Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 6

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 6

Today, I spent a few hours on the phone trying to figure out when and how to switch my license over to a new broker along with a new Board.  In Dallas, it's easy.  You go to a new Broker, they fill out the forms for you, and viola, it's done.

Changing Brokers AND Board is much more complicated.  I actually have to go in and sign a "Resignation of Membership" form.  I find that very interesting.  I also have to have my current board submit a letter of "good standing" in order to get my dues to transfer.  That was the best news I heard all morning, I don't have to "double pay" dues like I thought I would have to do if I stayed through January.

The yearly dues have National and Texas dues in them, and if they're paid at one board, those transfer to the next one.  I would only have to repay "local" dues.  The lady I spoke with at the current board even said that if I submit a nice letter, and they submit it to accounting, that I might get part of my local dues back also, but more than likely not.  Writing a letter is worth a try, otherwise, it's only $98 I would lose, which is a lot less than the $419 I thought I would lose if I didn't transfer in December.

Another big difference between the two boards is, at my current board, you cannot obtain access to the MLS without sitting through the orientation and the MLS training classes first.  At the new board, they're going to give me 90 days to take the classes.  That fits my schedule so much better!

My lockboxes are allowed to be de-programmed at my current board, and then re-programmed at the new board.  The new board cannot program them without this deprogramming first.  Otherwise, my current board will buy them back from $40 each.  $40??  That's less than half of what they cost!  I'm glad I'll be able to reuse my current lockboxes.  And, from what the Board guy said, he hasn't seen the ugly grey boxes in a long time so I could go ahead and have my phone programmed to open the blue, infrared boxes, whereas in Dallas, it's a waste of time since you never know which lockbox is going to be on the house and you have to carry the access card with you anyway.

I can't say this step is taken care of as I have to do it when I'm closer to changing, but I'm glad I got a lot of these questions and issues out of the way. It's going to be a much better time to switch in January instead of December.

If anyone else has completely changed areas and brokers, and you have some insight into more questions I should ask, my ears are open.

Comment balloon 6 commentsDonna Harris • November 25 2008 11:25AM


Donna - I'm glad that you can reuse your current lockboxes.  It's hard to believe how complicated moving can be.  Hang in there!  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Debi, Complicated is one thing, but I would use the words "annoying" and "irritating".  Everyone has different rules and it's so annoying trying to figure everything out.  Why can't there be one set of rules for everything?!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Hi Donna... I can't believe that all the local Board would give you is $40/lockbox to buy them back!  Heck, I'd have given you $50 and still felt like I got a bargain!

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

Steve, I know!!  I could understand $40 if they were the old, nasty grey ones, but not these brand new infrared ones!  They're not old enough to be in bad condition.  I would have sold them on Craigslist or ebay for more!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago

Donna - I'm still hoping for the time that we'll have state-wide MLS/Boards so that there wouldn't be any need to change.

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 10 years ago

Sharon, I'm not sure large states could pull off a state-wide MLS, but the thought is nice.  Many small, country areas still don't even use computerized systems.  Way behind the times.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 10 years ago