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November 2018

REALTOR® Party Leaders Plan for 2019

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & 2019 President John Smaby

A few weeks ago, nearly 600 REALTOR® Party leaders gathered in in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the 2019 REALTOR® Party Training Conference. This conference was special for a number of reasons. For the first time, it went beyond just the state and local advocacy components of our organization and brought in the federal parts, as well. It also kicked off an important celebration – the 50th anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. While RPAC certainly is one of the most powerful PACs in America, we like to think that RPAC also stands for REALTORS® Participate Advocate and Celebrate, the conference theme.

While a lot of fun was had in our purple REALTOR® Party shirts, we also laid the foundation for important advocacy outreach efforts in each state and region throughout 2019. All of this work was tied to NAR’s 2019 strategic priorities. We also got a preview of our 2019 federal policy priorities. Finally, it wouldn’t have been a REALTOR® event without an opportunity to give back. Conference attendees donated nearly 500 toys to Toys for Tots Twin Cities. This is a great organization that has been “bringing the joy of Christmas to America’s needy children” sin 1948.

The REALTOR® Party comes alive with our stories of advocacy and community involvement. These stories, powerful and inspiring, are stories of how the REALTOR® Party is a force to be reckoned with at all levels. Your state leaders have developed ways to Own Our Story and make sure it’s told, and told well. Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” That’s what the REALTOR® Party is about — 1.3 million members and staff working together nationwide, advancing public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protecting property interests, and promoting a vibrant business environment. No doubt, our ability to articulate the REALTOR® narrative effectively will play a huge role in the future of our businesses and our associations.

We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Bob Goldberg, CEO

John Smaby, 2019 NAR President

 

 

 

 

Bob Goldberg, CEO                      John Smaby, 2019 NAR President

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GADFly Newsletter – December 2018

In This Issue…

GADFly Distribution Date Change

Please note the GADFly distribution date will change from the first Thursday of the month to the last Thursday of the month. The next GADFly will be distributed on January 31, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Tiane Harrison.


Save the Dates: Upcoming Advocacy Events & Webinars

Dec. 11, 12:00 PM EST: Candidate & Issue Campaign Training Webinar 1: NAR’s Independent Expenditure Program
This webinar is open to all, but is required for those registered for the Candidate & Issue Campaign Training Course. Learn about the process, procedures, and expectations when your association undertakes an Independent Expenditure (IE) campaign with NAR. Hear from Minnesota REALTORS®’ Christine Berger about how they have successfully used an IE for candidate elections. Speakers include NAR’s Mitchell Norton and Christine Berger.

Dec. 12, 1:00 PM EST: State Blockchain Legislative Initiatives and How They Could Impact the Real Estate Industry Webinar
In this 90-minute, two-part webinar, learn (i) the basics of blockchain technology and its potential applications in the real estate industry,  and (ii) key components of current statewide blockchain legislation as well as how to identify terminology and address provisions in the legislation that could affect the roles of brokers and other third parties in real estate transactions. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski or 202-383-1068.

Dec. 18, 1:00 PM EST: State Remote Notary Legislation Webinar
In 2019, at least 23 states will consider legislation to enable consumers to use remote notary technology, a critical technology in creating a completely digital real estate transaction. Join NAR and Michael Chodos, general counsel at Notarize, a remote notary provider, to learn about remote notary, what state legislation may look like, who supports and opposes this legislation, and answers to any questions you may have. For more information, contact Melanie Wyne.

Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2019: 2019 New GAD & AE Orientation
Registration is now open for NAR’s 1.5 day Advocacy Orientation for New GADs & AEs scheduled for Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, 2019 at the NAR offices in Washington, D.C. This orientation is open to GADs and AEs without GADs who have been in their role for 18 months or less and would like to learn the basics of the REALTOR® Party programs, and how these programs can be used to qualify for Core Standards requirements, in addition to NAR’s grassroots, lobbying and policy efforts at all levels of government. Review programmatic details, qualifications, and registration information. For more information, contact Kyle Lambert London.


Advocacy Resources

Candidate & Issue Campaign Training (CICT) Webinars Begin Next Week
Planning to support a local candidate or issue in 2019? If so, join us for the Candidate & Issue Campaign Training course. This hybrid webinar/in-person course consists of a ten-part, monthly webinar series leading to an intensive, in-person, 1.5 day training held April 10 – 11, 2019, at the NAR offices in Chicago. Monthly webinars are free of charge and open to all association staff members. Space is however limited for the full CICT certificate course. The full certificate course is $99. REGISTER NOW!Visit our website for program details or contact Kyle Lambert London or John Winston.

Issues Mobilization Program Resources
The 2019 budget year is underway, and NAR is accepting applications for Issues Mobilization grants. Whether you’re advocating on housing affordability, remote notarization, association health plans, or any other state/local REALTOR® issue, NAR is available to help. To maximize the assistance we can provide, please reach out to NAR as early as possible. Learn more about the Issues Mobilization Program, including the grant application form, guidance document, and committee meeting schedule and application deadline list. For more information, contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235.

New Short-Term Rental Resources
State legislatures are modifying their laws to accommodate the influx of short-term rentals. At least 8 states have adopted preemption laws on local regulations. More than 30 states have tax collection rates that are more than 5 percent. Short-term rental regulations will continue to be a hot topic for state and local governments. Review these Advocacy Tips to Protect the Right to Rent in case this issue comes up in your community, and compare state regulations and tax rates for short-term rentals. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.

New Real Estate Sign Regulations after Reed: Analysis and Strategic Guidance for REALTORS® Paper
Signs are critical to the real estate industry. The display of real estate signs is subject to the requirements of local governments that can change the rules. This new Guidance Paper will help you (i) understand the extent to which local governments can control or restrict real estate signs and (ii) how to work with local governments to be Reed-compliant while allowing for real estate signage. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.

2019 State REALTOR® Association Legislative Priority Survey Results
We had a 98 percent response rate to the survey. Thank you for sharing your priorities with us! Among the top issues prioritized by associations were: professionalism or licensing, affordable housing, and tax reform. Check out the results of the 2019 State REALTOR® Association Legislative Priority Survey Results by state, by region, and by issue. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.

What REALTORS® Need to Know About the New Tax Law
Check out the new video series with Evan Liddiard, NAR’s Director of Federal Tax Policy, and Peter Baker of the Business Planning Group, which gives an overview of 2018’s new tax laws. The series offers guidance for individuals and families filing tax returns, the tax incentives of owning a home, as well as business tax changes for real estate professionals.

Fair Housing Beyond the Commemoration
As we conclude our commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, please continue to utilize the materials and resources on www.FairHousing.realtor to help your members expand their knowledge about how this important law enhances our industry and communities. Remember, fair housing makes us stronger! For more information, contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.


RPAC & Political Fundraising News

Dec. 19: Year-End RPAC Transmittal Deadline
The final deadline is quickly approaching for individuals to be recognized as NAR RPAC Major Investors and for associations to receive credit toward their 2018 fundraising goals. NAR requires that all funds, with appropriate back-up documentation, be received in the Chicago Finance office by close of business on Wednesday, December 19. For more information regarding RPAC deadlines, click here or contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

Dec. 19, Jan. 31: RPAC Hall of Fame Deadlines
The RPAC Hall of Fame eligibility deadline is December 19. Eligible members and staff must meet the $25,000 minimum threshold by the end of the previous fundraising year. The deadline for the nomination form to be submitted to NAR by the state is January 31, 2019. Click here to access the guidelines and nomination form. For questions regarding the Hall of Fame or to verify an investment history total, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

Jan. 7: National RPAC Fundraising Goal – State Deadline
States were asked to submit their 2019 National RPAC Fundraising Goals in November. State GADS – please note that states have until January 7 to revise your goal to ensure it is higher than the total the state raised in 2018 in order to qualify for recognition in 2019. For questions regarding the goal or to revise your state’s goal, contact Lauren Facemire at 202-383-1080.


NAR’s Economic Outlook

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair

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Matthew Ledger
GAD Chair
REALTORS® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale

With the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo behind us, a couple thank you’s are in order. At our Government Affairs Director’s Meeting, we had the privilege of two very special guests — Jerry Giovaniello and Shannon McGahn. On behalf of the GAD Community, thank you Jerry for your years of service to our industry. You’ve been a rock star for so long within the REALTOR® organization and your knowledge will be missed. Shannon, welcome to the REALTOR® family! I think you will find you have an eager group of both state and local GADs who are ready to help you bring the REALTOR® Party to the next level. Also, thank you to all the GADs who serve on NAR committees who provided valuable feedback to our group.

Speaking of looking forward and bringing the REALTOR® Party to the next level, last week at the REALTOR® Party Training Conference in Minneapolis, NAR announced its 2019 Federal Policy Priorities. The priorities were developed following a process that included feedback from the Public Policy Coordinating Committee and results of the 2018 NAR Member Survey. They are as follows: Infrastructure, Federal Taxation, Access to Credit, Flood Insurance, Health Insurance, and Technology. For more information, please visit the NAR’s Political Advocacy page.

And somewhere in between those two meetings, we had a little thing called …. Elections!  Great job by Gerry Allen, NAR staff, and all the local and state GADs for providing live updates on the REALTOR® Party Campaign Coverage Page. With a record 1.1 million REALTOR’s registered to vote, we had another successful election cycle.

And lastly, if you have some free time this month and want to enhance your knowledge on issues affecting the industry, register for the webinars highlighted to your left.

I hope you all get the chance to relax and spend the holidays with your friends, family, and loved ones — get some rest and let’s come back ready to rock in 2019!

Thank you,
Matthew

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REALTOR® Votes Counted: 2018 REALTOR® Party Campaign Coverage

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & President John Smaby

NAR CEO Bob Goldberg & President John Smaby

Through all the mail pieces, television ads, canvassing, and punditry, we survived the mid-term elections! Every election year, our political activity kicks into high gear, and 2018 was no exception. Not only did we survive, but we broke records – 1.1 million REALTORS® registered to vote, and we were involved in 13 federal independent expenditure campaigns, 252 state and local independent expenditure campaigns, and 25 issue campaigns. Last night, we elected 35 REALTORS® to public office…and counting! Our results were impressive, and we hope you’ll check them out at www.realtorparty.realtor/vote2018. Clearly, REALTORS®’ votes counted.

As newly sworn-in elected officials take office, our work begins but the mission as REALTORS® remains the same: Advancing public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interest, and promote a vibrant business environment. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. We’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of RPAC throughout 2019. We also have some major issues ahead to address, one of which is housing affordability.

Housing affordability is one of the most critical problems facing home buyers and the nation. And the lack of housing supply is only adding to the problem. Comprehensive solutions to address this issue must be locally based and include local community experts — REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations. That’s why NAR has developed resources that work uniquely in each community to address the specific issues related to housing affordability and supply. These resources also include valuable information and tools to start the dialogue in your community. Check them out.

McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc once said, “none of us is as good as all of us,” and the same goes for the REALTOR® Party. When we work collectively; when we speak with one voice; when we tell our story, we can change lives. We see it in our neighborhoods, on the faces of our clients, and in the success of our associations and businesses. If we work together — owning, creating, and telling our story — the best is yet to come.

Bob Goldberg, CEO

John Smaby, 2019 NAR President

 

 

 

 

Bob Goldberg, CEO                      John Smaby, 2019 NAR President

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GADFly Newsletter – October 2018 – Special Edition

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2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Thursday, November 1
3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
NAR 360 with a special performance by the
GAD Band!
Hynes Center Auditorium
 
Friday, November 2
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Federal Issues Update Hynes Center
Ballroom B, Third Level
 
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
State and Local Issues Policy Committee Boston Marriott Copley Place
Salons A & B, Fourth Floor
 
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Advocacy Everywhere:
State Association Training
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Vermont Room, Fifth Floor
 
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
State and Local Issues
Mobilization Support Committee
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Republic Ballroom, Second Floor
 
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Hosting Your Major Investor Event Sheraton Boston Hotel
Hampton Room, Third Floor
 
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advocacy Everywhere:
Concierge Services for Local Associations
Boston Marriott Copley Place
Vermont Room, Fifth Floor
 
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
RPAC Fundraising Forum Boston Marriott Copley Place
Salon E&F, Fourth Floor
 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
GAD Reception Bostonia Public House
131 State St, Boston, MA 02110
 
Saturday, November 3
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
GAD Advisory Group Meeting (closed) Hynes Center
Room 306, Third Level
 
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
GAD Meeting
Click Here for Agenda
Hynes Center
Room 312, Third Level
 
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
State and Local GAD Breakout Meetings Hynes Center
Room 312, Third Level (Locals)
Room 313, Third Level (States)
 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
GAD Professional Development Session Hynes Center
Room 312, Third Level

GAD Reception at Bostonia
Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with your government affairs colleagues from around the country, as well as NAR Advocacy staff. Drinks and appetizers sponsored by our partners with REAL Strategies, ACCESS Marketing, and American Strategies. We hope to see you there!

RPAC Major Investor Reception  
The RPAC Major Investor Reception will be held Saturday, November 3 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Museum of Science. The Museum of Science features hundreds of interactive exhibits as well as exceptional views of Boston and the Charles River! We hope to see you and your fellow 2018 Major Investors there! For more information, contact Beth Brittingham at 202-383-1209.

RPAC Fundraising Forum Tailgate  
Calling all sports fans! On Friday, November 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, RPAC will be hosting a tailgate-themed event in the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel. There will be opportunities for members to complete their 2018 RPAC investments. Encourage your members to join us in their favorite team’s gear! For more information, contact Liz Best-Bradford at 202-383-7582.

Advocacy Resources

2019 Candidate and Issue Campaign Training – REGISTER HERE
Are you interested in taking your campaign skills to the next level? Do you have a campaign to support in 2019 and you want the best skills to approach it? If so, then join us for the Issue and Candidate Campaign Training. Learn how to leverage NAR’s resources to help you meet your advocacy goals. Registration is open for the ten-part webinar series culminating in an in-person, hands-on, certificate training taking place April 10 & 11 at the NAR building in Chicago. For more information, visit our website or contact Kyle Lambert London or John Winston.

2019 New GAD & AE Orientation for REALTOR® Party Advocacy
Do you have a new GAD or an AE without a GAD in your state? If so, please let them know about the New GAD & AE Orientations for REALTOR® Party Advocacy in 2019.

  • Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Thursday and Friday, September 12 and 13, 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zone One-Pager Updated
Congress created the federal Qualified Opportunity Zone (“QOZ”) program in the 2017 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” to encourage economic growth in underserved communities through tax benefits to investors. Areas within U.S. and its territories, including Washington, DC, were nominated (by census tract) to be designated as QOZs in 2018, and the IRS and Treasury finalized the designations that year. This program presents opportunities for real estate investment and development in distressed communities. For more information, contact Erin Stackley at 202-383-1150.

3rd Quarter Land Use Initiative Program Summary
A total of ten requests were processed. Three jurisdictions proposed short-term rental regulations (Nevada; Salem, MA; Summit County, CO). Two jurisdictions proposed regulations regarding stormwater management (Greenville County, SC and City of Fort Worth, TX). In Colorado, ballot initiative #108 proposes to amend the Takings Clause of the Colorado Constitution to require that “just compensation” be paid when private property is “reduced in fair market value by government law or regulation.” Initiative #108 is in response to ballot initiative #97 which proposes a statutory change to the setback requirements for new oil and gas development from 500 feet to 2,500 feet. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.

NEW RESOURCE: Short-Term Rental Regulations: Advocacy Tips to Protect the Right to Rent
This resource provides REALTORS® with the basis for arguing that the right to rent is a fundamental aspect of private property ownership. The advocacy tips consist of talking points to use in opposing proposed short-term rental (STRs) regulations that would infringe upon this fundamental property right to rent. Advocacy tips are included for the following areas of STR regulations: outright bans of STRs, licensing, inspections, zoning authority, residential vs. commercial use, and local contact persons. These six areas are the primary means by which local governments are regulating STRs. For more information, contact Adriann Murawski at 202-383-1068.

All Business Meals Still Deductible, IRS Clarifies
The IRS released guidance to make clear that real estate professionals and others who incorporate meals into their business social events can still deduct all of their business meals under the new tax law even if the meals are part of business events whose costs are no longer deductible. The tax law enacted last year prohibits the deductibility of sporting events and other types of business entertainment, but you can still deduct meals at those events if you can separate out the costs in your recordkeeping, the IRS says. Industry groups sought the clarification because the new law left it ambiguous if all meals remain deductible. Details in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR.

Issues Mobilization Grant Assistance in 2019
The first meeting of the 2019 NAR State and Local Issues Mobilization Support Committee is Wednesday, November 28, 2018, during the REALTOR® Party Training Conference in Minneapolis. In considering grant requests at this meeting, the Committee will be working with a new (2019) grants budget to assist 2019 issue campaigns. If you are interested in requesting Issues Mobilization grant assistance at this meeting, or at one of the subsequent monthly conference call meetings that will begin in January 2019, please contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235 as soon as possible to maximize the assistance that we can provide to you.

Fair Housing Conversation Starters
Looking for a way start a conversation about fair housing with your members? Check out the series of articles published as part of NAR’s commemoration of the Fair Housing Act for ideas. Topics include the lingering impacts of discrimination, fair housing’s connection to education, the future of fair housing and more. Share an article with your members then hold a discussion during your next membership meeting. Find articles here. For more information, contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

NAR’s Economic Outlook

  • REALTORS® Confidence Index – REALTORS® report “low inventory” and “interest rate” as the major issues affecting transactions in September 2018.
  • 2018 Teams Survey – Teams are becoming more common in the real estate industry as an increasing number of REALTORS® – 26 percent of respondents – consider themselves a member of a real estate team, according to NAR’s 2018 Teams Survey.
  • Video: Real Estate Teams 2018: Highlights – A one-minute video of highlights from the new 2018 Real Estate Teams report.
  • Video: Existing-Home Decline in September 2018 – Sales of existing homes declined in September to their lowest level in nearly three years, and inventory levels rose for the second month in a row on a year-over-year basis. National Association of REALTORS® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discusses the data in this video.
  • Presentation: 2018 Health Insurance Survey Highlights – Eighty-six percent of members have health insurance for 2018, while 14 percent do not. Find more facts about health insurance, like where most members get health insurance, how they feel about their monthly premiums and more, in this visual story.

Message from the GAD Chair

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Matthew Ledger
GAD Chair
REALTORS® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale

With Boston upon us, I just wanted to highlight some of the events/sessions that I hope to see you all at in Beantown. Please see below!

GAD Reception
Friday, November 2, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Bostonia Public House
131 State Street
Boston, MA

A big thank you to REAL STRATEGIES, ACCESS Marketing, and American Strategies for helping sponsor the reception!

Government Affairs Directors Meeting
Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hynes Center, Room 312 – Third Level

From 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, we will split up into our Local & State Breakout Groups. For those who have not attended before, this is a perfect opportunity to discuss issues and get feedback and hopefully solutions. I challenge everyone to not just show up with a problem/issue, but be prepared to offer solutions to your fellow colleagues.

GAD Professional Development Session
Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:30 PM
Hynes Center, Room 312 – Third Level

The GAD Professional Development Session will focus on a couple of topics: Campaign Finance Rules and Sign Ordinances. Specifically, we will take a deeper dive into sign ordinances and identify the pitfalls many localities are experiencing and ways to work with local government to allow for real estate signs, while adhering to the law. Work that Robinson & Cole has completed for NAR, assisting state and local REALTOR® associations with the post-Reed case, will be used as examples. How to write sign ordinances, including specific language, will be addressed.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Boston next week! Aside from the meetings mentioned above, if you have any questions about the conference or anything Boston related, please do not hesitate to reach out and shoot me a text at 561-635-2118.

See you in Boston!
Thank you,
Matthew

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