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Recent NAR Call for Action H. R. 9, The Innovation Act

The United States House of Representatives will hold a critical vote on H.R. 9, The Innovation Act of 2015. Hopefully, you responded to the NAR Call for Action which was emailed and texted to REALTORS® across all fifty states. This legislation serves to protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls. REALTORS® are targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates. Patent... 

83rd Regular Legislative Session, A Recap

Budget As is required by the Texas Constitution, lawmakers passed a balanced budget, and Comptroller Susan Combs has certified that it is indeed balanced. This is the only piece of legislation that has to pass during a legislative session, and this time around it was comprised of five different bills, Senate Bill 1 (budget), House Bill 6 (transparency), House Bill 7 (System Benefit Fund), House Bill... 

What you need to know about Tempo and Internet Explorer 10

Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has been installing Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 computers through their recommended updates.  Once Internet Explorer 10 has been installed on your computer, you will need to make a quick configuration change in order for Tempo to work properly. Please follow these steps: Set Tempo to run in compatibility mode on IE 10.   Close all browsers to ensure... 

City of Houston Proposes Changes to Chapter 42 – Member Input Requested!

The City of Houston’s Department of Planning and Development has proposed changes to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances, the land development code. Generally, the City regulates land development in Houston and within its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) through Chapter 42. The City of Houston does not have zoning, but development is governed by codes that address how property can be subdivided.... 

REALTOR® Edie Archer Appointed to HAHC by Mayor Parker

Edie Archer, a sales agent for Greenwood King Properties, has been appointed to the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. The appointment was made official by a vote of the Houston City Council on November 7. The HAHC makes recommendations to City Council on historic properties. The 13-member board reviews requests for historic district designations,... 

NAR Call for Action – Tell Congress to Preserve Access to Safe and Affordable Mortgages

NAR is seeking Congressional support for H.R. 273 and S. 3541.  H.R. 273 and S. 3541 provide a long-term solution to maintain access, for growing communities, to the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service Section 502 Program. Only Congress can prevent more than 900 growing communities in 48 states from losing eligibility for the Section 502 Program. Currently, the Section 502... 

HAR Makes Recommendations on Several Local Measures This November

On November 6, voters in the city of Houston and some surrounding communities will be asked to decide on several ballot measures. The issues will range from how METRO allocates its 1 percent sales tax to various bond measures for public schools, community colleges, parks and city infrastructure totaling $2.7 billion. In an effort to keep the Houston REALTOR® community informed, the HAR Governmental... 

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... 

State and Local Officials Speak to Business Issues Subcommittee at HAR

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discusses issues impacting the county with members of TAR's Business Issues Subcommittee On January 26, the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) held its January 2012 Business Issues Subcommittee meeting at the offices of HAR.  TAR’s Business Issues Subcommittee is comprised of REALTOR® volunteers from across the state of Texas who weigh issues of importance... 
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