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June Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in June for classes including:

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
June 6th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Advanced zipForm® Tips and Tools
Would you like to maximize efficiency within your zipForm® transaction? Join us to learn all of the newest tips and tools to elevate your transactions and streamline workflows. Advanced technology meets practical simplicity in this advanced demonstration.
June 11th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
June 11th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
6299 Revere Pl, Dallas 75214

Dodging Contract Danger Zones
This class focuses on specific sections within the TREC 1-4 Family Contract and other related contract forms that licensees should have a clear understanding of in order to steer clear of potential challenges.
June 12th
9:30 am – 10:30 am
6747 Winton Street, Dallas 75214

Dodging Contract Danger Zones
This class focuses on specific sections within the TREC 1-4 Family Contract and other related contract forms that licensees should have a clear understanding of in order to steer clear of potential challenges.
June 13th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
June 13th
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Republic Title Prosper Office

Dodging Contract Danger Zones
This class focuses on specific sections within the TREC 1-4 Family Contract and other related contract forms that licensees should have a clear understanding of in order to steer clear of potential challenges.
June 18th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Incredible Canva Tips and Tricks
Boost your listings and properties easily and efficiently using Canva’s beautiful real estate templates. Join us to learn new tips and tricks to make designing even easier and make marketing one of your new favorite tasks!
June 25th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Residential Education | REPUBLIC TITLE

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May Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in May for classes including:

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
May 8th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Pricing Properties using RPR® CMA
RPR®’s CMA offers REALTORS® a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Join us to learn RPR®’s RVM (REALTOR® Valuation Model) and Refined Value section, along with how to make adjustments on the value of the home based on improvements, local market conditions, interior and exterior conditions, and so much more.
May 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Dodging Contract Danger Zones
This class focuses on specific sections within the TREC 1-4 Family Contract and other related contract forms that licensees should have a clear understanding of in order to steer clear of potential challenges.
May 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title North Dallas

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
May 13th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title North Dallas

Traps and Pitfalls for Licensees
This class draws attention to the issues most likely to cause problems for licensees in a real estate transaction including real estate fraud, missing effective date in the contract, ‘practicing law’ and more.
May 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Backup, Contingent & Multiple Offers
This class will prepare licensees to handle the unique aspects of backup, contingent and multiple offer transactions by reviewing pertinent TREC addenda along with critical dates and deadlines.
May 16th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Incredible Canva Tips and Tricks
Boost your listings and properties easily and efficiently using Canva’s beautiful real estate templates. Join us to learn new tips and tricks to make designing even easier and make marketing one of your new favorite tasks!
May 16th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
121 Shoreview Drive, Rhome 76078

Capture More Clients
Agents will be shown the various tools and landing pages available in the NTREIS MLS system that could be used to attract more business and help generate leads from buyers and sellers.
May 21st
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
May 22nd
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake Office

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
May 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Plano Allen

Residential Education | REPUBLIC TITLE

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Republic Title Answers Your Questions on Recent Changes to Homestead Exemptions 

Homestead exemptions are a form of property tax relief provided to homeowners who use their property as their primary residence.

In the ever-evolving landscape of property taxes, understanding the intricacies of exemptions can significantly impact homeowners.  Recent changes to the Texas Constitution and the Tax Code have impacted homestead exemptions and how Central Appraisal Districts (CADs) handle those exemptions.  

In this post, we will be discussing what homeowners need to know about Proposition 4, which increased the amount of the homestead exemption resulting in significant savings for Texas homeowners, and recent modifications to the Texas Tax Code requiring all CADs to verify a property owner’s eligibility to continue to receive their homestead exemption.

What is a Homestead Exemption?

Before diving into the changes, let’s clarify what homestead exemptions entail. Homestead exemptions are a form of property tax relief provided to homeowners who use their property as their primary residence, also known as their homestead. These exemptions reduce the taxable value of a property, resulting in lower property taxes for eligible homeowners.

Recent Changes in Texas Tax Code

In Texas, where property taxes are a significant revenue source for local governments, any amendments to the tax code draw attention. The recent changes to Section 11.43 of the Texas Tax Code require the CADs to put procedures in place to confirm, once every five years (at a minimum), that homeowners still qualify for their homestead exemption.  It is important to note that this change may require homeowners to reapply for the homestead exemption or to provide documentation to continue to receive the benefits.  

If a homeowner receives a letter from the CAD regarding the need to reapply for a homestead exemption, or to provide additional documentation, it is vital that the homeowner provided that information before the deadline stated in the letter.  Failure to do so may trigger the loss of the exemption and any other related property tax exemptions resulting in a higher tax bill.

Proposition 4

Proposition 4 was a constitutional amendment overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters in November 2023 that increased the amount of the homestead exemption from $40,000 to $100,000.  This means eligible homeowners can now enjoy greater reductions in their property tax burdens, providing welcome relief amidst rising property values and tax rates.

How to Apply For The Homestead Exemption

Understanding how to apply for a homestead exemption is crucial for Texas homeowners looking to benefit from property tax relief. While the process may vary slightly depending on the county, here are the general steps to follow:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for homestead exemptions in Texas. Generally speaking, you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence on January 1st of the tax year in which you apply for the exemption.  In some instances, it may be possible for a homeowner to apply for the homestead exemption immediately upon acquisition of the property.  If you have questions about when you may submit your application for a homestead exemption, please contact your local CAD.
  2. Gather Required Documentation: Collect the necessary documents required for the application process. This typically includes proof of ownership (deed or contract), proof of residency (driver’s license or voter registration listing the property address as your home address), and any additional documents requested by your local CAD.
  3. Complete the Application Form: Obtain the homestead exemption application form from your county’s appraisal district or download it from their website. Fill out the form accurately and completely, providing all requested information. For a list of North Texas CADs, visit Republic Title’s blog
  4. Submit the Application: Once you’ve completed the application form and gathered all necessary documentation, submit them to your county’s appraisal district by the CAD’s specified deadline. Most counties allow you to submit the application by mail, in person, or online, but those options may differ by county.
  5. Follow Up: After submitting your application, follow up with the CAD to ensure that they have received it and that there are no additional requirements or steps needed to process your application.
  6. Monitor Your Property Tax Bill: Once your homestead exemption application is approved, you should see the reduced exemption amount reflected on your next property tax bill. Monitor your tax bill to confirm that the exemption has been applied correctly.

The standard homestead exemption is just one of many exemptions in Texas. Other exemptions include the Disabled Veteran Exemption, Over 65 Exemption, Agricultural Exemption, and Disabled Individual Exemption. For more information on these exemptions, visit Republic Title’s website.  

By staying informed about the homestead exemption application process in your county, you can take advantage of the property tax relief available to Texas homeowners and maximize your savings. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, don’t hesitate to reach out to your county’s appraisal district or consult with a tax professional for guidance tailored to your specific circumstances.

Additionally, when navigating real estate transactions in North Texas, partnering with a trusted title company such as Republic Title can streamline the process and provide assurance. With our extensive experience and expertise in handling real estate transactions, Republic Title is the preferred title partner for North Texas real estate transactions. Our dedicated team is committed to delivering exceptional service and ensuring smooth and successful closings for our clients.

Source: Republic Title Answers Your Questions on Recent Changes to Homestead Exemptions  – CandysDirt.com

 
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April Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in March for classes including:

Advanced zipForm® Tips and Tools
Would you like to maximize efficiency within your zipForm® transaction? Join us to learn all of the newest tips and tools to elevate your transactions and streamline workflows. Advanced technology meets practical simplicity in this advanced demonstration.
April 2nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

TREC Legal Update II
Material mandated by TREC: Legal Update II covers a host of topics that TREC has deemed critical for all licensees to be familiar with, including fiduciary and ethical duties of the agent, guidance on dealing with water and mineral rights, and important updates to tax laws and rules.
April 3rd
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Lakes at Castle Hills

What To Expect From A Home Inspection
1. What an inspector does and does not inspect
2. Common defects or safety issues found in the home
3. How to prepare your clients for the home inspection
4. Limitations for a home inspection
5. Optional services that are offered
April 4th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title North Dallas Office

TREC Legal Update II
Material mandated by TREC: Legal Update II covers a host of topics that TREC has deemed critical for all licensees to be familiar with, including fiduciary and ethical duties of the agent, guidance on dealing with water and mineral rights, and important updates to tax laws and rules.
April 9th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown Office

Instagram Reels for Real Estate Agents
If you’re looking to connect with more buyers and sellers while growing your brand, then Instagram Reels could be for you. Reels is a powerful way to cast a larger net to grow your followers and to showcase your listings to a wider audience. In this course you will learn the quick and easy steps to create a reel and given examples of content ideas so you can get started today.
April 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
April 10th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
622 Carroll Drive, Garland 75041

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT: A Real Estate Agent’s Guide
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
April 10th
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake Office

Escape Hatches for Buyers
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
April 11th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

DFW Stats and Trends at your Fingertips
Successful agents know their local markets. Whether used in a casual meeting, a listing presentation or on social media, knowing how to produce market reports is essential. Join us to learn how to generate current and relevant monthly/annual stats using all the tools available to you through NTREIS.
April 16th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Top Ten Contract Addenda
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE.
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more.
April 17th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
April 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
April 24th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

What to Expect from a Home Inspection
1. What an inspector does and does not inspect
2. Common defects or safety issues found in the home
3. How to prepare your clients for the home inspection
4. Limitations for a home inspection
5. Optional services that are offered
April 24th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Lakewood Office

New Forms Editor-zipForm®
The new forms editor in zipForm® introduces several intelligent and intuitive features, giving agents and brokers everything they need to prepare and send forms faster than ever. With a new and improved workspace, you can autofill forms, fill out multiple forms at once, mark up documents, add personalized clauses and quickly add signers and property information.
April 24th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake Office

Hit the Road with MLS Touch App
Deals are made on the road. MLS Touch is the most advanced Mobile MLS app for agents! Come to this class to learn how to use this tool like a pro from the first time you log in. Seamless integration with Matrix, OneHome Portal, Realist Tax and more. Set up your own branded app to share with clients and on social media.
April 25th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

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March Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in March for classes including:

Cybersecurity Basics for Brokers & Agents
This class will help licensees understand the importance of being ‘cyber- vigilant’ in addition to learning steps to take in order to protect themselves and their clients from cyber-attacks.
March 5th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Step Up Your Instagram Game
In today’s real estate market, Instagram marketing is essential to showcasing who you are and connecting with your sphere. Are you ready to take your Instagram to the next level? Join us in this class for a complete guide to Instagram including ways to enhance your bio, tools for creating great content, how to target and attract buyers and sellers, and much more!
March 5th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
March 6th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Definitions & Rules of the Forward 1031 Exchange
In this class, you will learn how the general workings of a 1031 Exchange can be very beneficial to agents who work with investors. This class will help you recognize potential situations that may warrant or justify a 1031 Exchange for your client.
March 7th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Incredible Canva Tips and Tricks
Boost your listings and properties easily and efficiently using Canva’s beautiful real estate templates. Join us to learn new tips and tricks to make designing even easier and make marketing one of your new favorite tasks!
March 12th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

New Forms Editor – zipForm®
The new forms editor in zipForm® introduces several intelligent and intuitive features, giving agents and brokers everything they need to prepare and send forms faster than ever. With a new and improved workspace, you can autofill forms, fill out multiple forms at once, mark up documents, add personalized clauses and quickly add signers and property information.
March 14th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title North Dallas Office

TREC Legal Update I
Material mandated by TREC: Legal Update I covers various topics related to changes in regulations, forms, and standards of practice in the real estate industry including: TREC statute and rule updates, an overview of changes to and best practices for promulgated contract and addenda forms, and updated information on fair housing and property management laws and regulations.
March 19th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown Office

It’s All Foreign to Me
This class will cover many areas of a transaction involving a non-US citizen including Foreign Investors Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), Foreign Wills, Mexican Matricula Consular and Foreign Acknowledgments.
March 19th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Mortgage Tools for Buyers and Buyers Agents

Tools Discussed:
(1) Real Estate Report Card: Shows potential clients the health of their local market using metrics like home inventory, affordability index and appreciation
(2) Buy vs Rent Comparison: Allow you to compare your estimated monthly payment for renting, or buying but also includes additional analytics. Estimate of the homes future value ass well as the possible tax savings you could realize when buying a home
(3) Investment Property Analyzer: Cash flow estimate year 1 through 10, cash on cash return, overall Expected ROI
(4) Cost of waiting analysis: Estimate the cost of waiting to purchase

Guest Instructor: Kyle Wilcox | Business Development Manager, ITrustLendingTeam
*No CE provided – for informational purposes only*
March 19th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

New Forms Editor-zipForm
The new forms editor in zipForm® introduces several intelligent and intuitive features, giving agents and brokers everything they need to prepare and send forms faster than ever. With a new and improved workspace, you can autofill forms, fill out multiple forms at once, mark up documents, add personalized clauses and quickly add signers and property information.
March 20th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lakewood Country Club

Top Ten Contract Addenda
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more. APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE.
March 20th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

DocuSign Dynamics
Unleash the full potential of a paperless workflow with DocuSign®. Our engaging, hands-on class dives right into the heart of DocuSign®, empowering you to sign and send documents effortlessly from any corner of the globe.
March 21st
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

The State of Insurance in Texas

Insurance market conditions are drastically changing in Texas. This course will explore contributing factors, the effect on the real estate process and solutions to best help your clients.

Guest Instructor: Todd Campbell with Farmers Insurance
*No CE provided – for informational purposes only*
March 21st
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title North Dallas

TREC Legal Update I
Material mandated by TREC: Legal Update I covers various topics related to changes in regulations, forms, and standards of practice in the real estate industry including: TREC statute and rule updates, an overview of changes to and best practices for promulgated contract and addenda forms, and updated information on fair housing and property management laws and regulations.
March 27th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Lakes at Castle Hills

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February Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in January for classes including:

RPR Mobile Rapid Rundown
Whether you’re scanning the MLS for the freshest listings, digging up off-market gems, or dishing out rapid-fire answers on property histories, valuations, and neighborhood schooling, RPR® Mobile has your back. This course is your ticket to mastering RPR’s® mobile application in the real-world hustle of property dealing.
February 6th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
February 7th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake Office

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
February 7th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Home Surveillance – Legal Issues
Join us for this class which focuses on the specifics of home surveillance and potential legal issues that arise from unlawful recordings of video or audio or both when an agent is showing a house or listing a house.
February 13th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Top Ten Contract Addenda
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more. APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
February 13th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

What to Expect from a Home Inspection
1. What an inspector does and does not inspect
2. Common defects or safety issues found in the home
3. How to prepare your clients for the home inspection
4. Limitations for a home inspection
5. Optional services that are offered
February 14th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Uptown Office

The Prospecting Game
If we are not prospecting we are dying and having a traceable, systematic approach to it will help organize and elevate your business. In this class, Shaun Neidigh, VP/Business Development will discuss an 8-week, step by step program and best practices that will surely elevate you to new heights in your business.
February 15th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper Office

Backup, Contingent & Multiple Offers
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
This class will prepare licensees to handle the unique aspects of backup, contingent and multiple offer transactions by reviewing pertinent TREC addenda along with critical dates and deadlines.
February 20th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Instagram Reels for Real Estate Agents
If you’re looking to connect with more buyers and sellers while growing your brand, then Instagram Reels could be for you. Reels is a powerful way to cast a larger net to grow your followers and to showcase your listings to a wider audience. In this course you will learn the quick and easy steps to create a reel and given examples of content ideas so you can get started today.
February 21st
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Free Tools to Supercharge Your Marketing
Check out our curated list of the real estate marketing resources you can start using today to supercharge all your marketing efforts, without emptying your bank account.
February 22nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

8 Ways to Elevate Your Business with Video
Video is changing the game in the world of real estate and if you are not careful you will be left behind. Having a simple yet effective video campaign to engage your sphere and reach new targets allows you as a realtor to concentrate on more revenue-producing activity. In this class with Shaun Neidigh, VP/Business Development we will explore 8 ways/topics that will add value to you and your business for the coming year.
February 22nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
February 27th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

Escape Hatches for Buyers
APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
February 28th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Uptown Office

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Tips From Republic Title for Understanding and Preventing Wire Fraud

Real estate transactions are significant financial undertakings, making them attractive targets for fraudsters. That’s why the Title Underwriting and Legal team at Republic Title is looking to protect its customers with these tips and consumer information.

Among the various types of fraud, wire fraud has become increasingly common in real estate transactions in recent years. While exact statistics can be hard to come by due to underreporting, the FBI reported in 2020 that victims lost over $200 million to real estate wire fraud alone. This significant sum underscores the scale of the problem.

How Wire Fraud Occurs

Wire fraud in real estate transactions often involves criminals attempting to manipulate the financial aspects of the transaction. Here’s how it typically happens:

1. Impersonation: Fraudsters may impersonate legitimate parties involved in the transaction, such as real estate agents, title company representatives, or even the buyers and sellers themselves. They send convincing emails or text messages that appear to be from these trusted sources.

2. False Wire Instructions: Once they’ve gained trust, the criminals send false wire instructions, either requesting a change in account details or directing the victim to wire funds to a fraudulent account. These instructions often contain convincing details about the transaction.

3. Urgency and Pressure: Scammers often use tactics that create a sense of urgency and pressure victims to act quickly, leaving them with little time to question the authenticity of the requests.

4. Lack of Verification: Victims may not independently verify the instructions due to the perception that they are dealing with trusted parties, relying solely on email or other electronic communication for confirmation.

Preventing Wire Fraud

Preventing wire fraud in real estate transactions requires vigilance and adherence to best practices:

1. Independent Verification: Always verify wire transfer instructions independently, ideally through a phone call using a previously provided phone number. Avoid relying solely on email communication or text messages, as it can be compromised. 

2. Secure Communication: Use secure and encrypted communication channels when sharing sensitive financial information. This ensures that your conversations remain confidential and protected from eavesdropping.

3. Education and Awareness: Stay informed about common wire fraud tactics and red flags. Look out for unusual or unexpected changes in wire instructions and urgent requests for funds. Encourage all parties involved in the transaction to do the same.

What to do if You Are The Victim

If you discover that funds have been transferred to a fraudulent account, contact your bank or the money transfer company immediately. Ask the bank or money transfer company to attempt a wire recall. Contact your local FBI, State Attorney General’s office, and the FTC to report the fraud. File a complaint, regardless of the dollar amount, with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Part of the mission of ic3 is to provide the public with a reliable and convenient reporting mechanism to submit information to the FBI concerning suspected criminal activity. Information is analyzed and used for investigative and intelligence law enforcement purposes and for public awareness. 

Wire fraud is a significant threat in real estate transactions due to the potential for substantial financial losses. Understanding how it occurs and implementing preventive measures is crucial to safeguarding your investments. By adopting independent verification, secure communication, education, and confirmation of contacts, you can reduce the risk of falling victim to wire fraud. Additionally, the Republic Title Underwriting and Legal team is available to answer your questions and be a resource for you in working towards a smooth closing. Republic Title’s team includes Matt Visinsky, Wade Bogdon, Jay Turner, Steve Holley, and Sarah Mann. 

Source: Candysdirt.com – Tips From Republic Title for Understanding and Preventing Wire Fraud – CandysDirt.com

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January Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in January for classes including:

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
January 9th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
January 10th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Selling Out of An Estate
Join us to learn the requirements for selling real estate if title is held by an estate or there has been a death of a seller.
January 17th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Elevate Your Marketing Magic using RPR
Are you ready to transform your real estate marketing game and captivate your audience like never before? In this cutting-edge course, we reveal the true power of RPR®’s (REALTORS PROPERTY RESOURCE ®) marketing resources and AI-driven features that lie beneath the surface. Discover how to harness market trends and data insights to craft captivating social media videos and graphics that command attention.
January 18th
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Republic Title Southlake Office

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
January 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy Office

A Realtor’s Circus: Preparing for the Greatest 2024 on Earth
Realtors, are you struggling to stay organized, be creative, and find consistent success in this circus known as real estate? If so, then step right up and get your ticket to a fun, whimsical, and wild circus adventure with Lisa Johnson Juden as your master ringleader. With 23 years of experience as a Realtor, Lisa shares with you her secrets to fostering creativity, igniting inspiration, and reaching your greatest goals in today’s real estate marketplace.
January 23rd
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Title Commitment 101
This class focuses on understanding the groundwork done in creating the Title Commitment, what agents should look for and what questions to ask. We will provide licensees with a basic understanding of crucial documents and the role they play enabling them to detect potential problems.
January 24th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Uptown Office

Maximize Productivity with ChatGPT
Teaching real estate agents to use ChatGPT can improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Come to this class to learn the many ways ChatGPT can help you create better listing descriptions, social media posts, scripts for videos & blogs, ad copy and so much more.
January 24th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco Office

Unlocking High Performance: The Playbook to Navigating Tough Times and Transition
By the end of your time with Anthony, you will learn how to develop a winning mindset, implement habits that create higher standards, and set goals that motivate and challenge you to reach your definition of high performance.
January 31st
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Frisco Office

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November Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in November for classes including:

TREC Legal Update II
Legal Update II covers a host of topics that TREC has deemed critical for all licensees to be familiar with, including fiduciary and ethical duties of the agent, guidance on dealing with water and mineral rights, and important updates to tax laws and rules.
November 1st
9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Republic Title Uptown

DFW Stats and Trends at Your Fingertips
Successful agents know their local markets. Whether used in a casual meeting, a listing presentation or on social media, knowing how to produce market reports is essential. Join us to learn how to generate current and relevant monthly/annual stats using all the tools available to you through NTREIS.
November 1st
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
November 2nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy

Economic Update
Join Republic Title and Prime Lending for an Economic Forecast where we will discuss how mortgage rates are set and where they are going, how the Fed’s actions affect mortgage rates, the National/Texas/Dallas County Real Estate Market and Economic Trends.
Instructor: Dawn Robinson | SVP Lone Star Regional Manager
*No CE provided, for informational purposes only*
Breakfast will be provided
November 2nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Park Cities

Escape Hatches for Buyers
In this class licensees will become familiar with specific conditions & contingencies within the contract and related addenda that, if not adhered to, could result in a Buyer’s valid termination of the contract.
November 2nd
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1129 Melrose, Richardson

New Forms Editor-zipForm®
The new forms editor in zipForm® introduces several intelligent and intuitive features, giving agents and brokers everything they need to prepare and send forms faster than ever. With a new and improved workspace, you can autofill forms, fill out multiple forms at once, mark up documents, add personalized clauses and quickly add signers and property information.
November 7th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Developing Your Referral Playbook
Developing a business based on referrals is not just important, but mandatory for a successful career in real estate. Shaun Neidigh, VP/Business Development walks you through a seven-part guide designed to ignite ideas and help you build a solid foundation of best practices and habits for generating business referrals.
November 7th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Prosper

Selling Out of An Estate
Join us to learn the requirements for selling real estate if title is held by an estate or there has been a death of a seller.
November 7th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Lakes at Castle Hills

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
November 7th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Plano-Allen

Hit the Road with the MLS-Touch App
Deals are made on the road. MLS Touch is the most advanced Mobile MLS app for agents! Come to this class to learn how to use this tool like a pro from the first time you log in. Seamless integration with Matrix, OneHome Portal, Realist Tax and more. Set up your own branded app to share with clients and on social media.
November 8th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Uptown

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
November 8th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Digital Dealmaking Using zipForm®
Explore the extensive features of this platform, which allows real estate professionals to create digital transaction files accurately, input contract details, attach necessary documents, and smoothly manage electronic signatures from every stakeholder involved in a property transaction. All these functionalities pertain to Lone Wolf Transactions, zipForm Edition (formerly known as zipForm® Plus).
November 14th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Preston Legacy

Backup, Contingent & Multiple Offers
This class will prepare licensees to handle the unique aspects of backup, contingent and multiple offer transactions by reviewing pertinent TREC addenda along with critical dates and deadlines.
November 14th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
November 15th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
4521 Aubrey Pkwy, Aubrey

Elevate Your Marketing Magic Using RPR
Are you ready to transform your real estate marketing game and captivate your audience like never before? In this cutting-edge course, we reveal the true power of RPR®’s (REALTORS PROPERTY RESOURCE ®) marketing resources and AI-driven features that lie beneath the surface. Discover how to harness market trends and data insights to craft captivating social media videos and graphics that command attention.
November 16th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Zoom

Free Tools to Supercharge Your Marketing
Check out our curated list of the real estate marketing resources you can start using today to supercharge all your marketing efforts, without emptying your bank account.
November 29th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Prosper (Lunch will be provided)

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October Class Calendar

Republic Title is pleased to offer a variety of continuing education classes for our customers. Join us in October for classes including:

Death, Divorce & Real Estate
Join us to learn important laws surrounding death and divorce such as separation, homestead issues, community property and probate.
October 3rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
White Rock North

You Are The Brand
The 5 step blueprint to attract more clients, make more money, and stand out in the crowd!
October 4th
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco

Selling Out of An Estate
Join us to learn the requirements for selling real estate if title is held by an estate or there has been a death of a seller.
October 5th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Republic Title Preston Legacy

Top Ten Contract Addenda
Join us to review 10 of the most commonly utilized TREC contract addenda including Third Party Financing Addendum, Addendum for Backup Contract and more. APPROVED TREC CONTRACT COURSE
October 11th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Seller Boost Program
Let’s Make Homes Affordable Again!
Help Sellers move their listings quicker all the while helping Buyers afford the home of their Dreams in a proven, cost-effective, systematic process.
October 11th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Republic Title Prosper

Minerals 101
Join us for an overview of what minerals are, what rights & ownerships and uses & restrictions are associated with them, and their impact on title. Understanding these things is crucial to the success of these types of real estate transactions and could help prevent potential lawsuits.
October 17th
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Zoom

Digital Delivery with DocuSign
DocuSign® makes it easy to streamline your business and go paperless. This hands-on class covers the basics of DocuSign®, showing you how to easily sign and send documents from anywhere.
October 17th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Republic Title Preston Legacy

Survey Issues
Join us for this class intended to help licensees understand surveys and the applicable paragraphs in the TREC 1-4 Family Residential Contract and prepare them for any potential survey issues that may arise.
October 17th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Republic Title Frisco

TREC Legal Update 1
Material mandated by TREC: Legal Update I covers various topics related to changes in regulations, forms, and standards of practice in the real estate industry including: TREC statute and rule updates, an overview of changes to and best practices for promulgated contract and addenda forms, and updated information on fair housing and property management laws and regulations.
October 19th
9:30 am – 1:30 pm (Lunch provided)
Republic Title Uptown 

Texas Intestacy
Are you ready to dive into the intriguing world of real estate inheritance and unravel the mysteries of intestacy and testate? “Tales From the Crypt” is an engaging and enlightening class designed to explore the captivating stories of property distribution when someone passes away without a will (intestacy) and when they leave a valid will (testate). This course will equip you with essential knowledge to navigate the intricacies of intestacy and testate scenarios.
October 23rd
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Lunch provided)
Republic Title Prosper

Online Contracts via zipForm
Join us to learn the basics of using Lone Wolf Transactions, zipForm® Edition (formerly zipForm® Plus). zipForm® enables real estate agents to quickly and efficiently create digital transaction files, complete and fill in contract details, attach documents and even get them electronically signed by buyers, sellers and other parties involved in a real estate transaction.
October 26th
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Republic Title North Dallas