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I am excited to announce that I have re-written and now have FULL Texas Real Estate Commission approval for my latest version of AMAZON ALEXA, and her friends, for REAL ESTATE. The class is titled: Making ALEXA Work for Real Estate #43586. You want to WIN more listings? You just need to add the value that is missing, a personal marketing touch. Here’s the kicker– You don’t have to spend a fortune or be a computer genius. It’s time to learn how easy it is to Make ALEXA work for YOUR real estate business. I am ready to teach you what you’ve been missing. This class will be offered IN PERSON & on zoom. I suggest the IN PERSON class as you will get a chance to see and hold the Alexa devices and start making some decisions on where you want to start. Click here to see more.

***** Making ALEXA Work for Real Estate #43586 (3 Hours T.R.E.C. Continuing Education) Use technology to give your seller’s the best opportunity to sell their home in ANY market. Secure more listings & elevate your listing presentation, with little out of pocket. This class will introduce you to Alexa, the Voice Assistant & her friends. You will learn how to create an in home, interactive showing experience that uses YOU & YOUR seller’s marketing message & light up the house—THE SHOWING A BUYER WILL NEVER FORGET! We will also discuss daily uses, converting your blog to a Voice blog, a brief history of voice assistants, how to protect your clients, & where The One to Four Family Residential Contract resale mentions this technology. Learn from an Alexa Voice Skill award winner and creator of the first Alexa voice Skill for Real Estate in The Woodlands, Texas. ***** Authored and Taught by Scott Culberson, Provider Living the Real Estate Life #10445

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Public Improvement District “P.I.D.” Summary

A Public Improvement District (P.I.D.) in Texas is a common way for a subdivision developer to create infrastructure for the subdivision they are creating.  The developer will choose their location and begin laying out what the development would look like.  The developer would also get in contact with the city that the property is in so that the development follows the local guidelines.  The developer may see a need to create a P.I.D. so that they can recoup money they pay upfront for lights, sidewalks or many other uses.  Once the developer sees the need to establish a P.I.D. they request the city to sponsor their P.I.D. through the city’s formal process.  There are two local government codes that P.I.D.’s can be created under in Texas: 372 and 382.  For example, the P.I.D.’s in Conroe and Tomball are created through government code 372.  Once the city has approved the P.I.D. the citizens that live in that subdivision will be assessed a P.I.D. tax and it can be seen under the jurisdiction section of the taxes.  A citizen that is paying a P.I.D. tax can pay off their portion at any time.  IMPORTANT NOTE—there may be some lag time from the creation of the P.I.D. and the P.I.D. tax showing up on the tax records.  This can vary but is typically when the subdivision has it’s first completed home.  New home developers in Tomball and Conroe have been given information from their respective cities for the public about the P.I.D.’s they have created.  The total number of P.I.D.’s in Tomball and Conroe at the time of this article was 17.  The trend is for new developments to create a P.I.D.

Can an existing subdivision create a P.I.D.?  The answer is they can, but they usually don’t.
Let’s say you live in a subdivision that has sidewalks that are cracked badly, they look horrible, and you can’t even push a stroller without it being dangerous. The homeowners in that subdivision could approach their Homeowners Association and ask them to create a P.I.D. to fix the sidewalks.  The H.O.A. would need to gather a petition with more than 50% of the homeowners agreeing to the P.I.D. tax.  That petition would then be taken to the city for a hearing.  The hearing is where it goes bad if the H.O.A. did not get a large majority agreeing to the P.I.D.  Citizens do not usually give themselves a new tax to pay, but it can be done and that’s pretty much the process.  It is rare to see a new P.I.D. created in a subdivision that is established.

Here are some other details you might want to be aware of.  If a person lives in a P.I.D. and they wish to sell, they MUST provide notice of the P.I.D. to the buyer before the contract is executed.  Sellers that are selling condominiums, new construction, raw land, commercial and residential homes all must provide the P.I.D. notice.  The seller should be aware that they are in a P.I.D. for one of two reasons.  The first way a seller should be aware if they are in a P.I.D. is they are and have been receiving a bill for that P.I.D.  If this is the case the P.I.D. should show up in the Jurisdiction section of the tax records. The second is that if a new P.I.D. has been created or is in the process of being created the seller would have received notices in the mail for hearings about the P.I.D. that was created or in the process of being created.  In this case the tax records may not show the P.I.D. since it is new or still in the creation process. Click here to review EXEMPTIONS under the Texas Property Code but remember Condominiums are NO LONGER exempt.

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