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The Rockspring Report

April, 2013
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A quarterly eNewsletter from the Texas Land Experts

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Austin holds onto first place in economic health index
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Population boom lands Houston on fastest-growing list  

Site Selection names Houston top metro for relocations, expansions


Austin is America's fastest-growing city
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Land Absorption Rising Dramatically in Texas  
Jim McAlisterBy Jim McAlister IV, President & Chief Executive Officer

The U.S. is emerging from the worst downturn in land and housing since at least the Great Depression. For 5 years, land was not being developed across the U.S., even Texas, as lenders were not lending to developers. During this time it was virtually impossible to sell land sites; land transactions came to a standstill.


During those 5 years, jobs and population were booming in Texas - more than any other state. Developers and home builders were unable to put new product on the ground in response to this growth. This resulted in Texas having a severe shortage of lot and housing inventory...



Impacts of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Beau Ryan
By Beau Ryan, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

As we're getting ready to mail our investment partners their K-1's and audited financials, and since the April 15 tax deadline is around the corner, I would like to share with you key information about the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA) of 2012 and its impacts on this year's tax season.


The passage of ATRA permanently extends...   


Texas Leading the Way in Single-Family Permits
Jim Hynes

By Jim Hynes, Managing Director

Texas land is being absorbed for new single-family development at a rapid pace. According to a recently released study from the U.S. Census Bureau, out of 361 major metros, Houston and Dallas rank number 1 and 2 respectively for the highest number of single-family permits pulled in 2012. Austin and San Antonio were not far behind coming in at 7th and 20th respectively. In fact, Lone Star cities comprise an amazing 47 percent of this list...

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Making Money on the Buy
Michael Ross By Michael Ross, Senior Vice President, Asset Management & Entitlements

There are a number of ways to make money in real estate. Some strategies include: buying properties "off market" that have not been widely seen by buyers; purchasing in a temporary "illiquid" market and waiting to sell when the market is moving more efficiently; managing intensely-maximizing revenues and minimizing expenses; adding value with capital improvement dollars or with proven asset management processes; or acquiring in a rebounding market and then riding the wave to higher values. These strategies can quickly produce profits, especially when you have them all working at the same time.


Although the strategies mentioned above have their advantages, my personal favorite is making money on the buy. The key to this strategy is...