REALTOR® Party News

REALTOR Party News – November 2020

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Celebrating Two Big Advocacy Wins

Last week, a bill that included a full-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and surface transportation funding was signed into law. These two wins benefit residential and commercial REALTORS® alike. And with less than a month until Election Day, REGi, the voter assistant bot is here to help you make your voice heard.
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By the Numbers

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Number of business policy issues to watch for in 2021 according to NAR’s Business Issues Policy Committee. The committee reviewed these issues — independent contractor status, anti-money-laundering efforts, real estate fraud, COVID-19 relief efforts, and fair housing — during their meeting at the virtual 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.
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Amount in real estate transactions lost to cyber fraud in 2019 according to the FBI. In the latest Window to the Law video, you’ll learn how cybercriminals are taking advantage of the pandemic by developing new scams, and how you can protect yourself and your clients from becoming another cybercrime statistic.
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Date of the first election in which the 2020 NAR President Vince Malta cast a vote. Voting, he says, makes a difference for your business and community.
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Number of new Hot Topic Alerts available on the REALTOR® Party website. Hot Topic Alerts highlight important trending real estate issues in state legislatures, and includes advocacy efforts of state and local REALTOR® associations. Be sure to read about equity in real estate, state and local taxation in the wake of COVID-19, infrastructure, and rental restrictions.
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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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Greater Capital Area REALTORS® Go to Bat for Property Tax System Maintain Quality of a County’s Services

Just north of the nation’s capital, Montgomery County, Md., voters are deciding between two ballot measures that determine how future property tax limits will be defined. The Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® is campaigning for the one that maintains the county’s ability to provide important services at a level that has kept real estate values strong.
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Bay East Association Mobilizes Members to Oppose Transfer Tax Increase

In San Leandro, California, the REALTORS® were launching a campaign against a transfer tax increase on the November ballot. But they’d learned from experience that they couldn’t just throw money at the problem: they needed to launch a local grassroots effort. Despite pandemic restrictions, they’re seeing boots on the ground, from social media posts to Halloween decorations incorporating their campaign mailers.
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Greater Richmond REALTORS® Launch Housing Resource Line, Connecting Residents with Necessary Services

A new phone-based referral network for the Richmond region connects residents with services ranging from foreclosure prevention and elderly tax relief to stable rental housing and first-time mortgage providers. A Housing Opportunity Grant is supporting the program – and leveraging further funding from local foundations and jurisdictions.
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Resources & Opportunities

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On Common Ground: Recovering, Rebuilding, Rebalancing

The Fall 2020 edition of On Common Ground explores the ways in which our society is responding to the death of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic. These two seismic shifts demanded everyone’s attention, everyone’s thoughts, and everyone’s participation.
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Housing Stabilization: A Guide for Collaboration and Initiatives

This newest resource assists REALTOR® associations with creating a local housing stabilization task force to help homeowners, renters, and landlords manage COVID-19 pandemic challenges. The guide offers tips on organizing the task force, suggests activities for the task force to consider, and encourages associations to include outreach and education for potential home buyers.
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Interactive REALTOR® Party Resource Guide

Get the latest updates and information on advocacy grants, programs, resources, and educational opportunities with the Interactive REALTOR® Party Resource Guide. A new design, dynamic search functions, and integrated Realtor Party Tracker data offer a complete view of the REALTOR® Party at work in communities nationwide. Bookmark this invaluable online resource today.
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