Internal News Service Weekly Report for AEs

Realtor ® The Weekly Report for Association Executives Internal News Service From the National Association of<br />
                                    Realtors ®
March 9, 2016  
In This Issue
    • AEs Launch Closed, Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group
    • Millennials are Todays’ Biggest Homebuyers
    • Speakers Represent Both Sides of Political Aisle
    • Bob Woodward on White House Race
    • Military Get Extended Foreclosure Protection in Bill

    • Bill Tries to Get Commercial Risk-Retention Right
    • 10 States Must End Internet Access Taxes
    • Early Bird Pricing on 2016 Broker Summit
    • 2017 AE Institute: Call for Speaker Presentations
    • Realtor® University Receives Accreditation

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NAR News

AEs Launch Closed, Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group
A private, peer-to-peer group created by REALTOR® association executives is active on Facebook. The new group is called AEI Year-Round and it’s intended for sharing best practices for managing associations and MLSs. Group rules are in place to help keep conversations professional, relevant, and helpful.

Millennials are Todays' Biggest Homebuyers
A growing share of homebuyers are millennials, and more of them are purchasing single-family homes outside of urban areas, according to NAR’S Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends  study.

Speakers Represent Both Sides of Political Aisle
AEs: A March 7 article in Inman News discusses a speech by former secretary of state Hilary Clinton to REALTORS® at the 2013 NAR Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Share with members who ask about this that NAR strives to select speakers who play an important role in shaping our country’s public policy discourse. Clinton was invited to share her experiences while serving as First Lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state, and her remarks follow a line of similar NAR speakers, including former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and General Colin Powell. No dues funds were used to cover her speaker costs and NAR does not endorse presidential candidates. More

Issue Updates

Bob Woodward on White House Race
Hear insights from Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward on everything from presidents of the past to the 2016 presidential race at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in May. 

Military Get Extended Foreclosure Protection in Bill
Persons in the military would be protected from foreclosure for a year after active duty in a bill  NAR supports. The bill would restore and extend protection that is expiring.

Bill Tries to Get Commercial Risk-Retention Right
NAR backs a bill to help keep commercial real estate on a solid path by making upcoming risk-retention rules more appropriate to market realities. Right now, rules that are scheduled to take effect at the end of the year to protect against overly loose loans would have the unintended effect of making it harder for lenders to make safe loans.

10 States Must End Internet Access Taxes
The latest Voice for Real Estate news video looks at NAR’s win on Internet access taxes. The new law requires 10 states that impose the taxes to end them by June 30, 2020. It also prevents other states from imposing the taxes, which are paid by Internet service providers and passed on to consumers. Other stories look at the surprising stability of residential contract signings despite global economic woes, what steps you can take to protect yourself from  liability if you have photos that infringe copyrights, and why NAR and several state and local associations are partnering on a booth at an upcoming international real estate conference.  


New Resources

Early Bird Pricing on 2016 Broker Summit
The 2016 REALTOR® Broker Summit is in Denver June 9-10. Sessions will cover recruiting, culture, risk management, and technology disruptors. Event details and early-bird registration.    

2017 AE Institute: Call for Speaker Presentations
If you're interested in speaking at the 2017 AE Institute in Denver, March 18-20, or have a qualified member who is, visit the 2017 call-for-presentations page to learn about the application process and to fill out a proposal form. Deadline is May 20. Programming tracks are described in detail on the application. Share the link with potential speakers. For more info contact Laurie Oken, 312/329-8307. 

Realtor® University Receives Accreditation
Realtor® University has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an entity recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.   

William R. Magel Award Deadline Nears
April 6 is the deadline to recognize outstanding service within your profession by nominating an AE for the 2016 William R. Magel Award of Excellence. Only nominees who are active in the REALTOR® organization and for whom a nomination form has been received by the deadline date, April 6, will be considered. For more info contact Cynthia Bair, 800/874-6500. Access the nomination form.

Best Places to Build Apartments This Year
Analyst Rick Wilson of Axiometrics will be giving his take on good places to build apartments in a sponsor webinar on Thursday, March 24, at 2 p.m., Eastern Time. Wilson will also be sharing his thoughts on markets that will be attracting jobs and younger households, whether apartments should be built in the suburbs or urban areas, and where he sees rents heading. He'll also be sharing his three- and five-year forecasts to help with planning for real estate professionals who specialize in apartments. More.

NAR Coders Place Second in Global Event
NAR technology staff placed second among 1,250 entrants in a major industry event, the hack.summit Virtual Hackathon, which attracts computer coders from around the world to develop useful problem-solving applications. The team developed an application to visualize traffic patterns. 

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Copyright Liability Summarized in News Video
A summary of NAR Legal Affairs’ video on photo copyright liability protection is featured in The Voice for Real Estate news video. 


Report compiled by Robert Freedman, 202/383-1012. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
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