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Contracts for Deed Alive and Well in Texas, New Study Shows

As many as 1 in 5 families who recently bought land on which to build their homes may have bought using an unrecorded “contract for deed”— one that does not confer formal title to their properties, according to a major report on the titling practices in Texas colonias and other informal settlements released today by researchers at The University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.