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Lunch with Laura & Friends

Thursday, August 6, 2015; 11:30am - 1:30pm

Keeping the Wolves from the Senior's Door.  Recently, we have experienced a tremendous upturn in requests from our friends who are middle-aged children of senior citizens for help in many aspects of transitioning a parent who is a “fragile senior”—meaning seventy-five (75) years old and in declining health. This class will help you understand reverse mortgages, transactions involving power of attorney, and assistance in selling estate homes. This is a FREE session and lunch will be provided, RSVP today to reserve your space; seating is limited. Register Now | More Information

Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)

August 18 - 20; 9:00am - 5:00pm daily

Are you interested in helping your clients stage their listings? Studies have shown that staged properties sell their for more money, and sell quicker! Maybe you're interested in starting a staging business of your own. Register today for the nation's largest and most popular staging designation.

Pricing starts at only $275 and will give you 16 CE hours. More Information | Register Now

Looking to Make a Difference?

Applications Due by: August 28, 2015

As leaders of the most prestigious and fastest growing REALTOR® association in the country, Directors of WCREALTORS are recognized within the Williamson County community and nationally for the real difference
they make in the lives of 1500+ members through the decisions they make and the standards they set. More inforamtion is available here . If you are prepared to commit your time, talents and passion to make a difference by being part of WCREALTORS’ leadership team, today is the day to apply for one of the Director positions. Submit your candidacy for WCREALTORS’ 2016 - 2018 Board of Directors. Please submit the completed Board of Directors commitment form, an updated personal biography, and headshot via email to Heather Bonamo

WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Green Flag Begins at 8:30 AM

Ready… Set… RIDE!! The WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt is back for a third year for more fun, costumes, scavenger hunting, and the opportunity to network with real estate professionals across the county! Whether you want to get your team together and join the WCREALTORS in a scavenger hunt or advertise your services to the members of WCREALTORS, this fan favorite is the event for you! The prize for the winning team is half of the registration pot, with 100 players, that is a $2000 prize!  Register Your Team | Advertising Opportunities

Industry News
Introducing the Balloonie in the WCREALTORS Store

The Balloonie - No More Helium Needed with this unique Balloon Holder!

The Balloonie, the perfect holder for 11 to 17 inch balloons!

Easily attach your balloons to your corrugated signs without needing helium to hold them up! No more spending money on helium - making sure you have a tank with you or needing to stop by the store to get your balloons filled! These balloon holders attach to corrugated signs, stick directly into the ground, in flower pots etc. You could also zip tie them to sign posts if your signs aren’t corrugated!

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HUD Final Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

This week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its final rule regarding Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.  The rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register the week of July 13th and will take effect 30 days after its publication date.

Bottom Line: The rule lays out requirements based on Section 808 (e)(5) of the Fair Housing Act which requires the Secretary of HUD to administer the Department’s housing and urban development programs in a manner to “affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH).

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The Waiting Game for Millennials May Be Over

Millennials are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year as more decide to take the plunge into home ownership, according to a consumer behavior survey of more than 12,000 respondents conducted by®.

Last year, first-time buyer market share decreased as the year progressed and dropped to 27 percent in the summer, according to data from the National Association of REALTORS®.

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News You Can Use
Texas State to begin construction projects in 2016

Texas State University will begin major construction projects in 2016 to address increasing enrollment in two fast-growing programs.

The Texas Legislature’s passage of a tuition revenue bond bill in the 84th session, which ended June 1, will provide the university with $63 million to go toward construction of a new $93 million engineering building at the San Marcos campus and $48.6 million to go toward construction of a new $67 million health professions building in Round Rock.

Between 2010 and 2014 the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the engineering program has more than doubled from 41 to 84. Enrollment in the program has also increased from 62 students in 2005 to 840 students in 2015. Enrollment in the health professions program has doubled during the past five years, according to a news release.

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Publisher to move regional offices to Round Rock, bring 270 jobs

Houghton Mifflin Harcort Publishing Company plans to relocate its Texas regional office to Round Rock after City Council approved an incentive package June 11.

The company will bring with it 270 jobs with an average salary of more than $70,000, according to city documents. As part of the deal approved by City Council the company agrees to lease a majority of a 100,000 square foot Class A office building developed by Live Oak-Gottesman. The building will be in the La Frontera office development.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will also invest $3 million in facility improvements and personal property. In exchange, the city will pay the company $350,000 in Economic Incentive Payments over four years.

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