A Texas broker starts her day with a cup of coffee and this magazine. She learns new information about properties with coming soon status in the MLS, but wants clarification about a coming soon issue her agent asked about yesterday.

She leaves a message for the Texas REALTORS® Legal Hotline (at 800-873-9155), and then logs on to texasrealestate.com to access zipForm, which she uses to complete a new Residential Real Estate Listing Agreement-Exclusive Right to Sell (TAR 1101). Data she pulled from the Texas REALTORS® MarketViewer helped her land this new listing. (Learn more about MarketViewer here.)

A few hours later, an attorney from the Legal Hotline returns her call and answers her coming soon question.

On her way to lead her brokerage’s weekly meeting, she stops by Office Depot/OfficeMax to pick up a print job and pays half the regular price by using her Texas REALTORS® discount card. (Get your card at texasrealestate.com/card.)

During the meeting, she passes around copies of an article with tips for gaining leads (page 20 of the May issue.) She discusses the coming soon information, then she tells her agents about an easy way to protect their income and keep their industry healthy: vote for the TREPAC-supported candidates they can easily find on texasrealtorssupport.com.

Before ending the meeting, she encourages those agents who don’t have their GRI designation to look at the dates for the upcoming GRI: Real Estate Brokerage course being offered as a Texas REALTORS® broadcast class.

Stories like this one play out for REALTORS® across Texas every day. This is just the tip of the iceberg of member benefits you receive as a Texas REALTOR®. You may not even be aware of some of the ways you have benefitted from your membership, like when association funds and efforts defeated an onerous sign ordinance in your area … or the precedent-setting court victory that lessens the chances of any Texas REALTOR® facing a frivolous lawsuit related to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

If you want to learn more about what the association provides to you, go to texasrealestate.com/benefits … or just come talk to me or any other member of the Leadership Team. You can always reach out to me via email. Better yet—come visit with us in person at the Texas REALTORS® Conference and Trade Expo from September 7 to 10 in San Antonio. I hope to see you there.

–Kaki Lybbert