Why Disclosing Information About Lead-Based Paint is Important

What are the consequences if a seller, landlord, or agent fails to comply with lead-based paint disc...

Lender-Required Repairs and Paragraph 7E

Contract Closeup: When the Lender Requires RepairsEven if the parties are happy with the condition o...

What To Do When Presented With an Outdated Form

I received an offer on one of my listings, but included in the offer were forms drafted using outdat...

Did Facebook Violate the Fair Housing Act?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week filed a formal complaint against Face...

Will the Fridge Convey if it Wasn't In the Contract?

A seller authorized me to advertise in the MLS that her refrigerator conveys with the sale. But when...

Where not to put Commission Amounts in the Residential Contract

From the Legal Hotline: The Wrong Place for Commission Negotiations We sometimes get callers who as...

How To Determine the Effective Date for the One to Four Family Residential Contract

To calculate the dates for most periods of performance in the One to Four Family Residential Contrac...

How to Extend an Option Period

It’s the last day of my buyer’s option period. The buyer and seller are still negotiating repair...

How Well Do You Know the One to Four Contract?

One of the most commonly used forms among Texas REALTORS® is the One to Four Family Residential Con...

Choose From These 3 Notices When Selling a Home in a Municipal Utility District

I've heard that a seller whose home is located in a municipal utility district, or MUD, is required ...

Where Your Buyer's Option Money Needs To Go

Should I deliver my buyer’s option money to the title company?No. The TREC residential contract st...

What Brokers Need To Know About Independent Contractors

How can I help make clear to the IRS that my agents are independent contractors, not employees?One w...

What's Required to Restrict Concealed and Open Carry on a Property

Can landlords ban concealed carry and open carry from their property?Yes. Landlords can give verbal ...

Can My Agent Work Part Time for a Builder?

One of the agents I sponsor wants to also work part time selling homes for a local home builder. Are...

Does a Landlord Have to Cover Tenants' Lodging Costs During a Property Repair?

A tenant notified me yesterday that his water heater stopped working. A repairman came to the proper...

Can the Seller Terminate the Contract Over Amendment Negotiations?

After my buyer completed his inspection, he sent the seller an amendment to ask for several repairs....

Does a Landlord Have To Replace Windows Damaged in a Burglary?

The tenant of a property I manage told me someone shattered a window while trying to break into his ...

What Your Commercial Buyer Should Know About Conducting a Feasibility Study When the Property Is Sold "As-Is"

Commercial: The seller of a commercial property has rejected my client's offer to purchase that prop...

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...