home. Data shows that investors are heavily sector-biased based on where they live.

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THE Gulf Coast folks like to invest in ENERGY.

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Second Galveston Resort Joins the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Brand

Second Galveston Resort Joins the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Brand | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
230-villa resort rebrands as Holiday Inn Club Vacations Galveston Seaside Resort.
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Florida beach update: Latest on Gulf Coast; Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas water reports

Florida beach update: Latest on Gulf Coast; Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas water reports | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Eight beaches in the Florida Panhandle currently have health advisory due to higher levels of fecal bacteria in the water, according to officials with the Florida Department of Public Health.
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Online paid search and display ad marketing spend down in travel

Online paid search and display ad marketing spend down in travel | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
A major analysis of the leading websites in the US has painted an interesting picture of some significant changes taking place in online travel.

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7 Charts Showing Americans' Travel Intentions for 2016 and Beyond

7 Charts Showing Americans' Travel Intentions for 2016 and Beyond | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
Many travel brands believe 2016 will be one of the better years for American travelers for domestic and international trips and spending since the Great Re

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Ominous Sight at Florida Beach

Ominous Sight at Florida Beach | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it
The most extreme heat in the coming days will be in the Desert Southwest.
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Destin Florida gets storms too.

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How VC Funding Is Transforming the Real Estate Industry

How VC Funding Is Transforming the Real Estate Industry | Texas Coast Real Estate | Scoop.it

Most new business models and companies promote reduced costs and enhanced services, meaning the race is on for incumbents to maintain their value proposition. Real estate industry leaders don’t resist change or struggle to adopt new technologies, but the masses do. Fragmentation slows down change.

Key players within the industry are pivoting in response to change and the threat of more. For example, major franchisers Realogy, RE/MAX, and Keller Williams all cut sweetheart deals with Zillow to secure consumer traffic.

 

Powerful realtor associations like the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and the Houston Association of REALTORS (HAR) have led industrywide transformations.

For instance, HAR introduced Drive Time, a new feature that allowed users to search for homes based on their commutes. CAR has led the way in the automation of online forms and contracts, and NAR recently announced an initiative regarding transaction management platforms.

Where Real Estate Goes From Here

This revolution is causing the industry to shift away from the mom-and-pop structure and more toward a few global brands dominating the industry. 

Whether these billions of dollars in VC investment will redefine the process or simply restructure the players remains unclear. But companies that have dominated the realm for approximately more than half a century now must confront unprecedented change.

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Key players within the industry are pivoting in response to change and the threat of more.

 

  • For example, major franchisers Realogy, RE/MAX, and Keller Williams all cut sweetheart deals with Zillow to secure consumer traffic.
  • These companies enhanced branding opportunities and constantly use newly adopted technology to help their respective internal modernizations.
  • This revolution is causing the industry to shift away from the mom-and-pop structure and more toward a few global brands dominating the industry.
  • These companies are more automated, rely more on systems, and strive to reap a lion’s share of all home buying revenue.
  • Whether these billions of dollars in VC investment will redefine the process or simply restructure the players remains unclear.
  • But companies that have dominated the realm for approximately more than half a century now must confront unprecedented change.

 

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