New COVID-19 Form for Members of Texas REALTORS®

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented uncertainty for Texas real estate transactions. Volun...

Can a Seller Finance a Buyer's Purchase?

Yes. However, seller financing is subject to state and federal laws. The Texas Real Estate Commissio...

Who Owns the Listing Photos?

The Texas REALTORS® Legal Department created model policies to help you establish rights regarding ...

Protect Your Sellers in HOA Situations

Depending on the option chosen in Paragraph A of the Addendum for Property Subject to Mandatory Memb...

What to do if an Unrepresented Buyer Inquires About Your Listing

What should I do if I’m representing a seller and an unrepresented buyer who does not want to be r...

Your Hotline Calls are Answered Faster Than Ever

24 Seconds That’s how short the average hold time was for members calling the Texas REALTORS® Le...

From the Legal Hotline: How Far in the Future Can the Closing Date of a Contract Be Set?

We’ve been asked if the closing date for a residential contract can be set a year after the exec...

How Do You Get the Info for a Backup Contract?

My client wants to submit a backup offer on a home that already has a contract pending. How do I get...

How to Handle a Commercial Referral

Should I handle the referral any differently if I'm making a referral to a commercial broker?A refer...

What Makes a Website Accessible?

REALTORS® in Texas have received demand letters alleging their brokerage websites are in violation ...

Comment on Changes Proposed to 2 Forms

Due to NAR’s adoption of MLS Statement 8.08, the Clear Cooperation Policy, the following two Texas...

Can a Buyer Deliver the Termination Option Fee to the Title Company?

Delivering the termination option fee to the title company puts the buyer at risk of not having an u...

From the Hotline: When to Provide the Seller's Disclosure Notice

Callers have been confused about when sellers must provide the Seller’s Disclosure Notice to buy...

How an Ag Land Sale and Grazing Lease Went Wrong

A verbal agreement, a dispute about terms, cattle in distress—a recent case brought before the Aus...

Is the Texas Drone Law Unconstitutional?

The Texas Legislature in 2013 passed the Use of Unmanned Aircraft statute, which lists legal and ill...

Use This Form When a Third Party Needs to Guarantee a Lease

When you have prospective tenants who may not meet qualifications to sign the lease on their own—l...

Fast Answers to 8 Legal Questions

The Legal Topics Explained video series offers simple explanations of common legal issues in less th...

Here Are the Top TREC Complaints From the Past Year

Negligence, rebate, referral, earnest money, and other sales issues were the highest types of compla...

From the Legal Hotline: What Happens to the Option Fee for Buyers in Backup Positions?

We often get asked about the option fee with a “back-up” contract. If buyers submit a backup o...

Model Brokerage Policies and Procedures Manual Updated for 2020

Texas REALTORS® legal staff has updated the Model Brokerage Policies and Procedures Manual for 2020...