New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Not everyone is working on behalf of home sellers
Judge Who Switched To Republican Party May Not Be Welcomed
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — One of the state district judges who accepted Gov. George Bush’s invitation to switch to the Republican party may not be welcomed by some of his new GOP colleagues.
State District Judge George Crowley says he was one of the Democrats who accepted Bush's invitation to switch parties in a ceremony to be held Monday in Austin.
Crowley, 63, a lifelong Democrat, was appointed to the bench in 1983 by Gov. Marie White.
Since announcing his plans, Crowley has been criticized by conservative Republicans for his rulings in cases involving abortion and school prayer.
Tarrant County GOP Chairman Steve Hollem said Wednesday he will ask the party’s judicial candidate committee to review Crowley’s qualifications and political philosophy.
pat# Makes Cuts In Anti-Drug Programs For Prison Inmates
DALLAS (AP) — An ambitious drug treatment program for Texas prison inmates has been cut to less than half of its envisioned size, officials say.
The reductions mean the cancellation of anti-drug programs for about 1,000 inmates.
State leaders on Wednesday brushed off suggestions that they’re scuttling their commitment of rehabilitating prisoners and said they’re simply re-evaluating the size and scope of such programs.
“What he’s said is let’s try this and see if it works before we jump whole hog into it,” said Karen Hughes, press secretary for Republican Gov. George W. Bush.
The anti-drug program was started by Democratic Gov. Ann. Richards, who argued that while building the largest prison system nationwide, penitentiary programs are vital to treat the root causes of crime.
Woman Vows to Continuo Juror Privacy Battle
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Dianna Brandborg, who professes to be “a very private person,” continues to make the front page and the IO o’clock news because she feels some of the questions asked prospective jurors are irrelevant and too personal.
Mrs. Brandborg, 49, appeared with her attorneys in a news conference Wednesday to express elation over a ruling last week by a federal magis
trate, setting aside a contempt order and three-day jail sentence for her refusal to answer all of the questions on a jury questionnaire.
That was the good news.
The bad news, her attorney said, was a story in Wednesday’s Denton Record-Chronicle, in which the trial judge, State District Judge Sam Houston of Denton, vowed to appeal the decision of U.S. Magistrate Robert Faulkner of Sherman to die U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
“I thought this was finally over. My spirit is somewhat dampened by that, but I’m just going to press on,” said Mrs. Brandborg, who lives in Lake Dallas, halfway between Dallas and Denton.
Talk Show Hosts Plan Boycott of Ceremony Honoring Liddy
HOUSTON (AP) — A former pres- , ident of the National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts says presenting the group’s free-speech award to G. Gordon Liddy “will diminish what this award stands for.”
“In the minds of people in years to come, this award will not hold die same kind of prestige and honor,” Mary Beal, a syndicated radio host from Jacksonville, Fla., said Wednesday. Beal is among a few board members who plan to boycott this weekend’s ceremony.
The organization is holding its annual meeting Thursday through Sunday in Houston.
Liddy, who once instructed listeners on the best way to kill federal agents, is to receive the Freedom of Speech Award on Saturday.
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, last year’s winner, has refused to present the award to Liddy.
Appeals Court Rulos Against Senator
AUSTIN (AP) — A federally funded center that helps defend death row inmates doesn’t have to turn over its financial records to a state senator who requested them, the 3rd Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Sen. Jerry Patterson, R-Pasadena, sought the records in late 1993 to prove his belief that the Texas Resource Center was misspending tax dollars by lobbying against capital punishment rather than defending indigent death row inmates.
In June 1994, state District Judge Joseph H. Hart of Austin ruled that the Resource Center had to open the records to the public.
But on Wednesday, the 3rd Court of Appeals threw out Hart’s ruling and said the center is exempt from disclosure requirements laid out in the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Act.
So, you have decided it’s time to buy a home. Whether Ais will be your first home purchase or not, this is a decision that will require a substantial investment of your time and money. You’ll soon find that quite a few strangers get involved when you buy a house and you’ll probably soon face the homebuyer’s dilemma: Who do you trnst?
In other words, you’ll ask yourself, “Who will act on my behalf? Who will be my champion?” While it mijjht seem at first glance that the whole process is geared toward the seller, there are actually quite a few people involved in a typical real estate transaction that can or will look after your best interests. 4
Traditionally, most real estate agents represent the seller either as the listing agent working for the seller or as a seller’s agent or subagent working for die seller but showing homes to the buyer. But today, homebuyers can engage the services of a buyer’s agent (usually at no cost). A buyer’s agent represents the buyer just as a seller’s agent represents die seller. A buyer’s agent agrees to act on behalf of the buyer and has a legal responsibility to put the buyer’s interests first. So for maximum peace of mind, consider using a buyer’s agent to help you find the right home at the right price.
And speaking of the right price,
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when you find the home of your dreams, you’ll want to be sure you aren’t paying too much. It is difficult to keep emotions out of the home-buying process and thus out of Gale the pricing equa-
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the lender, he is serving the buyer as well by ensuring that the sales price is reasonable. Your best protection to avoid overpaying is an appraisal that provides an independent, unbiased opinion of the market value of the home and that is prepared by a qualified state certified appraiser.
Buyers looking for champions for their cause should not overlook the importance of the home inspector. In Texas, home inspectors are required to be licensed and by law have a fiduciary responsibility to buyers. That means they work for and protect the interests of the buyer. The home inspection is your best chance to get to know the house you hope to buy. A reputable inspector will encourage you and your agent to be present during
the inspection and it will be time well spent on your part. No home inspector can guarantee to find every defect But a qualified inspector will identify areas of concern and help differentiate between minor deficiencies and major problems.
Other buyer’s champions include: (2) the termite inspector, who will inspect for active infestations as weU as for damage caused by termites and other wood-destroying insects; (2) the surveyor, who will provide a survey showing boundaries of the site as well as such tilings as encroachments, easements, flood plains; and (3) your attorney, who can advise you on any legal issues.
As you can see, you don’t have to go it alone when buying a home. Just lode for well qualified; experienced, respected service providers and the homebuyer’s dilemma will be easily solved.
(Gale O’Hara Pospisil is a broker with Pospisil Buyers Service.)
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