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  • Using an App to Hire a Temporary “Showing” Agent? Beware!

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    If you don’t know what you are doing, you could be violating TREC’s rules.

  • What is the Real Estate Recovery Trust Account or Inspection Recovery Fund?

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    TREC has two recovery funds available to reimburse consumers who suffer damages caused by TREC license holders:  The Real Estate Recovery Trust Account and The Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund. Consumers may apply for reimbursement from the Real Estate Recovery Trust Account after filing suit and obtaining a court judgment for damages against a licensed real estate broker, sales agent, or easement/right-of-way agent.

  • New TREC Website Launched

    Designed with the user in mind to enhance online interaction with the agency.

  • January Issue of the Agency Newletter is Now Available

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    Read about issues impacting our license holders and the public.

  • Agency Releases Report of 2016 License Holder Survey

    Provides insights into the status and needs of the agency’s license holders.

  • Information About Brokerage Services (IABS) & Consumer Protection Notice

    The IABS and Consumer Protection Notice are required by Texas law.

  • What documents are required to renew my Business Entity Broker license?

    Information you need to know to renew your Business Entity Broker license.

  • Confused About Unescorted Access Rules? Get Answers!

    TREC wants to clear up any confusion about the recently adopted amendments regarding unescorted access to vacant rental property in TREC Rule 535.4.

  • TREC received 2016 Education Award from ARELLO


    The course is recognized for the second time since 2012.

  • New SOP Pocket Edition Now Available

    Now you can take the Inspector Standards of Practice with you anywhere you go. TREC staff has put together this version of the SOPs, which is small enough to fit in your back pocket. This version of the SOP is color coded by section so that you can find what you’re looking for with ease:

  • Buying and Selling a Home In Texas

    Buying a home is often the single biggest investment a person can make. Selling a home can be an overwhelming and confusing transaction.  Because of the size and complexity of buying or selling a home, most buyers and sellers hire a professional advisor to help them with the process. The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is responsible for licensing real estate service providers in Texas to ensure they are qualified to advise consumers about these transactions.

  • What Should I Tell My Client When Employing an Inspector?

    Most residential home sales involve an inspector at some point in the process. What should a real estate agent tell their client when the client desires to employ an inspector? Here are four tips.

    Have your client there for the inspection.

    The purchase of a home is a significant investment and being part of the process provides a client a better understanding of the home and any possible issues they may need to be addressed in the purchase process.

  • Use of Unlicensed Assistants in Real Estate Transactions

    Brokers and sales agents often use unlicensed personnel for assistance in conducting their real estate brokerage activities. Such unlicensed persons, sometimes referred to as administrative assistants, can be of great help to a busy agent. However, care must be taken to ensure that the unlicensed person does not conduct any of the activities for which a real estate license is required.

  • Seven Tips on How to Avoid the Most Common Violations

    Standards & Enforcement Services is frequently asked – “What are your most common violations?” And, “How do I stay out of trouble?” 

    The agency regularly disciplines license holders for the following issues.

  • Do I Have To Disclose That I Have a License When Buying and Selling My Own Property?

    I’m the principal in a transaction. Do I have to disclose that I have a real estate license?

  • From the Chair Avis Wukasch ...

    The Commission met for its regular quarterly meeting on Monday February 13th in Austin.  This date is always selected to coincide with the Winter Meeting of the Texas Association of REALTORS so that more license holders for across the state get the chance to attend.  It was also the meeting at which we elect officers a

  • From The Chair of the Inspector Committee, Dianna Rose ...

    The full Inspector Committee met on February 3rd to discuss various education-related items. Part of the agenda for that meeting was the election of officers for the upcoming year. I was elected as Chair, Lee Warren was elected Vice-chair, and Brad Phillips was elected as Secretary. I believe I speak for all of the newly elected officers in expressing our appreciation to the Committee for their trust.