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Keller, Texas 76248

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Dan is a great listener!  He was persistent in dealing with us and with potential buyers.  Patience is definately a virtue in this case, and we're grateful for Dan's work in helping us to sell our home!

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  • Are you one of the few who show up?

    In Lehman’s Terms

    This week’s column was written by Brandon Alderete, director of political affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

    Quick question: If today is an election day, where are all the voters?

    Today’s primary runoff elections may not be as glamorous (or noisy) as the November presidential election, but these races are more important than many voters realize because they determine who will be on that ballot in November.

    Candidates definitely get the significance of these elections. That’s why you’ve no doubt seen a few tell-tale election indicators over the past few months: campaign signs surrounding polling places in your community, glossy political mailers in your mailbox, and 30-second TV ads extolling a particular candidate’s virtues or highlighting the opposition’s dastardly deeds.

    But all that advocacy leads me to ask: Where are all the voters?

    Did they forget? Don’t they care? 

    History tells a story (of apathy)
    If the past is any indication, somewhere around 1 million Texans will vote in today’s crucial primary runoffs. That sounds like a lot of votes, but it’s really only about 7% of registered voters statewide.

    That’s right … in a state of about 25 million people, we have about 14.2 million registered voters,  and only about one in 14 of them will show up today.

    Think of it this way: If you are participating in this election, you have a tremendous responsibility—you’re speaking for yourself and about 13 other people.

    No excuses, please
    Even people who are registered to vote give excuses for not voting, and almost all of these excuses are either poorly reasoned or easily remedied.

    When someone says “I’m sick of politics,” I explain that those who don’t vote are just as responsible for the current political environment as those who participate. And they won’t effect change by sitting on the sidelines.

    When someone says “But my vote doesn’t matter,” I say it’s really true that every vote counts. In fact, one Texas race during the March primary election resulted in a 13-vote difference between two candidates out of 135,000 votes cast!

    My favorite is when someone says “There’s not enough information to make a decision.” This allows me to remind them of the myriad places to find election information. For example, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is just one of the many organizations that interviews candidates and reviews incumbents’ voting records before deciding who to support. Visit texasrealtorssupport.com to see the candidates who have earned support from one of the largest consumer watchdogs at the Texas Capitol. You can even enter your address and print your own personal voting guide.

    Easy rebuttals to these and other excuses lead me to make only two possible conclusions when considering our state’s abysmal voter-turnout numbers: voters forget or they don’t care.

    Make time to make a difference today
    Some people have their reasons for not voting, and that’s fine. But if you’re reading this, you can’t say you forgot.

    Stop by your polling place before 7 p.m. today so you don’t miss this chance to shape our future. Otherwise I’ll think you don’t care.

  • Does a seller always have to provide the survey?

    I had a survey of my home done when I bought it five years ago. Now I’m selling my house, and I can’t find it. Am I responsible for providing the survey?

    It depends. If you’re using the One to Four Family Residential Contract (Resale), look to Paragraph 6C for your options. There are three options within that paragraph related to whether the buyer or seller must provide the survey and when they must do so.

    Carefully review these options before selecting a check box in Paragraph 6C. Talk to your Texas REALTOR® to learn more about your options and the steps you should take in your transaction.

    Have a question about buying, selling, or leasing property in Texas? Ask us. Not all submitted questions can be answered.

  • What “fiduciary” means and how it applies to your real estate transaction

    I read the most incredible thing this morning: Some financial advisers can put their own interests above yours.

    That’s right … as long as that financial professional recommends an investment that is “suitable,” he or she can suggest a fund with higher costs to you (and higher commissions for the adviser) than a cheaper fund that may be a better option for you.

    Though that is shocking to me, I am encouraged by the following:

    1. Many financial advisers adhere to a higher standard that puts the interests of the client above those of the adviser.
    2. New rules are in the works to require this higher standard for advisers and brokers who work with retirement accounts.

    More good news for anyone buying, selling, or leasing real estate: When you receive agency services from a licensed real estate agent or broker in Texas, that professional is required by law to put your interests above his or her own. It’s called a “fiduciary” relationship.

    Even better news when you hire a real estate agent or broker who is also a Texas REALTOR®: All REALTORS® pledge to abide by a Code of Ethics that holds REALTORS® to an even higher standard than what’s required by law.

    To make sure you’re getting the highest level of professionalism, make sure your agent or broker is also a Texas REALTOR®. 

  • We’re talking about you in D.C. this week

    In Lehman's Terms

    With presidential campaigns taking up so much airtime, let’s not forget that the U.S. Congress is still in session, and every time these elected men and women meet, your interests as a real estate consumer are at stake. That’s why more than 400 Texas REALTORS® are in Washington, D.C., this week, advocating for you during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings.

    D.C. is beautiful this time of year, but REALTORS® aren’t here to see the sights—they’re here to work. And while being here, they are also sacrificing time away from their businesses and families because they know the importance of face-to-face interaction with legislators. 

    Every day during this annual meeting, REALTORS® brave crowded subways, intense security lines, and long trudges back and forth across Capitol Hill to meet with all 38 members of the Texas congressional delegation or their representatives to discuss current congressional actions affecting real estate. For example, one measure makes several much-needed reforms that increase affordable options for homebuyers. Another bill will provide more affordable and accessible private flood insurance options for property owners. Check out the materials on realtor.org to learn more about these and other issues REALTORS® are currently watching.

    There are also issues REALTORS® must vigilantly watch whenever Congress is in session. When you filed your income taxes, you may have deducted your property taxes and the interest you paid on your mortgage last year. Unfortunately, these two tax incentives that promote homeownership are always at risk as a vocal chorus of D.C. bureaucrats continues to look for more revenue sources to fund government.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Texas REALTORS® at work as they share their concerns with lawmakers, bringing public policies to life with real-world examples—a role they take seriously.

    To put all this in “Lehman’s” terms, REALTORS® don’t just help you buy, sell, and lease real estate. They’re also hard at work protecting your investment by encouraging lawmakers to support legislation that protects homeowners. They came to D.C. to lower your taxes, to increase consumer protections, and to make homeownership affordable for more Americans. Sounds like a lofty goal, but REALTORS® are in it for the long haul for you.

    Mark Lehman is vice president of governmental affairs for the Texas Association of REALTORS®. 

  • Can I choose who makes the repairs?

    I requested some repairs to the home I’m buying, and the seller agreed to make them. I’d like to choose the companies to the do the work, but the seller insists that he will choose them. Isn’t it my right to decide—or at least approve of—who will make the repairs on the home I’m buying?  

    The Texas Real Estate Commission contracts don’t provide for the buyer to designate who makes the repairs. However, the contracts do specify that the seller must use someone licensed to make the repairs, or, if no license is required by law, the seller must use someone commercially engaged in the trade of providing such repairs. The buyer and seller may agree otherwise in writing.

    Talk to your REALTOR® about this situation to see if you and the seller can agree to a situation that is mutually acceptable to both parties. Your REALTOR® can also advise you about other considerations regarding repairs, such as timing issues or repairs required by the lender. 

    Have a question about buying, selling, or leasing property in Texas? Ask us. Not all submitted questions can be answered.

Hello, Dan. How are you? =)

I hope all is well with you...

I would be happy to tell about how patient you were with
us during our home search, how meticulous you were with things such as
running comps for us for the area BEFORE we put a bid in on our current
home. You were always friendly, polite, thorough and showed us homes
tirelessly on our schedule and always offered great advice (such as
never look at a home at night, etc.)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and we love our new home!

Thank you for all of your help!

Sabrina



We had a great experience with Dan Lyons. We could not have asked for a better realtor.  He was very courteous and patient.  It was our first time buying a house and he was very patient and informative.  His experience and knowledge in architecture gave us the best advice on choosing a house. We gave him a description of what we were looking for and he found a lot of properties for us to look at. He also got us in to see houses we found online right away. Once we chose a house he kept us informed every step of the way on the process. We are very happy with our home and would definitely recommend Dan Lyons to anyone who is looking for a home.  I am very Thankful for him.  Thank you!!  

Maria & Mohamed