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Category: Legal


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New fair-housing guidance for property managers and landlords

01/23/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

New regulations and guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development affect property management and leasing activities in a number of ways.

Categories: Property Management, Legal, Landlords

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What can my client do if the buyer’s lender won’t be ready for the closing date?

01/20/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Your seller has two options if the buyer's lender won't have the loan processed in time for the closing date.

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When is a short sale contract effective?

01/18/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

There is a contract between the buyer and the seller even if the sale is subject to the approval of the lender.

Categories: Legal

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Can sellers terminate their temporary lease early?

01/17/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Find out if they have this option.

Categories: Forms, Legal, Sellers

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When is the transaction considered closed and funded?

01/10/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Find out when delivering the property to the buyer "upon closing and funding" occurs.

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Does a sales contract terminate if the buyer misses the closing date?

01/06/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

A buyer might not be in default for failing to strictly comply with the closing date of a sales contract.

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Do heirs have to provide a seller’s disclosure notice?

01/03/2017 | Author: Legal staff

If a son and daughter inherit their mother's home, does the Texas Property Code exempt them from providing a seller's disclosure notice?

Categories: Legal

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What to do with the neighbor’s tree

12/29/2016 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

What does the law say about removing branches that cross property lines?

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Is the executor of an estate exempt from providing a seller’s disclosure notice?

12/21/2016 | Author: Legal Staff

Texas Property Code provides exemptions for who has to provide a seller's disclosure notice, but there are reasons to still disclose known material defects.

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TAR expresses concern about TREC’s proposed unlicensed-assistant rules

12/19/2016 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

The Texas Association of REALTORS® offers its opinion on rules affecting unlicensed assistants recently proposed by the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Categories: Legal