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08/25/2016 | Author: Legal Staff

The Texas Real Estate Commission’s most recent quarterly meeting included several proposals of interest to license holders. However, the agency did not discuss any changes to current advertising rules, choosing instead to continue to work with the Texas Association of REALTORS® toward a solution that protects consumer interests. Here are some highlights:

Unlicensed assistants and showing a property
Proposed changes to TREC Rule 535.4, License Required, would define “showing” a property to include “causing or permitting the property to be seen by a prospective buyer or tenant, unlocking or providing access onto or into the property, or hosting an open house at the property.” All these actions would have to be carried out by a licensed broker or agent. Several exceptions to this rule were added, such as:

  • Allowing an unlicensed assistant to show a vacant property (with the only personal property left behind remaining with the property), as long as the owner and the prospective buyer or tenant prior to the showing sign a consent acknowledging that:
    • The unlicensed assistant is an employee
    • TREC has not conducted a criminal background check on the unlicensed assistant
    • The unlicensed assistant can’t answer questions or point out features about the neighborhood or property, and
    • The broker is responsible for all acts and omissions of the unlicensed assistant.
  • Allowing an unlicensed person to have unescorted access to view a vacant property property (with the only personal property left behind remaining with the property), as long as the owner prior to the property being viewed signs a written consent acknowledging that:
    • The owner is aware that unescorted access may occur, and
    • The broker enabling access is responsible for any damage that results.

A proposed change to TREC Rule 535.5, License Not Required, would remove the section that currently allows unlicensed people to host open houses. Read the full text of these proposed changes.

Renewal fee for sales agent licenses
The commission proposed to reduce the fee to renew a sales agent license from $72 to $66. If approved, this reduction would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Notifying TREC regarding changes to broker supervision
TREC Rule 535.2, Broker Responsibility, already requires a broker who delegates supervisory duties to another license holder to notify the commission of such delegation. The proposed addition to this rule would also require the broker (or a newly licensed broker or broker associate, if their status as a delegated supervisor changes) to notify the commission when that delegation has ended. Read the full text of the proposed rule.

Use of the TREC seal
The commission proposed a new rule, 535.45, which pertains to the Texas Real Estate Commission’s seal, logo, and name. It basically prohibits anyone from using such materials in a way that could mislead people into thinking that the person using the logo is part of the commission or endorsed by the commission. Read the full text of the new rule.

You can read more about these items and the many others that were discussed at TREC’s meeting at TREC’s website.

UPDATE (Sept. 2, 2016): The proposed changes were published Sept. 2, 2016, in the Texas Register. Comments on the proposal may be submitted until Oct. 2, 2016, to Kerri Lewis, general counsel at TREC.

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Comments

ethan moore on 09/27/2016

This is awesome! 

dedicated hosting on 09/23/2016

This is indeed very helpful, very nice!

Doris Snipp on 09/22/2016

Please do not forget to make your comments known to TREC. They are accepting comments at:general.counsel@trec.texas.gov until October 2nd. There have been so many awesome, knowledgeable comments from Realtors who are at the top of their game. I applaud and thank all of you for a most informative discussion of this issue. Thanks for taking the time to point out the many aspects of this proposed change.

jacob wallace on 09/22/2016

Absolutely love this series, thank you for all of the great info.

Mike McEwen on 09/20/2016

There is no need for a well-trained unlicensed person to have to get a license to let a prospective tenant see a rent property.  It is a no-brainer.  Fortunately TREC is addressing this issue.

Julie Sauls on 09/20/2016

No on unliscensed assitants showing properties. I feel we as liscensed professionals owe that service to our clients. not to mention security reasons

Brent Auvermann on 09/20/2016

* A wise man once said, “six bucks saved is six bucks earned.”  Totally in favor of the renewal decrease, and opposed to elitism and rent-seeking in all their cynical forms.

* Opposed to increasing the range of duties for unlicensed assistants.  The tendency among big teams to score the client personally then leave customer service to underlings is odious.

Mike McEwen on 09/19/2016

Ms.  Hoover, do you have a property management practice?

Nattlie Hoover on 09/19/2016

I do NOT support unlicensed assistants or employees opening/showing properties for buyers or tenants.  This will only cause confusing, added paperwork, lawsuits and general misguidance and liability for buyers, sellers and brokers.  Let’s continue to increase our professionalism in this industry, not cheapen it.  If you don’t have the time to show property or you can’t hire a licensed assistant, choose another business.  People deserve quality.  Let’s give it to them.  As for as the fee, it’s too minimal of a change to even be concerned with.

Stuart Scholer on 09/17/2016

Why so cheap for a License?  Let’s do like the taxi medallions…. let’s bid for the License.
I’ll start at $25K! This way we can squeeze everyone out. Of course that Houston girl Martha could easily bid $250K…. then I will be out of business! Wait!!! Let me think about this.

Steve Crossland on 09/16/2016

Unescorted showings are already here. The technology, as was the case with Uber, AirBNB, for example, is ahead of the laws/rules and industry culture.

Check this video: https://www.ziptours.com/video

Companies show as Rently and ShowMojo already enable and facilitate unescorted showings for vacant rental properties. Our next version of the TAR Management Agreement will need to address this.

With regard to Agent Dues, I’ve long held that it should be $10K per year. People who can’t afford that should send back their license and go away. The rest of us can easily cover it because we are full time professionals. One additional transaction per year will cover it. #PurgeTheDeadWood

LUIS ANGEL ORDONEZ on 09/15/2016

I think the changes are beneficial.

Ward Lowe on 09/13/2016

If you want to ask VP of Legal Affairs Lori Levy about the proposed rule changes affecting unlicensed assistants, tune into the next TAR Facebook Live event. At 11 a.m. CDT on Sept. 20, go to TAR’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/texasrealtors/) to watch Lori give a brief presentation about the rule changes before she answers questions typed in the comments.

Dwight Hale on 09/13/2016

Curious as to why the unlicensed assistant must be an employee regarding the exemption?

Mike McEwen on 09/13/2016

Your point is well made, Mr. Scholer.

Marcus Phipps on 09/13/2016

As a broker, by statute or not, I feel and know that I have liability for the property of my owners.  I also have tremendous respect for my owners’ property and want to do everything that I can to protect it.  Because of that, I would never want the unlicensed assistant of another broker to access one of my listings.  I think that is something that is missing from this law, and that may be overlooked as we go forward.

As a broker, it is my responsibility to hire good people and to do my own due diligence to be sure that they are qualified.  I also believe that I am responsible for their actions, both in my office and at MY property listings.  I truly believe that there should be a distinction between the properties represented by the broker, and the properties of another broker.  I’m definitely opposed to exposing brokers to more liability, but in reality, it’s already there.

Cheryl on 09/13/2016

What I find interesting is that the change supports systems currently in place. For example, TREC already has fingerprinted all licensees, therefore, when a Seller chooses to list their home, there is an inferred level of integrity because of background checks in obtaining the license. However, when an unlicensed assistant is authorized by the licensee, (Not the Owner or Broker), then that level of security has been breached, willingly or not.  I appreciate how the rule does not prohibit unlicensed persons from showing a listing, but adds an extra layer of communication and approval required by the licensee. While we’re on the subject, I strongly encourage agents to avoid using the manual lockbox, I’ve known agents who gave out the codes to buyers and I doubt the seller had any knowledge.

Stuart Scholer on 09/13/2016

I think it is probably mostly Listing Agents that are using Assistants to open doors for unrepresented Buyers. They are hoping to reap a higher commission in an intermediary situation. Once again an industry standard that ignores the best interest of the Seller and tries to take advantage of the Buyer’s ignorance.

Mike on 09/12/2016

Ms. Salazar, are you referring to properties for sale or for lease?

Dianna Oliver Salazar on 09/12/2016

I have had several unlicensed assistants call me and ask for the cbs code to my listings. I have never given one out. There is to much liability and its very unprofessional.  REALTORS lets continue to do our jobs and show our clients what service is all about.

Bonson on 09/12/2016

Thankfully Texas reduced its renweal fee to be more in line with other states, but it’s still a little high… In 2016 it comes out to $123/year in TX (renewing every 2 years) and $75/year in Calif (renewing every 4 years) to renew a broker license

Mike McEwen on 09/12/2016

An owner can show his rent home to anybody whom he choses.  In some cases it may be ill-advised, but no law is being broken.

Craig Wala on 09/12/2016

In a lease situation what if the owner (who is not licensed)  of the house sometimes wants to show their rent house because agent is not available and a potential tenant is standing in front of the house wanting to see it as they just saw the sign in front. Will this rule about non licensed assistants restrict owner from showing.

Stuart Scholer on 09/09/2016

Does anyone know….?
Who is using “Assistants” to open doors more frequently?
Listing Agents or Buyer Agents????

Alexandra Fincher on 09/08/2016

I included my comment a quite while back, so I am going to add one more thing.  Doris Sanders got her real estate license 4 years before me, and yes we worked hard, we carried books and depended on our MLS tours so we could travel on a Caravan to all the listings.  We did this pretty much until the internet came along.  I have taken every MCE Class there is, I have taken so many designations but I will not pay the yearly dues, because it is the character of the Realtor that makes it all possible.  We used to work with buyers and sellers, our brokers did not let you off easily if you had an infraction.  I think Brokers today are too busy bringing bodies to the office that we have lost the reality of what Realtors are all about.  My thoughts after reading all the comments.

Esther Cordova on 09/08/2016

I have never believed in hiring an unlicensed assistant. One because of the liability imposed on myself, the Broker.  Two,  No back ground checks on them is risky.
I have seen unlicensed assistance do more than they should as it becomes easy for the team leader, so, therefore, don’t have unlicensed assistant even answer your phone. I once called an agent inuring some info on a property, the girl that answered told me she was the assistant. I assumed she was licensed. No, she proceeded to give me all the information I needed.  I did leave a message for the agent to call me back so I could tell her she was in violation, never returned my call. Do not drop fees.

Mike McEwen on 09/07/2016

I can understand making an argument against unlicensed persons not showing properties for sale; nut I have no problem allowing unlicensed individuals opening rent properties for prospects to look at them.  I can also speculate where allowing an unlicensed person to open a for sale listing may be the only good option under certain circumstances.  Needless to say, all the unlicensed person can do is open the door.  He could hand a datasheet to the prospect.

Marilyn Newland on 09/06/2016

This is the craziest proposal I’ve seen! Why in the world would you let your assistant meet the buyer, open the door, and then say ” Oh, I can’t answer any of your questions!”.  That makes the agent look extremely unprofessional and if I were that buyer I would be asking ” Now tell me again why I need you”  . On top of that , the idea that unescorted unlicensed people would be allowed access to a house is just ludicrous.
Now, I do think it’s okay for my assistant to meet the contractor or vendor to let them in to do work - as well as measure the house, gather required information and pick up documents. They’re not trying to buy the house so she doesn’t need to worry about answering questions. 
I do not support a reduction in the fees.

Ward Lowe on 09/02/2016

The proposed changes were published today in the Texas Register: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/sos/index.html. Comments are being accepted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) until Oct 2, 2016.

Mike McEwen on 08/31/2016

Many would not.

Richard Weeks on 08/31/2016

Mike McEwen those are some pretty disparaging remarks towards REALTORS® in your city.  Your assistant might pass a background check with flying colors; however, I wonder how many in the great state of Texas would not?

Mike McEwen on 08/31/2016

As a property manager I can tell you that background checks rarely have an impact on future behavior.  My assistant has been w/ me for nine years.  I know many licensees in my city who have all, of course, had background checks.  There are many of those whom, if I shook hands w/ them, I would count my fingers afterword.

Richard Weeks on 08/31/2016

Mike McEwen, you asked for one good reason, I could give you several; however, I will limit it to just one.  “Noback ground check”.

Mike McEwen on 08/30/2016

A great portion of our property management fees takes care of my statutory employees.

Sherry Scales on 08/30/2016

Since it is the agent receiving a commission from the sale or Lease, and not the assistant, they need to earn it!  That is what we have a license for.

Mike McEwen on 08/30/2016

There is no reason for not allowing unlicensed persons to open rental properties for tenants to look at them.  Give me on good reason.

Richard Weeks on 08/30/2016

If TAR would not do a form for hydrostatic testing I doubt they will do one for this.  I agree with Ms. Scales we should voice our concerns to TREC NOT allowing unlicensed assistants to show any kind of property.

Mike McEwen on 08/30/2016

I look for TAR to prepare a form.

Mike McEwen on 08/30/2016

It is utterly dumb to not allow an unlicensed individual show a rent property.  I’ve been at this for 27 years now and have come across a lot more crooked licensed people than unlicensed assistants.

Sherry Scales on 08/30/2016

Contact TREC at:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)    to show your support for NOT allowing unlicensed assistants to show any kind of property.

Richard Weeks on 08/30/2016

I assume every agent who wants to use the form will need to have an attorney prepare one.

Mike McEwen on 08/30/2016

Who’s going to develop the form that the prospective seller or tenant will sign?

Doris Snipp on 08/29/2016

Thank you. We are the reason TREC and TAR exists. On an association sponsored Blog, all issues addressed by the blog and the comments should be viewed Thank you! Please make sure the Blog is for Realtors who would like their comments heard. Actually I thing all of the blogs and comments should go our Association.  We should not be voices in the wilderness.

Ward Lowe on 08/29/2016

@Doris: TREC does not monitor this blog. Once the commission publishes its proposed changes with the secretary of state’s office, I will update this post with instructions on how to submit comments.

Doris Snipp on 08/29/2016

Kevin, thank you for, in my opinion,  a perfect post.  I think you summed it all up with your statement:“Assistants need to
be just that, not surrogate realtors and brokers.”.  I would like to know our comments are submitted to TREC and not just seen on the Blog. Does anyone know?

Kevin on 08/29/2016

Unlicensed assistants and showing a property,

Why do we continually reduce the requirements to agents and brokers in doing their job in representing their clients? If an agent or broker is too busy to represent and work with their client(s), maybe it’s time to not over commit in the disservice to your clients. Our business was built on one-on-one relationships, under commit and over deliver. Assistants need to be just that, not surrogate realtors and brokers.

Barbara Sanders on 08/28/2016

I support the prohibiting of unlicensed individuals from showing homes. As for the reduction of the “agent” renewal fee? Six bucks? I became licensed in 1976, long before background checks were required. I welcomed that requirement. In spite of having had 6 surgeries in 2.5 years, due to injuries & breast cancer, limiting my ability to work full-time, I have kept my dues, fees, license updated. I take VERY SERIOUSLY the necessity of MCE and have taken, in spite of medical issues, every MCE course I can work into my schedule. I would support an increase in the hours of Legal & Ethics required for renewals. Having now “risen from the ashes”, I have been shocked by the deceptive advertising, i.e., MLS (in particular some enhanced virtual tour presentations) & flyers placed in the info boxes in front of homes containing deceptively attractive photos.  Are lawsuits, which will invariably happen, going to be necessary in order for ethical presentations to be assured? The intrusion of outside websites, often with incomplete or incorrect information (corrected only if/ when we “pay-up”), continue to baffle me. Is their intrusion worse than an unlicensed employee opening a home or holding an open house? Are they required to have MCE, background checks, pay Board/MLS dues & fees? I know some agents are more comfortable in front of a computer. I think technology & the Internet have hurt Realtors overall. I firmly believe that we, as an industry, have become too techy. The listing agents and the buyers representatives have fiduciary responsibilities. Outside websites nor computers can fulfill these obligations. When I work with a buyer or seller, they have benefit of my training, my time, ethics and experience;  hopefully not on my technological abilities (admittedly necessary for certain aspects of our industry, today). For communication, I bless e-mail & the Internet. In 1976 we had no cell phones, no Internet, no PCs, no FedEx nor UPS. We used the Greyhound & Continental bus lines. Where I started (in Texas), we had no MLS, no lockboxes, few copy machines, no caller- ID, holding nor forwarding. We sold homes! I thank God today for SABOR, TREC, TAR & MCE.

Ed Deaton on 08/26/2016

I think that the real problem is Brokers are taking on as many agents as they can, only to pick up their new agents friends and family members listings. They do this, of course, at the expense of the new agents time, money and effort to start a new career. Meanwhile, the Broker charges that new agent fees for things such as a desk fee, advertising, printer paper, web site, wifi, educational courses, E&O insurance and what ever they can think of. Therefore, the Broker is the only one that really benefits in the long run once the new agent makes a few sales and realizes that he or she is going to have a hard time paying all the recurring fees and making a living. Maybe TREC should consider an exorbitant “Brokers Fee” for having more than five active agents in an office?

Ida parker on 08/26/2016

I am a fairly new agent. After completing my core courses my husband was diagnosed with cancer so this delayed my testing for licensing. I passed first time around. Because it costs so much for dues and SAE courses I have to keep my full time job. Reducing renewal fee may be minimal reduction for others but for me every little bit helps. I do a lot of reading and started GRI courses. Why do some agents want to reduce #  of real estate agents. Everybody should be allowed every opportunity to better themselves. I wish I could do real estate full time but that’s not feasible for now.

 

 

Doris Snipp on 08/26/2016

Amen! Bob.  The problem is saying you want professional agents and needing more agents to sustain the growing budgets are in conflict. I am a Broker and have dealt with agents who have been in the business for several years and I can’t fathom how they passed the tests. Until we require Brokers who were grandfathered in or who do not practice consistent real estate,  to work as an intern with another Broker and require agents to do the same, we will continue to be seen as non professional group. The online education programs for a new agent should cease.  We are the only profession who thinks someone should want part of our income and readily agree.  To not be an intern an agent would need to do 6 transactions a year and maintain the level or higher every year. The rules are constantly changing requiring one to be actually engaged in real estate transactions yearly.

Bob Conner on 08/26/2016

I also agree with Rory Higgins.  I especially agree with his comments about agents who don’t maintain a proficiency level adequate to provide an acceptable level of service to clients.  That proficiency level must include an ability to communicate with the clients.  If there is ever an argument as to the need to increase the educational requirements to be a licensed agent, one only needs to be a regular reader of these quarterly forums.

Richard Vincent on 08/26/2016

I’m strongly in favor of the proposed changes to TREC Rule 535.4 without any of the exceptions period.  Interpretation of the proposed exceptions will only confuse implementation of the rule and make enforcing it a nightmare

Catherine Everett Jackson on 08/26/2016

My first reaction to receiving this email was “Why is the Texas flag photo backwards?”
I completely agree with Rory Higgins!

Jim Rooks on 08/26/2016

Interesting that all the “votes” thus far seem to indicate that a $6. reduction in the annual fee makes a difference in the quality of sales agents. Personally I applaud any are of government that is willing to give the “tax” payer a break when the funds are not a necessity and/or are a windfall.

Linda Stellato-Walker on 08/26/2016

I think renewal fees should remain at the current structure.
As it concerns unlicensed assistants, it’s time to consider a system of registration or certification of personal assistants, with a required education program (minimum 90 hrs) and fingerprints/ background check required to be employed in that role.

Broker or delegated supervision needs to include training for agents to identify their superior on the IABS form.  Apparently, real estate team leaders don’t think the rules apply to them. I constantly see the supervision information left blank on the IABS form.

Cathy Mallia on 08/26/2016

While I don’t use unlicensed agents, I have considered using one on new listings to take pictures and measure rooms and install signs and lock boxes.  Actually being on the site would enhance the descriptions as they enter listings on MLS.  This would save me an incredible amount of non-sales time.  While it makes sense to have the owner sign off that they know one of my “employees” (not agents) would be doing this type of work for me, by appointment, TREC limiting it to only vacant houses seems extremely restrictive.  Today, it is inane to have an unlicensed agent hold an open house or open doors for buyers.  Face-to-face contact with buyers is critical to sales, especially since they now have access to the internet for all the property and area information.  That said, why is TREC considering one more law covering common sense practices?

James on 08/25/2016

With the “requirements” for having unlicensed showing assistant its unlikely anyone would be able to comply or go through the hassle.  Just a big waist of time for TREC to even be dealing with.  Show be focusing on advertising rule updates that make since.

Alexandra Fincher on 08/25/2016

I do not agree on having unlicensed Assistants showing properties.  The fee is not even worth speaking about.  I do think advertising is very important and needs to be reviewed soon.  I hear some guarantees made by Realtors on the radio or other means of advertisement that really need to be reviewed.

Elena Penso on 08/25/2016

I support the renewal fees to be the same not reduced.  Who is coming up with this suggestions? Allowing an unlicensed person to show property posses too many risks. It creates confusion on the transaction.  The public sometimes abuse our services, so it will be nice to have some type of compromising on retainer fees without them being overwhelming to the public.  Yes! I do understand my fiduciary duties and that my clients interest are above of my own, but in my imaginary world I would love to be able to have a set of fees ( given to us by TREC) on retainers. It does not hurt to dream or express my opinion.

Harmony Estergard on 08/25/2016

I don’t support having unlicensed people show homes.  When showing a home to someone it can always lead to a sale and many questions arise unlicensed people shouldn’t answer why would you want to anyway your losing many opportunities and establishing your relationship with that client. I would approve lowering license renewal we have enough fees as an agent and we all know since internet sites have taken over browsing for buyers and has eliminated putting them in front of us face to face there is so much competition between us agents making it hard to make a good consistent salary. Since I started 13 years ago the average salary has really dropped for agents. Sometimes you need to have a second job to make ends meet everyone’s situation is different. I happen to have kept my license current and have sales every year whether part time or full time I stay up to date with education it’s your duty as an agent and a choice. It’s not cheap to keep your license when your not producing it’s a lot of money to pay when your not making money! I think the good agents will prevail and the bad ones will eventually phase out anyway.  That’s why we have such a high rate of agents who don’t make it in this business so why don’t we take advantage of lower fees it’s only a low amount anyway.

Sherry Scales on 08/25/2016

I will not support allowing unlicensed people to open doors to buyers.  No one is going to open a property without giving some kind of opinion or information that perhaps should not be given. ONLY a licensed Realtor knows what we can and can not say to a buyer.  This is a fiduciary duty to a seller.  We spent many hours and dollars to get our license to be able to open doors to show homes.  Now they want to let anyone with no back ground check or knowledge of Ethics to be able to open a door.  I will not support that.  I will not recommend to any seller to let that happen to them.  If my surgeon is too busy to do my surgery at a time of my choosing, should I let his receptionist do it?  NO!

Gary Steuernagel on 08/25/2016

I support it all except for the lowering of fee’s, they should be raised.

Melaine Anderson on 08/25/2016

Rory Higgins:  I’m in 100% agreement with you.

Diane Sanders on 08/25/2016

Dittoing Roy:  If anything, agent’s fees should be increased to limit agents participating in this career as if it were a part-time summer job—- as many do.  One of the biggest threats to our industry is unqualified agents - either by choice or rules.  We should be held to higher standards, like attorney and CPA’s if we want better serving agents both for the public and to work alongside.  Many of us take extra MCE because we want to be regarded as a professional’s professional by our peers and the public.  We feel education, training and fulfilling our financial responsibilities to the industry illustrate this.

AND, increasing an unlicensed person’s duties in this industry:  are you flipping kidding me!! No wonder the public views us lower than used-car salesmen.

Bobbie Daigle on 08/25/2016

The reduction is so small, what difference does six dollars make?

Rory Higgins on 08/25/2016

I strongly disagree with lowering the cost of license renewal.

Most proficient agents agree that the majority of negative issues related to this industry are associated with agents who don’t take it seriously and/or don’t maintain a proficiency level adequate to provide an acceptable level of service to clients. Mostly because it’s so inexpensive to acquire and maintain a real estate license.

The most significant impact of this on our industry is the dangerously high percentage of licensees who provide poor service to the public. The unfortunate side effect is our industry receiving very little respect from the public. This has created a strong demand for alternatives to agents, which many technology companies are happily fulfilling.

If given the opportunity today, I would not hesitate to increase my license renewal cost tenfold if it would reduce the number of licensed agents by 50% who only keep their license because it’s too inexpensive not to. We would likely be left mostly with agents who are committed to this industry and the public it serves. That’s exactly how it should be.

This issue goes hand in hand with education requirements for license acquisition and renewal.

DIANA ALDERMAN on 08/25/2016

I think all the changes are great except for one.  As a Broker, I think a
Sales Person’s renewal should not be lowered.

Richard Weeks on 08/25/2016

The law and TREC rules are not simply changed because the seller writes some permission slip.  So if the seller writes a letter and says I don’t think my agent needs to take any more CE.  Does that mean the agent is now exempt from CE?

Doris Snipp on 08/25/2016

The seller signing a document that he knows the assistant has not undergone a criminal background check and the property only holding personal effects is a consumer unaware.  (Does a Realtor not have to under go background checks if the seller signs a letter to the same affect or if Realtors only show vacant homes? ).  Showing a home is when a Realtor has the opportunity to answer important questions by prospects that may lead to a sell. There is a fiduciary duty to a seller. I do not believe the consumer is aware of the impact a silent person opening the door can have on the sale.  Why not just put a code box on the home and give the buyers a code to unlock the door?  Starting down this path leads to banks hiring people as employees to show and then handling the rest themselves. This is what they have wanted all along. Then Realtors are not there to protect the consumers interest any more than when they did away with the HUD.

Richard Weeks on 08/25/2016

I think the changes are great.  In particular prohibiting unlicensed individuals from showing properties.

DIANA ALDERMAN on 08/25/2016

I do not support a reduction in Salesman License Renewal.


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