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: Kent Prickett

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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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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The Future is Now
Friday, June 02, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Nexus. It’s a word we’ve all heard before, but do we really know what it means? Merriam-Webster defines nexus as 1a connection or link 2a connected group or series and 3center or focus. For the past seven years, the Board of Directors has been working on making the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® the nexus of education and the voice of real estate for Williamson County; it is so important to the Board of Directors that it is the first task in our strategic plan. “WCREALTORS will be the nexus of real estate education and be the ‘Voice of Real Estate’”.

As many of you know, the Association has joined forces with the Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® and the Temple-Belton Board of REALTORS® in the first true Regional MLS in Central Texas. Since the inception of this partnership in August of 2016, the MLS has grown leaps and bounds!

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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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