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2015 Texas REALTOR® Leadership Program

Deadline - March 15, 2015

Are you interested in becoming a leader within the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®? Maybe leading a committee, being a Director on the Board, or even the President of the Association? If so, take the time to review more information about the program, and submit your application no later than Sunday, March 15, 2015 to marge@wcrealtors.org.

Optimize Your Recommendation Engine

Monday, March 30th - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Information Age is upon us and your online identity and reputation can make or break you landing the client you've always wanted. This FREE pilot course offers NO CE credit, but is packed full of information about being the best you can be online and how to help grow your sphere of influence. Topics include: identify important online recommendation resources, optimize your online recommendation business profiles, encourage recommendations in your marketing, and make it easy for your clients to recommend you. Register Now

East Side Story Bus Tour

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:30am - 3:00pm

Take a guided tour of the developing areas in Williamson County, East of IH-35. You’ll explore new and growing builder communities and will have the opportunity to stop and visit some to see what they have to offer your clients. Hear from the economic development groups and learn about the anticipated growth in these communities. Tour participants receive valuable information, breakfast, lunch, and happy hour. Tickets are now on sale for only $20 in Advance or $30 the day of tour if space allows. The starting location will be the Teravista Wildflower Club (1000 Wildflower Park, Georgetown, TX 78626) Check in, breakfast and networking begin at 8:30 AM and the bus will depart from Teravista promptly at 9:00AM. Advertising Information | More Information | Buy Your Ticket

2015 Texas REALTOR® Hill Visits

Thursday, April 14, 2015

On April 14th, Texas REALTORS® from around the state will unite at the Capitol to meet with their lawmakers, talk real estate, and east some AMAZING barbecue at TAR headquarters. Make plans now at attend the 2015 Texas REALTOR® Hill Visits... you don't want to miss the most important grassroots political event of the year! (Did we mention BBQ?) More Information. Fill out the registration form today and TAR will make sure there is plenty of BBQ for you! Invite your REALTOR friends! 

Industry News
Now Available: NAR’s Official, New REALTOR® Credit Card

I’m pleased to inform you that applications are now available for the new REALTOR® Credit Card, the official credit card of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. This unique card program was created through a partnership between NAR and REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, to offer a new choice for credit for REALTORS®, Association staff and family members. The card will be offered through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program.

Available to existing and new Credit Union members, this card program includes customized real estate-themed designs, exclusive REALTOR® branding options and important features such as no annual fee, no balance transfer or cash advance fees, a comprehensive rewards program, and competitive interest rates that you have come to expect from your Credit Union.

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HUD-1 Going Away: Understand New Closing Forms, Procedures

The HUD-1 settlement statement and Good Faith Estimate forms are going away on August 1. The Truth in Lending Act disclosure is going away as well. In their place will be a new closing disclosure and a new loan estimate. There will be changes to the closing process as well, including a new rule requiring everything to be in place three days prior to closing. And last-minute changes face new hurdles. Learn about the changes in this walk-through.

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Field Representative Weekly - January 23rd

Special election recap from last week

Congratulations to the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® for their efforts in the SD 26 Opportunity Race. Their supported candidate, Senator-elect José Menéndez, defeated Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer 59% to 41%. With Menendez taking the senate seat, this means we will have yet another special election to fill his vacancy in HD 124.

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News You Can Use
Cedar Park appoints task force to evaluate bond proposals for November ballot

For the first time since 2007, Cedar Park residents may have the opportunity to vote on a series of bond proposals. The possible items, which could appear on ballots this November, would fund a variety of municipal projects that city leaders say are needed to help the city keep up with its rapid growth.

A newly-formed Bond Task Force will begin meeting in early March to begin putting together a list of recommended projects to present to the full city council in May.

The Bond Task Force members were named at the Feb. 12 city council meeting, with each council person appointing two members and the mayor appointing two members as well as the task force’s chairperson.

The city council approved Mayor Matt Powell’s recommendation of naming former city council member Cobby Caputo as chair of the task force.

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Capital Metro to expand Lakeline Park & Ride facility

With a $50 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, Capital Metro is moving forward with plans to double the capacity and frequency of its MetroRail commuter line.

TxDOT approved the grant in June to assist Capital Metro, the city of Austin’s transit authority, in purchasing four new rail vehicles and building a permanent downtown station and pedestrian plaza adjacent to the Austin Convention Center. An $11.3 million federal grant and about $18 million of Capital Metro’s own money will go toward adding a second set of tracks at three rail stations, including the Lakeline Station, and signal upgrades.

Upgrading MetroRail is Capital Metro’s No. 1 priority, President and CEO Linda Watson said.

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