This August brought our great state to a new measure of disaster with the devastation leveled on our coastline by Hurricane Harvey. These events bring out the best in us and in our fellow REALTOR® families. The first thing asked by many is “How can we help?”
The Texas REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund is the best way to assist and to get assistance, both for Texas REALTORS® and for the communities hit by this disaster. Visit the Texas Realtors Disaster Relief page to help or to get help as needed.
If you just want to help, visit TexasRealEstate.com/Relief, or send checks to:
Texas Association of REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund
P.O. Box 2246
Austin, Texas 78768
Questions about donating? Email Susan Chichester
Here’s more valuable information for Texas REALTORS®:
Don’t miss the chance to have your voice heard.
October is the month to prepare for voting. As Texas REALTORS®, we are dedicated to ensuring that the Texas Legislature is proactive in supporting our communities and protecting the rights of private property owners and small businesses all around our great state.
That means that you also must be proactive! How? Register to vote and keep your registration updated, take action when opportunity arises, and set yourself as the source of information on how to register, when and where to vote, and know what the hot topics are.
Visit votetexas.gov to learn how to be proactive, then take a look at texansforprop2.com to learn about the campaign being supported by Texas REALTORS® in the upcoming election. The Proposition 2 Toolkit is also a great resource to help get the information to your consumers. Be Proactive!
Dates to remember
- Monday, Oct. 23-Early voting begins
- Friday, Nov. 3-Early voting ends
- Tuesday, Nov. 7-Election Day
Why TREPAC Matters
TREPAC has a long history of defending your earnings and preserving the health of the Texas real estate industry. Every dollar you invest in TREPAC is used to ensure that the voice of Texas REALTORS® is always loud and clear. We speak, not only in defense of the real estate industry, but as a strong voice for real property owners throughout the state of Texas.
You can see the impact of your Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee over the years at this link to the TREPAC Timeline.
Find out how much you save with your $35 Fair Share contribution by logging in at this link.
TREC proposes several rule changes
On August 7, the Texas Real Estate Commission adopted amendments to existing rules and proposed several new rules. Check out the blog posts linked below to learn how each proposal could affect your business. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your feedback on these proposals with TREC.
- Does your linked IABS form comply with TREC rules? New proposal aims to clarify what’s required
- Proposed changes to the requirements for the Consumer Protection Notice
- Rule amendment that would affect availability of TAR forms
- Proposed limits for when lawyers can draft contracts for principals who aren’t their clients
- TREC proposes a new advertising rule, adopts revisions to existing rule
- TREC proposes two new forms
- Proposed changes to statements for all BPOs and CMAs
What’s happening with flood insurance?
The National Flood Insurance program is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017 unless Congress reauthorizes the program. Past lapses in the program have delayed or cancelled an estimated 14,000 real estate transactions, so it's vital that this program be reauthorized to protect buyers and sellers. The National Association of REALTORS® has been actively working with members of Congress to ensure strong pro-consumer legislation is passed, but Congress needs to hear from you, too.
Visit texasreatlestate.com/action to send your message to Congress now!
And visit texasrealestate.com/NFIP for several helpful resources from NAR, TAR, and FEMA.
Revised Seller’s Disclosure Notice
As a result of HB 890, TREC form 1406, Seller’s Disclosure Notice, has been revised. TAR Senior Associate Counsel, Abby Lee, advises that “the new form must be used in transactions where the real estate sales contract is executed on or after Sept. 1, 2017” (use of the form was optional for contracts executed prior to that date). The new form is available on the TAR Blank forms page and in the zipForm library.
Click here to read more about this bill and other real estate successes from the legislative session.
REALTOR® Safety Program
As part of NAR’s ongoing efforts to keep our members safe, and to strengthen the REALTOR® Safety Program, September has been dedicated as REALTOR® Safety Month.
Knowledge. Awareness. Empowerment. These are the core components of REALTOR® Safety. And helping our members understand the risks they face can mean the difference between life and death.
To help remind us to know the dangers we face every day, to be aware of our surroundings, and empower ourselves with precautions and preparations so that we can avoid risky situations, and as part of NAR's ongoing efforts to keep our members safe, we dedicate September to kick off safety efforts. This is just the start of our commitment to empowering our members. NAR has also developed REALTOR® Safety materials for use throughout year, including:
· New webinars on REALTOR® Safety, presented by industry experts.
· Quarterly safety messages focusing on seasonal tips for on the job and at home
· Expansion of client safety materials and resources, including a Member Safety Report
Customize Your Safety Strategy
Many of the materials provided here are meant for AEs and brokerage offices. However, you can develop your own safety strategy if you work in a smaller office. The full safety presentation can be broken out into three separate sessions, and you can add the banner ads, widgets and other content to your home page. Let other members know about the free webinars, videos, forms and more.