Central Texas Weekly Update - September 5th
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Written By: Casey Lee

Resources for Texas REALTORS® affected by Harvey

The Texas Association of REALTORS® is committed to providing resources and assistance for members affected by Hurricane Harvey. Find information here about assistance, informational resources, and legal FAQ, including what to do with transactions under contract.

 

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Study: FSBOs Net ‘Significantly’ Lower Profits
Monday, August 28, 2017
Written By: NAR

For-sale-by-owners tend to sell their homes for lower prices than homes sold through traditional agents via the MLS, and in many cases below the average differential represented by the prevailing commission rate, according to a new study by Collateral Analytics.

The study examined the price differences between homes sold through traditional agents versus those sold by FSBOs from 2016 to the first half of 2017.

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Central Texas Weekly Update - August 14th
Monday, August 14, 2017
Written By: Casey Lee

Special session: Final days. The special session of the 85th Texas Legislature ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16. When Gov. Greg Abbott called lawmakers back to Austin for the 30-day special session, he gave them a list of 20 issues to address, including six related to real estate: municipal annexation reform, property tax reform, protecting landowners’ rights to remove trees on their property, expediting the local permitting process, local ordinance grandfathering (not allowing local governments to change development rules midway through a project), and a commission to study the public school finance system.

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The True Impact of Home Staging
Monday, July 24, 2017
Written By: NAR

Sixty-two percent of listing agents say professional staging decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market, while 40 percent of buyer’s agents say their clients are more willing to walk through a home that has been staged, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Profile of Home Staging.

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Down Payment Myths Prevail
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Written By: NAR

Your clients may be under a false assumption on the necessary down payment they need to buy a home. Four in 10 recently surveyed Americans believe that a down payment of 15 percent or more is needed to purchase a home, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 National Housing Pulse Survey, a survey of 1,500 adults nationwide.

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Central Texas Weekly Update: June 5, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017
Written By: Casey Lee

Legislative victories for Texas real estate
The 85th legislative session ended May 29, and even though property tax reforms weren’t ultimately passed, Texas REALTORS® had a hugely successful legislative session on behalf of Texas real estate consumers.

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Wannabe Buyers Aren’t Saving Enough
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Written By: NAR

Though millennials express the desire for homeownership, they aren’t saving anywhere near what they need for a down payment. About 80 percent of millennials recently surveyed by rental website Apartment List say they hope to one day buy a home, but 36 percent say they’ll likely need to wait more than five years before they can. Only 16 percent believe they’ll be able to buy within two years, according to the survey of 24,000 millennial renters born between 1982 and 2004.

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Legislative Liaison: Post-session recap
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Written By: TAR

In this edition: This edition of Legislative Liaison highlights Texas REALTORS®’ legislative successes, why the 85th Texas Legislature may not be done yet, and what Texas REALTORS® were doing in D.C. earlier this month. Texas REALTORS® had several legislative victories this session as the strongest advocates for Texas real estate consumers. Now several TAR priority bills are heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to enhance disclosure, save real estate buyers from excessive fees, protect private-property rights, increase transportation options, and more.

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TAR Field Rep Weekly Update - May 30, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Written By: TAR

Legislative victories for Texas real estate! The 85th legislative session ended Monday, and even though property tax reforms weren’t ultimately passed, Texas REALTORS® had a hugely successful legislative session on behalf of Texas real estate consumers.

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Central Texas Field Rep - Newsletters
Monday, May 15, 2017
Written By: TAR

How you can help empower taxpayers in Texas. The Texas House of Representatives could consider an important bill for Texas taxpayers as soon as this week. The latest version of the House’s Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 2 (CSSB 2), known as The Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act of 2017, would provide all Texans more honesty and transparency at the local level when tax rates are set. This version of the bill also empowers voters to participate in the property tax process.

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