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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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Starting a Brokerage? 7 Questions to Consider

People start real estate brokerages for several reasons. Maybe they’ve cultivated a strong client base and efficient ways to work with them. Maybe they have a passion for the industry and want to dedicate their life to it. Maybe they seek independence and growth. Whatever the reason, there are seven …

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Pause and Be a Good Neighbor – 2016 ABoR President's Goals

One of the busiest times of the year for REALTORS® is just after the holiday season, as homebuyers are eager to get out there and invest in new property. We’re reinvigorated and have new found energy for the year ahead. I encourage you to pause during your normal routine, and …

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2015 Habitat for Humanity Holiday Build Recap and Gallery

In just under two weeks, the ABoR Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, ABoR members, REALTORS®, and volunteers banded together to give to the Ramirez family the greatest gift they could ever want for Christmas—a new home! In typical Texas fashion, temperatures ranged from 50 degrees to well into the 80s throughout the …

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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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