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REALTOR Party News – April 2020

Vince Malta

Advocating for You in Uncertain Times

The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and operate, but rest assured our commitment to serve our members and advocate for you on Capitol Hill and in statehouses and city halls nationwide has not wavered. We worked tirelessly with Congressional leaders to ensure small business owners, the self-employed and independent contractors were included in the federal response to this national crisis. During these uncertain times, we also have brought back our Right Tools, Right Now initiative, making numerous business-critical resources immediately available to all members at reduced or no cost.
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By the Numbers

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Amount of the historic bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) included a Small Business Administration 7(a) loan program, significant expansion of unemployment insurance, an employee retention tax credit, filing rebates, and a 60-day foreclosure moratorium and up to one year if mortgage forbearance. NAR’s comprehensive guide to COVID-19 emergency legislation will help you understand the 880-page bill.
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Number of members of Congress, state executives and mayors of America’s 100 largest cities who are running for public office in 2020. Make sure you are registered to vote, your registration information is up to date, and be sure to vote in the 2020 election. Check with your state and local association to learn about candidates and the impact of ballot initiative on your community.
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Number to text COVID19 to to receive the latest information on NAR’s advocacy efforts on COVID-19. Staying in touch on all the policy updates is as simple as grabbing your cell phone right now to sign up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts, and you will receive a link straight to your mobile device with all the latest information.
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Cost for REALTORS® without a telemedicine plan to enroll in Members TeleHealth. Members TeleHealth is a telemedicine service which provides virtual access to a doctor for non-emergency medical issues, and is being offered to members as part of the Right Tools, Right Now program. Sign up before April 15 to receive this two-month benefit with an ongoing significantly-reduced rate available thereafter.
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New date of Tax Day. The extension from April 15 to July 15 comes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak across the country, and it will allow individuals and businesses extra time to get assistance and make payments without interest or penalties. REALTORS® have a unique tax profile and need industry-specific information. Get tips on cash management and tax planning from NAR and other experts to help you through these uncertain times.
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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 cataloged in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.

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Maui REALTORS® Stave off Threat to Short-Term Rental Permits

It’s easy for a community to blame an affordable housing crunch on short-term vacation rentals, but on Maui, the local REALTOR® association has rebutted each argument of the Planning Department with diligently collected data. With a Call for Action, it also drew hundreds of concerned residents to a planning meeting – in visible and vocal support of the permits.
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Citrus Valley REALTORS® Encourage Voting, Transforms Office into a Voting Center

Voter registration and getting-out-the-vote is a top priority of the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® in greater Los Angeles. This year, one of its three offices served as a Voting Center, open to residents from anywhere in Los Angeles County: a major boon to the very mobile voting population of the sprawling jurisdiction.
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Texas REALTORS® Celebrate 100 Years of Advocacy: Then, Now, and Future

In 1920, a group of dedicated real estate professionals worked with the Texas legislature to create what would become a premier professional association with the biggest trade association Political Action Committee in the state. Since then, Texas REALTORS® have continued to capitalize on the strength of their grassroots power, and are always ready to advocate for real estate and community issues.
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Resources & Opportunities

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Take Advantage of the Right Tools, Right Now

In this uncertain time, NAR is re-activating the Right Tools, Right Now program to make a sweeping selection of resources available for free or at reduced cost. Find offerings on finance, technology, skills building toolkits and more to help your business.
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Commemorationg Fair Housing Month at Home

This Fair Housing Month, NAR is providing members with information and tools to observe Fair Housing Month at home. Check out the book, video, and podcast recommendations; download this year’s poster; and share fair housing messages on social media.
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#REALTORSCount: 2020 Census Toolkit

#REALTORSCount: Participating in the 2020 Census

What matters to you and your clients? Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the 2020 Census will drive nearly $1.5 trillion in federal funds that support critical public policy programs in communities across the country. Learn how the Census impacts your community today.
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