TREC Advisor - December 2018

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Print License History On Demand for FREE! 

The Texas Real Estate Commission is pleased to announce the launch of our new automated Certified License History tool. This new features allowing anyone to print a certified license history ON DEMAND for FREE! This is just one more way TREC is working to simplify our processes to provide excellent customer service.

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From the Chair...

The Commission met on Thursday November 15 at the State Capitol. It was the longest meeting we have had in my memory, and it was also enormously fruitful for clarifying some policy expectations.  

Significant time was spent discussing the testimony we offered to the Sunset Commission on November 14th. More information will be provided over the next couple of months to our stakeholders on specific topics raised by the Sunset review process, but for now, let me say that we fully acknowledge the strong emphasis the Sunset Commission has placed on ensuring that our Agency’s customer service functions reach new levels of effectiveness and efficiency. While we have always been both accountable and transparent about our efforts to address our shortcomings, resolve any issues and improve our results, we are committed to work with much greater urgency toward setting and achieving new performance goals.  Several recent examples of improvements demonstrate this commitment. 


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Brokers and Preferred Lists of Service Providers - What's Allowed?

The Commission has received several questions about whether a broker may advertise about a service provider (such as a real estate inspector) and, if allowed, are there any limits to this type of activity?

If a broker offers, recommends, or promotes the use of a service provider and expects to receive compensation from the service provider when a party uses the service, the advertisement regarding the service must disclose that the broker may receive the compensation. [See Rule 535.155]  In addition, the party, as the broker’s client, must consent to the payment of the compensation. [See Rule 535.148(b)]  Rule 535.148(d) also provides that a “license holder may not accept a fee or payment for services provided for or on behalf of a service provider to a real estate transaction the payment of which is contingent upon a party to the real estate transaction purchasing a contract or services from the service provider.”

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Education Committee

ESAC Appointments Announced

The Texas Real Estate Commission is pleased to announce the recent appointments of seven new committee members to the Education Standards Advisory Committee (ESAC). Broker members: Mary Lou Henry, McAllen, Marion Napoleon, Grand Prairie, Ruben Peña, San Antonio, and Lori Solecki, Colleyville and educators: Scott Hilton, Houston, Kellie Stokes, Lewisville, and Kelea Youngblood, Austin, have all been appointed as members with terms set to expire in December 2020.

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Happy Holidays

Agency Holiday Hours Announced

This holiday season we are taking time to celebrate the the holidays. We will closed for the holiday on the following dates: 

December 24- 26 - Agency Closed for Christmas 

December 31 - January 1 - Agency Closed for New Years

As always, you will still be able to conduct most of your business online using our online services.

We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Additional News

TREC Processing Dates

Check out our "Processing Dates" informational page  and get all the information you need to know about your pending applications or renewals! 

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License and Complaint Count Totals

The most recent available numbers of licenses and complaints. These numbers will be updated each month, so check back for the most recent totals.

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Disciplinary Actions

Check out the full list of the latest disciplinary actions taken by the Commission. 

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Important Dates to Remember

  • ESAC Committee Meeting - January 7
  • Broker Responsibility Working Group - January 10

Check the TREC website regularly for postings of all of our upcoming meetings.