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The following is provided by the Texas Association of REALTORS® for
* Real estate brokers and salesmen are required by law to make properties
available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
disability or familial status.
Prior to entering into a contract, a buyer may find it useful to pre-qualify for
a mortgage loan. Loan programs, fees, interest rates and requirements
vary among lenders.
* Brokerage fees are negotiable and are not fixed or controlled.
* In many transactions, including most residential sales, a seller will deliver
a Seller's Disclosure Notice to a buyer on or before the effective date of a
contract to purchase the property. The notice provides important
information about the seller's knowledge of the property condition.
Buyers, sellers, landlords, or tenants are encouraged to have a property
inspected by licensed inspectors or lawfully authorized persons to
(a) the condition of the property; (structural, mechanical, and
(b) any environmental conditions;
(c) feasibility of use;
(d) compliance with laws or regulations;
(e) presence of termites or wood-destroying insects; and
(f) any other matters.
Brokers are not qualified to perform such inspections.
* Residential service contracts are available to buyers and sellers of
residential property. In a residential service contract, a residential service
company agrees to, subject to the terms of the contract, repair the
appliances, electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling or other systems in the
* Buyers are advised to obtain a policy of title insurance or have an
abstract or title reviewed by an attorney of buyer's choice before
purchasing a property.
* Buyers, sellers, landlords, or tenants are advised to seek the advice of an
attorney of their own selection before entering into a binding agreement.