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  • How Texas REALTORS® are helping homeowners
    Sure, REALTORS® help you buy, sell, and lease property, but they also advocate for public policy that helps consumers. For example, the Texas Association of REALTORS® recently announced its support for the property tax reforms provided in Senate Bill 2, now making its way through the Texas Legislature. The bill is a positive step forward […]
  • You found dozens of homes listed online that you love. Now what?
    It’s nice having options, right? Especially when it comes to making a big purchase like a home. If you’ve started your home search by using online listing sites, you’ve probably found a long list of properties you want to tour. Even though it’s exciting to see what’s out there, are you wondering how you’ll be […]
  • Why thousands of REALTORS® will be at the state Capitol Tuesday
    REALTORS® from every part of Texas are traveling to the state Capitol April 4 to visit with their elected officials. They will discuss issues like property taxes, mortgage finance, and eminent domain. Texas REALTORS® get involved in this manner because they want to make sure our state representatives and senators know how current proposals may help—or […]
  • No credit score? There’s a new automated home loan option for you
    Not having enough credit history for a credit score doesn't necessarily mean you must go through a drawn-out manual underwriting process to get a home loan. If you have a history of making housing payments on time and references, you could benefit from a new automated process from Freddie Mac, a quasi-public agency that purchases mortgages. […]
  • Don’t be fooled by these 3 selling myths
    First-time sellers beware: there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell your home. While your Texas REALTOR® is your first line of defense against making these mistakes, here are three common selling myths busted: Myth: I bought a house, so I know what it's like to go through a real […]
  • How to judge the energy efficiency of a house
    Buyers often want to know what their utility bills for a property will be. The answer isn’t always straightforward. The products and building techniques that determine a house’s energy efficiency may be hidden from view. However, there are ways to learn this information. Ask questions If the seller made energy improvements to the house—upgraded insulation, […]
  • An accepted contract is just the beginning
    As a homebuyer or seller, an accepted contract is exciting. But hang on … the deal’s not done. Thankfully, if you’re working with a REALTOR®, he or she can guide you through all the potential twists and turns on the way to closing. An option to back out For starters, most purchase contracts include a […]
  • Be a better informed consumer
    When preparing to buy or sell a home, you might search online real estate portals or keep an eye on local real estate news, but there's a better source of real estate data. Thanks to the Data Relevance Project—a partnership among local REALTOR® associations and their multiple listing services, the Real Estate Center at Texas […]
  • Little things that make a big impression on buyers
    It doesn’t take much to change a buyer’s impression of a home. Add some peeling paint, a leaky faucet, and dirty dishes in the sink of an otherwise appealing house, and suddenly the buyer crosses that property off his list. Just as minor imperfections can turn off a buyer, a few small actions by you can […]
  • 3 tips to help your kids cope with a move
    There are more than just logistical challenges when you move with children. Many kids feel emotional about leaving their friends or old home behind. Here are some common challenges kids face when moving and ways to help them feel more comfortable in their new place. When your child is nervous about a new school … […]