DATES TO REMEMBER
- Dec 14 RPAC State & Local Individual Year-end Transmittal Deadline
- Jan 2 Community Outreach Grants Open
- Jan 9 Issues Mobilization App Deadline for Jan. 16 Meeting
- Jan 9 Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board Meeting
- Feb 1 Deadline for 2026 GAD Institute Site Applications
- Feb 9 Transforming Neighborhoods Program Deadline
- Feb 22-23 New AE/GAD Orientation (DC)
- Mar 1 Deadline for 2027 GAD Institute Site Applications
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Next Thursday: RPAC State & Local Fundraising Transmittal Deadline!
The year-end transmittal deadline is Thursday, December 14, 2023. This is the final deadline for individuals to be recognized as NAR Major Investors or for a state to receive credit towards its 2023 fundraising goal. Click here for important details. This is a HARD deadline to submit RPAC investments to the NAR finance office. For questions about RPAC transmittal deadlines, contact Peter Kelly (202-383-7599) or Debbie Frey (312-329-8565).
Check 2023 Fundraising Totals (November 2023)
Click here to view the current totals for RPAC fundraising by state. Do you want to run a more detailed report for local boards or see updated numbers prior to December 14? Run the National Awards Tracker report in Aristotle.
Not sure how to run this report? Aristotle staff does frequent trainings for local and state association staff on RPAC reports in the PAC Management system. In 2024, Aristotle staff will host trainings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 1PM ET. If you would like to register for training, contact Brandon Garner via email.
Don’t Forget 2024 State and Local Priorities Survey is Open!
The 2024 NAR Priority Issues Survey is live, and we want your feedback! Help NAR determine its 2024 advocacy priorities by clicking here to complete the survey (and a chance to win a $100 gift card). It should take 10 minutes or less to complete. The survey closes on December 15th, so don’t miss your chance! Questions? Contact Drew Myers.
Planning on applying for Issues Mobilization Grants in 2024?
The Issues Mobilization Grant provides financial assistance to state and local REALTOR® associations to support effective advocacy campaigns and ballot initiatives on public policy issues critical to REALTORS® and the real estate industry. Learn more about grant guidelines here and add to your calendar the committee’s meeting schedule and important application deadlines for 2024. Questions? Contact John Winston (202-383-1235).
REALTOR® Party Conference Grants Available
State and Local REALTOR® associations can apply for a grant to host their own REALTOR® Party Conference in an effort to educate members and further the mission of the REALTOR® Party. Associations may qualify to receive funding to aid in hosting an educational or fundraising conference. Questions? Contact Christine Windle (202-383-1135).
Leverage Community Outreach Grants and Resources In 2024
Community Outreach Grants and Resources empower state and local REALTOR® associations to enhance communities, and improve affordability and livability. Applications are open from January 2nd to October 15th (or until capacity is reached). Explore success stories, schedule a grant planning meeting or view a recording of Champion Issues with Community Outreach Grants and Webinar for ideas on supporting your association’s initiatives. Questions? Contact Christine Windle.
Seeking Solutions: Apply for NAR’s Transforming Neighborhoods Program
Local REALTOR® associations can now apply for NAR’s Transforming Neighborhoods to bring the Counselors of Real Estate’s Consulting Corps expert real estate problem solving skills to your area.
Does your community need help reimagining a neighborhood or town center, repurposing a brownfield or other troubled site, spurring economic development, or igniting commercial activity? Start discussions with public and private stakeholders, align your priorities, and shape your proposal now.
Plan Now and Apply for a 2024 Consumer Advocacy Grant
The Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant offers your association the ability to apply for money up to $25,000 (with a 15% skin in the game requirement) to engage with consumers in your community and advocate for public policy issues that impact homeownership and property rights.
The Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board hears requests each month via Zoom at 2pm ET. First quarter meeting dates are January 9, February 6, and March 5. The requesting association is required to be present for five minutes. Start filling out the application today. Questions? Contact Erin Murphy (202-383-1079).
RPAC General Information
Please contact RPAC@nar.realtor for any RPAC-related questions or concerns.
CELEBRATING GAD ACHIEVEMENTS
Check out this presentation by Justin Capouellez (Pennsylvania) at NAR NXT’s Smart Growth Advisory Board on the Transforming Neighborhoods grant used by REALTORS® Association of Westmoreland, Indiana and Mon Valley.
Submit your own victories or share your fellow GADs’ wins with Jami Sims to be included in future editions of the GADFly.
Top 9 Takeaways from NAR’s 2023 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers
Let’s look at some of the most interesting findings from the 2023 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.
By: Jessica Lautz | JLautz@nar.realtor
Single-Family Home Prices Had Price Gains in 82.4% of 221 Metro Areas in 2023 Q3
National median home prices rose by 1.1% compared to the previous quarter and 2.2% year over year to $406,900.
By: Michael Hyman| MHyman@nar.realtor
REALTOR® PARTY SUCCESS STORIES
Each month, state and local associations that achieved an advocacy win with the help of a REALTOR® Party grant or resource are highlighted in the REALTOR Party® Success Stories. Success stories created in December include:
- Land Use Initiative Helps Bakersfield Association of REALTORS® Defeat City’s Draft Climate Action Plan
- With Consumer Advocacy Grant, Five Local REALTOR® Associations and the New York State Association of REALTORS® Campaign for Reasonable Electrification and Emissions Reduction Recommendations
- North Platte Valley Association of REALTORS® Leverages Housing Opportunity Grant to Promote Financial Literacy Among Local 8th Graders
- Brickyard Plaza Project Transforms a Parking Lot into a Pocket Park
UPCOMING NAR EVENTS
Start Planning for 2024 NAR Events
The new year approaches (far too quickly) and shortly it will be 2024. Check out the list of upcoming events here to save the date for upcoming conferences.
New AE/GAD Orientation | Washington D.C.
Save the Date: February 22-23, 2024
Click here to learn more about the program. Registration opens in January.
NAR President Tracy Kasper’s theme for 2024 is “Ignite Others,” which was echoed often at last week’s REALTOR® Party Training Conference in St. Louis. I love a good theme – and igniting others is a fundamental part of our job. You have to get members motivated to Vote, Act, and Invest.
A great way to do that is with the many grants and programs offered by NAR. Whether it’s through issues mobilization, independent expenditures, or community outreach, make a plan to complement your association’s efforts with these tools in 2024. There are literally millions of dollars you can bring back to your community (ahem – demonstrate your value) … and NAR staff is ready to help you!
Lacey and I are excited to announce that we’re reintroducing monthly All-GAD calls in 2024, some of which will focus on how to use those tools. Keep an eye out on the Hub, the GAD Facebook page, and in your email for more information.
Also – if you’re a new-ish GAD (less than 18 months on the job), I strongly recommend you attend new GAD Orientation in February. The two-day program demonstrates NAR’s commitment to GAD professional development and features a deep dive into NAR resources, as well as an opportunity to meet and interact with our fantastic staff. Even better, that program is 100% reimbursable! There are limited seats available, and registration opens in January.
One final important note as 2023 comes to a close: Although the 2023 Fundraising Year-End Deadline is December 31, 2023, the year-end transmittal deadline is COB Thursday, December 14, 2023. This is the final deadline for individuals to be recognized as NAR Major Investors or for a state to receive credit towards its 2023 fundraising goal.
Government Affairs never really slows down, but I hope you all get a little downtime as we get ready to ramp up in a presidential election year!
All my best this holiday season. It’s my honor to be your chair.