REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – November 2019

Bob Goldberg

A Clear Direction for Navigating Change in 2020

With an “off-year” election behind us, now is the time to focus on our industry and the communities we serve. We have an exception group of appointed advocacy leaders, led by the 2020 Leadership Team, who are eager to get to work. The issues facing our industry are unprecedented. By forging a new contract between NAR, REALTORS®, and our industry, we believe we can realize unprecedented success for ourselves as business owners, the communities where we work and live, and homeowners alike.
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By the Numbers

Percentage of races that state and local associations won on Nov. 5 that used the REALTOR® Party’s independent expenditure program. This program provides funds that associations can use to support candidates for political office who support REALTORS® and the real estate industry. Of the 129 IE races decided on Nov. 5, 25 were in support of REALTOR® candidates.
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Number of attendees at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Were you one? If not, don’t worry. Check out REALTOR® Magazine Live for insights and news. Get a taste of the conference and first-hand REALTOR® accounts on by visiting Conference Live, a virtual window into the event experience.
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Estimated loss in real estate transaction due to email phishing scams between 2015 and 2017, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This represents a 1,100% increase. Robert Siciliano, a security trainer at ProtectNowLLC.com, understands how vulnerable real estate transactions are to wire fraud. Check out a few of his tips to prevent this from happening to you and your clients.
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As of Oct. 19, the number of major disaster declarations nationwide this year. With the cost of property damage topping $10 billion, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has been developing a new risk rating system, Risk Rating 2.0. This would represent the first time flood risk assessments have been update since the 1970s and adequately reflects the flood risks of individuals and communities.
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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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After a Wildfire, Oroville REALTORS® Makes Smart Growth Plans to Rebuild Paradise

In four congressional districts of North Carolina, REALTORS® got rare access to their U.S. Representatives in a series of “Congressional Road Shows” hosted by their Federal Political Coordinators. REALTORS® in attendance got to hear and ask questions about issues important to the industry and their communities.
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North Carolina “Congressional Road Shows” Highlight Working Relationships of REALTORS® and Capitol Hill Counterparts

In four congressional districts of North Carolina, REALTORS® got rare access to their U.S. Representatives in a series of “Congressional Road Shows” hosted by their Federal Political Coordinators. REALTORS® in attendance got to hear and ask questions about issues important to the industry and their communities.
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Coeur d’Alene REALTORS® Bring a “Storybook Trail” to Growing Community

The Coeur d’Alene REALTOR® association wanted to use one of the REALTOR® Party’s Smart Growth Action Grants to help a local community where its members live and work. Working together with the City of Rathdrum, Idaho, they planned and built a ‘Storybook Trail’ at the base of Rathdrum Mountain.
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Resources & Opportunities

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Op-Ed: Let’s Get Housing Finance Reform Right This Time

Do you think the federal government has expanded its exposure to risky mortgages? NAR’s recently published an op-ed with the Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association, and the National Home Builders Association in the American Banker sets the record straight.
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Rural Broadband Deployment: Strategies for Closing the Digital Divide

Many Americans fail to realize that millions of their fellow citizens, primarily those in rural areas, lack access to reliable and affordable internet connections. Explore this issues’ crucial nature as it relates to the real estate industry. Get a brief history of deploying broadband in the U.S., an overview of the current federal framework for encouraging broadband deployment, and summaries of a number of state regulatory strategies that stand out from the crowd.
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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.
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