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State Laws Go Into Effect

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... 

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... 

Houston Area REALTORS® Visit Texas Capitol to Advocate for Property Owners, Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 9 was a big day at the Texas Capitol. According to TAR, approximately 1,800 REALTORS® from throughout the state of Texas – with roughly 150 coming on four buses or driving themselves from the Greater Houston area – converged on the Capitol to advocate for REALTOR® issues that are of utmost importance to the continued success of the industry. During the meetings, attendees advocated... 

It’s Time to Vote: Find Your Polling Location for Election Day, November 6

You may click on any of the links below to find your polling location for each of the indicated counties. Polling location hours for election day are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Brazoria County http://brazoriacountyclerk.net/recorder/content/Elections/PollingPlaces.htm Fort Bend County http://www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/upload/images/elections_administration/Election_Day_Polling_Places.pdf Galveston County http://www.galvestonvotes.org/2012NOV_GenElection/ElectionDayVotingLocations.html Harris... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

TREC: New Year Brings Big Changes for Broker Applicants

At its October meeting, the Texas Real Estate Commission adopted rules that change the requirements to obtain a real estate broker license in the state of Texas effective January 1, 2012. Amendments to the rules driven by the passage of Senate Bill 747 establish requirements for “active experience” to qualify for a broker license. The Commission approved these changes to strengthen the qualifications... 

TREC Advisor Newsletter – Oct 2011

The Texas Real Estate Commission’s latest edition of the TREC Advisor Newslatter is now available for download.  The newsletter contains several stories that Texas REALTORS® may find valuable, including: An explanation of the new broker license requirements (Page 1) A user’s guide to new TREC form changes (Page 3) How new legislation impacts Broker Price Opinions (Page 4) Semi-Independent,... 
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