The National Association of REALTORS® Organizational Alignment Core Standards are designed to ensure that REALTORS® throughout the nation are known first and foremost in the mind of the consumer as the most reliable source for them whether they are coming to a new community or moving within a familiar one.
As Texas REALTORS® it is our promise to keep the organization strong and loud. The best way for you to be the true voice of real estate is to attend meetings and participate in the activities of our board.
A second important component of being a Texas REALTOR® is involvement within our community. Is there some way we can improve our community service? Do you have ideas we can use to continue making the REALTOR® name shine in the minds of consumers? Consider what you can do to help your board and your community.
Last, but no less valuable, is the duty of advocacy to your community on behalf of our REALTOR® family. Advocacy doesn’t only mean being involved in politics. It means knowing the issues facing the community, taking action when something needs to be done to improve the lives of your neighbors, and helping your clients know how to do the same. You can ensure that your knowledge is cutting edge by staying in touch with your TAR Field Representative and hearing the report they give during the general membership meeting.
Being a Texas REALTOR® means so much more than selling real property. Being a Texas REALTOR® is making a difference in our communities.
Here’s more valuable information to help you flourish:
NAR Wants YOUR Input in this important Discussion
Discussion of MLS Policy Statement 7.42 - Jurisdiction of Association Multiple Listing Services
“With brokers and agents serving increasingly expanded markets, and cloud based (or similar) business models gaining traction, it is prudent to reevaluate MLSs service structures to best meet the needs and interests of brokers and agents.
[Currently,] licensees under a broker must belong to a REALTOR® association MLS in which their broker is a participant.
The new concept would allow licensees in an office to be assessed per MLS they opt into and would not allow MLSs to charge all offices within the shareholder association’s jurisdiction, which can result in brokers and agents being assessed for services they do not use.”
2017 Legislative Session Talking Points
Texas REALTORS® had several legislative victories during the regular session as the strongest advocates for Texas real estate consumers.
Lawmakers filed more than 7,000 bills in the regular session. TAR read every bill and tracked more than 2,700 bills with the potential to directly or indirectly affect Texas real estate. View the document linked here to get more information regarding several of those TAR-supported bills and to have a look at some of the items on the Special Session agenda.
What’s happening with flood insurance?
The National Flood Insurance program is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017 unless Congress reauthorizes the program. Past lapses in the program have delayed or cancelled an estimated 14,000 real estate transactions, so it's vital that this program be reauthorized to protect buyers and sellers. The National Association of REALTORS® has been actively working with members of Congress to ensure strong pro-consumer legislation is passed.
Visit texasrealestate.com/NFIP for several helpful resources from NAR, TAR, and FEMA.
Support your Texas Veterans
Did you know that he Veterans Land Board offers affordable real estate loans to the state's 1.7 million military veterans? A veteran can borrow up to $50,000 using a VLB home-improvement loan. Read about veterans loans and many more opportunities to assist Texas Vets at this link.