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DOL Nixes Child Labor Rule

Written by QHN Staff on .

April 27, 2012 - According to the Daily Caller, "Under pressure from farming advocates in rural communities, and following a report by The Daily Caller, the Obama administration withdrew a proposed rule Thursday that would have applied child labor laws to family farms."

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Coalson's Real Estate Tips: Real Estate Professional or For Sale by Owner?

Written by Coalson Real Estate on .

When owners of real property/real estate decide to sell their property many decisions must be made. One of the most important decisions is, will we sell it ourselves or hire a real estate professional to do it for us? Some people are do-it-yourself individuals who believe they possess the knowledge and skill to sell their own property, thus saving roughly 6 percent of the gross sales price. This is great if you have a general knowledge of contract forms and documentation required by the state (Texas in this case) to be provided to the buyer at the appropriate times. People who have had this real estate experience historically, whether as a former real estate broker/agent, an adept investor, or an attorney are generally the most qualified to sell their property on their own. This experience is valuable to help prevent potential headaches, misunderstandings and lawsuits.

Licensed real estate professionals are required by the state of Texas to take numerous hours of education focused on real estate so that they can be informed and skilled in their trade verses the average rube. Some of the training consists of contract forms, client representation and real estate law, which is required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). The seller must determine if the commission fee is worth handing this entire process over to a real estate professional. Many believe it is worth it because it is no small task. I personally want a professional in most cases to handle important issues I know very little to nothing about.

McAllen Coalson, Broker / Coalson Real Estate

Coalson's Real Estate Tip – Improved Pasture Maintenance

Written by Coalson Real Estate on .

It's that time of year to think about "What can I do to increase and maximize the forage production of what I have for the spring and summer?" There are many different schools of thought regarding fertilization and weed control. For us, this currently means chemical fertilizer and weed killer. Depending on the size of your operation and your time, there are licensed service providers that will apply these types of products to your property for a fee. These service providers normally incorporate their equipment with their product for your specific or particular needs. In the region of Parker County, Texas, the fertilizer and weed control should be applied around April 15-25 of each year. Temperature and moisture should be monitored and are important. For instance, this year we are about 10-15 days early. Keep a watchful eye every few days for weed growth, and at that time, apply 200-300 pounds per acre of fertilizer and weed killer. After hay is harvested, another 200-300 pounds of fertilizer is recommended. September fertilization is important to promote a good root system for the winter to protect against dry and extreme cold, which can damage or kill the turf. This advice is an accumulation of 50 years of farming and ranching experience in north-central Texas. If the good Lord keeps the rain coming and you don't overgraze your pasture, this could be a great hay year.

Mac A. Coalson, Sr. Broker / COALSON REAL ESTATE

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2012 Battle In The Saddle Schedule

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battleinthesaddle_logoThe tentative schedule for the 2012 Battle In The Saddle is now available. Battle In The Saddle, July 3-8 in Oklahoma City, Okla., showcases the many talents of the great American Quarter Horse. The 2012 event will feature versatility ranch horse competition, cutting, roping, cowboy mounted shooting, barrel racing, working cow horse, ranch sorting, ranch pleasure, a ranch remuda challenge and the third annual World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout.

Coalson's Real Estate Tips – Ag Exemption

Written by Sonny Williams on .

Spring is here, and with that can be a mammoth list. Near the top of any list should be to make sure that your land is in agricultural exemption (AE) on the property tax rolls. As most of us will agree, taxes are not the coolest of subjects to discuss; however, property taxes can be a real financial burr in your saddle if your land is not in AE when it could be. AE property taxes are significantly lower than the normal land tax rates. Structural improvements are not considered. This can be a significant savings for most people. Ten acres is the minimum acreage to qualify for AE, and the land must be narrowly and exclusively focused on the enhancement and development of agriculture. If property falls out of AE, it could take up to five years to regain AE status. Jan. 1 to April 31 is the deadline to apply for AE. Contact your local property tax appraisal district to inquire about AE or any other questions concerning property taxes. There's no need in paying significantly more that you have to if your land qualifies.

McAllen Coalson, Broker / Coalson Real Estate

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