What Happened at TREC's November Meeting

The Texas Real Estate Commission met November 19. The full agenda and materials are available at TRE...

Watch: Difference Between Service and Emotional Support Animals

Whether an animal is defined as an assistance, service, or emotional can be a point of confusion for...

Which Fee Section Applies in the Farm and Ranch Contract?

The Farm and Ranch Contract (TXR 1701) has two sections on page 9 related to fees: a Ratification of...

Is It Time to Renew Your DMCA Agent Registration?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) online agent directory, which can protect you from claim...

From the Legal Hotline: Does Extending the Closing Date Extend a Contingency Date?

Members have called regarding situations where a contract is signed with an attached Addendum for ...

Was That Conversation Really Private?

As smart-home technology becomes more prevalent in homes, buyer’s agents should be mindful of wher...

Can Your Unlicensed Assistant Do That?

Along with setting rules for licensees, the Texas Real Estate Commission also governs what your unli...

Legal Webinar: Risks to Sellers of Smart-Home Tech

Many homeowners have installed smart-home devices that allow them to see or hear what's going on in ...

What Should You Do With an Unresolved Earnest-Money Dispute?

My client’s contract to sell his home fell through, and the buyer and seller disagree over who is ...

Watch: Why You Need a Written Buyer's Representation Agreement

While it's possible to have an agency relationship without a written agreement, there are multiple r...

Avoid Trouble From Copyright Infringement With DMCA Safe-Harbor Provision

A member of Texas REALTORS® was sued recently because the member’s brokerage website was displayi...

Get Insights Into Disciplinary Actions From TREC

You can learn from others’ mistakes by browsing the latest disciplinary actions taken by the Texas...

What Kind of Documentation Can Prove the Need for an Assistance Animal?

If a tenant requests a reasonable accommodation for an assistance animal, but the disability or the ...

What Happens if a Contract Term Is Left Blank?

A term left blank in a contract does not automatically equal a zero value, nor that the section is n...

Does a Property Manager Have to Disclose the Owner's Name?

REALTORS® acting as property managers sometimes ask if they are required to disclose the name of ...

Your Forms: Information Regarding Property Near an International Border

For certain counties located near an international border, Texas law may prohibit the sale of a prop...

What to do if Clients Have Questions About the Updated Seller’s Disclosure Notice

The revised version of the Seller's Disclosure Notice (TXR 1406) includes new questions about floodi...

How the Late-Fee Bill Affects Rentals in Texas

Senate Bill 1414, which Texas REALTORS® supported in the 2019 legislative session, goes into effect...

Where to Get Your Texas REALTORS® Forms

Texas REALTORS® has created more than 130 real estate contracts and forms for exclusive for use by ...

Updated Seller’s Disclosure Notice Available August 1

The 86th Texas Legislature passed two bills that add questions to the Seller’s Disclosure Notice (...