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May 2016 Academy Courses

Even though summer isn't officially until June, we're already heating things up at the ABoR Academy! With nearly 40 courses slated for May, we have an offering for every member whether you're looking to advance your knowledge in Matrix, seeking to learn more about the appraisals process, or brushing up ...

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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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