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  • From the Chair - April 2021

    All:

    Happy spring to all of you! I hope this message finds you and your families enjoying the beautiful spring weather and wildflowers. Texas truly seems to show off during this time of year.

  • Broker-Lawyer Committee Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is accepting applications for two open real estate license holder positions to the Texas Real Estate Broker-Lawyer Committee. A selection committee will review applications and the Commission will make appointment announcements at the August 2021 Commission meeting.  

  • Updated Contract Forms Required For Use April 1, 2021

    As of April 1, 2021, the following form versions are now required for use:

  • What happens to your license when your broker dies?

    If there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is to expect the unexpected and that planning is essential for you and your business. While succession planning in the event of a broker’s death is largely outside of TREC’s jurisdiction and is primarily a private business decision, it may be helpful to keep a few things in mind.

  • Tips for Submitting a CE Course Application

    Choosing the Right Delivery Method

  • March Coffee with the Commission Video Now Available

    Below is the video from the March 2021 "Coffee with the Commission." TREC chair Scott Kesner and TREC ED Chelsea Buchholtz discussed the recently adopted and proposed rules and contract changes from February 2021.  Join us after each Commission meeting as we review all the latest from the Commission and answer your questions. 

  • From the Executive Director - March 2021

    Happy March. Spring is approaching and with it comes a fresh start and the excitement of warmer weather. I welcome it after the freezing temperatures we experienced in February. I hope all of you made it through that extraordinary event safely.  

  • Rule and Contract Changes From the February Meeting

    During the February meeting of the Commission, several rule changes were proposed and adopted. Changes were also adopted to two forms. See the full agenda and materials on the Commission Meetings and Minutes page.

    Proposed rules

    Changes to the following rules were proposed:

  • Real Estate and Professional Inspector Application Changes Effective March 1 

    The new inspector qualifying education and experience requirements for real estate and professional inspector licenses begin March 1, 2021. Applicants who have registered for qualifying courses prior to March 1, 2021, under the previous education requirements, will have until June 30, 2021, to complete all coursework and submit certificates with a completed application under those requireme

  • Updated Contract Forms Now Available

    The Commission recently adopted changes to the following contract forms:

     Unimproved Property Contract

    One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale)

  • Scam Alert! Make Sure You Know If A Message Is From Us

    UPDATE: Due to a recent resurgence of SPAM messages being sent out to our license holders, we wanted to remind you of these tips to help keep your information secure!

    Scammers or Spammers sometimes try to copy and email and text from messages from TREC or TALCB to trick you into providing personal information. We know this can be confusing and frustrating, and we want to help make sure you don't fall victim to these schemes.

  • License Revocation Makes News

    Recently, the Commission was mentioned in a news story about a former license holder whose license was revoked by the agency.

  • Beware of Possible Scams before Sending Money via Wire Transfer

    Before wiring money for an escrow deposit or to close on a home purchase, License Holders should make sure to talk with their clients to ensure they are sending funds to the correct recipient and account.  Consumers should not rely on instructions sent by email without contacting their broker or sales agent to verify the instructions are correct, since emails may be hijacked by potential scammers.

  • Scam Notice!!!

    TREC has been made aware of a scam requesting information from license holders. The request is sent by email by someone posing as the Texas Real Estate Commission and asks that information be provided to them and provides a link to follow (see example emails).

  • From the Chair - April 2021

    All:

    Happy spring to all of you! I hope this message finds you and your families enjoying the beautiful spring weather and wildflowers. Texas truly seems to show off during this time of year.

  • From the Executive Director - March 2021

    Happy March. Spring is approaching and with it comes a fresh start and the excitement of warmer weather. I welcome it after the freezing temperatures we experienced in February. I hope all of you made it through that extraordinary event safely.  

  • From the Chair - February 2021

    Happy February! This month we have passed the one-year mark since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the US.  Much has changed in the last year, but I am proud of what our team at TREC has continued to do for the people of Texas. License applications continue to be processed smoothly, and our customer service team continues to provide excellent assistance to those who need it. I genuinely hope that this New Year brings us all peace and a shift towards more

  • From the Chair - Inspector Committee - January 2021

    The Inspector Advisory Committee met virtually on January 15th.  This was a lengthy meeting, as there was a lot to cover on this go around.  First off, I would like to welcome the two newest members of the IAC.  Bruce Carpenter is an inspector member from Pittsburg, and Brian Carroll is a public member from Temple.  Both of them dove right into the meeting providing feedback and giving input, so it was clear that they came prepared to be involved with the IAC. 

  • From the Chair - January 2021

    Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great holiday filled will peace and joy. During the holidays, I like to take time to reflect on the past year and the agency's direction. I am grateful for so many things during these times, including a fantastic team of employees, volunteers, and appointed Commission members.

  • From the Executive Director - December 2020

    What a year!  In some ways, I can’t believe how long this year has felt, but yet, I find myself surprised that the end of the year is upon us. Thanksgiving looked different for many this year.

  • From the Chair - November 2020

    I hope this message finds you recovering from Halloween and the election. In these uncertain times, I urge us all to focus on what matters to us most. November brings Thanksgiving, and with that a unique opportunity to give thanks. This year is one for the record books, but I am grateful to live in the great state of Texas.

  • From the Chair - Inspector Committee - October 2020

    The Inspector Advisory Committee met on October 12 via teleconference.  There were some public comments submitted in response to the newly proposed Consumer Protection Notice, and most of the feedback was positive.  The new notice includes verbiage to inform consumers that inspectors are required to carry E&O insurance, and that inspectors have the ability to limit their liability through the use of an agreement between themselves and their client. 

  • From the Executive Director - October 2020

    October is here. It is finally cooling off outside and the hints of fall in the air give me a spirit of optimism for our future.  I hope that is true for you too.

  • From the Deputy Executive Director - Inspector Committee - September 2020

    After almost two years of effort on the part of the Inspector Committee to restructure and streamline the education and substitute experience requirements for inspector licensure, the Commission adopted rules at its August meeting to implement the proposals recommended by the Committee. This long-overdue revamp of these requirements remove redundancies in the current rules and simplify the process to become an inspector in Texas.

  • Broker-Lawyer Committee Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is accepting applications for two open real estate license holder positions to the Texas Real Estate Broker-Lawyer Committee. A selection committee will review applications and the Commission will make appointment announcements at the August 2021 Commission meeting.  

  • Updated Contract Forms Required For Use April 1, 2021

    As of April 1, 2021, the following form versions are now required for use:

  • February Commission Meeting Updated Information

    Pursuant to section 551.0411 of the Texas Government Code, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is postponing its February 16, 2021, quarterly open meeting to February 19, 2021, at 9:00 am The State of Texas is experiencing unprecedented snowfall, extreme temperatures, rolling blackouts, and power outages that are catastrophic and prohibitive of conducting the meeting at its posted scheduled date and time.  TREC will take up items posted with the Secretary of Stat

  • TREC Statement on Events at the US Capitol

    The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) has received many comments and requests related to license holders’ involvement in the events that occurred at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The Commission is limited in the action it may take against real estate license holders by the Real Estate License Act, the

  • TREC Launches Next Phase of Education Provider Audit Program

    AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) will launch the second phase of the education provider audit program in January 2021.  TREC rules give staff authority to audit education providers and permits staff to conduct on-site audits without prior notice.  Staff may also enroll in and attend a course without identifying themselves as TREC employees. 

  • TREC Purchasing Manager Named Woman of the Year

    AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is pleased to announce Regina Durden, purchasing manager, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Executive Women in Texas Government (EWTG). The announcement of this prestigious award was made at the November 2020 EWTG conference. Ms. Durden is the first recipient of this award at the Texas Real Estate Commission. Congratulations go to Ms.

  • Updates to the Continuing Education (CE) Posting System

    The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is pleased to announce the updated CE Posting System.

  • TREC Announces New Deputy General Counsel

    AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is pleased to welcome Abby Lee as Deputy General Counsel of the Texas Real Estate Commission effective October 20, 2020.

  • Reminder: TREC No Longer Accepting Walk Ins

    The Texas Real Estate Commission has temporarily closed lobby access to members of the public. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of the consumers of Texas and our staff.  The agency will remain open to provide assistance via phone and email.

    The contact center hours of operation are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday.  Please call 512-936-3000 to speak to a representative.

  • Inspector Committee Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Commission is accepting applications for appointment for two inspectors and one public member positions of the Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee.

  • What happens to your license when your broker dies?

    If there is one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is to expect the unexpected and that planning is essential for you and your business. While succession planning in the event of a broker’s death is largely outside of TREC’s jurisdiction and is primarily a private business decision, it may be helpful to keep a few things in mind.

  • Tips for Submitting a CE Course Application

    Choosing the Right Delivery Method

  • Reminder to Inspector QE Providers

  • Temporary Allowance for New Texas Practicum Courses

    New inspector pre-licensing education and experience requirements begin March 1, 2021.  The new experience requirement includes a 40 hour Texas Practicum, which must consist of a minimum of five complete and in-person inspections.  In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, TREC will grant a temporary allowance for on-site inspections to take place virtually, as long as the Practicum instructor conducts inspections live and on-site, and the instructor and students are able to interact with ea

  • Providers: Contracts Courses Required for License Renewal

    On February 1, 2021, sales agents and brokers will be required to complete at least three hours in contract-related coursework as part of the 18 hours of continuing education (CE) required to renew a license.  For your convenience, and the convenience of your students, a “contracts” search filter is available on the Approved Real Estate CE Course List, which allows license h

  • Providers: TREC Launches Next Phase of Education Provider Audit Program in 2021

    The TREC Education & Examinations Division will launch the next phase of the education provider audit program in January of 2021.  TREC rule §535.67(a) gives staff the authority to conduct on-site audits without prior notice as well as enroll in and attend courses without identifying themselves as

  • Helpful Reminders and Tips for Education Providers

    Course Applications and Fees

    When preparing course applications, be sure they are filled out completely, all necessary documents are included and the fee is accurately calculated.  Course applications and fees received separately will be sent back to the provider. 

    Course Evaluations

    All providers are required to provide each student with a course evaluation form approved by the Commission or Board.

  • Exam Proctoring Requirements Have Not Changed

    Qualifying course examinations must satisfy TREC rule 535.65(h).  This means:

  • ESAC Meeting Update 

    The Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC) met on October 5, 2020, to continue to diligent work of the committee.  

  • Caution: Don't Take CE and Drive

    Classroom courses for real estate license holders and inspectors require the instructor and the student to interact face-to-face and in real time, either in the same physical location, or though technology.  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many courses that historically were offered in a classroom, are now being offered virtually.  In fact, the number of classroom courses taught virtually has skyrocketed. 

  • ESAC Committee Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission is accepting applications for appointment for four real estate license holders members and two education members to the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).  Committee members will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2021, and expiring December 31, 2022. Real estate license holders applying must have been actively engaged in the practice of real estate for the five years preceding the appointment.

  • Temporary Allowance for New Texas Practicum Courses

    New inspector pre-licensing education and experience requirements begin March 1, 2021.  The new experience requirement includes a 40 hour Texas Practicum, which must consist of a minimum of five complete and in-person inspections.  In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, TREC will grant a temporary allowance for on-site inspections to take place virtually, as long as the Practicum instructor conducts inspections live and on-site, and the instructor and students are able to interact with ea