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: Kent Prickett

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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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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Mortgage Interest Deduction & NAR
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

A majority of Americans believe they pay too much in taxes. Currently, Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives is discussing ways to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The current speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, and fellow house republicans have put together a blueprint for their idea of tax reform.

Their blueprint, titled, A Better Way, has three basic principles

  • It reduces the number of tax brackets to four
  • eliminates all but two itemized deductions – the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) & the charitable giving deduction
  • it increases the standard deduction

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Taxes & Affordability
Monday, May 01, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

It’s every REALTOR’s favorite time of the year. Pre-summer business is starting to pick up momentum, potential sellers are scheduling appointments to find out how much they can sell their home for, and buyers are wanting to start window shopping for homes. Then you get a call from a past client, “Help, my property value just went up $40,000 –that can’t be right, is it?” You stop in your tracks and know that you just got way busier.  When it comes to property taxes, there are three things affecting the annual tax bill: homestead exemption, rising property values, and how the CAD is valuing properties.

About 6 weeks ago property “valuations” were sent to owners from their Central Appraisal District. Hopefully, you reminded your clients who purchased a homestead this year to file their exemptions with the Appraisal District before April 30th.

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