One thing we can always be certain of is change. In few places is that more evident than in the real estate industry. Our Texas REALTOR® associations are here to help make sure that we are keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of our communities and our clients. Do you know where to find help to keep you up-to-date?
One of your best resources is the Texas REALTOR® website. Recently updated, TexasRealEstate.com has been redesigned to make sure you have easy access to everything you need to be the top in our industry. From easy access to your zipForm library, to tracking your TREPAC investment, to important updates on forms, you can find what you need at the new TexasRealEstate.com.
Here’s more valuable information to strengthen you, Texas REALTOR®:
April 2018 marks 50 years since enactment of the Fair Housing Act
April is Fair Housing Month. This year the Texas Association of REALTORS® will join NAR and our industry partners in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. As NAR has noted, the commemoration will focus on:
- Acknowledging the organization’s past role in the fight for fair housing;
- Understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing; and
- Embracing REALTORS®’ role at the forefront of advancing fair housing, leading efforts to address community fair housing issues.
Texas REALTORS® plan on marking the anniversary with events in Austin and across the state. There will also be opportunities in April to earn the Texas Affordable Housing Specialist (TAHS) certification: April 12-13 in Dallas, April 17-18 via a statewide broadcast, and April 19-20 in San Antonio. Texas REALTORS® are also invited to participate in the following webinars, hosted by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) and the Texas Workforce Commission’s Civil Rights Division:
· Tuesday, April 10 - Fair Housing Overview, 2-3:30PM
· Tuesday, April 17 - Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility, 2-3:30PM
· Register at: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/fair-housing/announcements.htm
You can also find fair housing information and resources provided by the National Association of REALTORS® at nar.realtor/fair-housing. Watch for fair housing to be the main feature of April’s Texas REALTOR® magazine, as well.
Politics is Your Business!
Advocacy is a vital part of being a Texas REALTOR®. Without our advocacy efforts, homeownership would be unattainable for a lot of qualified Texans; taxes might be too high for some small business owners to afford to operate; seniors may find themselves unable to stay in the homes they’ve already paid for. These are just some of the negative impacts on our economy Texas REALTORS® have had a hand in preventing over the years.
Do you want to play a bigger role in protecting private property rights? The time to be involved is NOW. Start with learning the big ticket issues and don’t sit there when Election Day comes along. Get Involved. Visit the link to your TexasRealEstate.com resource to learn how you can take part in protecting the private property rights of our great state.
And Go Vote, Texas REALTOR®!
Visit VoteTexas.gov for polling place information, to register, or to update your voting records!
TREC reconsiders restricting term "realty" in team advertising
The Texas Real Estate Commission is now publicizing that it intends to propose a change to recently adopted advertising rules.
The advertising rules effective May 15 include a restriction of the term realty in team names. Team names must also end in the terms group or team to be in compliance with the updated rule. TAR supported these amendments at adoption. (Read more about TREC’s advertising rule changes in the January/February issue of Texas REALTOR® magazine.)
Improve your zipForm Security
In today’s changing world, greater security is frequently required to ensure that your technology cannot be accessed by unauthorized persons. To help protect your records, zipForm is now offering a free two-factor authentication for login. Visit Advice for Texas REALTORS® at this link for a step-by-step guide on setting up your two step authentication.
Do you have questions?
We have answers. Most of you know that the Texas REALTORS® legal hotline (800-873-9155) is a great resource for your basic legal questions, but how many of you know that you can get a lot of questions answered quickly by visiting the Legal FAQs at TexasRealEstate.com. Use your resources, and make sure you are always in the know!
Legal Disclaimer: The material provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations.
Q - I sponsor several agents who work out of their homes. I have a license for the main office, but another broker told me that I’m required to also have a branch-office license for every agent’s home. Is that true?
A - It depends on the activities your agents perform in their homes. Section 1101.552 of the Real Estate License Act provides that a broker who maintains more than one place of business must obtain a branch-office license for each additional office.
But what is “a place of business”?
TREC rule Section 535.112 defines it as a place where a real estate license holder meets with clients and customers to transact business.
So, if your agents meet with clients or customers at their homes to transact business, you must obtain branch-office licenses for each of those homes. If your agents never meet with clients or customers at their homes to transact business, then no branch-office license would be required.
Read this and get more great information at the Advice for Texas REALTORS® blog (linked).