REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – July 2018

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Thank You for Taking Action

Thank you for participating the National Flood Insurance Program Call for Action. Encourage your colleagues to do the same. We need your help in educating ALL members on the importance of the National Flood Insurance Program and its impact on homeowners and the real estate industry.

By The Numbers

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The number of Americans in 22,000 communities nationwide who rely on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). NFIP expires on July 31, 2018. Join the REALTOR® Party and tell Congress to extend the program and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.TAKE ACTION
The date of Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event that encourages creative placemaking and discussions on creating more open and green spaces in urban areas by temporarily converting a parking spot into a people spot, or parklet. Take a look at some photos from previous years and see if taking over a parking space will turn people’s heads and open up the possibilities in your community. READ MORE

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The current number of states that do not have housing non-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, three states have laws preventing the passage or enforcement of local non-discrimination laws. Learn more about this and other important factors in NAR’s continued fight for Fair Housing and Improving Access to Opportunity.READ 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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Palm Springs REALTORS® Defend Short-Term Rental Industry

When the thriving cottage industry of privately operated short-term vacation rental properties was threatened by a recent ballot initiative in Palm Springs, California, the REALTORS® secured an Issues Mobilization Grant. The success of their campaign to defeat the proposal was a victory for private property rights. READ More

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Maine Association Facilitates Smart Growth for Once-thriving Mill Town

To help the once-prosperous mill town of Sanford envision a future with walkable affordable housing and fresh economic contributors, the Maine Association of REALTORS® used a Smart Growth Action Grant to support a three-day charrette, in which all stakeholders had an opportunity to contribute ideas to a new downtown development.READ More

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Sun Valley Board Help Veterans with a Housing Opportunity Grant

The pride that comes with having served in the armed forces makes it hard for many veterans to seek help securing and maintaining housing. “If anyone’s going to do something about their housing needs, it’s going to be the REALTORS®,” says the Executive Officer of Idaho’s Sun Valley Board of REALTORS®. But first, they have to find them.READ More

Resources & Opportunities

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Association Health Plans, the Future of Mortgage Finance, Internet Taxes, and More on The Voice for Real Estate

The real estate industry scores a big win as the U.S. Department of Labor rules to allow independent contractors to participate in association health plans. The Supreme Court rules in favor of brick-and-mortar businesses over online retailers in an Internet tax fairness decision. NAR hosts a meeting on reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All this and more on the latest Voice for Real Estate.WATCH

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On Common Ground Magazine: Summer 2018, Fair Housing & Social Equality

It is critical that our society provide opportunities for all people to achieve wellbeing and reach their potential. People of color and the poor are disproportionately affected by barriers to access to health care, healthy food, and a clean environment have provided barriers that have . In this issue of On Common Ground, we discuss the multiple components that we need to address to achieve social equity — providing the opportunities and pathways to success so that all Americans can prosper. READ MORE

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2018 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; political fundraising; member and consumer mobilization resources; and much more. Also, review what programs and resources qualify for the new Vote, Act and Invest Core Standards’ requirements. DOWNLOAD

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