REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – April 2020

Vince Malta

Fighting for the Future of Real Estate

Our first-ever virtual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings are coming to a close with more than 26,000 registered attendees. Thank you for participation and feedback throughout these uncertain times. Replays of sessions are available online. All of us have been touched by this pandemic. Throughout it all, your Leadership Team and the NAR staff have been working tirelessly to support you the entire way. The role each of you play, and the role NAR will continue to play on your behalf, is more important now than ever.
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By the Numbers

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Weeks per year NAR brings its advocacy might with member of Congress on behalf of REALTORS®. With every industry working overtime during the COVID-19 pandemic, REALTORS® were fortunate to have an advocacy team in Washington with strong relationships in Congress, the regulatory agencies, and the White House.
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Easy steps it takes to customize the Protect Your Investment (log-in required) brochure. This brochure encourages homeowners who are struggling to meet their loan obligations to work with REALTORS® and housing counselors. It also offers guidance on options provided by lenders.
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Weeks you may qualify for unemployment benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) programs if you’ve suffered a loss of income, either completely or partially, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. View NAR’s maps to find out the status of your state.
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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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Is Real Estate America’s Rock During the Coronavirus Crisis?

It’s been a rough few months for the economy, and we could all use a little good news. For America’s 81 million homeowners, here is some: While retirement accounts and the stock market may have cratered, home values are hanging tough. And with a proper recovery and the right policies, there is a great chance that home values will remain fairly stable even as home sales temporarily fall while Americans shelter-in-place.
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Utah REALTORS® School Lawmakers on Best Practices for Education Funding

With support from an Issues Mobilization Grant, the Utah Association of REALTORS® convinced state lawmakers that impact fees imposed on new development were not a rational source of funding for local schools – and would actually exacerbate the affordable housing crisis.  Sustainable growth, the REALTORS® argue, will come from smart regional planning.
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Schuylkill REALTORS® Rehab Park, Launch REALTORS® Political Career

The REALTORS® of the Schuylkill County Board leverage a Placemaking Grant to bring a local playground swinging back to life. Helen Miernicki, the REALTOR® who spearheaded the project, having learned the workings of the Borough Council, and is currently serving a second City Council term as an indispensable public servant – and the only woman on the local governing body.
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Idaho REALTORS® Secure Legislation Tipping the Balance in Favor of First-time Homebuyers

The Idaho Association of REALTOR® brought its savvy advocacy to bear on a pair of bills helping first-time homebuyers get a leg up in an increasingly expensive market: a dedicated tax-free savings account program, and the elimination of the filing deadline for applying for a homeowner’s tax exemption. Both have been signed into law.
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Resources & Opportunities

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On Common Ground: Reinventing How Communities Work in the Age of COVID-19

REALTORS® stand ready to play a pivotal role in helping communities rebuild and recover as states and localities work towards getting to a new normal after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this special issue of On Common Ground, take a deeper dive into the evolution of homeownership post-pandemic; what nonprofits and local governments are doing to help preserve homeownership; and how local governments are re-tooling public spaces to accommodate social distancing.
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REALTOR® Resiliency Report

This weekly communication describes the many ways NAR is working to guide and support REALTORS® and the real estate industry during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Every week, you’ll find up-to-date, relevant information on how to ensure your health and safety, the virus’ impact on the economy and your business, its impact on NAR activities, and what NAR is doing to help.
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#REALTORSCount: Participating in the 2020 CensusStay up to Date with NAR’s Coronavirus Resources & Information

NAR is providing guidance to help REALTORS® respond to COVID-19 – commonly referred to as coronavirus – and its impact on the real estate industry and real estate transactions. Any updates from NAR and its response to the coronavirus emergency will be collected on nar.realtor/coronavirus.
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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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