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If there’s one message that’s driven into the minds of every working adult in the U.S. it’s to save for retirement (and start early! But that would be two messages). The exact amount one should have socked away by the time she or he hits their mid-60s or 70s varies depending on factors like earnings and spending habits. But one thing is certain, if you’re an independent contractor who does not have some type of investment working to multiply your cash, then you will hit retirement without much more than a social security check to your name, which should be extraordinarily worrisome. Compared to other industries, real estate has one of the highest percentages of independent contractors. That means most agents and brokers do not have an employer to deduct taxes from paychecks and there’s no workplace-sponsored defined contribution pension account — also known as a 401(k) — in which an employer may match funds at a percentage of the employee’s monthly deposits. For a full-time and salaried W-2 employee, it can be a lot easier to pay yearly taxes and then stash extra earn-

ings into long-term savings accounts or diversified funds. For 1099 workers, like 87 percent of REALTORS in Texas according to the National Association of REALTORS 2020 Member Profile, the only way to guarantee you have a comfortable retirement is by being your own financial advocate.

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pay down debt. It’s not uncommon for 1099 workers to get that “deer in headlights” feeling when researching retirement savings accounts. Some of them are income-dependent and others have a contribution cap. There are also accounts that are funded with post-tax income and others in which deductions are taken the year they’re made. Here is a quick rundown of different retirement plans that will help you get started. [Retirement tips continues on page 16]

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You may have noticed: ABoR.com has been completely redesigned. As our members’ single-greatest tool outside of the MLS, ABoR’s streamlined new website is the result of thousands of hours aggregating your feedback and redesigning every page and resource with your needs in mind. First things first, we made sure the MLS and Member Portal were still directly accessible from the homepage and maintained Single Sign-on credentials to minimize disruption to your business. After that, we eliminated hundreds of outdated and irrelevant pages our members weren’t using and consolidated need-to-know information so that it’s easier than ever to find what you need, register for a class and more.

HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NEW ABOR.COM! 1. New Property Search Portal: We’ve replaced AustinHomeSearch.com with a Property Search portal that integrates better with our site, so now more Central Texas homebuyers, sellers and renters can find their next home easily — they can even search by school. The Property Search portal includes Google maps-based searches, educational pages on Central Texas communities and consumer resources. Plus, consumers can create accounts, favorite listings and save searches just like before. 2. Find an Agent Directory: Our Find an Agent directory facilitates lead generation by promoting agents alongside their listings to consumers so they can securely email agents directly. Want to upload a profile picture? Learn how you can do that here. 3. Document Library: No more visiting multiple pages to find the documents you need! All ABoR and ACTRIS forms, COVID-19

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resources, reports, minutes and agendas and training resources can be found in our searchable Document Library. 4. Calendar: While having a calendar isn’t new, our calendar underwent a much-needed improvement. The Take a Class and Events pages help you search and register for an upcoming program quickly. 5. Streamlined Support: In addition to our chat function on our homepage, we’ve consolidated support resources for MLS products and ABoR benefits on one easy-to-navigate page. This is another great page to bookmark. 6. Effortless Applications and Forms: Prospective members will find the process for joining is a lot easier now. With benefits and applications aggregated by membership type, we’ve automated many of our forms to allow you to apply for ABoR and MLS services, validate your account, upload necessary documentation and pay prorated access fees all in ONE application! Our remaining PDF forms will be automated in Q1 2021. 7. Consolidated MLS Resources: Instead of navigating endless pages and blogs, we’ve consolidated need-toknow MLS news, policies and resources in our MLS Resources Center. You can also find Data Licensing and a list of MLS Products & Services under our public-facing ACTRIS page. 8. Consolidated Market Statistics: Bookmark ABoR.com/MarketStatistics to access the last several years of Central Texas Market Reports in one place. In the Document Library, you can also download archives of Local Market Area and Zip Code reports, too. 9. Helpful New Resources: We now have dedicated pages for Member Benefits FAQs, Consumer Protection (including Fair Housing), Strategic Partners and Affiliate Club Membership. 10. Just All-Around Easier to Use: The new ABoR.com loads faster, is mobile friendly, has a (working!) search bar including tools that will let you share our articles to social media or via email. I have no doubt that this upgrade will deliver significant value to your business now and well into the future. Explore the site and see what’s new. Have a question or feedback about the website? Shoot us a quick email to communications@abor.com.


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We all know that marketing and branding are crucial to the success of any business. And in today’s world, the ability to target very specific audiences gives you the unique opportunity to speak directly to customers based on their needs. So, what does this have to do with the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin? Currently, the HBA boasts 700 member companies represented by 2,500+ individuals who have opted in to receive our emails and e-newsletter, follow us on social media, regularly visit our website and attend HBA events. By becoming an advertiser with the HBA, you can strategically connect with Austin area home building industry professionals — ranging from SMB product and service providers to custom builders and remodelers, as well as some of the largest developers in the nation. To do so, we invite you to dive into our 2021 Marketing Guide. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities ranging from events, meetings and educational sponsorships to traditional advertising channels. Typically, the most effective way to reach our membership is by building regular visibility, so we encourage you to take advantage of a combination of the options available to ensure maximum exposure. This year especially, we understand that budgets are tight and every dollar counts so we have opportunities at every price point. Whatever your goals are for 2021, the HBA can customize a plan to meet your needs. Just give us a shout and we’ll be happy to walk you through your options. One more thing, many sponsorships and ad placements sell out quickly so we encourage you to reserve today by contacting Director of Programs and Events, Erin Scott, at Erin@hbaaustin.com.

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2020 PRESIDENT Thank you to the National Association of REALTORS and Jennifer Welch for their insight.

Being an independent contractor definitely has its pros and cons. Saving for retirement may be top of mind but figuring out how to plan for a healthy financial future can be a bit tricky for self-employed individuals. Most self-employed workers do not have an employer sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), so that planning relies solely on the worker. There are many different ways to approach retirement planning and it is a personal decision for agents. There are also many determining factors in planning for retirement; how long do you want to work? Where do want to retire? Do you want to travel? Do you want to help pay education costs for children or grandchildren? Do you anticipate large medical expenses? These questions, plus many others, are all things to consider when choosing your retirement saving options. While I am no means a financial planner or an expert on investing, I do want to share some tips, insights and other industry information that may make you think about your financial future differently, or perhaps spark an idea you didn’t know you had! Did you know? The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has recently partnered with Morgan Stanley to offer resources for financial planning, including retirement. NAR’s 2019 Financial Planning Report found that just 52 percent of REALTORS® actively save for retirement, while nine out of 10 NAR members reported difficulty saving for a rainy day. NAR believes this new member benefit is much needed and very beneficial for REALTORS®. Morgan Stanley is extending special offers and rates to NAR members including discounted rates on financial consultations, access to virtual advisors and an automated investing platform. This is a new member benefit, so take advantage of it!

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Alphabet Soup Just like in the real estate world, the financial and investment sector also has its abbreviations; IRA, 401(k), Roth IRA, Simple IRA and SEP IRA. I encourage you to take some time and research each of these different retirement options and see what works best for you, your career and your retirement dreams.

Talk To The Experts Setting up an appointment with a financial advisor or even a conversation with a seasoned agent or your broker to glean insight is a great place to start!

Practice What You Preach Make the most of your retirement with your real estate knowledge. Speaking with Jennifer Welch, owner/broker of Amazing Realty, her retirement plan is centered around making investments in real estate. Use your skills and knowledge to build an unconventional retirement plan that may yield more financial growth income than a traditional approach to retirement planning. I hope you feel inspired, motivated and encouraged to explore your retirement options and plan for your financial future!


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When it comes to planning for their retirement, real estate agents tend to procrastinate because they think their next year is going to make them more money than their current year.

contractors is much higher. Individuals can contribute up to 25 percent of their gross income annually up to $53,000. This is the

Real Estate Agents are busy people who are not necessarily tax-minded, which means they probably pay more income tax than they need to. They frequently do not take full advantage of every opportunity to provide for their retirement. A lot of REALTORS® make high incomes and have the capacity to save a lot, but they also tend to spend a lot. They should make sure they have the right kind of retirement plan.

properties to play a large role in their retirement plans. You can pay extra on the principal of these properties to pay the loan

sort of retirement investment that is recommended to any REALTOR® who is ready to start planning for their retirement. Since nobody is watching out for our retirement with a 401(k), profit sharing or anything like that, and we sometimes have real estate fall into our laps, we would be crazy not to take advantage of it. Many real estate agents look to income-producing off quicker so you will have more income to add to your retirement accounts. While still selling real estate, you should set up an exit strategy that involves enough retirement funds to support the lifestyle to which you have grown accustomed. It just makes good sense for real estate brokers to buy income-producing real estate. According to the Center for Retirement Research, more than 50 percent of all working households are at risk of being unable to keep up their standard of living in retirement. My advice to younger agents is to start saving as early as possible. Save a minimum of 10 percent of your gross income

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expected to be a significant factor in their retirement. My accountant says 15 percent is better as a rule of thumb, because if my

A good first step is to set up your real estate operations like an actual business. Check with your accountant or CPA to see which business type is best for your operation. You should have budgets set up for personal and business expenses and pay yourself a salary. Suggestions would be to set a ROTH IRA, SEP Account and buy rental properties. One of the best reasons for setting up a SEP or ROTH IRA is to help reduce your tax liability. Most real estate agents are 1099 employees (independent contractors) Many retirement options, including company sponsored 401(k) accounts, put a limit on the amount of funds that an individual can contribute for retirement each year. With a SEP IRA or a 401(k), the limit for independent

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[continued from front page] A Roth IRA is funded with post-tax income. This fund has an income limit of $139,000 for individuals and $206,000 for couples. Contributions cannot be deducted from the account holder’s income taxes that year. However, when you withdraw the funds later, it’s 100 percent tax free. There is a contribution limit on Roth IRAs starting at $6,000 — or $7,000 at age 50. If you earn too much for a Roth IRA, then consider a traditional IRA. It’s similar to the Roth in its contribution limit, but it differs in that you can deduct pre-taxed contributions from your income. Savings in this plan grow tax-deferred; but account holders are responsible for paying taxes when funds are withdrawn. There can be limitations and penalties for withdrawing funds from an IRA too early. Not sure which one is best? According to Nerdwallet, “Most advice on the Roth IRA vs. traditional IRA topic begins with a question: Do you think your tax rate will be higher or lower in the future?” Solo 401(k) plans are specifically designed for independent contractors. You can make larger tax-free yearly contributions to a solo 401(k) than with an IRA, which then lowers your annual tax bill even more. Of course, you will pay tax on that income later when the funds are distributed. A SEP-IRA (Simplified Employee Pension plan) is an individual retirement plan with a high contribution limit — up to $57,000 of pre-tax income. At the end of the year, you can deduct 25 percent of your net income. The biggest mistake financial advisors see — especially from commission-earning independent contractors — is delaying retirement planning because income is not yet where someone wants it to be, says Carly Michelle, a money coach in Austin. This is really common with younger workers across the board. But where real estate professionals usually hit a snag is when they have an off year. At those times, people are tempted to reduce their retirement plan contributions when instead they should be reducing extraneous expenses (like buying a new iPhone, eating out, and shopping). Then there are what David Rust and Shane Moore from Quartz Financial in Austin call “multiple, mini, sudden-wealth events.” This is something most REALTORS experience throughout their careers and the Quartz Financial managing partners say it’s important to learn saving habits early so that you don’t squander opportunities to save during both periods: financial feast and financial famine. But here is the main reason for saving for retirement early: compound interest. The person who starts depositing small amounts of income into a retirement fund in his or her 20s and stashes away more and more every year will have a larger retirement nest egg at the end of 40 years than the person who doesn’t begin saving a dime until his 40s, even if she or he contributes larger amounts of money. It’s basic math — and compound interest. Rust from Quartz Financial says “the most successful retirement plans start 30 years before your date of retirement.” Knowing where to begin retirement planning can feel overwhelming. Should you open an IRA? Or is it better to pay off debt first? Michelle, who’s been a financial adviser to young professionals for just under a decade, says “your first expense is saving money!” No matter the size of your paycheck or commission, 10-15 percent should automatically go into a retirement account. Step two should be aggressively paying down debt. For real estate professionals, things can get more complicated when commission checks grow and come in more frequently. As a client’s wealth grows, Moore advises them to put money into a taxes-due account, into tax-deferred and tax-free buckets and make sure they have sufficient life insurance. “This is when it’s really helpful to have a financial team, an ongoing financial plan, a will, etcetera,” says Rust. If these first steps of retirement planning gives you angst, there’s another route that is preferred by a lot of independent contractors in the earliest stages of portfolio management. Hire a financial planner or a personal money coach. Money management professionals help clients build financial portfolios, which includes creating an emergency fund and retirement plans and eliminating debt. Financial institutions also have robo-advisors. These services are low or no-cost computer algorithms designed to help middle and lower earners with less complicated investment needs build and customize a financial portfolio. A financial advisor will either charge a flat fee (roughly ranging from $1,000 to $3,000), an hourly fee (about $120 to $300), or earn a commission on your investments (about 3-6 percent). Financial planners who offer comprehensive money-management and investing services on commission typically have higher income requirements. If there’s one big takeaway here it’s that Central Texas agents and brokers are in a unique position to increase income and save significantly for retirement, especially right now. According to a recent Austin Housing Market Report, “Home sales in the Austin area [have reached] new highs … outperforming almost every stat benchmark from 2019.” Median home prices and listings are up, homes sold have increased and average price for sold properties are 20 percent higher. It’s the perfect environment for bolstering income and positioning oneself for a very comfortable retirement. Now’s the perfect time, said Rust, “to build a foundation before you have to start worrying about what retirement looks like.”

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Kevin Ginsburg, Leigh Ann McCoy and Adam MacLean, all of Mission Mortgage

WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Karen Morrow, Betsy Hodge, Billy Meyerdirk and Tony Defoyd, all with Austin Inspection Services

The Cottages at Dripping Springs: Julie Tamez

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HBA Benefit Home Groundbreaking

100th Anniversary: Pam Barbaeu, Kevin Kelly and Alexis Michael, all of SouthStar Bank

Golf Tournament Raffle Winner: Victoria Thornton of Realty Texas

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THE HOLLOWS ON LAKE TRAVIS Encompassing approximately 1,400 acres, The Hollows on Lake Travis is a master-planned community that offers its residents high-quality homes, first-class amenities and convenience, all while maintaining a commitment to conscience living and building. “When we say that The Hollows is like no other community and that we are a community with a conscience, we mean it,” says Shannon Bertrand, director of marketing for The Hollows. “The lush landscapes that make the North Shore of Lake Travis so beautiful are always kept as intact as possible while building your home. We know that everyone needs a little space, and The Hollows gives that to each homeowner while also offering a community rich with current and upcoming amenities that everyone can enjoy.” Located off 1431 on the north side of Lake Travis, The Hollows is located in the highly acclaimed Lago Vista Independent School District, which is one of the state’s top-ranking educational institutions. Since development began in 2019, The Hollows has opened two neighborhoods within the community — the Sanctuary and the Canyons — and is currently evaluating the next phase of the community, with potential openings in late 2021. “The homes in the Sanctuary are 2,500 square feet and larger on 85-foot lots,” Bertrand says. “In late May 2020, we opened the Canyons neighborhood with homes from 2,000 square feet and up on 60-foot lots. Most of the lots back up to greenbelt or common area, but even those that back to another lot are usually well buffered by natural landscape.” The Hollows has three builders that all offer superior options, value and quality: Coventry Homes, Drees Homes and Giddens Homes. “Our builders offer a variety of floorplans and beautiful spacious homes with all of the conveniences and comforts you could want,” Bertrand says. “There are many standard and custom options available, and these homes are simply packed with greatness. You’ll find everything you desire at The Hollows — whether it’s an outdoor or a gourmet kitchen, or a game room or cozy quiet space.” Bertrand says that one of the greatest things about The Hollows is that it is truly a community for everyone. “Whether you are looking for a home for your growing family, the home you want to retire in or a vacation home to make your stay-cations packed with fun and relaxation, you will easily find it at The Hollows,” she says. To cater to the diverse needs and interests of its residents, The Hollows offers an array of amenities and activities throughout the community. “The neighborhood has over eight miles of cart and natural trails to explore, courts for pickleball and basketball, a luxurious pool and an indoor fitness center. “We are also excited to open a new amenity center, The Trailhead Club, in the summer of 2021,” Bertrand says. One thing all residents can agree on is that The Hollows on Lake Travis is a unique community that offers beautiful scenery and peacefulness that simply cannot found anywhere else on Lake Travis. “There is always something wonderful to enjoy here,” Bertrand says. “Even if you are stuck on a Zoom call and not able to enjoy our outdoor amenities, your views from your windows are awesome!”

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Join the HBA’s Young Professionals Council to get to know your fellow HBA members or introduce someone new to the HBA. Members and non-members welcome. This is event is free to attend, but please RSVP so we know you’re coming. Be sure to bring your mask! Guests will be responsible for their own drink purchases.

Join us for a Power Hour featuring Britt Fair, owner of Fair Texas Title! Join us to learn Britt’s: 1) Review of the twilight zone 2020 economy and housing market. 2) Discussion of key market drivers and performance results. 3) Projections for 2021 post-election economic recovery.

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2020 Virtual Awards Celebration

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Family Night at the Movies: Elf

5 pm - 7 pm

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Join us via Zoom for our 2020 Awards Celebration! We will recognize our award winners from various locations throughout Williamson County. There will be entertainment, door prizes & more! *Free to attend!*

Join the HBA in celebration of YOU for a round of high-tech golf from your own private bay at TopGolf.

REALTORS! Save the date Thursday, Dec. 10 for Family Movie Night & Santa at Flix Brewhouse in Round Rock! Bring the kiddos in their PJ’s & enjoy! Tickets will be available soon.

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HBA Benefit Home Presentation: Samantha Weber, Jill Driskill and Courtney Doolittle Reasor, all with Lennar

WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Bud Bradford and Chelsea Shetley, both with KB Home

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WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Kathie Yates and Shaelyn Serhus, both of Santa Rita Ranch

WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Robert J Fisher and Ryan Owens, both of Keller Williams Realty

HBA Benefit Home Presentation

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WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Brian Whetsel; Christy Gessler and Robert Hinojosa, all of Freedom 512

HBA Benefit Home Presentation: Taylor Jackson of HBA, Charlie Coleman of Lennar and Melissa Daly of HomeAid

WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Bryan Hutchinson, WCREALTORS, AE/CEO and David Cook

100th Anniversary: Pam Barbeau and Curtis Wren, both of SouthStar Bank

WCREALTORS: Natasha McKenzie, Candace Stone, Heather Bonamo and Debby Moran, all of WCREALTORS

WCREALTORS Golf Tournament: Victoria Thornton, Lyndie Thorpe, Mando Delacerda and Leisa Ormsbee, all of Realty Texas

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HBA Benefit Home Groundbreaking: Jenny Jackson, Taylor Jackson and Erin Scott, all of HBA

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