How TREC’s new proposal affects unlicensed assistants

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12/08/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

The Texas Real Estate Commission adopted a rule and proposed further rule changes that affect unlicensed assistants. Watch the latest Texas REALTOR® Magazine Minute below for a summary of TREC's actions, and read the full text of the rules on the Texas secretary of state's website. If you have comments on the proposed changes, submit them to the commission before Jan. 1, 2017—only 73 comments were received about the previous rule proposal, so any submissions carry significant weight.

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Debra A Hicks on 12/15/2016

Having a showing assistant absolutely is key in this market to get Buyers and Tenants in as fast as you can because the house won’t be there long in either lease or purchase.  The client feels great that they are being attended to as though they are the only clients you have because you can show them at THEIR convenience not when you get around to them.  Having some type of classroom and general information geared to showing would be great.  They are essential to serving clients the way we all want to be serviced in any business.

Ward Lowe on 12/09/2016

@kaye: Please send your comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The commission does not monitor this blog and only acknowledges comments sent to TREC. Only 73 comments were submitted during the past comment period, so every one does make a difference.

Richard Weeks on 12/09/2016

Kaye Davis should the assistant be fingerprinted and have a background check performed before or after they take the proposed certification?

Kaye Davis on 12/08/2016

The rule that prohibits unlicensed assistants to show homes unfairly and disproportionately effects property managers and will cost jobs.  It will also drive up the costs for owners of investment properties since property managers will have to pay more for assistants and some owners will start managing their own properties, costing licensed agents money and jobs.
At least, TREC should create a certification for showing assistants that requires only about 15 hours of education on safety, showing, etc. and not require a full license.

Laurie Howell on 12/08/2016

In showing multiple condos in one building, it would be helpful to have an assistant sitting in one condo with the ability to call and have you trade places, if there was an interested party on the property.  Also, in small neighborhoods where you have multiple properties within less than 5 minutes of each other, it would help to be able to use an assistant in the same manner.

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