Aug. 6, 2012
Dear George: My wife and I are selling our home. We chose not to list it in the multiple listing service because we heard it costs an exorbitant fee. We are finding out, however, that selling our home is a time-intensive process; one of us has to be available to answer phone inquiries as well as show our home. Are you aware of any services that would field these phone calls and handle showing our home?
Answer: Yes. It’s called your local association of REALTORS®. Visit TexasRealEstate.com and select "Find a REALTOR®" at the top of the page. Follow the steps to locate a Texas REALTOR® who is not only qualified to take phone calls and show your house, but can advise you throughout the sales process and assist you with all required documentation.
Dear George: I ran across the term appurtenance in some real estate documents. What does it mean?
Answer: An appurtenance is something that belongs to and goes with something else, with the appurtenance being less significant than what it belongs to. Generally, it is a real estate term that applies to the rights, privileges, and improvements that belong to and pass with the transfer of real property but are not necessarily a part of the property. Examples are rights-of-way, easements, water rights, and property improvements.
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