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Governor Announces Real Estate is Essential 

Today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order setting a statewide standard for essential services that may continue to be provided, including residential and commercial real estate. Read Gov. Abbott’s order that utilizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines for identifying essential services, which includes real estate highlighted on Page 13. Here are some key points: 

·         Supersedes existing local orders only where those local orders may have previously restricted essential services or where they were more permissive on gatherings

·         Even for essential services, telework or online work should be used as much as possible, limiting in-person contact (following CDC guidelines) unless absolutely necessary

This is a positive step for Texas REALTORS®, as real estate professionals statewide may continue to serve clients while demonstrating care for the health and well-being of the greater public welfare. 


COVID-19 Guidelines for Texas Real Estate Brokers

Texas REALTORS® has published guidelines and a new form, Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access, to help brokerages navigate through the rapidly evolving circumstances associated with COVID-19. When determining how to address new issues, the association encourages brokers to identify solutions that will best serve clients while also demonstrating care for the health and well-being of clients, agents, and the greater public welfare in reducing risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19. Access the resources


New Lease Payment Plan Agreement

Texas REALTORS has created the COVID-19 Lease Payment Plan Agreement (TXR 2227). This form is intended to be used with tenants who are facing financial difficulties directly linked to COVID-19. This form enables the tenant and landlord temporary flexibility for paying rent and other sums. Download the form


Property Management: Fliers for Tenants and Landlords About COVID-19 Issues

To help your tenants and landlords understand how COVID-19 affects their leases and rental properties, Texas REALTORS has developed two fliers: one to share with your tenants and one to share with your landlords.

·         Download the flier to share with tenants

·         Download the flier to share with landlords


New Commercial COVID-19 Form

As part of its continued efforts to assist members during the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas REALTORS®️ has created the Commercial COVID-19 Addendum (TXR-1952). The Commercial COVID-19 Addendum provides for a 30-day extension of the closing date in a commercial sales contract if the closing cannot occur due to a voluntary or mandatory COVID19 quarantine or closure. NAR has also published resources for commercial members. Download the form


Texas Businesses Must File Property Tax Renditions by April 15

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds business owners that for many property types, April 15 is the deadline to file property tax renditions with their county appraisal districts. Different deadlines apply for certain regulated property. Business owners affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may request, in writing to the chief appraiser, an extension of the deadline to May 15. Read more


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At Lewis Realty, we provide comprehensive and intuitive real estate brokerage and consulting services to both buyers and sellers of property in East Texas. Thanks to our long history in the industry, you can count on us to provide successful real estate solutions no matter your real estate property goals.


Whether you are a first-time buyer or a longtime connoisseur of investment property purchases, Lewis Realty can help you find the perfect locations and properties for your needs. Since 1980, we’ve helped real estate buyers with the highest quality buyer services in East Texas – that’s why we can provide in-depth market information and keen advice to any potential buyer.


When you sell your home in East Texas, you need the confidence of a highly qualified and experienced real estate agency by your side. At Lewis Realty, we guarantee you unsurpassed real estate seller services that ensure you get the maximum possible value for your property.  No matter your reason for selling your property, we’ll help you find the right potential buyers and facilitate the transaction to empower your future.

The agents at Lewis Realty are here to help you understand the complexities of the current real estate market in East Texas. We understand that every sale or purchase of real property is a team effort – that’s why we can provide indispensable advice every step of the way to help you succeed. For more information on the extensive services we offer to buyers and sellers of real estate in the Tyler, Texas area, contact us today!

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