Category Archives: Legal

TREC, TAR reach consensus on proposed rule changes

The Texas Real Estate Commission in August proposed rule changes about which the Texas Association of REALTORS® expressed concerns. Recently, representatives from TREC and TAR discussed these concerns and agreed on many issues, notably the use of business titles in advertisements, … Continue reading

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Must a seller disclose a murder at the property?

According to the Texas Property Code, sellers aren’t required to disclose deaths on the property that resulted from natural causes, suicide, or an accident unrelated to the property’s condition. However, murder does not fall into these categories. The Deceptive Trade … Continue reading

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TREC rules changed, but Article 12 still applies

The Texas Real Estate Commission changed its rules regarding terms you must use in your advertisements, but don’t forget about the requirements in the Code of Ethics. Watch the video to learn how you can stay in compliance with Article … Continue reading

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Business entity vs. DBA: What’s the difference?

Many people think a business entity is the same thing as a DBA, which stands for “doing business as.” In fact, they have different meanings and purposes. A business entity is a type of business structure, such as a sole … Continue reading

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What information can landlords require when asked to waive pet policies or fees?

When tenants want their landlord to waive a prohibition on pets or pet-related fees for their assistance or emotional support animal, can the landlord request a doctor’s note supporting the tenants’ request? The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to evaluate … Continue reading

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It’s called the seller’s disclosure for a reason

Want to avoid trouble with the Seller’s Disclosure Notice and learn how damage from a natural disaster can affect it? Watch latest Texas REALTOR® Magazine Minute. Additional resources for contract issues in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are available in the September/October issue … Continue reading

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Drive now, text later

You are no longer allowed to use your smartphone to read, write, or send messages while driving in Texas. Violators of this law, which went into effect in September, face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of $25 to $99, … Continue reading

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