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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... 

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... 

SPECIAL EVENT: imPACt West Houston Legislative Update

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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... 

Deadline to Register for REALTOR Lobby Day is Friday, March 29, 2013 Get on the bus, or get left behind!

“When is it?” REALTOR® Lobby Day is Tuesday, April 9, 2013 “What exactly is REALTOR® Lobby Day?” Texas REALTORS® have many issues that we are keeping an eye on at the Texas Capitol during this Legislative Session, which started on January 8th. We count on our Texas Association of REALTORS® staff to be at the Capitol every day blowing the trumpet for our industry, but on... 

President Signs into Law Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program

With Congress’ approval of H. R. 4348-512, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 reauthorized funding for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, until September 30, 2017.  The bill was signed into law on July 6 by President Barack Obama.  Without congressional and presidential support, funding was set to expire on July 31, again placing thousands of real estate... 

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Interim Maps, Leaving Texas’ Redistricting Future Unclear

It sounds simple enough. Redraw Texas’ district lines to account for the 4.3 million additional people that now call Texas home. But then add to that the opinions of opposing political parties, civil rights groups, courts and county election officials, and the process of drawing the new state and federal district lines becomes as difficult as trying to pin JELL-O® to the wall. In order to... 

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... 

Texas Legislative Wrap-Up: Major Wins for Texas Homeowners

The 82ndRegular Session and Special Session of the Texas Legislature have wrapped up, and Texas homeowners scored several major political victories.  June 19, 2011 was the deadline for Gov. Rick Perry to veto any legislation passed during the Regular Session.  The deadline passed and Gov. Perry chose not to veto any of TAR’s priority legislation passed during the session.  Therefore, many pro-consumer laws... 

Texas Legislature Concludes with Major Wins for Texas REALTORS®

The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature has wrapped up, and Texas REALTORS® scored several major political victories.  June 19, 2011 was the deadline for Gov. Rick Perry to veto any legislation passed during the Session.  The deadline passed and Gov. Perry chose not to veto any of TAR’s priority legislation passed during the session.  Therefore, many pro-consumer and pro-REALTOR®... 
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