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 say thank you and farewell to retiring TAR Hall of Famer

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 effects. Houston Association of REALTORS® is

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 for consumer-protection provisions in

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 County http://www.harrisvotes.org/voterballotsearch.aspx?L=E Montgomery County http://co.montgomery.tx.us/election/EDPolls.asp?ELID=29 Waller County http://www.wallercountyelections.com/votelocations.php Wharton County http://www.co.wharton.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/electionpages/pollinglocations It’s Election Day, November 6, and I’m registered and ready to vote. Where do I go?

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 from a property owners