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Buying a home is often the single biggest investment a person can make. Selling a home can be an overwhelming and confusing transaction. Because of the size and complexity of buying or selling a home, most buyers and sellers hire a professional advisor to help them with the process. The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is responsible for licensing real estate service providers in Texas to ensure they are qualified to advise consumers about these transactions. If you are looking for information about the home buying or selling process be sure to check out our consumer resources pagewhere we highlight tools that could help you.
There are two major categories of real estate professionals licensed by TREC.
Real estate brokers and sales agents are licensed for the protection of consumers. Before someone can be licensed to act for a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction, the person must meet certain requirements. To become licensed, each applicant must pass a background check to assess their honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. Applicants must also complete qualifying education and experience, and pass the licensing exam before they are granted the authority to help guide you through the complicated process of buying or selling a home.
Each company that provides brokerage services must be licensed as a broker and must operate under the direct oversight of an individual who also holds a broker license. Every sales agent is sponsored and supervised by a broker. A broker or sales agent licensed by TREC is not required to become a REALTOR; although many do voluntarily join this private professional organization.
TREC enforces the laws and rules which govern sales agents and brokers. If you have issues or concerns with the broker or sales agent assisting you, or if you feel you are not being represented fairly, you can file a complaint with TREC. TREC has the authority to take action against a licensed broker or sales agent who is not in compliance with the rules and laws of Texas. Additionally, licensed brokers and agents are required by law to put your interests as their client above all others, including the broker’s own interests. This is called acting as a “fiduciary”. It also involves providing the following minimum services:
Finally, license holders are required to provide certain consumer notices to you. The first time you communicate about a specific property with a license holder, the broker or agent is required to provide you with a form called the “Information About Brokerage Services”. This form describes the different ways a professional can represent you, the minimum services they must provide to you and key business names, licenses and contact information for the sales agent, their sponsoring broker, and any delegated supervisor. All licensed professionals' websites must also contain a link to a copy of the “Consumer Protection Notice” that contains information about filing a complaint and recovery funds.