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REALTOR Party News – March 2019

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State Rent Control Issue Takes National Stage

Across the country, state and local governments are currently considering legislative rent control measures. However, these efforts are misguided. They do nothing to address residential construction deterrents like imprudent local zoning measures and high land costs. In response, NAR is working to fight rent control and rent stabilization laws on both residential and commercial properties.READ MORE

By The Numbers

The length of the RPAC Archival video. Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee, this video highlights 50 years of REALTOR® success. Show your RPAC pride and watch today! READ MORE
Every year, President’s Circle investors have the opportunity to learn & discuss policy concerns affecting the REALTOR® community while participating in valuable networking opportunities that enable strategic partnerships for our members. Check out photos from the 2019 President’s Circle Conference.SEE PHOTOS
The population threshold to participate in the newest REALTOR® Party program – the Rural Outreach initiative. This program is designed to help tailor community outreach activities to meet the needs of rural REALTOR® associations and to benefit small towns across America as they work to strengthen their economies, provide residents with a better quality of life and build on local assets. LEARN MORE

The REALTOR® Party At Work

Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are catalogued in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.

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Mississippi REALTORS® Secure Broader Broadband Access

REALTORS® know that expanded internet access is an important way to increase economic opportunity and connect communities in rural and underserved areas. Harnessing the power of Advocacy Everywhere, Mississippi REALTORS® rallied voters to support the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, which permits electric cooperatives to provide broadband services in addition to electric power.

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Selkirk REALTORS® Protect Quality of Life in Bonners Ferry with Bike/Ped Network Plan

With a series of Smart Growth Action Grants, Selkirk REALTORS® supported a multi-year planning process for an integrated network of pedestrian and bicycle routes in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Complete with graphic branding and signage, the plan will enhance the local active transport scene for residents and contribute to the region’s growing appeal to bike tourism.

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Columbus REALTORS® Join Forces to Celebrate Fair Housing

Joining forces with colleagues from the local NAREB chapter and the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, Columbus REALTORS® hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience and dramatized a mock trial to highlight issues addressed by the Fair Housing Act that are still at play in their communities.

Resources & Opportunities

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Voice for Real Estate: Ad campaign, Affordability, Firms, Scams

REALTOR® Advocacy Showcased in NAR’s new national TV, radio and online ad campaign, “That’s Who We R,” highlighting REALTORS® as advocates for strong communities. “REALTORS® work with lawmakers to protect property owner rights,” the TV ad says, “because owning a home is part of the American Dream.” WATCH

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2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Register today for the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 13-18, in Washington, D.C. Take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. Plus, NAR cleared the schedule between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and we want to see YOU on the Hill Wednesday afternoon! Contact your state association for information on your state delegation’s Hill visit. REGISTER TODAY

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Apply for One of Four Community Outreach Grants in 2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Add a special graphic overlay to your social media profile picture (click on Add Your Photo). Then check out the map to see profile pics of your REALTOR® colleagues from across the country. LEARN MORE

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Show Your RPAC Pride Online

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Add a special graphic overlay to your social media profile picture (click on Add Your Photo). Then check out the map to see profile pics of your REALTOR® colleagues from across the country. LEARN MORE

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2019 REALTOR® Party Resource Guide

Check out the 2019 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide to learn about resources for community outreach, candidate and issue campaigns, RPAC and political fundraising, member and consumer mobilization, and much more. Also, review the programs and resources that qualify for the new Vote, Act, and Invest Core Standards’ requirements.

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Join the REALTOR® Party Online

Are you posting, liking, tweeting or pinning? So is the REALTOR® Party. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube to get the latest news, information and resources.

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State Rent Control Issue Takes National Stage

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

Across the country, various state and local governments are currently considering – or debating – legislative rent control measures.

However, these efforts are misguided. They do nothing to address residential construction deterrents like imprudent local zoning measures and high land costs. What rent control policies really do is help create political battles between landlords and tenants without addressing the root of – and possible solutions to – America’s housing affordability problems.

In response, NAR is working to fight rent control and rent stabilization laws on both residential and commercial properties.

Last year, California voters rejected a statewide measure that would have overturned the Costa Hawkins Act, which establishes limits on local rent control laws. Costa Hawkins ensures that buildings first occupied after 1995 are not subject to rent control regulations. Further, the law provides an avenue for vacancy decontrol, which gives building owners an opportunity to rehab facilities and establish new, fair market rates with new tenants.

From Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon, several jurisdictions have recently considered rent control regulations. Most states preempt local governments from adopting rent control measures in any form. In the states where rent control is permitted (California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia), local jurisdictions are able to regulate rental rates based off specific parameters written within the state law. The aforementioned Costa Hawkins Act in California is an example of this.

Over recent years, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington, among other states, have considered legislation repealing prohibitions of rent control, although, thus far, no prohibitions have been successfully repealed. The most significant concerns are in states whose legislatures revisit rent control laws year after year. California and New York, for example, see regular efforts to expand the reach of rent control to include just cause eviction requirements and/or landlord-tenant relocation fees.

Illinois and Oregon have also revisited legislation to repeal existing bans on rent control and have the political support to pass legislation this year.  Oregon will be the first state to enact a statewide rent control law that requires local governments to incorporate rent control regardless of whether or not a housing shortage exists. This is unique, however, as most states allow local governments to decide if rent control is necessary. In Illinois, lawmakers are considering repealing existing rent control prohibitions as well as creating a state regulatory body to oversee rent control regardless of housing supply.

If states are successful in easing rent control restrictions, NAR is concerned that residential rentals in those areas will lose value, while both property tax assessments and bases will decrease, forcing other property owners to eventually pay more in taxes or fees as a result. Ultimately, rent control discourages the production of new rental dwellings in the private sector, and NAR is committed to fighting against these laws across the country.

 

 

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Selkirk REALTORS® Protect Quality of Life in Bonners Ferry

The scenic city of Bonners Ferry, Idaho,is taking careful steps to avoid becoming a victim of its own success. To preserve the high quality of life that attracts many visitors and would-be residents, it has spent several years developing a Comprehensive Plan and Transportation Plan that will foster the compact growth of its community, while encouraging walking and biking in and around town. Coming to the table with Smart Growth Action Grants, together with considerable knowledge and understanding of its own, the Selkirk Association of REALTORS® has become an important partner in the creation of a robust pedestrian/bicycle mobility plan for the area.

The plan, explains Stephanie Rief, Association Executive of the 246-member association, is for a pedestrian/bicycle network providing safe and convenient routes that both meet current demand and encourage even more usage. Idaho Smart Growth was the organization commissioned to create the plan, which integrates walking and biking routes into the master plan for roadway transportation. “The walk/bike plan includes routes in all parts of town, connections and safe crossings and access to destinations, as well as clear network branding and directional signage,” says Rief. “This will improve access to active transportation options, and help stimulate economic development related to bike tourism,” she adds. “By increasing the walkability and bike-ability within Bonners Ferry, we are also creating opportunity and purpose for improved housing in the city.”

The Selkirk Association of REALTORS® has actually received three Smart Growth Action Grants for the complex project, one for each of the three preparatory phases of the plan. The first two grants supported initial planning, drafting, and a site visit. This most recent grant helped to fund Phase 3, which included branding, wrap-up, and a kick-off, seeing the plan through initial stages of implementation. Although Rief has completed many grant applications on behalf of her association, she reached out to the state association, Idaho REALTORS®, for guidance applying for the grant: “Because of its importance, and because it was the first large Smart Growth grant our association had applied for, I felt that it would be nice to have that added expertise of their staff grant writer,” she explains. “The application process was actually fairly simple,” she notes, adding that the Selkirk Association of REALTORS® encourages its fellow small associations to take advantage of the REALTOR® Party’s grant programs. “The support of the REALTOR® Party has helped us to build the relationships that build our community!”

REALTOR® members were actively involved at many levels of the plan’s development, from being interviewed about existing conditions, to attending public meetings, to serving on a pedestrian bicycle advisory group.

“Being a part of this project has helped the REALTOR® community establish itself as a trusted, knowledgeable, and caring partner,” says Rief. “It’s allowed us to work more closely with the Mayor of Bonners Ferry, the City Administrator, and the Boundary County Economic Developer. They are all grateful for the help of the National Association of REALTORS®, as well as the Selkirk Association of REALTORS®, towards this amazing accomplishment. REALTORS® are now often involved in city and county economic projects that they wouldn’t necessarily have been invited to engage in before. It has been a turning point for everyone involved and we look forward to future civic collaboration.”

To learn more about how the Selkirk Association of REALTORS® is making sure walking and biking is built into the fabric of the Bonners Ferry community, contact Association Executive Stephanie Rief at 208-265-2227.

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Mississippi REALTORS® Secure Broader Broadband Access

REALTORS® probably know better than anyone that expansion of internet access is vital to increasing economic opportunity and connecting communities in rural and underserved areas. In January, harnessing the power of Advocacy Everywhere, Mississippi REALTORS® rallied the voting public and its own members to support the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, which overturns a longstanding statute prohibiting electric cooperatives from providing anything but electric power. Thanks to their effort, those cooperatives are now free to carry broadband internet service throughout the state.

In the national ranks of connectivity to high-speed internet service, Mississippi holds a dubious 49th place. Clarke Wise, Mississippi REALTORS®’ Vice President of Government Relations, explains why this is an especially serious concern for the association’s members: “REALTORS® everywhere understand that communities flourish when they offer a high quality of life at a reasonable cost. Livable communities offer a variety of affordable housing choices, nearby employment opportunities, an economically viable commercial sector, great schools, and infrastructure that provide the framework for the quality of life we enjoy in our communities. In this day and age, that infrastructure must include high-speed internet access.”

He adds, “While internet access has an effect on home valuation, it also enables many of our members, and members of their communities, to work efficiently from home, access distance learning opportunities, and continue to explore telemedicine capabilities in a rural state. So, it’s not just a policy issue; it directly affects the development of our state’s economy.” After an initial membership poll indicated overwhelmingly that increasing broadband access should be the association’s top priority, the Mississippi REALTORS® set about clearing legislative obstacles.

The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act was supported by the Farm Bureau of Mississippi, AARP of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Poultry Association, in addition to the REALTORS®.  “It’s difficult to imagine a demographic not represented in this coalition!” notes Wise.

The bill passed in the state House of Representatives with a vast majority, and as it headed to the Senate, Mississippi REALTORS® launched a REALTOR® Call For Action (CFA) using REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts, and email- and Facebook-outreach, in addition to a powerful consumer CFA. The REALTORS®’ State Political Coordinators were in touch with their legislators, and members of the Mississippi REALTORS®’ executive committee met with the Lieutenant Governor to make their case. “The response was great,” reports Wise. “The passage of this bill is a real testament to our ability to focus on our members’ number-one priority from multiple angles, bringing all our advocacy resources to accomplish our goal,” he says. “It shows that they have a voice, and it’s persuasive and valued in the political process.”

Though the restriction on electric cooperatives has been lifted, the broadband service it makes possible won’t be available overnight. Wise explains that the cooperatives would have to commit to a steep technological investment in order to provide the service, while existing internet providers are reluctant to invest in expensive infrastructure; ideally, he can envision a situation in which they come together, with internet companies leasing the existing poles of the electrical cooperatives. “What we do know,” he asserts, “is that the demand is there: I was sitting in the Senate gallery with the president of Electric Cooperative Association when the vote was taken, and as soon as the gavel came down declaring the bill’s passage, his phone started ringing, with folks wanting to know, ‘When can I sign up?!’ We’re proud to have helped move the process forward to the next level, and hope we can be a model for other states.”

To learn more about how Mississippi REALTORS® are elevating and equalizing quality of life in their state, contact Clarke R. Wise, Vice President of Government Relations, at 601-932-5241.

 

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Columbus REALTORS® Joined Forces to Celebrate Fair Housing

During Sara Walsh’s term as president of Columbus REALTORS® President, she knew she wanted to focus on Fair Housing. With the support of a REALTOR® Party Diversity Grant, not only did the 8,000-member association facilitate two successful diversity awareness programs, it strengthened relationships with local minority real estate professional boards, and established a standing Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Though Columbus is a dynamic and growing city with a robust economy and admirable diversity, says Columbus REALTORS® Director of Development Ida Seitter, regrettably, it also remains largely segregated by race.  With this in mind, the REALTORS®’ Fair Housing Task Force determined that its goal would be to educate members and industry colleagues about ongoing cultural bias and discrimination in the housing market. For months, it worked with the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (the Columbus Realtists) and the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) on two separate events held last fall:  a Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) workshop; and an original dramatic program that it called “Thirst for Equality,” based on a real legal case involving water discrimination. Both projects are expected to grow and have an impact beyond the initial anniversary-year events.

Fair Housing Task Force member Buzz Thomas spearheaded the group’s hosting of the Cost of Poverty Experience, a program offering participants an interactive glimpse into the lives of low-income individuals and families living in the local community. For this pilot program, the REALTORS® and their Realtist and NAGLREP colleagues invited core leadership, committee chairs, and local area realty presidents, about 60 in all, to participate in the simulation. “The goal of COPE is to immerse attendees in the lives of those facing poverty and housing insecurity, giving them a peek into these daily challenges, and overcoming biases they might not realize they have,” says Walsh, adding, “The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and we believe that attendees walked away with tools they can use in their business and personal lives.”

The cost of the program was offset by a REALTOR® Party Diversity Grant, which also covered the fee for Thomas to become a trained facilitator, an asset that Seitter points out will significantly lower expenses as the Task Force works to develop the curriculum to focus more specifically on real estate issues, and offer its own COPE program to the general memberships in the future.

“Thirst for Equality,” the dramatization of a legal case, was inspired by a mock trial Rubye Wright, a Fair Housing Task Force member and treasurer of the Columbus Realtists, had attended elsewhere in the state.  Researching comparable cases that could be brought to life for the community, the Task Force was uncomfortably surprised to find a local case, Kennedy vs. the City of Zanseville (OH), which had only been settled in 2008. Re-enactors included an Ohio Civil Rights Commission Director; the Franklin County Auditor; and a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice serving as the presiding judge. NAREB, NAGLREP, and Columbus REALTORS® played the part of witnesses and legal defense team. The REALTORS® hired a writer to prepare an engaging script of the trial, telling the story of an African-American community suing for access to public water. “It was a powerful drama, all the more so for being true, and local, and from the not-too-distant past,” says co-host, Columbus Realtist President, Sheree Smoot-Johnson, who points out that a video has been made available for those unable to attend the actual event (see below).  To expand the program to the three hours required for Continuing Education credit, a discussion panel took place after the dramatization.

“Our ongoing priority is to provide members with the most innovative tools available to best prepare them to be positive ambassadors in the community,” says Seitter. “This includes programs that encourage members to thin outside the box and view housing holistically; healthy neighborhoods equal higher home values. Ultimately, programs like these help participants recognize and overcome cultural and economic bias, breaking habits we may not even realize exist. By being conscious of biases, Columbus REALTORS® are better positioned to serve their clients and the entire community. We’re especially proud of the bond we’ve formed this year with our colleagues at the Columbus Realtists and NAGLREP, working toward common goals.”

To learn more about how the Columbus REALTORS® are honoring the spirit of the Fair Housing Act well beyond its 50th anniversary, contact Director of Development Ida Seitter at 614-528-1104.

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GADFly Newsletter – February 2019

In This Issue…

Video: Celebrating 50 Years of RPAC Success
Join NAR in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Share the RPAC Archival Video with your members and at your RPAC celebrations.

Learn more and download graphics at www.realtorparty.realtor/rpac50.

Dates & Deadlines

Mar. 8: FPC Meritorious Service Award Deadline
Your nominations for the FPC Meritorious Service Award are due March 8, 2019. Each year, NAR recognizes two outstanding Federal Political Coordinators for their exceptional service to the National Association of REALTORS® with this esteemed award. These recipients are the best of the best of our FPCs, those who truly believe in and advocate on behalf of the REALTOR® Party. Recipients meet a rigorous set of criteria that set them apart from other FPCs. A leadership panel assembles for a vote each year after blind assessment of the nominations with no personal attributions, making the award completely earned on merit alone. View a list of former MSA award winners and criteria for receiving the award. The Meritorious Service Award nomination form can be accessed online. For more information about the MSA award and process, contact Victoria Given.

 Mar. 15: Sign Up for the New Transforming Neighborhoods Resource
NAR will provide a limited number of opportunities for associations to hold place-based trainings to identify solutions to tackle problems of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. This includes providing planning assistance and covering the costs of bringing national experts to each community (a value of $15,000.) For consideration, complete the interest form by March 15. For more information, contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

May 17: Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR® Champions Train the Trainer
On May 17 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel, NAR will be offering a Train the Trainer course (in conjunction with the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings) to provide GADs an opportunity to become eligible to teach this offering to volunteer leaders, RPAC trustees, Government Affairs Committee members, and interested staffers. The Best Practices for Choosing REALTOR® Champions course provides time-tested methods for screening, identifying, and ultimately choosing the best political candidates who will support issues important to REALTORS® and real estate. For more information, contact Kyle Lambert London. Register Today.

Advocacy Resources

New Program! Rural Outreach Initiative
The Rural Outreach Initiative serves REALTOR® Associations in communities with less than 30,000 population and rural in character. The program has a two-fold strategy: (1) Identify and disseminate information and resources on the real estate-related issues and challenges facing rural communities impacting, and (2) provide one-on-one assistance to small associations to help them take advantage of the REALTOR® Party Community Outreach programs to address these challenges. Staff will provide a concierge-type service to small associations to identify a challenge they would like to address and direct them to the appropriate program to use. Educational opportunities include webinars and conference sessions to discuss issues and ways to address issues.

State Legislative Monitor
Affordable housing measures continue to be of significant interest to state lawmakers. Of note, a bill in Utah (SB 34) connects municipal housing affordability to state transportation funding. California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon are considering measures related to rent control; however, the bill introduced in Maine (LD522) would preempt municipalities from regulating rental rates. More than 20 states are considering bills related to electronic or remote notarization. Bills preempting local governments from regulating residential building design standards are moving through the Arkansas (SB 170) and Oklahoma (SB 862) legislatures. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski.

Apply for a Placemaking Grant. Create a New Destination in your Community.
Do you think a neighborhood in your community could benefit from a new destination like a pocket park, garden, or trail? would your members be interested in helping to build that new community gathering place. If so, it may be time to think about applying for a Placemaking Grant. Take a look at how the St. Louis REALTORS® built two pocket parks, which not only gave back to the community, but got the attention of elected officials. Also, take a look at what other Associations have done as that may work in your community. For more information, contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.

Candidate & Issues Campaign Training Webinar Series Continues
These webinars are open to all, however are required for those association staff members who are registered for the Candidate and Issue Training Certificate Course

  • March 12, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. EDT
    Topic: Utilizing Field in Issue and Candidate Campaigns
    Speakers: Meghan Cox, Lincoln Strategy
    Register for Webinar Here:
  • March 19, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. EDT
    Topic: Becoming a Better Consumer of Polling
    Speakers: Joe Goode, American Strategies
    Register for Webinar Here:
  • March 26, 2019 – 12:00 p.m.  EDT
    Topic: Effective Use of Direct Mail
    Speaker: John Winston, NAR
    Register for Webinar Here:

Update Your Information in NAR’s GAD Directory
Are you a new Government Affairs Director, serving your association in a GA or REALTOR® Party capacity, or do you have a new staffer who is? Please add (or remove) any contact information in the GAD Directory. Help us keep this list accurate and up to date. Thanks!

Participate in the 2019 FPC Advocacy Academy Webinars
Participate in the  2019 FPC Academy for all new Federal Political Coordinators in 2019 to better understand what NAR is teaching and expecting of our grasstops advocates during this critical session of Congress. The 2019 FPC Advocacy Academy syllabus is comprised of 4 future webinars and one in-person training. The next webinar, “The Growing Power if Grasstops Influence on Public Policy,” is Friday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

RPAC News

May 31: 2019 President’s Circle Rounds and Deadline
The President’s Circle launched its second round for 2019 last week, consisting of eight REALTOR® Champion candidates. The deadline for President’s Circle members to invest their first $500 is May 31, 2019. For more information, contact Avery Walker at 202-383-7510.

April 17: RPAC Major Investor Recognition
Make sure you and your members are recognized as RPAC Major Investors in time for the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. All RPAC investments must be submitted to the NAR Finance Office no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019 to meet this deadline. Click here for more information. For more information, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

And the Local President’s Cup and Local Triple Crown Winners are…
Congratulations to the 228 local REALTOR® Associations that won the President’s Cup and the 435 local REALTOR® Associations that won the Triple Crown! These awards reflect the hard work of local association staff and leaders like yourselves who have met their RPAC and advocacy goals. For more information, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

NAR’s Economic Outlook

Message from the GAD Chair

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Matthew Ledger
GAD Chair
REALTORS® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale

Last month, we asked for your help in participating on three workgroups: Short-Term Rentals, Affordable Housing and GAD’s Give Back, and you answered the call. Thank You! I’m happy to announce that all three workgroups are underway. I want to thank Liz Peetz, Danielle Scoggins, Lacey Everett, and Mark Quarry for their leadership as they lead their respective workgroups. I am confident that the effort these workgroups put into their topics will help us guide the conversation back home in our local communities.

While I know the 2019 GAD Institute is still five months away, your 2019 GAD Advisory Group has been busy putting together content for both Professional Development and Policy Day. With that said, if you have any specific ideas/topics you’d like to see addressed at the GAD Institute, now is the time to speak up! If you have ideas for Professional Development Day, please email Vice Chair Julia Parenteau. If you have ideas for Policy Day, please email me.

Lastly, I know there are some curious minds and questions about who the Keynote Speaker is for the 2019 GAD Institute, but sit tight, we’ll have some exciting announcements coming soon in regard to speakers, city tours, enhancements to our GAD Mentor Program, and which nonprofit we’ll be dedicating our GAD’s Give Back efforts to!.

As always, thank you all for your efforts in helping make the GAD Institute a success. It is appreciated by our entire GAD Community!

Thank you,

Matthew

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REALTORS® Commend HUD Commitment to Addressing Affordable Housing Shortages

National Association of Realtors® President John Smaby issued the following statement on Friday following Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s announcement that HUD will seek to encourage reforms to local zoning and land use regulations as a way to address affordable housing shortages.

“America’s 1.3 million Realtors® strongly support efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing as we look to fill housing needs for both renters and prospective buyers across the country.

 

“NAR commends Secretary Carson’s commitment to spurring additional affordable housing construction through the FHA multi-family loan program and its Low Income Housing Tax Credits, as well as his call to reduce regulatory burdens in local communities.

 

“While some communities have exacerbated this problem through zoning and land use regulations that increase housing costs, NAR encourages states and municipalities to adopt zoning laws, building codes and other policies that facilitate market production of affordable housing units. Realtors® look forward to continuing our work with HUD to address housing affordability issues plaguing much of our nation.”

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REALTOR Party News – February 2019

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Unveiling Our Vision for Housing Finance Reform

Last week, REALTORS® had the chance to showcase their leadership on housing finance reform in front of more than 400 industry professionals and current and former members of Congress. With reform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the minds of so many in Washington, NAR’s first-annual Policy Forum took an extensive dive into their work to ensure these entities can effectively serve the housing market and protect taxpayers in the decades to come.READ MORE

By The Numbers

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Number of years that government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – have been in “temporary” conservatorship. NAR, in collaboration with Susan Wachter and Richard Cooperstein, recently released new research exploring ideal restructuring of the secondary mortgage market in the working paper A Vision for Housing Finance Reform. READ MORE

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The number of new Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) assigned to members of the 116th Congress. These new FPCs recently gathered in Washington, D.C., to kick off their advocacy outreach efforts. FPCs are a specially selected group of 535 REALTORS® who are the voice and the face of real estate to our federal lawmakers, playing a pivotal role in REALTOR® Party Outreach. LEARN MORE
The date reserved for Hill visits during the 2019 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. NAR cleared the schedule between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and we want to see YOU on the Hill Wednesday afternoon! Contact your association for information on your state delegation’s Hill visit. LEARN MORE

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The number of entities that play a role in the federal government’s efforts to enhance financial literacy, financial capability, and individual financial well-being. Join NAR in supporting efforts to educate the public about the importance of making sound financial decisions to prepare for and to sustain homeownership. READ MORE

The REALTOR® Party At Work

Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are catalogued in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.

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NAR: Real Estate Pros Get Big Win in Tax Qualified Business Income Rule

NAR calls a recent ruling from the Treasury Department and the IRS on the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income a “significant victory” for real estate. The department and IRS issued their final regulations late last week regarding the qualified business income rule, providing greater clarity heading into the 2018 tax filing season.

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Successful Florida REALTORS® Campaign Leads to Property Tax Limits on Non-Homestead Properties

In the fourth and final phase of a ten-year effort, Florida REALTORS® were able to secure a permanent 10% cap on non-homestead property tax through an Issues Mobilization campaign. Had the limit not been approved by voters, 700,000 Florida property owners stood to be hit by a projected $700 million increase in additional property taxes annually.

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Arizona REALTORS® Lead the Charge against a Tax on Services

A statewide campaign featuring a superhero named “PAT”, short for Protect Arizona Taxpayers, helped convince Arizona voters to amend the state constitution to prohibit sales taxes on services. Thanks to an Issues Mobilization Grant, the effort was able to achieve its goal in a single bound.

Resources & Opportunities

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Show Your RPAC Pride Online

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Add a special graphic overlay to your social media profile picture (click on Add Your Photo). Then check out the map to see profile pics of your REALTOR® colleagues from across the country. LEARN MORE

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NAR: Turn GSEs into Utilities

To protect affordable 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be given new charters that turn them into utilities with private shareholders and federal backing for catastrophic losses, NAR says in a new proposal that was introduced at a policy forum it hosted in early February. Access the Executive summary of the proposal and REALTOR® Magazine coverage of the policy forum in the latest Voice for Real Estate. LEARN MORE

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That’s Who We R: New Ad Campaign Begins February 25

On February 25, NAR’s new ad campaign will share with consumers who REALTORS® are, and differentiate the REALTOR® brand. In 2018, this nationwide campaign made 2.71 BILLION impressions. Members will be able to access campaign materials, including video, radio, print and banner ads, and social posts. Visit www.ThatsWhoWeR.realtorLEARN MORE

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Economic Impact of Real Estate State-by-State

Wondering how the housing market in your state affects the local economy? State-by-State Economic Impact of Real Estate Activity reports outline the total impact of real estate–related industries on the state economy, as well as the expenditures that result from a single home sale..
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2019 REALTOR® Party Resource Guide

Check out the 2019 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide to learn about resources for community outreach, candidate and issue campaigns, RPAC and political fundraising, member and consumer mobilization, and much more. Also, review the programs and resources that qualify for the new Vote, Act, and Invest Core Standards’ requirements.

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Join the REALTOR® Party Online

Are you posting, liking, tweeting or pinning? So is the REALTOR® Party. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube to get the latest news, information and resources.

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Unveiling Our Vision for Housing Finance Reform

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

Last Thursday, February 7, REALTORS® had the chance to showcase their leadership on housing finance reform in front of more than 400 industry professionals, NAR members and a few current and former Congressmen.

With reform to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac on the minds of so many in Washington, NAR’s first-annual Policy Forum took an extensive dive into its work to ensure these Government Sponsored Entities can effectively serve the housing market and protect taxpayers in the years and decades to come.

At the conclusion of the Forum, those 400 attendees were given a first-hand, first-time look at detailed research outlining NAR’s vision for GSE reform. The whitepaper is already being referred to by both media outlets and industry trade groups as a critical building block for housing finance reform legislation. These discussions continue to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

The paper – and our vision – is true to our core. It offers policymakers a framework that leverages reforms and innovations implemented since the crisis while also promoting competition in the secondary market. Quite simply, our vision boils down to five key principles: protecting taxpayers by using private capital; minimizing costs to consumers; promoting housing accessibility and affordability; preserving the 30-year fixed rate mortgage; and maximizing access for creditworthy borrowers.

The housing crisis of 2007-2008 left Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financially devastated, forcing the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to move to place the GSEs into conservatorship.

While conservatorship remains more than a decade later, NAR has read the writing on the wall and is evolving to ensure our members and America’s housing industry are in the best possible situation should policymakers move to end conservatorship in the coming months or years.

Led by two of the best minds in the field, Dr. Susan Wachter, Professor of Real Estate and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Richard Cooperstein, head of Risk Management at Andrew Davison and Company, Inc., NAR has presented a pragmatic solution to these challenges – prioritizing and protecting a liquid mortgage market for Middle America and underserved borrowers alike.

Our hope is that this work will result in GSE reform legislation that secures a government guarantee, ensures equal access for lenders of all sizes, promotes consumer affordability, maintains broad consumer access and protects the 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

To read the full working paper and its executive summary, please visit https://www.nar.realtor/fannie-mae-freddie-mac-gses/nars-vision-for-housing-finance-reform.

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