By championing property tax reform as the No. 1 priority during the Texas Legislature‘s special session, Gov. Greg Abbott and state Senate leaders have diverted everyone’s attention from the most urgent issue – public school funding, which is our largest property tax burden.
WASHINGTON — Sales of existing homes in May fell for the third time in the past five months, with the weakness led by a big drop in demand in the Northeast.
The National Association of Realtors reported today that sales of previously owned homes dropped by 1.2 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6.67 million units.
Three massive cranes departed China on Sunday and are en route to Barbours Cut Container Terminal.
Standing 270 feet tall from dock to apex, these cranes will be used to unload the increasingly large container ships that call on Port Houston. They are expected to arrive in Houston in early October, according to a Port Houston spokeswoman.
By Ileana Najarro
Lamonte Waits, owner of Boogie’s BBQ catering service and restaurant in Missouri City, used to offer the lowest possible bid for his signature burgers and Chicago-style ribs. He figured a low price would secure a contract, even if the pay wasn’t great.
By Rahul Patel
Property taxes are a red-hot topic this summer across Texas.
More than 20 related bills have been filed for the Texas Legislature’s special session. Efforts to legislate tighter limits on how local property taxes can increase without a public vote have sparked heated arguments.
Texas has a history of being a predominately red state, but Jeffrey Payne wants to change that. That’s why the Dallas Democrat is running for governor against one of the most popular and well-funded incumbents in recent memory.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged members of his new voter fraud commission to approach their task with “a very open mind,” despite having spent months making unfounded claims without evidence that millions of fraudulent ballots had been cast against him.
The chair of a House oversight committee wants more information about potential “misconduct” that occurred at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
AUSTIN, Tex. — When Texas lawmakers gather here for the start of a 30-day special legislative session on Tuesday morning, they will most likely decide the fate of the Texas version of North Carolina’s bitterly divisive legislation regulating the access of transgender people to public bathrooms.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he’s calling lawmakers back for a special legislative session starting July 18. Here’s what he’s committed to adding to the call.
And they’re back: State lawmakers return to the Capitol today to tackle business left unfinished during a divisive legislative session that ended in May. But a seven-week break doesn’t appear to have mended their ill will.
Texas Democrats may not have a full statewide slate yet, but they are seeing early and intense interest in several congressional races.
U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, posted a strong first fundraising quarter as a Senate candidate.
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TREC will emphasize enforcing IABS form rules
Texas law requires all agents and brokers provide written notice regarding information about brokerage services at the first substantive communication with a prospective client, but not enough license holders are following the law. See what Texas Real Estate Commission Chairman Avis Wukasch has to say about the issue and get more details on how to comply.
Make multiple-offer situations go smoothly
How do you manage multiple offers? One Texas Association of REALTORS® instructor says getting it right starts with the listing presentation. Learn how to work with your sellers by managing their expectations, finding out when and how they want you to respond to offers, and more.
How do you network with other REALTORS®?
Texas REALTOR® magazine editors want to know how you’ve grown your network of fellow REALTORS® and how it’s helped your business. Share your experience with Texas REALTOR® editors by email or leave us a voicemail at 512-829-7130.
The new laws that will affect your business
Read a recap of what happened during the 85th Texas Legislature and what it means for real estate.
You’re invited: Texas YPN hosts 2017 Texas REALTORS® Conference event for all
The Texas Young Professionals Network (YPN) will host a series of events on Sunday, September 10, open to all attendees of the 2017 Texas REALTORS® Conference, including a YPN education session from 1 to 3 p.m., a Trade Expo treasure hunt with free drinks at 5 p.m., and a YPN social from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Go to texasrealtorsconference.com to learn more about this year’s conference from September 8 to 11 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
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Governor Abbott Has Signed HB 890
HB 890 amends the Seller’s Disclosure to add a general notice that a property may be located near a military installation and/or in a zone where high operational noise levels or installation compatible use restrictions may apply. The notice also directs a potential buyer to a local area impact study to obtain more information.
Home buyers should specifically be made aware of the large number of highly-valued military installations in various locations across Texas and the potential impact of each facility’s operations on any nearby housing. This added notice attempts to accomplish both of these goals.
A revised TREC Seller Disclosure Notice form containing this new requirement will be available on the TREC website prior to September 1, 2017.
It’s true that three of the Republican incumbents in the Texas congressional delegation live in districts where Donald Trump lost, but unless judges change the state’s political maps, two of those districts are still dominated by the GOP.