WCREALTORS Announces Newest Staff Member
Monday, September 18, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

Round Rock, Texas – 18 September 2017 – In a statement released by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® today, Association Executive Marjorie Phillips announced that Leslie VanBurkleo will be joining the WCREALTORS staff team as the MLS and Membership Support.

The Association is thrilled to have Leslie joining the Association team. Between her training skills and intensive knowledge of the Matrix MLS system, our membership will be pleased to have her training expertise available to them on a regular basis.” said Mrs. Phillips.  “Leslie’s primary duties will include MLS training, tech support, and growth of the CTXMLS userbase.”

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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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Leadership
Monday, September 04, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Leadership is a term that is commonly used, but almost impossible to define. That’s part of the problem with leadership development, it means something different to every person, a true definition is hard to find. However, when a person steps up with leadership abilities, it’s amazing how everyone can point at him/her and say, “that’s a leader.”  The most commonly identified trait in a leader is integrity; without it, no one will want to follow.

For me, a leader is someone you are drawn to follow; someone who stands out to you in many different ways, and exhibits the strengths you deem necessary to make a difference.  Why is all of this important to REALTORS®?  Everyone leads at some point in their life, whether professionally, personally, or in their community.  Do you have what it takes to answer the call to lead?

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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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TREC Legal Update
Friday, August 18, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

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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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Education & the Busy REALTOR
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Every Texas REALTOR® knows that education is required by the Texas Real Estate Commission. How many of you just take the bare minimum and just move on? There are over 22,000 licensed real estate agents in Central Texas; what makes you stand out from the crowd?  Furthermore, do you ever wonder why the agent who has been licensed just a couple of years closes more deals than a seasoned veteran?


Education is the key to being a successful agent, and the experts will tell you that you need more education than the 18 required hours every other year to succeed. Did you know that REALTORS® who have at least one designation make more than those without? For example, According to a 2012 study, the median annual income of GRI designees was $61,000, compared to $33,500 of non-designees.

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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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Are You Involved?
Monday, July 03, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Today, I want to talk to you about breaking the idea that 20% of our members do 80% of the work at the Association Level. Between serving on a committee, teaching a class, serving on the board of directors, writing an editorial for the local paper or just making an investment in TREPAC, we have a way for each of our 1700 members to get involved in the industry and make a difference. No matter your “Why”, we have the “How.”

At WCREALTORS, we have 13 different committees for YOU to serve on; each of these committees is overseen by our Board of Directors and makes a difference not only in the Association but in the community as well.

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