Not everyone can say they started a real estate career after retirement, but that’s what Tim Williams is trying to do. About a month ago, the longtime entrepreneur joined Halo Group Realty. So far things are going as good as he had hoped.

“Halo is a great company,” Williams said. “They are just a great group of people, and it kind of fits my mentality.”

Of course, saying Williams is new to real estate is a little misleading. Over the past three decades he’s built a successful business career with many professional and personal property deals under his belt. It all started when he opened a sporting goods store while still a student at Baylor. After realizing that wasn’t the business for him, he opened a restaurant in the small East Texas town of Brownsboro. Before long he had multiple restaurants.

“Then one day, I love playing golf, and I thought, ‘I wonder if I can buy a golf course?’” he recalled.


It’s Labor Day and we are supposed to, you know, take it easy, courtesy of our employers.

But real estate never takes a break: we have to have a place to live, hang our hats, brush our teeth, rest our weary souls, or frolic. Even on Labor Day.

And what better place to rest and replenish your soul than Athens, Texas? It’s only 90 minutes east of Dallas.

I’m particularly fond of Athens and its people. Tell you a true story that happened right on this County Road 4805: I was looking for a ranch property, and I couldn’t find it. Kind of felt like I was driving in circles, so I pulled into a driveway, turned around, and retraced my driving.

Few minutes later I see a couple in a golf cart right behind me. People, I thought, terrific! I bet they know the ranch I’m looking for!

I stop and ask.

“Are you the one who just pulled into our driveway?” the woman asked me.

“Fraid I am,” I say, “sorry.”

“Oh that’s fine,” she said, “it’s just that we don’t get many visitors out here.”



Photo courtesy Visit Athens

Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 20th city on the list — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This week, we look at Athens, Georgia, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.