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News and advice
International home sales top $10 billion in Texas Read the latest Texas International Homebuyers Reportreleased today by the Texas Association of REALTORS® to see how much of the international market the state now represents.
Use these customizable fliers to reach buyers and sellers Leverage TAR's consumer advertising campaign bydownloading and filling in these fliers that let consumers know why working with a Texas REALTOR® is a smart move.
Test your knowledge of common home features with this quiz Use this interactive quizto brush up on home architecture before your next showing and impress clients by correctly pointing out a soffit.
Today is the deadline to make sure your phones have direct 911 dialing If you have to dial 9 to reach an outside line from your brokerage's phones, a Texas law going into effect todayrequires changes to your phone system.
Texas REALTORS® take national leadership roles The National Association of REALTORS® last week announced appointments for leadership positions in 2017. TAR Chairman Leslie Rouda Smith will serve as 2017 Region 10 vice president (Texas and Louisiana), and 11 other TAR members will represent you on a 2017 NAR committee:
Mario Arriaga: vice chair, Global Business and Alliances Committee
Tray Bates: chair, Commercial Committee
Shad Bogany: vice chair, Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
Mike Brodie: chair, Real Property Operations Committee
Cathy Coneway: vice chair, Commercial Leadership Forum
Tiffany Curry: chair, Mega Board Forum
Dan Hatfield: vice chair, REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services Committee
Travis Kessler: chair, Association Executive Committee - State AE Forum
Kaki Lybbert: chair, RPAC Major Investor Council
Angela Shields: vice chair, Association Executive Committee - AE Institute Advisory Board
Kristin Smith: vice chair, Residential Economic Issues & Trends Forum
Fans of Netflix’s “House of Cards” won’t want to missthis speakeronSept. 8at the Texas REALTORS® Conference in Galveston.
Events and announcements
Want a chance to win a $50 gift card? Just share a photo at Conference At the Texas REALTORS® Conference in Galveston next week there will be two backdrops allowing you to take a photo with the "I am a Texas REALTOR®" logo or the comic book-inspired cover ofJune'sTexas REALTOR®magazine. Sharing those photos on Twitter or Instagram using #TARConf will enter you in drawings for gift cards, with multiple winners being announced during Conference. Full contest rules will be available next to the backdrops.
Earn the CIPS designation later this month Texas REALTOR® University will offer the Certified International Property Specialist Institute Courses the week ofSeptember 26. Contact your local association to see if the classes are being offered in your area, or visittexasrealestate.comand select “CIPS Designation” from the drop down menu under Groups.
Get CE at sea during the 2017 Texas REALTORS® International Cruise Setting sail from Galveston onFebruary 26, 2017, the Texas REALTORS® International Cruise is an opportunity to expand your business or work toward your Certified International Property Specialist designation during a seven-day trip to exotic destinations. Reserve your cabin now attexasrealestate.com/cruise.
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