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How to Handle Ethical Dilemmas Without Losing Your Cool

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This article was previously published in the March 2015 issue of REALTOR® Mag. Working in real estate comes with its fair share of irritations. Agents who don’t return calls in a timely manner or clients who make inappropriate demands can be frustrating, to say the least. But discerning when difficult ...

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Foreign Seller? FIRPTA Witholding Tax Goes To 15% For High End Homes

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FIRPTA, the Foreign Investment in Real Estate Property Tax Act was created by Congress in 1980 to avoid foreign home sellers from making a profit on their U.S. home without paying U.S. taxes. According to FIRPTA, 10% of the sale price would be held for taxes. Usually, the settlement agent ...

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2016 New Real Estate Laws

This year’s legislative session resulted in several new or revised real estate-related laws. Here are six that kicked in January 1. A big tax cut for Texas businesses The franchise tax has been reduced by 25%. This reduces the tax burden of any large real estate business that is subject ...

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10 Frequently Asked Questions About Trees, Fences, & Neighbors

This post was previously published as an article in Austin REALTOR® magazine. Here are some frequently asked questions on trees, fences, and neighbors. Feel free to share this information with your colleagues, clients, and friends. Who owns a tree? The person who owns the land on which the trunk of ...

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How to Protect Yourself from Cyberfraud

This article was previously published in November 2015 blog post from the National Association of REALTORS®. By 2019, cybercrime will cost businesses an estimated $2 trillion annually.  Don’t be a part of that statistic!  Implement the following best practices to safeguard you, your clients, and your business from online criminals. ...

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