Dear Monty column: Nine steps to take when pricing your home for sale – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.




Reader Question: We are planning to sell our home. In researching the subject, the standard advice is to call a real estate agent. We get that, but from a potential seller’s point of view, that is very simplistic advice. How do you suggest someone selling their home go about it?

Monty’s Answer: You are asking about what is likely your largest single investment. We take time to shop at the grocery store to save pennies on items that cost very little money when compared to your home. Still, many people do not want to invest any time determining how to protect the equity in their homes when the time comes to move on. “Call a real estate agent” is standard advice, and many home sellers do

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World Class foreclosure sales canceled after Paxton legal opinion – News – Austin American-Statesman

Austin real estate investor Nate Paul faced foreclosure on properties in Austin, Plano and San Antonio this summer from lenders seeking to collect a combined $20.5 million in delinquent debt.

But foreclosure sales of the properties scheduled for Aug. 4 didn’t take place after a rushed written legal opinion — ordered by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton under unusual circumstances and dated Aug. 1 — rendered such sales more difficult to hold.

The American-Statesman first reported Thursday on Paxton’s Aug. 1 opinion and a scheduled Aug. 4 foreclosure sale of a Paul-controlled real estate entity based in Austin that subsequently was called off.

Paxton’s opinion came at a time potentially more opportune for Paul and his company, World Class Property Co., than previously known, however.

A second Paul-controlled real estate entity based in Austin was slated for an Aug. 4 foreclosure sale, according to court documents, as were an entity

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Austin’s Nate Paul, tied to Paxton complaint, known for real estate empire, legal entanglements – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Austin businessman Nate Paul and his company, World Class Property, have generated headlines for years, first for a meteoric rise in the real estate industry but more recently for a spate of bankruptcies, legal skirmishes and a search of Paul’s downtown headquarters by federal agents in August 2019.

Paul, who is still in his early 30s, has amassed a portfolio of high-profile holdings in the Austin area and elsewhere since founding World Class in 2007, growing the company into one of the nation’s largest privately owned real estate firms.

Now, Paul’s alleged relationship with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sparked a major legal and political whirlwind in the top echelons of Texas government. Seven senior Paxton aides have filed a criminal complaint against the attorney general that they say stems from his dealings with Paul. They asked federal agents to investigate their boss for potential crimes that include bribery

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