The right way to use Spanish translations of TAR forms

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06/26/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

I’m working with a prospective buyer who only speaks Spanish and has his son translate to English. I know the Texas Association of REALTORS® provides Spanish translations of some forms, like the Residential Buyer/Tenant Representation Agreement and One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale). Can I just have my client sign the Spanish versions of these forms? 

No. The Texas Association of REALTORS® provides Spanish translations for informational purposes only. You can provide a Spanish translation to help explain the contract terms, but you should ensure that your client understands he must sign the English version. There’s even a disclaimer in English and Spanish at the bottom of all of TAR’s Spanish translations that states the English version of the form must be provided to the consumer and the translation may not be used in lieu of the English version. 

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Mike McEwen on 01/31/2017

The one to four uses the term “adición” when it is trying to say subdivision in Spanish.  The Spanish word for subdivision is “fraccionamiento”

Carlos Enrique Almeida on 01/30/2017


Mike McEwen on 07/07/2015

Yo podría participar.  It would take a team in order to have a consensus, as there are many ways to say the same thing.

Ezequiel Quijano on 07/06/2015

DISCLOSURE: Yes, I’m a Realtor, but I’m also a professional translator (English/Spanish), so this is a request for information: If anyone knows who I can contact to offer translation services to TREC, I’ll appreciate any pointers!

Monica U Garcia on 07/02/2015

Yes, the Spanish-speaking population of Texas clearly deserves the respect of our industry, at least demonstrated in materials written in appropriate, good Spanish.

Mike McEwen on 07/02/2015

I see “libre” used instead of “gratis” all the time.  Speaking of different words in different countries, some Spanish women once said to me:  ¿A qué se dedica?  I said “Bienes (sometimes w/ “y”) raíces¨.”  They said “Qué es eso.”.  So, instead of using the Mexican term I used the Spanish (Spain) term “bienes imobiliarios”.  Then they understood.  In England elevators are called lifts.

Claudio Andrade on 07/02/2015

True, the translation is very poor, when will that be taken care of?

Yolanda Magaña on 07/02/2015

I agree. Translating to Spanish does not require a degree but it does require common sense and higher command of the language. I have seen several errors in important documents and in public places posters that were clearly translated using a literal translation. And that unfortunately takes away credibility from the document or establishment in cuestion.  We also have to take into consideration that the different Spanish speaking countries have different meaning for the exact same word. And that in itself is an enormous point of concern when translating.

Mike McEwen on 06/26/2015

There are many technical errors in the forms translations because the translator(s) failed to use the correct meaning for some words; an English word, when translated into Spanish can have more than one meaning and, if the translator is not technically proficient, he may use the wrong word.  For example the word for job application in Spanish is not “aplicación”.  In Spanish constipation means stopped up nose.

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