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News in the WC
CNE (CNE-1 Core Concepts) Designation Course

May 11 & 12, 2016; 9:00 - 4:30

Receive you CNE Designation upon completion of this two day class. Take all three classes (CNE-1, CNE-2, CNE-3) to receive your MCNE Designation. This two-day course includes: competitive win-lose hard bargaining vs. collaborative win-win negotiating, understanding the differences in these two classic approaches and how to use both approaches to get the best outcome for your client and yourself, the psychology of buying, persuasion principles, and much more. More Information | Register Now

27th Annual Golf Classic

Monday, May 16, 2016 - Registration & Practice Begins at 10am; Tee off at 11:30am!

It's time time of the year again! Pull out that nine iron, lace up your golf shoes and get your team together for the WC's Biggest and Greatest Event! This year, we will be at Berry Creek County Club and have lots of fun at our new location. Registration begins at 10:00am, and the practice greens open! The Putting Contest will run from 10:00-11:15 Entry Fees: $125 per player, includes Green Fees with Golf Carts, Boxed Lunch, Fajita Dinner, & 2 Drink Tickets, Replay Card good at any CBIGG Golf Course Dinner Served around at 5:30 PM.   Event Flyer | Register Today | Advertising Information

TREPAC Competition

Monday, May 9th - Friday May 20, 2016

Team up with your office and become the TREPAC Leaders! This year's TREPAC Contest will put you against offices within your size (Large, Medium, Small). There are two ways to win! The first is to raise more money than the other offices in your size bracket! The second, is to get more participation (people investing at least a $1 to TREPAC) than the other offices within your size bracket! There will be six winning offices across Williamson County! It's easy to make your investment, you can click here, log in and "Contribute Additional to TREPAC"; you can call the Association at 512.255.6211 or you can stop by with a check or credit card to make your TREPAC Investment! 

Texas Residential Property Manager (TRPM) Certification

May 24 -26, 2016 - 9:00am - 3:30pm.

As a follow-up to the Texas Residential Leasing Specialist, this Texas-specific certification shows your commitment to your property management specialty. Gain knowledge on current business issues impacting property management, how to mediate tenant and owner relations, and the ins and outs of the TAR Property Management Agreement. More Information | Register Now

Industry News
Texas home sales jump in first quarter of 2016, inventory drops to all-time low

Texas home sales rose significantly in the first quarter of 2016, while housing inventory fell to an all-time low, according to the 2016-Q1 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

“Despite the economic downturn in some parts of the state, home sales continue to be strong, indicating the enduring demand of Texas real estate,” said Leslie Rouda Smith, chairman of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. “Our state continues to be a hub for relocation activity, business development and job growth.”

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Your Emails & Texts Could be Used Against You

The “e” in email may not only stand for electronic, but also evidence. That’s why your emails—and other electronic communications like text messages—are the top target of lawyers in real estate litigation. Can lawyers get your emails and text messages? Absolutely. It is not uncommon for lawyers to seek, through the discovery process of a lawsuit, all emails and text messages between the buyers’ and sellers’ REALTORS® or a REALTOR® and his or her client. There is no REALTOR® -client privilege in Texas to hinder or prevent the full and free discovery of your emails and texts. Emails and texts are fair game.

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Central Texas Weekly Update - April 25th

Election reminder – early voting starts this week for many municipal and school board elections!

Do you know what is and isn’t considered an advertisement?
Get the answer in this recap of TAR’s recent online town hall about the Texas Real Estate Commission’s advertising rules.

The Hidden Property Tax

The Legislature isn’t the only one working on property taxes. On the heels of our big Proposition 1 victory, we’re excited about a new site we’ve just launched, called

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The Voice for Real Estate

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