Category: Real Estate News

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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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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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 […]






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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, […]






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August 4, 2016

Have You Updated IndependenceTitleAgent?

Have you ever tried to explain a Seller’s Net Sheet to someone and their native language is Vietnamese? Or have you ever had trouble comparing multiple offers IndependenceTitleAgent can help! IndependenceTitleAgent is a closing cost app that will help you calculate closing costs, run Seller Net Sheets and Buyer Quick Estimates, and so much more! […]






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May 24, 2016

The Ultimate App!!

How much will my monthly payment be? How much do I need to bring to the closing table? How much will I net at closing? If you are a Realtor you probably hear these questions every day from your buyers and sellers. What if you could answer your clients’ questions within seconds with one user-friendly […]






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May 16, 2016

Beware! Wire Fraud is at an All Time High.

You’ve done it!  You took a Buyer from shopping for a house, to a contract on a house, to the closing table and you couldn’t be more ecstatic for them.  Then… in total shock you find out your Buyers have wired thousands of dollars to a thief!  You discover the “I could never be a victim to wire fraud, it’d never happen to me” […]






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December 17, 2015

How can TRID Regulations affect your commissions?

It is important to remember that the new closing disclosure forms, created by the CFPB, are federal loan forms and these promulgated forms are used in all 50 states.  This allows for consistency when consumers are buying or selling real estate.  Since each state has their own set of regulations, regarding real estate, they may […]






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December 4, 2015

How are you going to see your figures for closing?

As we near the end of 2015 I think we should focus on one detail of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations, which is the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Settlement Statement. For most residential transactions the ALTA Settlement Statement is a Realtor’s new best friend. This form is quickly becoming the golden […]






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November 17, 2015

Should you have coffee with your lender?

CFPB & TRID regulations are now upon us! As of October 3rd any loan applications submitted will fall under TRID (TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosures) regulations. If you have a lender that you refer business to Independence Title Co encourages you to have coffee or lunch with them to find out how your lender will be […]






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No more late night negotiations!

The TREC One to Four Family Contract and other TREC contract forms have been revised and are available on the TREC website. While many of the changes are insignificant, such as changing the word facsimile to fax, there are some important changes worth noting Negotiating during the option period of the One to Four Family […]

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October 22, 2015

ABoR.com | Extreme Makeover

You may have noticed the Austin Board of REALTORS website got a makeover recently. The changes offer a more intuitive experience while surfing the site, but change is always a little difficult so they’ve made it easy to quickly access some of the most important areas of the site. Notice this? When you click View Site Tips, you […]

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March 14, 2015

Evergreen: Cultivating Enduring Customer Loyalty

Today I attended a South by Southwest session on creating Evergreen Clients by Noah Fleming of Fleming Consulting & Co. Noah’s book Evergreen: Cultivate the Enduring Customer Loyalty That Keeps Your Business Thriving covers, what he calls, the three c’s as the keys to building lifelong relationships with clients; character, community and content. Twitter user @Salmonilla […]






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September 10, 2014

The End of MLXchage and Fusion

If you’re an ACTRIS member, you received this email: Last week, the ABoR Board of Directors voted to retire the MLXchange and Fusion MLS systems, effective November 18, 2014. After that date, Matrix will be the only MLS system offered to ACTRIS members. ABoR Leadership has made this decision because we are committed to providing […]






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June 22, 2012

With all the good economic news, why doesn’t the economy “feel” better?

We keep hearing that we are in a recovery from the ‘great recession’, yet it seems that the market is just a single media zinger away from locking up and shutting down for the third year in a row, perhaps from a sound bite that originates from China, the European debt crisis, or standstill on […]






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