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Texas Real Estate Regulations: What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know

With a diverse housing market, comprising urban and sub-urban areas with significant population growth, and also a state with no state tax. Texas is one of the most preferred states in the US for people to settle in. 

However, the property tax is comparatively higher than the other states, people still prefer Texas to settle in because of other convenient reasons like economic stability, its susceptibility towards natural disasters, and diverse housing options. 

Texas has a strong real estate market and we’ll talk about things that should be in the diary of the deal maker before going to purchase or sell real estate property in Texas.

Points To Know About Texas Real Estate Regulations 

  • Consumer Protection

TREC is committed to consumer protection, and individuals can file complaints with the commission if they believe a real estate professional has violated state regulations.

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  • Time-Share Regulations

Texas has specific regulations related to time-share properties. Real estate professionals involved in time-share transactions must comply with these regulations.

  • Educational Programs

As same as other states of the US, TREC offers various educational programs and resources for both aspiring and licensed real estate professionals. 

However, such programs in Texas include pre-licensing courses, exam preparation materials, and information on industry best practices. It is always beneficial for both the parties, as well as for the broker or the real estate agency to pursue such educational programs to stay updated with the relevant real estate laws and regulations of the state.

Make sure your broker or the agency, has such an educational history as suggested by the real estate laws in the US, as similar it is in the other states of the US too.

  • Contracts and Forms

To ensure consistency and compliance with the real estate laws and state regulations, the Texas Real Estate Commission provides standardized contracts and forms. Those forms are commonly used in real estate transactions.

Being a buyer especially, or even for the seller, one should make sure to comply with the following documentation to make a deal in the real estate market of Texas.

  • Broker Responsibility Course

Professional brokers in Texas are required to complete a ‘Broker Responsibility Course’ to become a legally acclaimed real estate broker as part of their continuing education. This course covers broker responsibilities and compliance with TREC rules. 

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Make sure to check with the broker for this course’s certification if you are thinking of buying or selling a property in Texas through him or a property management company, that would be assigning an agent to you for the real estate transaction.

  • Legal and Ethical Standards

You can envisage that Real estate professionals in Texas are usually expected to adhere to high legal and ethical standards. The reason is that violations of ethical conduct can result in disciplinary actions by TREC.

  • Escrow and Trust Accounts

Having no tax in the state of Texas, real estate professionals here are required to follow some specific regulations regarding the handling of client funds. It includes the proper usage of escrow and trust accounts.

Licensing, Agency relationships, and Property disclosure are some other common aspects that every state’s real estate laws consist of. However, there are certain specific points to know for real estate buyers and sellers in Texas, and because they too are significant for the party involved in the transaction, let us follow them separately for the buyer and seller simultaneously.

Points that Buyers need to know about the Texas Real Estate Market

  • Secure the Mortgage First

While dealing in the real estate market in Texas, make sure to secure a pre-approved mortgage before hunting for a house. Being a buyer, it is crucial to understand the types of loans available and the associated costs first, and then move ahead to the next step.

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  • Closing Costs

Closing cost, being the most common factor for all the buyers remains the same for the buyers in Texas as well. One should be prepared for loan origination fees, escrow fees, title insurance, and other miscellaneous charges. And not to forget review the closing disclosure document carefully before the transaction.

  • Insurance Can Save Your Investment

Obtain homeowners insurance to protect your investment. In Texas, Flood insurance can be vital in certain areas, and therefore, make sure to check flood zone maps before you buy a property or even if you opt for a rental property in Texas.

  • Property Taxes and Homestead Exemption

Understanding the property tax rates in the area you are searching for property is crucial. Property taxes usually vary in accordance, particularly with land, coast, and other aspects near about. It is just an important factor to consider in your budget.

As far as exemptions are concerned, if the property is to become your primary residence, make sure to research the homestead exemption and real estate laws related to it. This can provide property tax relief.

Points that Sellers need to know about the Texas Real Estate Market

  • Staging and Presentation

Consider staging your home to make it more appealing to potential buyers. Well-presented homes often sell more quickly.

  • Home Inspections

Anticipate that the buyer may conduct a home inspection. Address any necessary repairs or be prepared to negotiate repairs during the transaction.

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  • Pricing Strategy

Work with your agent to determine a competitive and realistic listing price. Overpricing can deter potential buyers.

  • Marketing and Photography

Invest in professional photography and effective marketing strategies to showcase your property.

  • Negotiations

Be prepared for negotiations. Your agent can guide you through the process, including handling offers and counteroffers.

  • Closing Costs

Understand the closing costs you may be responsible for, including agent commissions, title insurance, and other fees.

  • Property Taxes

Be aware of property tax implications. Inform the buyer about the homestead exemption if applicable.

Both buyers and sellers benefit from the expertise of experienced real estate professionals in Texas. It’s crucial to stay informed about local market trends, regulations, and any changes that may impact the real estate process. Additionally, working closely with a real estate attorney and consulting with financial professionals can provide additional guidance.

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