Assistance Animals and Landlords' Insurance

Can Landlords Limit Certain Dog Breeds Because of Insurance?I manage a property with a no-pets polic...

What's the Correct Way for the Seller to Terminate a Contract?

How to Give Notice Your Seller Is Terminating the ContractListing brokers and agents ask the best wa...

When Landowners May Need Permission to Access Their Own Private Property

Some landowners in Texas cannot access their landlocked property from a public road without crossing...

Who Gets to Opt Out of Broker Responsibility Course?

If I’m a broker who’s exempt from continuing education requirements, do I still have to take the...

Get an Overview of New Tax Law

The National Association of REALTORS® published a four-video series about new tax laws for 2018. Yo...

What are the Rules About Sponsored Luncheons That Offer CE?

Can a brokerage allow a mortgage company to sponsor a luncheon that offers CE for its agents?It depe...

Help Landowners With Pumpkin Patches and Tree Farms Reduce Their Risk

Hunting, fishing, bird watching, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree farms are just a few ways Texas...

What Happens When the Seller Can't Find His Survey?

My client has a contract to purchase a home. The One to Four Family Residential Contract has Paragra...

Does Your Seller Have a Duty to Update a Disclosure With New Information?

What to Know if the Seller's Disclosure Needs to be RevisedWhen your seller client fills out the Sel...

What Fees Do You Owe When You Terminate an Agent's Independent Contractor Agreement?

I’m a broker and I recently terminated the services of one of my agents who signed the TAR indepen...

What Does Well Water Have to Do With Your E&O Insurance?

By Chad Wenzelspratt, Lee Santos E&O Case Study: When the Well Water Isn’t EnoughA real estate ag...

How to Create an Agency Relationship with a Buyer

Is having a signed written agreement, such as TAR’s Residential Buyer/Tenant Representation Agreem...

What "Non-Disclosure" Doesn't Mean for Reporting Prices to the MLS

Do I have to report my client's sales price to the MLS?Yes. MLS rules state that sales of listed pro...

Can Your Seller Tell You Not to Cooperate With a Particular Firm?

My seller told me I cannot cooperate with a particular firm regarding her listing. Can the seller do...

Quiz: Do You Need a Real Estate License To Do That?

Quiz: Is a Real Estate License Required?Test how familiar you are with the Texas Real Estate Commiss...

Can Offers of Compensation in the MLS Be Conditional?

From the Legal Hotline: MLS OffersWe sometimes get calls about whether listing brokers can make offe...

When to use the Addendum for Back-Up Contract

A seller is under contract to sell his property. The Addendum for Sale of Other Property by Buyer is...

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...