Realtors® and real estate transactions in Austin and throughout the state of Texas are governed by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). The commission licenses Brokers, Realtors® and other real estate agents, and enforces the Texas real estate laws. In representing both sellers and buyers in the Austin area, Realtors® are called to a high standard of performance.
Realtors® are also called to a high standard of conduct. The National Association of Realtors®, of which I am a member, sets forth its standards of conduct for its members in its Code of Ethics. (I am also a member of the Texas Association of Realtors® and the Austin Board of Realtors®.
Whether you are a buyer or a seller of an Austin, TX home or other real estate, the choice is yours on representation. You can choose which Realtor® you work with, or choose not to be represented at all. Some sellers go the route of 'for sale by owner,' though statistics say the a high majority end up enlisting the services of a Realtor®. Some buyers choose to negotiate directly with a seller or builder representative, or to work with a real estate agent as a customer, rather than a client.
Most people do not believe that they know enough about the market, the contracts, the selling/buying process, etc. to buy a home or sell a home on their own. They choose to find a Realtor® to represent them and to assist them in accomplishing their goal.
Here are links to some other resources that you might find helpful:
The downloadable documents that follow are offered to help you to understand some of what is involved in being represented on either side of a transaction in Texas.