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REALTOR Party News – April 2018

bobGoldberg_sm.jpg e_mendenhall.jpg Fair Housing Make US Stronger

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act. This is a momentous occasion for the real estate industry, and a top priority for NAR this year. The Fair Housing Act helps form the foundation of our business — the right to own property — and our Code of Ethics as REALTORS®.
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The date of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Join NAR’s yearlong commemoration of this historic legislation. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, REALTORS® favor a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. Fair Housing Makes US Stronger.
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The number of days until the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. May 14-19. The meeting schedule on Wednesday, May 16 has been cleared between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for Capitol Hill visits. Registration is now open. Be sure to check out the NAR booth #1707 on May 16-17.
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The number of times the latest NAR Leadership Live Facebook event has been viewed. Watch a replay of the NAR Leadership Team discussing NAR’s Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow (S.M.A.R.T.) Initiatives.
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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.

tar1217.jpgMiami REALTORS® Create Better Block in West Coconut Grove

Teams of both YPNs and “Old PNs” (as they’re affectionately known in Miami) came together with the University of Miami’s School of Architecture to revive a vacant lot in West Coconut Grove with a new weekly marketplace, a vibrant landmark mural celebrating the area’s Bahamian immigrant culture, and a Better Block event.
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summit1217.jpg Calaveras County REALTORS® Force Repeal of High-Risk Energy Conservation Loan Program

Thanks to a timely Issues Mobilization campaign, northern California’s Calaveras County Association of REALTORS® was able to reverse authorization for a loan program that the FHA no longer insures. When it comes to financing energy conservation improvements, they stand behind more responsible, less risky options.
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lansing1217.jpgLouisiana REALTORS®’ Defeat a Proposed Tax on Services

Every couple of years, the Louisiana legislature discusses a tax on services to help close the budget deficit, and every time, the Louisiana REALTORS® fight back to protect consumers from a huge increase in costs to get in to a new home or business property. This year, they had help from the REALTOR® Party’s new Advocacy Everywhere program.
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Resources & Opportunities

commonGround1217.jpgAttention: SPAM Alert for Members

Be aware of a suspicious email being deployed with the subject line: ANNUAL REPORT TO ALL MEMBERS OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR (NAR) from the email address presiidentceo@usa.com. It is SPAM. Please note that official NAR emails will come from a realtor.org email address and include proper branding, messaging, contact information and opt-out provisions. NAR has already reached out to the domain provider to report this issue.
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commonGround1217.jpgNAR S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives

The 2018 NAR Leadership Team is moving NAR into the future. At the March Budget Review meeting, a budget was passed with $35 million in new programming called the S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives. Learn more about these Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS® to Tomorrow, the thinking that went into developing this budget, and why it is the best option to continue to serve NAR’s 1.3 million members.
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commonGround1217.jpgHow the MLS Promotes Competition, Serves Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have planned a joint public workshop June 5, 2018, in Washington, D.C., to explore competition in real estate. The workshop is an opportunity to demonstrate that the real estate market is vibrant, healthy, and vigorously competitive. NAR recently asked economist Frederick Flyer, PhD, to explore how MLSs work. His central thesis: Calls for open access to MLS data ultimately don’t serve consumers. (Log-in Required)
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commonGround1217.jpg REALTOR® Voter Registration and Participation Map

What was previously known as the REALTOR® Voter Registration Map is now the new and improved REALTOR® Voter Registration and Participation Map. What’s the big change? In addition to showing the number of REALTORS® registered to vote in your area, the map also displays the number of REALTORS® who voted in the last major general election (November 2016). The map also shows the number of REALTORS® based on six different classifications.
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vore1217.jpgVoice for Real Estate 84: Flood Insurance, Rural Loans, Competitiveness

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reassessed which areas are considered rural for its several assistance programs, including federally backed loans from the Rural Housing Service. The latest Voice for Real Estate walks your members through how to check if their area’s status has changed. Small changes by the federal government make it easier for homeowners to get private flood insurance; a technology symposium makes clear all types of real estate brokerage models are competitive today; and brokers share success tips at the recent Brokers Summit in this episode.
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commonGround1217.jpgrealtorparty.realtor is Moving…

On May 16, realtorparty.realtor will become REALTORParty.realtor. Stay tuned and be sure to update your browser bookmarks.

rpGuide_1117.jpg2018 REALTOR® Party Resource Guide

Check out the 2018 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide on the realtorparty.realtor website to learn more about community outreach; campaign services; RPAC and political fundraising; grassroots grant, program, education opportunities; and much more. Also, review what programs and resources qualify for the new Vote, Act and Invest Core Standards’ requirements.

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