Legislative Liaison: Latest on federal tax reform & new annexation law
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Written By: TAR

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Don’t Let Neighbors Downgrade Your Listing
Friday, October 13, 2017
Written By: NAR

It’s a dilemma in which no real estate professional wants to be stuck: snagging the perfect listing in a desirable area—right next door to the neighborhood eyesore. Whether it’s an unkempt property neglected by messy owners or an abandoned home falling into disarray, the ugly house next door can have a real and negative effect on the curb appeal of your listing. Your first instinct might be to ignore it and focus on the home you’re selling But potential buyers don’t have blinders on, and they’ll see the nearby nuisance right off the bat. So it’s best to address the problem head-on. With a little creative thinking, you can keep potential buyers’ attention on your listing and work through objections to any unsightliness next door. Here’s how.

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Central Texas Weekly Update - October 9th
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Written By: Casey Lee

Orientation/BOLC Schedule, Oct. 11-13

If you’re attending TAR’s TREPAC-GA Orientation and Board Officers Leadership Conference this week, please note that all meetings will take place at the Hyatt Regency Austin located at 208 Barton Springs Road, in Austin.

Download our new orientation app to your phone or tablet at my.yapp.us/TREPAC18 now and get everything you need in one place, including schedules, speaker bios, documents, picture uploads, and more!

Be sure to use the hashtag #TREPACMasters in your social media posts to join the conversation.

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Proposed Bylaws Changes
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

The Williamson County Board of Directors has approved the following bylaw changes and now requests approval from you, the membership that the following changes be made to the current 2017 bylaws: There are a total of 5 changes/revisions/and clarifications.

Pursuant to Article XVI - Amendments
Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members present or by the majority vote via e-mail sent to members qualified to vote at any meeting. The substance of such proposed amendment or amendments shall be plainly stated in the call for the meeting or e-mail.
Section 2. Notice of all meetings at which amendments are to be considered shall be emailed to every member eligible to vote at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting.

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Consumers Say This Is the Ideal Down Payment
Monday, October 02, 2017
Written By: NAR

More than half of Americans say they would prefer to put 10 percent down on a home purchase rather than 15 percent, 20 percent, or 30 percent, according to mortgage banker American Financing’s 2017 Mortgages in America Survey. The 10 percent down payment option was the lowest among the choices respondents were given in the survey. It also was the most popular choice across generational divides, including millennials, Generation Xers, and baby boomers.

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4 Things You Really Wish Your Sellers Knew
Friday, September 29, 2017
Written By: NAR

You don’t want to hurt your clients’ feelings. But undoubtedly there are a few things that pop up in the course of transactions that you wish sellers already knew, so that you could avoid having some awkward conversations with them. Real estate pros chime in at realtor.com® with some of the top things they wish sellers knew about selling a home, including:

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Client Communications Aren’t One-Size-Fits-All
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Written By: NAR

If you want to break into a segment of the market you’ve never served before, the way you communicate with current clients might not work for the buyers and sellers you’re trying to reach. A new customer base, whether it’s relocating military families, downsizing retirees, or divorced condo seekers, will have a different set of needs and values that you may not be accustomed to and that require specific attention. Even if you think a one-size-fits-all approach to client communications makes you helpful to a wider audience, your business likely won’t grow at the pace you hoped, says Kelly McDonald, a marketing consultant and author of How to Market to People Not Like You.

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WCREALTORS Announces Newest Staff Member
Monday, September 18, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

Round Rock, Texas – 18 September 2017 – In a statement released by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® today, Association Executive Marjorie Phillips announced that Leslie VanBurkleo will be joining the WCREALTORS staff team as the MLS and Membership Support.

The Association is thrilled to have Leslie joining the Association team. Between her training skills and intensive knowledge of the Matrix MLS system, our membership will be pleased to have her training expertise available to them on a regular basis.” said Mrs. Phillips.  “Leslie’s primary duties will include MLS training, tech support, and growth of the CTXMLS userbase.”

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Central Texas Weekly Update - September 5th
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Written By: Casey Lee

Resources for Texas REALTORS® affected by Harvey

The Texas Association of REALTORS® is committed to providing resources and assistance for members affected by Hurricane Harvey. Find information here about assistance, informational resources, and legal FAQ, including what to do with transactions under contract.

 

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Leadership
Monday, September 04, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Leadership is a term that is commonly used, but almost impossible to define. That’s part of the problem with leadership development, it means something different to every person, a true definition is hard to find. However, when a person steps up with leadership abilities, it’s amazing how everyone can point at him/her and say, “that’s a leader.”  The most commonly identified trait in a leader is integrity; without it, no one will want to follow.

For me, a leader is someone you are drawn to follow; someone who stands out to you in many different ways, and exhibits the strengths you deem necessary to make a difference.  Why is all of this important to REALTORS®?  Everyone leads at some point in their life, whether professionally, personally, or in their community.  Do you have what it takes to answer the call to lead?

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