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  • Sunset Commission Staff Report Published

  • What You Need to Know to Comply With Our Social Media Rules

    The rules for advertising on social media platforms are NOT exactly the same as the rules for putting a link to the IABS and CPN on a social media platform used as a business website because the requirements for each rule differ.

    Rule 535.155, Advertisements

  • From the Chair - Inspector Comittee - September 2018

    I want to personally thank all of the inspectors who took time out of their schedules to make the trip to Austin to attend the August 13th Texas Real Estate Commission meeting in person. I know that your time is valuable and the TREI Committee and I always value your input and appreciate your continued interest and involvement.

  • From the Chair - September 2018

    The extended heat of August has been relieved a bit by rains in early September. I hope the typical market frenzy of summer has moderated a bit so you can focus on your professional development as well. 

  • AGENCY RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED AWARDS

    Austin, TX – The Texas Real Estate Commission and Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board is pleased to announce the agency has won two coveted Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO) Communications Awards. One is for the new integrated communications plan, and the other for Board and Commission meeting communications.

  • Make Sure Paragraph 21 is Filled Out

    The One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale), like many contracts, contains a “Notices” provision. In that TREC contract, the provision is in Paragraph 21. This needs to be filled out so the parties know where a notice should be sent or delivered to be effective. A license holder should remind their client how important this provision is and ensure, to the extent possible, that it gets filled out fully and accurately.

     

  • Using "Realty" In Team Names

    At the Commission Meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018, the Commission adopted changes to the advertising rules (§535.155) allowing Broker team names to include the term "realty," so long as the other requirements for team names are met.

  • Can An Inspector Perform A Sewer Line Inspection?

    NO, unless the inspector is also a licensed plumber. TREC’s Standards of Practice (§535.231) require an inspector to operate plumbing fixtures, test for drain performance, and to report deficiencies in water supply pipes and waste pipes.

  • Customer Service Matters: How the Agency Has Improved

    Good news! TREC and TALCB have implemented a new tool to improve customer service. A new call tree system has been added to our main customer services lines. This new system allows callers to select from a list of options that will direct them to the best available person to address their issue to get the answers or help they need.

  • From the Executive Director: A Progress Report to Agency Stakeholders

    The agency has committed to implement a variety of measures to improve our customer service. This is a quick review of what we have done so far and what additional steps remain to be implemented to enhance our responsiveness.  

  • SCAM ALERT!

    TREC has been made aware of a scam requesting money from our license holders. The request is sent by text by someone posing as the Texas Real Estate Commission and asks that a specified amount be paid through Square Cash and provides a link to pay the amount (see example texts below).

  • Report Crimes Within 30 Days Or Face Penalties

    Did you know you are required to notify TREC within 30 days if you have been convicted of a crime even if you are already licensed?

  • TREC Benefits for Veterans

    TREC values our active and veteran military service members and their families. We know the process of becoming licensed can be overwhelming.

  • Using Disclosure Forms And Contract Addenda Properly

    Proper Use of Disclosure Forms 

    While a disclosure form is part of most real estate transactions, it is not a contract addendum. Since it is not a contract addendum, it should not be referenced in the “Agreement of the Parties” paragraph“ or otherwise made a part of the contract.

  • "Coming Soon" to a Complaint Near You!

    There has been a proliferation of the use of “coming soon” or “pocket” listings over the past year. While there may be legitimate reasons for the use of this marketing method, license holders should be aware that selling property using this method, under certain circumstances, may result in a complaint with the Commission and finding that the license holder has violated TREC laws and rules.

  • 2017 Legislative Update from TREC

    Memorial Day was the last day of the 85th Legislative session. Several bills were filed this session relating to the agency and its license holders but not all of those bills made it through the process.  Following is a summary of bills that passed both houses of the Legislature and have direct effect on license holders.

  • Reporting Visible and Present Indications of Adverse Performance in a Foundation

    Section 535.228(a) of the Texas Administrative Code (Foundations) requires an inspector to render a written opinion as to the performance of the foundation. Many inspectors understand this to mean one of two things; the foundation is either performing or it is not performing. But sometimes the inspector is unable to determine this with sufficient confidence.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • From the Executive Director - February 2018

    As the next Commission meeting on Monday February 12th rapidly approaches, there are several issues that loom large and we need to emphasize.  First, this is our year for both strategic planning and rule review, so we will be discussing opportunities to remove any identified barriers or red tape that hinders or

  • From The Executive Director - Inspectors - January 2018

    It was a busy year for the Inspector Committee on the education front. The major accomplishment for the committee was completing the much-needed revision on the SOP Legal and Ethics continuing education coursework, which became mandatory as of September 1 of last year.

  • From the Executive Director - January 2018

    Happy New Year! It’s January and 2018 promises to be filled with important activity. Even numbered years are always a time when the agency must update our 5-Year Strategic Plan and so that means we will have some significant opportunities for additional targeted input from our license holders and the public on general topics and specific areas of current interest.  Look for a list of topics and a schedule of Listening Tour events to be published in February.

  • From the Chair - December 2017

    The Commission met on November 13th for its regular quarterly meeting and it was one of the most productive – and lengthy – that we have had for many years.  Despite its length, we recognized recent accomplishments and achieved some major milestones that we have been working on for over two years.  We began by ratifying a very generous set of accommodations implemented in response to the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Harvey.  Up to six full months of deadline extensions are ava

  • From the Chair - Inspector Committee - December 2017

    The Inspector Committee met in Austin on October 9th and for the first time, the meeting was available to be viewed online in real time. This allowed license holders and members of the public to view the meeting live. This was an initial test run to see if streaming the meeting will be practical. No decision has yet been made about future streaming as TREC staff is continuing to explore options.

  • From the Executive Director - November 2017 - Inspectors

    The new fiscal year started on September 1 and it has already been an eventful year. Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast at the end of August and caused unprecedented damage and disruption to those persons living and doing business in that part of the state. In recognition of the hardship caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Commission extended licensing and renewal deadlines statewide for all license holders and applicants with August and September deadlines until October 31, 2017.

  • From the Executive Director - November 2017

    October has just concluded and November is here.  This is always an exciting time with the World Series (How about those Astros!?), Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, and the beginning of deer hunting season in Texas.   October 31 also closes our State Employee Charitable Campaign month, with new highs reached each year for generosity by our team members.

  • From the Chair of the Inspector Committee

    The full Inspector Committee met on Monday, July 17. On the agenda was a discussion of the pros and cons of continuing to exempt certain education providers from TREC licensure requirements (22 TAC 353.71 and 22 TAC 535.218).

  • From the Chair

    The Commission met on August 7th for its regular quarterly meeting.  Because of the number of bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session affecting the agency’s license holders and the agency’s operations, a large number of draft rules were proposed.

  • From The Executive Director - Inspector Update

    Education is often the focus of the articles written by the Chair or me. This is because improving inspector education has been the focus of the Committee over the last couple of years.

  • Mortgage Fraud Task Force Dissolved, But Interagency Cooperation Remains

    Governor Abbott Has Signed SB 526

    SB 526 abolishes the Residential Mortgage Fraud Task Force established under the Government Code. However, the bill maintains the ability of those agencies who were members of the task force to share information related to mortgage fraud and also protects the confidentiality of any information shared.

  • Added Flexibility for Residential Service Companies (RSCs)

    Governor Abbott Has Signed HB 2279

  • New Brokerage Advertising Rules on the Horizon

    Governor Abbott Has Signed SB 2212

    SB 2212 makes changes to the regulations governing advertising for real estate brokers and sales agents.  

    It removes the current requirement that the advertiser be identified in each advertisement as a broker or agent, and clarifies that an advertisement is misleading if it fails to include the name of the broker, or if it implies that a sales agent is responsible for the operation of a brokerage.

  • Sale of Equitable Interests in Real Estate Clarified

    Governor Abbott Has Signed SB 2212

    SB 2212 amends Chapter 1101 to codify the clarifying changes to TREC rules regarding sale of certain equitable interests in real property. 

  • Examination Board Announces Role Study

    Written By: Paul Staron - Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors

  • License and Complaint Count Totals

    The most recent available numbers of licenses and complaints. These numbers will be updated each month, so check back for the most recent totals.

  • Senate Confirms Appointments of Commission Members

    TREC is pleased to announce the Senate confirmation of Governor Abbott's appointments to the Commission on May 21, 2017. Broker member Bob Leonard of San Antonio, broker member Rayito Stephens of Houston and public member TJ Turner of Austin.

    The appointees will continue to serve the Commission and consumers of Texas until their terms expire. Read more on each of these appointees and the Commission on our "About the Commission" page.

  • TREC Launches Public Service Announcements

    The Texas Real Estate Commission is pleased to announce a series of public services announcements (PSAs). These PSA's highlight the agency's mission of consumer protection by providing valuable information for consumers and license holders. Click the links below to listen to the produced PSAs. 

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

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