What You Should Know Before Accepting a Bonus

Can an agent accept a bonus directly from a client without the approval of their broker?No. A sales ...

What Happens When the Closing Date Passes

Is the contract automatically terminated if the closing date has passed? No. Generally, once the cl...

Your Free Guide to the One to Four Family Contract

Are you starting the new year as a new license holder? Or have you added a few agents to your broker...

TREC Rule Change Shortens Time Requirements for Delegated Supervisors

At its November meeting, the Texas Real Estate Commission shortened the time span that determines wh...

What are the Security Device Requirements for Rental Properties?

What type of locks are required for rental property? How often do those locks need to be rekeyed? Wh...

Is There A Difference Between Assistance, Service, and Emotional Support Animals?

Assistance animal is a blanket term that covers service animals and emotional support animals. When ...

What the Residential Lease Says About Utilities

Who Pays the Electric Bill?Paragraph 11 in the Residential Lease (TAR 2001) covers the landlord’s ...

5 New Members-Only Copyright Forms Available

The Texas REALTORS® Legal Department created model addenda and model policies to help you reduce yo...

Can Any Animal Be an Assistance Animal?

An assistance animal can be a service animal or an emotional support animal for a person with a disa...

When Should Option Fees and Earnest Money Be Delivered?

From the Legal Hotline: Delivering the Option Fee We often get questions about the different requir...

Why That Broker is Asking You for a W-9

The IRS requires paperwork for certain payments you make to other people. If you don’t know when ...

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...