Central Texas Weekly Update - March 20, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Written By: TAR
The REALTORS® are coming ...

In two weeks, we will host our biggest grassroots political event of the year: REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol. Join us April 4 to share our message with lawmakers at the cornerstone event of our legislative advocacy.

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Legislative Liaison:First hearing on Senate’s property tax bill
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Written By: TAR

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers the status of the Senate’s property tax reform bill and what’s next for House’s school finance reform bill, plus a sampling of what’s happening at the Legislature next week and updates to HiddenPropertyTax.com you’ll want to share.

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Updates from the 3/9/2017 Cedar Park City Council Meeting
Friday, March 10, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Last night the Association attended the Cedar Park City Council meeting to speak out against the section in their sign ordinance policy banning temporary signs off premises!

If you remember two weeks ago, the Association spoke out against multiple items on the proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance. Due to the actions of Christy Gessler two weeks ago, the city changed time frames for stakes and wood signs which affected the ability to place a for sale sign on property. The City Council unanimously passed the proposed changes on that section.

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Representing Homeowners When They Don’t Know They Need Representation
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Written By: Savannah Olson

Over the past several months, members of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® have been involved in working with city leaders in Cedar Park and Leander on their development of sign ordinances which impact REALTORS’ ability to market homes successfully. Association members Darian Rausch and Christy Gessler and the Association’s Governmental Affairs Director, Kent Prickett have been instrumental in shedding light on some problematic ordinances the cities were considering implementing. Although these ordinances create obstacles to REALTORS®, the bigger issue is how they cripple a homeowner’s ability to sell property.

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Legislative Liaison: The House’s Property Tax Bill
Monday, March 06, 2017
Written By: TAR

In this edition …

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers the latest property tax reform bill filed at the Lege, a school finance bill that may be coming soon, and three ways to prep for REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol.

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March TREPAC Newsletter
Friday, March 03, 2017
Written By: TAR

Congratulations are in order! In our 2017 dues billing cycle Texas REALTORS® raised over $2 million for TREPAC and exceeded the national participation goal of 37%. But Texas REEALTORS® aren’t known for being good. We’re GREAT! Let’s use this momentum to push through our own state goal of 55% participation and $5 million!

Use the Chairman’s Report video above to present a “TREPAC Minute” at your next association’s meeting. This video will help spread the word about the value of TREPAC and provide Texas REALTORS® with a quick update about upcoming events.

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Politics & the Busy REALTOR®
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Just the thought of politics can make some folks sick to their stomachs, especially since we just ended the most media-heavy and overwhelming presidential campaigns of all time. With social media, it seems that politics are always in your face, even if you try to avoid them.  It all makes me reminisce of the days when it was impolite to discuss money, religion, and politics.

No matter what side of the political arena you place yourself, it’s important to remember that as a REALTOR®, you have many voices advocating for YOU! At the federal level, NAR has lobbyists working in the best interest of homeowners and REALTORS®. If you attended the TAR Winter Meeting, hopefully you heard from Jamie Gregory, the Deputy Chief Lobbyist from NAR who explained the issues NAR is watching in D.C., including tax reform. NAR is working diligently to make sure that 1031 Exchanges and the mortgage interest deduction stay for a long time.

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Austin Community College Real Estate Summer Course
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® (WCREALTORS) is excited to partner with the Austin Community College (ACC), to provide real estate professionals and anyone interested in real estate the opportunity to elevate their level of education.

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Status Options in Central Texas MLS
Monday, February 27, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Belonging to two MLS systems is not a new business practice for most REALTORS.  Prior to the creation of the Central Texas MLS Regional, many of our members belonged to two, three, or even four MLSs. This new consolidation of data has been extremely effective in helping agents market their properties to a wider pool of agents.  But with consolidation comes confusion about what certain fields mean in the new CTXMLS system.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have had many questions on what the different statuses in CTXMLS mean and how to use them correctly. In addition, we’ve even had some agents who have had issues closing out a listing because of the status codes.

CTXMLS has 8 status codes, and each of them represents a different array of data. The current codes are A, B, O, T, W, U, S, and X.  The descriptions of each are listed below, including how to make some of the codes available in the Listing Input & Edit Screen.

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The Big Down Payment Myth
Monday, February 27, 2017
Written By: NAR

Having the spare capital to put 20 percent down on a home purchase is great, but it’s certainly not the norm. Still, many people think it is and that belief may be holding some would-be home buyers back, particularly young adults.

Indeed, 39 percent of non-owners say they believe they need more than 20 percent for a down payment on a home purchase. Twenty-six percent believe they need to put down 15 to 20 percent, and 22 percent say they need a down payment of 10 percent to 14 percent to buy, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 Aspiring Home Buyers Profile report.

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