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Why should REALTORS® care about H.R. 3700?

Many first-time homebuyers turn to condominiums as a more affordable option for homeownership. Condominiums make up about 9 percent of the housing stock, but their share of the FHA portfolio is only 4.1 percent. Current FHA condo lending rules restrict the number of condos available to FHA homebuyers, thus limiting ...

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Primary Elections Recap: How Did We Do?

Super Tuesday has come and gone, and the national media has moved its attention to the later primaries in other states. But here in Central Texas, we are still reflecting on the great REALTOR® Champions that won victory on March 1, and those that will continue to a runoff in ...

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Why Should You Care About TREPAC?

Property taxes, homestead exemptions, private property rights, oh my! Growth in Central Texas has exploded over the last five years–a great thing for Austin– but at the same time has started posing several challenges for existing residents and prospective homeowners, like affordability, transportation, etc. As a real estate professional who ...

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Under All Is the Land – 2015 Advocacy Recap

This article was previously published in the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue of the Austin REALTOR®. From victories in our nation’s capital to the unprecedented campaign for Prop 1 across the state to the TREPAC fundraising successes here in Austin, 2015 proved to be perhaps the most successful year in REALTOR® Party ...

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Austin’s Moratorium on STRs: What REALTORS® Need to Know

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On November 12, Austin City Council adopted a moratorium on investor-owned (Type 2) short-term rentals (STRs). Due to this recent adoption, the City of Austin is no longer processing applications for Type 2 STRs that were submitted after September 17, though it will continue to renew licenses that were previously issued. While ...

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