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Please join the HAR Governmental Affairs Team in thanking our Greater Houston Area legislators who received TAR’s special recognition for all of their great work during the 84th Legislature: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senators Robert Nichols and Larry Taylor, and Representatives John Otto, Senfronia Thompson, Dennis Bonnen, Greg Bonnen, Wayne Smith, and Sarah Davis. Additionally, we would like to... 

SUCCESS FOR REALTORS® in 2015 TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION

By Dana Kervin Clark Another Texas Legislative Session has come and gone, but did bring with it much success for Texas REALTORS®. “Texas REALTORS® should be very excited because this was our most successful legislative session in recent memory – and maybe ever,” said Mark Lehman, TAR’s long-time vice president of governmental affairs (TAR Legislative Liaison, 6.2.15). There were many great... 

Texas REALTORS have breaking news from Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 25, the Texas Senate passed landmark real estate legislation and it is thanks to all the REALTORS who made their voices heard in the most recent Call For Action. The Senate passed its $4.6 billion tax-relief package that included two very favorable provisions for Texas REALTORS and homeowners: an outright ban on real estate taxes and an increased homestead exemption. This is such... 
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84th Legislative Preview: What’s at stake for your business next year?

Texas is changing. From the steady increase in our population to the politicians who hold statewide offices, these changes and others will significantly impact your business. We have a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new comptroller, and new faces in many other statewide offices. Texas has not seen this type of turnover in more than a decade, and the new Texas Legislature will feel its... 

Information at Your Fingertips With New HAR-City of Houston App

Almost a year’s worth of work and collaboration came to fruition on October 2, when Houston Mayor Annise Parker held a press conference to announce the free Houston Living mobile app, a revolutionary new app for iPhones and iPads.  Mayor Parker was joined by HAR Chair-Elect Chaille Ralph who demonstrated the app’s features to the media gathered in the City Hall Rotunda. “This is an example... 

Change In State Law Allows Cities to Contract With Brokers

During the 83rd Legislative Session, which concluded this summer, lawmakers  made a significant change to the municipal code regarding sales for city-owned property.  S.B. 985, sponsored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), provides home-rule municipalities the authority and option of entering into a contractual agreement with a licensed real estate broker for the sale of a tract of real property... 

TREC Update – 4 Substantive Changes to HOA Addendum

4 substantive changes TREC made to HOA addendum On May 7, the Texas Real Estate Commission approved several changes to the Addendum for Property Subject to Mandatory Membership in a Property Owners Association (TREC 36-7, TAR 1922). Here are four of the more substantive ones: In Paragraph A, the form now reflects the recent statutory change that permits a buyer to obtain a resale certificate directly... 

Rumor Patrol: There is NO Homestead Tax Amendment On the Ballot in 2012

Each year at about this time, many HAR members receive bogus emails claiming there is an election this May to keep the homestead tax cap for elderly and disabled homeowners in Texas.  It is important for you to know such emails are inaccurate, and there will be NO homestead tax amendment on the ballot in May or any month in 2012. This is for a good reason: The issue was resolved by the Texas... 

Signs in the Public Right of Way May be in the Wrong Place

by Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney Bandit signs. You see them at many of the thousands of intersections in Harris County. They pop up overnight, particularly on weekends. They advertise goods and services ranging from credit repair to cash for gold to home improvement loans. They sometimes advertise homes for sale or rent. They may be hand-lettered or professionally printed, but if they are on public... 

Political Stars Share Insights

Political insiders and aspirants alike who attended the Houston Association of REALTORS®‘ (HAR) annual political advocacy briefing were enlightened on the important and effective role REALTORS® play when they are involved in their Association’s political process. The afternoon program was held on February 1 at Smith & Wollensky, which accommodated the 75 members serving on the Governmental... 
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