April 27, 2017

Protect Your Money, and Your Dreams!

Are you dreaming of buying your first home? Or maybe you are dreaming of selling your current house so you can move to your dream home, or realize some other life goal? Look out, because there are well-organized criminals intent on making that dream impossible for you. They insinuate themselves into your real estate transaction […]

April 17, 2017

Utilizing the Stats Tab in Matrix

Do you love the monthly statistics Independence Title sends out but are constantly wishing you could have more narrow, specific statistics to use in your personal marketing?  Maybe you want to show a Seller the average list price compared to the average sales price specifically in his subdivision?  Or maybe you want to go even further […]

April 4, 2017

Introducing A New Member to the Education Team!

Spring is in full bloom here in Texas, as is the real estate market!  Our Education Team is busy educating Realtors on the most important information and topics in the industry.  The demand for our classes has prompted the expansion of our team.  We are excited to announce our new trainer, Kaitlyn Mandry, who be […]

March 7, 2017

New Document Upload in Matrix

Do you have questions about the new Document Upload in Matrix??  You’re not alone! The good news is, the Education Team at Independence Title is here to help you with the New Transaction Desk System. The document upload portion of the program is the only piece that you are required to use so we want […]

February 28, 2017

Tax Deduction Cheat Sheet for Real Estate Agents

It’s that dreaded time of year….  Tax Season.  As a real estate agent, it can get a little confusing as to what you can and can’t write off as a deduction.  We found this list posted on one of our favorite websites,  lightersideofrealestate.com, and wanted to share.  (If you are ever having a bad day […]

February 9, 2017

Translating Transaction Desk

If you’ve tried to upload documents to your listings in MLS in the past week, you’ve probably noticed a big change.  If you haven’t tried yet, get ready – it is now a completely different process.  The Austin Board of Realtors recently announced the release of an all-inclusive transaction management system called Transaction Desk available for […]

January 31, 2017

3 Key Elements to the Over 65 Property Tax Exemption

One of our favorite classes to present is Property Tax Chat. It’s not the most exhilarating topic on the Independence Title class menu. However, agents end up enjoying it and walk away with the valuable knowledge to add to their arsenal of information. In our class, the exemption that gets the most attention is the […]

January 19, 2017

Tech Tips For the New Year

As a continuation of our previous blog, New Year, New Goals – now is the time to reflect on 2016.  While looking back, do you see a lot of things that took your valuable time that shouldn’t have!?  We like to call those time bandits.  To help with these so-called time bandits, we’ve scoured the […]

January 10, 2017

New Year, New Goals

It’s the beginning of January and you are probably reflecting on 2016 analyzing what worked, what didn’t work and how you want to change in this brand-new year. This is the time of year when it traditionally makes sense to set new goals. You feel as if you have a clean slate, you are refreshed […]

January 4, 2017

Closing Costs….Who’s Responsible?

Every agent knows the excitement of clients purchasing a new home or clients finally selling their house. Then your clients ask you “What am I responsible for paying for at my closing?”  It can be difficult to explain everything that goes into closing costs so we created a new marketing piece called “Closing Costs…Who’s Responsible?” […]

December 6, 2016

What to Know When Selling a Smart Home

Smart home technology is becoming more and more popular among homeowners.  In fact, per a recent survey by HGTV, forty-six percent of consumers want their current or next home to have smart home technology.  These gadgets are beginning to reshape how homes operate, and they are influencing our industry such as staging homes, holding open houses, setting […]

November 2, 2016

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions

One of our favorite groups on Facebook is Tech Support for Real Estate.  This group allows you to post technical questions concerning the real estate industry letting others chime in on a solution or with their opinion.  Lately, a common question has been “What Chrome extensions can you not live without?” What is a Chrome extension you […]

October 24, 2016

Are You Utilizing Zillow’s Video Walk-through Feature?

Earlier this year, Zillow released a new feature allowing Realtors to post a “video walk-through” of their listings.  These video walkthroughs are soundless videos that are shot directly from the user’s smart phone via Zillow’s app.  They are capped at two minutes and no less than 10 seconds, so they are designed to be quick and best […]

October 11, 2016

New Classes for Abby Vasek!

Over the past year we at Independence Title have had the pleasure of working with Abby Vasek as an outside instructor. She is a delightful trainer that brings enthusiasm and joy into every class that she teaches. Recently Abby has been busy creating new classes to help teach Realtors more about the world of design. […]

October 4, 2016

Buyer Capture is Here!!

Have you ever driven across town to pick up an earnest money check from your buyer?  If so, put down your car keys… buyer capture is here!!  We are excited to announce that the buyer capture feature with the ZOCCAM mobile app is now available! You may recall an earlier blog post about the ZOCCAM mobile app which […]

September 15, 2016

My Assistant Can’t Do What?

The quarterly TREC meeting was held on August 15, 2016 and there was no discussion about changes to the current advertising rules as suspected.  Instead the commission focused on changes that could affect your assistant’s job description.  The proposed changes to TREC Rule 535.4 would impact the showing of properties by assistants who are unlicensed, […]

August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Go Back to School!!


Article from Austin American-Statesman about a possible national downturn in the housing market

Recently, the Austin-American Statesman ran a story about a speech from Gary Keller, the co-founder of Keller Williams. Keller warned his agents across the country to prepare for a coming downturn in the national housing market. You can review the story here. I and several other local housing experts were asked to comment for the […]

August 17, 2016

Meet Our New Outside Instructor!

The education team at Independence Title is thrilled to announce Pat Patton as a new outside instructor! Pat has been a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas since 1975. He holds undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management from The University of Texas and a Master’s degree with distinction in International Marketing from the […]

August 11, 2016

Top Three Reasons to Complete Paragraph 21

Paragraph 21. NOTICES is often not completed upon execution of the final contract. We’ve heard many different reasons for leaving it blank over the years. A strong contender is the agent simply doesn’t readily have the information at the time of the offer. Some agents choose to list their own address, email, and phone number. […]