Internal News Service Weekly Report for AEs

Realtor ® The<br />
                                    Weekly Report for Association Executives Internal News Service From the<br />
                                    National Association of<br />
                                    Realtors ®
March 16, 2016   
In This<br />
    • NAR Urges Senate to Pass Condo Financing Bill
    • Application Period for 2017 Committees Open
    • NAR Survey: Single-family Homes Needed
    • Webinar on Investing for Associations
    • Register for Broker Summit

    • Court to Hear Clean Water Act Challenge
    • Government Expands Critical Habitat Rules
    • NAR Affirms Support for Appraisal Threshold
    • FCC Proposes Consumer Internet Privacy Rule
    • RPR Commercial Webinar Set for March 22

NAR News

NAR Urges Senate to Pass Condo Financing Bill
NAR has sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate urging them to approve the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, which would lower owner-occupancy ratios and make condo board recertification requirements more reasonable. The House unanimously passed the bill, H.R. 3700, in February. News release.

Application Period for 2017 Committees Open
Let your members know that NAR is now accepting applications for committee service in 2017. Members may submit up to five applications and receive up to five endorsements per application. Deadline is May 23. Details.

NAR Survey: Single-family Homes Needed
A majority of both homeowners and renters would purchase a suburban single-family home if they were to buy in the next six months, according to to the second installment of NAR's new Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey. News release

Webinar on Investing for Associations
REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a  division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, will host a webinar on Wednesday, March 23, for association executives and their finance committee members (investment stewards) who have fiduciary responsibilities within their associations. The webinar will be led by Victoria Gillespie, senior vice president of REALTORS® Federal Credit Union. She will be joined by Jonathan Adams of Northwest Financial Advisors. They will discuss best practices on investing for state and local associations. The Credit Union is a partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program and offers financial services to NAR members and to associations and their staffs. Register

Register for Broker Summit
Registration is open for NAR's 2016 REALTOR® Broker Summit, June 9-10 in Denver. The event will have a strong focus on management and feature sessions on culture, recruiting strategies and game-changing technology for the real estate industry. Register.


Issue<br />

Court to Hear Clean Water Act Challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court later this month will hear a case involving a landowner's challenge to a federal determination that its property is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. The government asserts that the landowner can't challenge the decision in court, but instead must either apply for a permit or defend itself in an enforcement action. Details. 

Government Expands Critical Habitat Rules
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service have expanded their critical habitat regulations, which could lead to an increase in the amount of state, local and private land designated by the government as essential for threatened or endangered species. A critical habitat designation can result in restrictions on how a parcel of land may be used and lead to increased costs for projects that require federal authorizations or licenses. More.

NAR Affirms Support for Appraisal Threshold
NAR favors the current $250,000 threshold for appraisals in federally related real estate transactions and has submitted a letter to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwor Reduction Act (EGRPRA) that underscores its support. Details. 

FCC Proposes Consumer Internet Privacy Rule
The Federal Communications Commission has released a proposed regulation that would require Internet service providers to clearly disclose how they collect personal consumer data and share it with third parties, as well as how the data is used by those organizations. NAR will provide comments to the FCC on the proposed rule once the proposal is adopted. More.

New<br />
RPR Commercial Webinar Set for March 22
Learn about the latest ClientLook CRM integration to RPR Commercial, which enables demographics, mapping and site analysis for ClientLook users, in a webinar on Tuesday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern time. Register. 

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.

Webcast: Get REALTOR® Ad Campaign
In case you missed it: NAR recently presented a live webcast about the new Get REALTOR® advertising campaign, which showcases REALTOR® brand value to consumers. Watch replay.

Grow Online Authority with Free® Profile
Remind your agents that they can build their market authority and relevancy online by completing their free® profile. Profiles can include recommendations, social media content and referrals. Learn more.

Good Neighbor Award Nominations
NAR is seeking nominees for the Good Neighbor Award, which recognizes REALTORS® who impact their communities through volunteer work. Five winners will receive $10,000 grants for their nonprofits, as well as national publicity. For an entry form or more information, go to Click on "For Media & AEs" at the upper right to access a media kit with ads, sample stories, logos and social media pieces. Application deadline is May 13.

$150,000 Fine for Posting Copyrighted Photos
In case you missed it: Digital copyright protections have been in place for years, but they're becoming more important in real estate because of increases in photo infringement. Violations can result in fines of up to $150,000. A summary of the process members can follow to protect themselves is a top story in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video. Other stories look at the direction of contract signings, a permanent prohibition on Internet access taxes, and the investment REALTOR® associations are making to participate in an international real estate conference. Watch and share.

NAR Legal Action Funding Information
Visit the newly redesigned Legal Action Funding section on to learn about the important role NAR's Legal Action Committee performs in providing support to matters importance to the real estate industry, including cases involving REALTOR® associations and MLSs. The section features a video about how to apply for financial and the important cases for which the committee has provided support.


Report compiled by Sam Silverstein, 202/383-1212. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
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