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  • The Sunset Review Process and Strategic Planning

    Texas capitol

    Many of you know that the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) is currently undergoing a review by the staff of the Sunset Advisory Commission. But what is a Sunset review and why is it necessary?

    In the mid-1970s, many states, including Texas, established Sunset laws as a method to introduce an additional level of accountability for state agencies. Here’s a breakdown of how the process works in Texas:

  • Progress Report from Our Agency to Texas:

    In early April, the Texas Real Estate Commission publicly apologized to Texans for the unacceptable quality of our customer service efforts and we promised to take a number of steps to do better. This is a progress report on what we have done so far and what additional steps remain to be implemented to restore and improve our service.

  • Name Management Tool Launched!

    TREC has launched our new Name Management Tool to allow broker license holders to easily manage their names with the agency online and get in compliance with the new advertising rules.

  • Required Revisions to Remaining Qualifying Courses

    Deadlines for content revisions to the Real Estate Appraisal, Real Estate Investments, Real Estate Law and Residential Inspection for Real Estate Agents qualifying real estate course topics were adopted and are effective on August 7, 2018 for classroom courses and November 7, 2018 for courses offered through distance education.  If you have not resubmitted your courses for review, you may do so by mailing the

  • From the Chair - Inspectors - May 2018

    The Inspector Committee has had a busy couple of months since it last met in February.  On March 26th, the Inspector Consumer Issues Working Group met to review issues regarding inspector financial responsibility and insurance requirements and to also make recommendations for the Committee to consider. In addition to the Inspector Committee members, the Working Group included Paul Roebuck representing TPREIA and Mike Hammel representing TAREI.

  • From the Chair - May 2018

    The Commission held its regular quarterly meeting on Monday, May 7 at our HQ in Austin.

  • What’s in a Name? Advertising Name Types under TREC Rule 535.154

    Definitions:

    Broker Assumed Business Name (DBA) is another name for the broker’s business that can be used by all sponsored sales agents and brokers associated with this broker. Another name that indicates a broker’s line of business, e.g.  property management or commercial is also a DBA.

  • The Sunset Review of the Texas Real Estate Commission and Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board

    The mission and performance of the Texas Real Estate Commission and Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent.  Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the T

  • Are you a Delegated Supervisor?

    The answer to this question is “yes” if a broker has delegated to you in writing the responsibility to assist the broker in complying with The Real Estate License Act and Commission Rules. When this delegation exists to supervise sales agents sponsored by the broker, your name must appear on the Information About Brokerage Services form as the “Licensed Supervisor of Sales Agent/Associate.” A sales agent or broker may act as a delegated supervisor.

  • 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).

  • 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 - 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.

  • From The Executive Director

    As the Commission and its staff get prepared for its next meeting on Monday, August 7th, I am pleased to tell you that the summer has been very productive. All of the agency teams are handling very high volumes of matters, even with daily staff numbers reduced due to summer vacations.

  • From the Chair of the Inspector Committee

    The full Inspector Committee met on April 3 to review the education related rules proposed at the February Commission meeting and discuss any needed changes to those rules prior to their adoption, of which there were none.

  • From the Chair Avis Wukasch ...

    The Commission met on Monday, May 1st for its regular quarterly meeting.  In this legislative season, the Commission had a modest agenda of rules to consider as it awaits the outcome of policy decisions made by our Texas lawmakers.  In addition to hearing updates on customer service, license processing, exam administration, complaint investigation and enforcement, and financial matters, other administrative business was also accomplished, including the adoption of our annual intern

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

    The full Inspector Committee met on April 3 to review the education related rules proposed at the February Commission meeting and discuss any needed changes to those rules prior to their adoption, of which there were none.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.