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Looking for tips about buying, selling, or leasing property? Market data? How about information about issues affecting homeowners in Texas? Check out the Advice for Consumers blog.

If you’re a Texas REALTOR® and want legal updates and business tips to better serve your clients and succeed, visit the Advice for Texas REALTORS® blog.

Advice for Consumers

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No credit score? There’s a new automated home loan option for you

Freddie Mac has automated the assessment process for borrowers without credit scores if they meet certain criteria.

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Don’t be fooled by these 3 selling myths

Here are three of the top misconceptions about selling a home.

How to judge the energy efficiency of a house

Clues to how much you'll spend on a property's utility bills.

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Advice for Texas REALTORS®

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Your clients could be saving money on landscape watering

A tool from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension can send automated recommendations about how much water is needed for landscaping.

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Who signs the lead-based paint addendum first?

The seller has an obligation to provide information about any known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards.

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Can you refuse to rent to smokers?

If you institute a no-smokers policy, be sure to enforce it consistently.

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Texas Real Estate Advocate

Texas RECap: 3 bills in 3 minutes

This week's Texas RECap video highlights three bills filed by the 85th Texas Legislature related to property taxes.

Texas RECap: What’s happening to your business this year?

The latest Texas RECap comes to you from the Texas REALTORS® Winter Meeting, where attendees heard from experts in school finance, transportation, and federal tax issues.

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TAR commends Gov. Abbott’s support of property tax reform

Gov. Greg Abbott included property tax reform among his priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.

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