FinCEN Renews Order for Bexar County, Extends Regulations

By TLTA Staff
Aug. 22, 2017

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) first issued in July 2016 and renewed in February 2017 has been renewed again for 180 days. It will go into effect Sept. 22, 2017, and end on March 20, 2018. This order requires title insurers and their agents to identify the names of individuals involved in corporations, LLCs and other legal entities that make all-cash purchases for high-end residential real estate in Bexar County. The threshold in Bexar County is cash deals purchased by corporate entities above $500,000.
Three changes have been made to this GTO:

1. Wire transfers: Due to the new Russia sanctions law, the new GTO will cover transactions without a bank loan where all or a portion of the purchase price is paid in currency, check or funds transfer.
2. New jurisdiction: The city and county of Honolulu, Hawaii have been added.
3. New effective date: This GTO will take effect Sept. 22, 2017, and will stay effective for the following six months.

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