Issue
Our association is committed to ensuring the highest standard of service by Texas real estate license holders. Each legislative session, the association helps update and modernize consumer-protection standards and the Texas Real Estate License Act, which allows for a more efficient system.

In 2018, the Texas Real Estate Commission underwent review by the Texas Sunset Commission. The Sunset Commission issued a report in October listing recommendations to improve the service TREC provides to license holders and consumers.

What does this mean for the real estate industry?
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) licenses and regulates real estate brokers, salespersons, inspectors, and other related professionals. High standards for real estate professionals ensure the industry’s continued success.

The Texas REALTOR® position
Our association supports legislation that facilitates the administration of the commission and eliminates certain inefficient provisions in the law, when identified. We agree with the Sunset Commission’s recommendations.

Legislative outlook
Our association works closely with TREC to identify inefficient and outdated real estate law. We expect lawmakers to consider legislation to address the Sunset Commission’s recommendations.

Historical perspective
In 2011, during the 82nd legislative session, lawmakers passed SB 1000 designating TREC as a self-directed, semi-independent state agency. This status meant TREC would no longer be subject to the legislative budget or appropriations process at the Legislature—instead, the agency conducts business using the licensing fees it collects. Also in 2011, SB 747 focused on better preparing license holders to represent consumers in real estate transactions and ensuring education for applicants and license holders is targeted and of the highest quality.

In 2013, HB 2911 amended the law to require real estate inspectors to have the same education and license-renewal requirements as the Texas Real Estate Commission’s others license holders and addressed issues regarding errors and omissions insurance coverage and the real estate inspection recovery fund.

In 2015, SB 699 clarified TREC regulations, explained situations that would require license revocation, created procedures for actions brought against real estate brokers and sales agents, and amended the requirements for licenses, fees, and education.

In 2018, Sunset Commission staff evaluated TREC and made recommendations to the Sunset Advisory Commission. The commission adopted recommendations for the full Legislature to consider.