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  • Inspector Committee Accepting Applications for Public Members

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

  • Renewal of Qualifying Real Estate and Inspector Courses

    To expedite the renewal of qualifying courses where content, design, and delivery have not changed, qualifying education (QE) providers may submit the appropriate Qualifying Course Application (Real Estate or Inspector) and the Qualifying Course Renewal Certif

  • From the Chair - Inspector Committee - July 2021

    The Inspector Advisory Committee (IAC) met on July 12th in Austin.  This was the first meeting that the IAC has had in person in some time, and it was good to be face to face again.  There were a few items on the agenda this go around that entailed some lengthy discussion.  The IAC discussed comments received on the proposed rule to require an inspector to obtain permission in writing from a client prior to obtaining a referral fee, or other valuable consideration, for referring se

  • ESAC Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission is accepting applications for appointment for three real estate license holders members, two education members, and one public member to the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).  Committee members will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and expiring December 31, 2023. Real estate license holders applying must have been actively engaged in the practice of real estate for the five years preceding the appointment.

  • 2021 Legislative Session Overview

    Memorial Day was the last day of the Regular 87th Legislative session. While there were several bills filed this session relating to the agency and its license holders, not all of those bills made it through the process.  The following is a summary of bills that passed both houses of the Legislature and have a direct effect on license holders. The agency is currently working on implementing the provisions of these bills. 

  • New Inspector Non-Elective CE Course

    The new 8 Hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and Standards of Practice Review course is effective on September 1, 2021. This course replaces the 4-hour Inspector Legal and Ethics and the 4 hour Standards of Practice Review courses. 

  • License Holders: Inspector Non-Elective Course Changes

    On September 1, 2021 inspectors are required to complete a new 8 Hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and Standards of Practice Review course as part of the 32 hours of inspector continuing education (CE) required to renew or activate a license.  

    This course will replace the two inspector non-elective CE courses, 4-hour Inspector Legal & Ethics, and 4-hour Standards of Practice Review course that will expire on August 31, 2021. 

  • From the Executive Director - July 2021

    Greetings to each of you.  I hope you were able to celebrate Independence Day earlier this month with your friends and family and had a wonderful time doing so.

  • Inspector Non-Elective Course Changes

    The current inspector non-elective CE courses, 4-hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and 4-hour Standards of Practice Review course expire on August 31, 2021.  Please be sure all students enrolled in these courses are notified to complete these two courses before August 31, 2021.

  • Business Entities Inactivation Update - What Happened?

    On June 2, 2021, TREC inactivated broker business entity licenses in error.  Upon discovery of the error, staff worked to resolve the issue and all licenses were restored by Friday, June 4, 2021.

  • 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 - Inspector Committee - July 2021

    The Inspector Advisory Committee (IAC) met on July 12th in Austin.  This was the first meeting that the IAC has had in person in some time, and it was good to be face to face again.  There were a few items on the agenda this go around that entailed some lengthy discussion.  The IAC discussed comments received on the proposed rule to require an inspector to obtain permission in writing from a client prior to obtaining a referral fee, or other valuable consideration, for referring se

  • From the Chair - June 2021

    Happy summer to all of you!  In today’s market, however, we may not get a chance for anything resembling a summer break.  It is a good time to be in real estate in Texas. 

  • From the Chair - Inspector Committee - June 2021

    The TREC Commissioners met on May 3 in Austin in person for the first time in over a year.  It was nice to see everyone in person once again.  Tony Slagle presented the Commissioners with a legislative update, which included two inspector-related bills.

  • From the Executive Director - May 2021 - Inspectors

    Happy May to each of you. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the mothers in your life last weekend. Later this month, we celebrate Memorial Day.

  • From the Executive Director - May 2021

    Happy May to each of you. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the mothers in your life last weekend. Later this month, we celebrate Memorial Day.

  • From the Chair - April 2021

    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.

  • Inspector Committee Accepting Applications for Public Members

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

  • ESAC Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission is accepting applications for appointment for three real estate license holders members, two education members, and one public member to the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).  Committee members will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and expiring December 31, 2023. Real estate license holders applying must have been actively engaged in the practice of real estate for the five years preceding the appointment.

  • May Coffee with The Commission Video

    In case you missed it, we have published the May "Coffee with the Commission" session. TREC Chair, Scott Kesner and TREC Executive Director, Chelsea Buchholtz discussed the latest from the May TREC Commission meeting and answered your questions about recently adopted rules, the legislative session, upcoming events, and more. 

     

  • UPDATE: Business Entity Licenses Restored

    Broker business entity licenses were inactivated in error on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The issue is resolved, and all licenses are restored.

  • Proposed and Adopted Rules from the May 2021 Commission Meeting

    During the May Commission meeting, rules relating to the Inspector Standards of Practice (SOP) were proposed. These proposed revisions are the product of many meetings of the Inspector SOP subcommittee and the work of the entire Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee. The Commission also adopted a rule which helps streamline the process for petitioning the Commission for the adoption of rules. See the full agenda and mate

  • Three New Commission Members Confirmed

    AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is pleased to announce the confirmation of broker members Leslie Lerner and Mark Woodroof and public member Ben Peña as new commissioners for terms to expire on January 31, 2027.  The Commissioners were nominated in March and were confirmed by Senate vote on April 28, 2021. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Renewal of Qualifying Real Estate and Inspector Courses

    To expedite the renewal of qualifying courses where content, design, and delivery have not changed, qualifying education (QE) providers may submit the appropriate Qualifying Course Application (Real Estate or Inspector) and the Qualifying Course Renewal Certif

  • ESAC Accepting Applications for Members

    The Texas Real Estate Commission is accepting applications for appointment for three real estate license holders members, two education members, and one public member to the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC).  Committee members will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2022, and expiring December 31, 2023. Real estate license holders applying must have been actively engaged in the practice of real estate for the five years preceding the appointment.

  • New Inspector Non-Elective CE Course

    The new 8 Hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and Standards of Practice Review course is effective on September 1, 2021. This course replaces the 4-hour Inspector Legal and Ethics and the 4 hour Standards of Practice Review courses. 

  • Inspector Non-Elective Course Changes

    The current inspector non-elective CE courses, 4-hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and 4-hour Standards of Practice Review course expire on August 31, 2021.  Please be sure all students enrolled in these courses are notified to complete these two courses before August 31, 2021.

  • ESAC Meeting Update - April 2021

    The Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC) met on April 5, 2021.  This meeting was held virtually and included a presentation from the Broker Responsibility Working Group (BRWG) Chair, Leslie Lerner.  ESAC and BRWG have agreed to collaborate to develop recommendations aimed at better informing sales agents and brokers of duties and responsibilities to one another, which may include both education and experience co

  • 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

  • License Holders: Inspector Non-Elective Course Changes

    On September 1, 2021 inspectors are required to complete a new 8 Hour Inspector Legal & Ethics and Standards of Practice Review course as part of the 32 hours of inspector continuing education (CE) required to renew or activate a license.  

    This course will replace the two inspector non-elective CE courses, 4-hour Inspector Legal & Ethics, and 4-hour Standards of Practice Review course that will expire on August 31, 2021. 

  • Business Entities Inactivation Update - What Happened?

    On June 2, 2021, TREC inactivated broker business entity licenses in error.  Upon discovery of the error, staff worked to resolve the issue and all licenses were restored by Friday, June 4, 2021.

  • 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