Do Brokers Who Don't Sponsor Agents Need A Written Policies and Procedures Manual?

I know that Texas Real Estate Commission rules require a broker to maintain written policies and pro...

What Makes a Room a Bedroom?

Does That Count as a Bedroom?There’s no single legal definition for a bedroom in Texas. The Intern...

What Notice Is Required When Evicting a Tenant

How much notice does a landlord have to provide a tenant prior to filing an eviction?It depends on t...

Can Emails and Text Messages Create a Binding Contract?

You know clients can sign contracts using services like Digital Ink and DocuSign. But can your clien...

What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know About Testing for Plumbing Leaks

Testing for Plumbing LeaksSome buyers want an inspection of a home’s sanitary drain system to dete...

What Landowners Need To Know About Their Liability for Trespassers

Are Landowners Liable for Trespassers' Injuries?Under Texas law, landowners owe different duties to ...

Answers to Common Questions About "Coming Soon" Listings

Some multiple listing services have added an option for brokers to list properties as coming soon, ...

How to Calculate the Earnest Money Deadline in the Residential Contract

There's now a strict three-day deadline to deliver earnest money in the One to Four Family Residenti...

Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act reinstated

A law that expired in December 2014 was restored this month. The Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure A...

Extending the Option Period Because the Seller Hasn't Turned on the Power

My buyer client is on the eighth day of his 10-day termination-option period, and the seller still h...

Handling Security Deposits When You've Been Terminated by the Landlord

I was managing a property, and the owner terminated the management agreement effective today. A tena...

Do I Have to Re-Key the Locks for a Temporary Lease?

My client accepted an offer on his property from buyers who asked to move in 30 days before closing....

When the Client Won't Accept the Property As-Is

My client won't accept the property “as is.” He wants to wait until after the inspection to list...

Do You Know the Answer to These 6 Common Legal Hotline Questions?

Besides your broker, where do you turn for trustworthy information about real estate transactions? E...

When Death Affects Your Business

What Happens When Your Broker Dies?You might not want to think about it, but accidents and illnesses...

How to Handle Violence in Rental Properties

A tenant in one of my properties says he has been assaulted by another occupant and wants to vacate ...

Potential Pitfalls of Occupancy Limits in Rental Properties

The owner of the rental property I manage wants to limit the number of people who can live in the pr...

Can She Offer Expensive Gifts as Incentives?

An agent in town advertises that she will give away expensive spa gift certificates to anyone who li...

Updates to Model Brokerage Policies & Procedures Manual and Broker Responsibility Guide

The association has revised its Broker Responsibility Guide and Model Brokerage Policies and Procedu...

Can Tenants Change Who is on the Lease?

Tenants on a lease can be amended during a lease term with the Lease Amendment Concerning Tenant Cha...