May 16, 2018

The Spring Education Menu is Here!-DFW

Spring is here and it’s time for the new Independence Title Education Menu!  We have some exciting new classes and updates for you. UPDATED! Facebook for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | Course#31968 What is your main goal when using Facebook? Engaging with clients? Marketing listings? Our goal is to help you overcome the challenges […]

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The Spring Education Menu is Here!-San Antonio

Spring is here and it’s time for the new Independence Title Education Menu!  We have some exciting new classes and updates for you. UPDATED! Facebook for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | Course#31968 What is your main goal when using Facebook? Engaging with clients? Marketing listings? Our goal is to help you overcome the challenges […]

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The Spring Education Menu is Here!-Austin

Spring is here and it’s time for the new Independence Title Education Menu!  We have some exciting new classes and updates for you. UPDATED! Facebook for Real Estate | 1 HR CE | Course#31968 What is your main goal when using Facebook? Engaging with clients? Marketing listings? Our goal is to help you overcome the challenges […]

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April 2, 2018

Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Now a City of Austin Requirement

By Cassandra Majors After I smoked my last cigarette five years ago, I quickly mutated into a twitchy, manic, raging lunatic for the next two weeks. I came up with 100 creative ways to murder most of the people who crossed my path during that time, mostly for minor infractions like taking too long at […]

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March 12, 2018

How Many Changes Have You Seen? What You Need to Know About the TREC Contract Changes

If you’ve been a Realtor® for several years, you’ve probably seen a few iterations of the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) contract forms. TREC strives to listen to input from license holders and to continually improve the forms that are used for Texas real estate transactions. Improvement usually means change, and change means there are […]

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February 15, 2018

Does Your Social Media Need A TREC Check Up?

Is it us or do the TREC requirements for posting the IABS and Consumer Protection Notice on social media seem a little confusing?  “So what exactly DOES TREC want from me?  Am I compliant?”  These are questions we are asked often. We all know TREC is asking that the Information About Brokerage Service and Consumer […]

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January 16, 2018

The MUD Mystery

There’s one sentence in one section of the contract that always ruffles everyone’s feathers whenever we teach our class Navigating the 1-to-4 Family Contract. The last sentence of section 6 E(3) Statutory Tax District states that the seller must deliver the buyer a statutory tax district notice, i.e. a MUD or WCID notice.  This is […]

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January 4, 2018

It’s a Weird, Weird World of Real Estate Out There

By Cassandra Majors Texas real estate can be pretty weird. In the rest of the country, for example, the idea of paying a seller a small fee in exchange for giving the potential buyers a window of time in which they can just change their fickle minds and walk away scot-free (the “option period”) sounds […]

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December 7, 2017

TREC 3-Day Rule Update

At the TREC Commission meeting on November 13th, the Texas Association of Realtors, along with concerned real estate professionals around the state, sent in letters to express concerns about the proposed three-day requirement for delivery of earnest money (Paragraph 5). In the revised standard TREC contracts, the proposed language currently reads, “Within 3 days after […]

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November 30, 2017

Has the Texas Real Estate Market Slowed?

by Mark Sprague I am frequently asked if the Texas real estate market has slowed. In this piece I’ll explain the state of the market and try to answer this question. First, some context. Austin real estate has been traveling at light speed with over 60% appreciation on residential real estate in the last ten […]

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November 20, 2017

Rising Interest Rates Bring Challenges and Opportunities

The Federal Reserve announced on November 1st that interest rates will remain unchanged, for now. However, analysts are all but certain that the Federal Reserve will raise rates in December, and four more times in 2018. Economic growth remained at a robust 3% in the third quarter, even with the losses from Hurricanes Harvey and […]

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November 8, 2017

You’re Killing Me, Sales!

By Cassandra Majors Whether or not you were the right age to see the cult classic coming-of-age movie The Sandlot, you’ve probably had this iconic line thrown at you whenever an 80s or 90s kid is annoyed with you: “You’re killing me, Smalls!” The most important plot-driver in the film is a lack of baseballs. […]

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October 2, 2017

The Economic Impact of Hurricane Harvey

By Mark Sprague and Cassandra Majors Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the Texas coast, and we’re only beginning to imagine the full economic impact for the region in the years of recovery ahead. 2017’s hurricane season is only the 17th deadliest since the death tolls were first tracked in the year 1900, but it’s already […]

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September 27, 2017

[San Antonio] New Fall Education Menus!

As summer ends, we start getting excited about kids going back to school, leaves falling, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, the new Independence Title Education Menu. Below are the new, exciting classes we now offer. If you’d like to order a printed copy of the menu or to schedule a class, please contact your […]

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[DFW] New Fall Education Menus!

As summer ends, we start getting excited about kids going back to school, leaves falling, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, the new Independence Title Education Menu. Below are the new, exciting classes we now offer. If you’d like to order a printed copy of the menu or to schedule a class, please contact your […]

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[AUSTIN] New Fall Education Menus!

As summer ends, we start getting excited about kids going back to school, leaves falling, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, the new Independence Title Education Menu. Below are the new, exciting classes we now offer. If you’d like to order a printed copy of the menu or to schedule a class, please contact your […]

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September 20, 2017

Mommy, Where Do Buyers Come From?

By Cassandra Majors, Independence Title Well, honey, you see…when two people love each other very, very much, sometimes the Home-Buying Stork brings them their very own bundle of joy…along with a huge chunk out of their savings, a Russian novel’s worth of legal disclosures, and 30 years of debt. But how does the stork find […]

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September 12, 2017

Why the Question “When Will Austin’s Bubble Burst?” Just Won’t Seem to Die

by Cassandra Majors, Independence Title Ever since the meteoric rise of Austin’s real estate market in the last two decades, I’ve heard the same question asked in many different ways, from many different people. It usually takes one of three forms: 1. Is Austin in a real estate bubble? 2. When will Austin’s real estate […]

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August 31, 2017

Let’s Zip Through the Changes to zipForm Plus

Have you noticed the “Try New Plus” button when you log into zipforms Plus?  They’ve made some changes and improvements to the platform. What’s New in zipForm Plus? Agent Dashboard: zipForm Plus has a new platform design! Not only does your homepage look different, but it feels different too. The dashboard is both interactive and responsive: it […]

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August 16, 2017

Proposed TREC Changes to Contract Require Earnest Money to Be Delivered in 3 Days

With a list of proposed TREC contract changes up for discussion, have you ever wondered how TREC decides when to change the promulgated forms? Typically, the forms are revised every other year following the Texas Legislative Session. TREC’s Broker Lawyer Committee meets first, and their proposed changes are discussed at the August TREC Commission meeting. […]

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