REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – April 2019

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April Highlights Fair Housing and Tax Day

April is Fair Housing Month. As stewards of the right to own, use, and transfer private property, REALTORS® understand that fair housing protects the real estate industry and our businesses. In short, fair housing makes us stronger. It’s also four days until Tax Day. If you still haven’t filed, we encourage you to review What REALTORS® Need to Know About the New Tax Law and other resources available to you READ MORE

By The Numbers

The net gain of new Hispanic homeowners in 2018, according to the 2018 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report from the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). This raised the Hispanic homeownership rate from 46.2 percent in 2017 to 47.1 percent in 2018 and was the largest net gain for Hispanics since 2005. LEARN MORE

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The percentage of LGBT renters who said they fear discrimination in their future homebuying process according to a new study conducted by the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP). NAGLREP used the survey’s findings to call for support of the recently reintroduced Equality Act in Congress, which is aligned to NAR’s Code of Ethics. If passed, the bill would amend the Fair Housing Act and several other civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in seven key areas.LEARN MORE

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The percentage gap in homeownership between African Americans and non-Hispanic Caucasians between 2015 and 2016 according to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers’ (NAREB) 2018 State of Housing in Black America report. This is the highest it has been in the new millennium. NAR supports NAREB’s Two Million in Five initiative to expand African American homeownership, and is working closely with the NAREB and the Urban Institute to develop strategies NAR can use to support this effort..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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Bay East REALTORS® Mobilize on Short Notice to Fight Just-Cause Evictions

With an important rental housing regulation hanging in the balance, the Bay East Association of REALTORS® launched a REALTOR® Party Mobile Alert campaign using the Advocacy Everywhere program, mobilizing more than 175 recipients to contact the City Council in a span of less than 48 hours.

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Royal Palm Coast REALTOR® Association Keeps Redundant and Burdensome Zoning at Bay

In the last three years, more than 45 municipalities across Florida have modified their vacation rental ordinances to be more restrictive. In Cape Coral, a seasonal residence for many homeowners, REALTORS® made use of the Land Use Initiative and issue campaign to urge City Hall to keep additional restrictions off the books.

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Charlotte REALTOR® Association Dives Deep into Regional State of Housing

Like so many U.S. urban centers, Charlotte, N.C., is facing an affordable housing crisis. To help housing stakeholders understand the full scope of the complex issue as it affects the whole region, the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association used a Housing Opportunity Grant to commission a State of Housing study that analyzed factors like jobs, housing supply, and affordability.

Resources & Opportunities

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April is Fair Housing Month

This April continue to build on last year’s Fair Housing celebration. Share your Fair Housing stories online and on social media, and visit www.fairhousing.realtor for resources and information. LEARN MORE

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REALTORS® Testify in Congress on Finance, Tech, and Flood

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. 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. 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

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