Internal News Service Weekly Report for AEs

Realtor ® The Weekly Report for Association Executives Internal News Service From the National Association of<br />
                                    Realtors ®
June 8, 2016  
In This Issue
    • Move Inc.-Zillow Lawsuit Settled
    • Leadership Summit Registration Is Open
    • Apply for Commercial Innovation Grant
    • Live webcast: Preparing Now for Tax Time
    • Overtime Rules Effect Salaries Up to $47,476

    • Owners Can Sue Upfront on Clean Water Ruling
    • Shop for Gifts at New Member’s Gift Galleria
    • REALTOR® University Offers MRE for AEs
    • NAR Playing a Role in Smart Home Technology
    • Share Boys & Girls Club Success Stories

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NAR News

Move Inc.-Zillow Lawsuit Settled
Zillow agreed to pay $130 million to settle allegations that two of its executives stole trade secrets from Move Inc., operator of realtor.com®. "We are pleased that the parties have reached an amicable resolution," NAR President Tom Salomone said in a prepared statement. NAR was a co-plaintiff in the suit, brought in 2014 against Zillow and the two executives, both former executives of Move. Move and NAR had accused the former Move executives, Errol Samuelson and Curt Beardsley, of stealing confidential documents and breaching their fiduciary duties to the company. 

Leadership Summit Registration Is Open
Registration is open for the 2016 Leadership Summit for 2017 leadership. Registration closes on June 30  or when capacity has been reached. Direct questions to Charlotte Wroblewski for registration, Andra Zarins for housing, and Rita Baldwin for program details.

Apply for Commercial Innovation Grant
July 31 is the deadline to apply for a commercial innovation grant under the second round for 2016. Grants of $500 to $2,500  were awarded to 17 associations in the first round.  

Live webcast: Preparing Now for Tax Time
Your members can hear from, and ask questions of, two accountants who work extensively with real estate clients on what to do throughout the year to maximize their tax position in a live webcast on Thursday, June 23, 2-3 p.m., Eastern time. Presenters are Peter Baker of Business Planning Group in Washington, D.C., and Linda de Marlor of Tax-Masters, Inc., Rockville, Md. Share registration link.

Issue Updates

Overtime Rules Effect Salaries Up to $47,476
Eligible white collar employees who earn $47,476 a year or less are entitled to time and a half overtime pay for working more than 40 hours a week under rules the U.S. Department of Labor has released. The rules take effect December 1.

Owners Can Sue Upfront on Clean Water Ruling
Developers can sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to get a definitive ruling on whether their property is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act without first having to go through an expensive and time consuming permit process, the U.S. Supreme court ruled unanimously. The decision is consistent with what NAR and the National Association of Home Builders sought in an amicus brief they filed with the court on behalf of property owners. 


New Resources


Shop for Gifts at New Member’s Gift Galleria
Let  your members know a resource is available for them to shop for closing gifts for their clients or to shop for their personal or professional needs. You and your staff can use it, too. Available in partnership with NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, Members' Gift Galleria, powered by membermarketplace™, is a private, customized online shopping destination for trending technology, luxury gifts, and more at a discount.

REALTOR® University Offers MRE for AEs
In case you missed it: Earn your Master's Degree in Real Estate from REALTOR® University, an accredited educational institution. The program offers five real estate concentrations, including real estate association management. The program’s flexible admissions, financial assistance, and peer networking enable you to obtain your degree in a way that works with your schedule. The next session starts July 5. 

NAR Playing a Role in Smart Home Technology
NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Technology has established a laboratory to study smart home systems and provide the real estate industry’s perspective as the technology continues to evolve. Watch video.

Share Boys & Girls Club Success Stories
Reminder: Share how your association has become involved with its local Boys & Girls Club. NAR is posting some of the stories on REALTOR.org. In an example, the Kennebec Valley (Maine) Board of REALTORS® collected backpacks and school supplies for their local Club in Augusta. Email your success story to NARBGCA.

Best Purchase Markets for Millennials
In case you missed it: Denver, Salt Lake City, Charleston, S.C., are among the best markets for home buyers who were born in the early 1980s and later. The latest Voice for Real Estate video looks at NAR’s analysis of the 10 markets millennials are flocking to. The video also covers a challenge NAR has filed to stop a patent troll from trying to collect money from brokers for use of widely available email alert technology, NARs effort to keep commercial liquidity from drying up, and the latest demographics of  the real estate profession. 

Honor Your REALTOR® of the Year
State AEs: Submit information on your state's REALTOR® of the Year award recipient so they can be recognized at the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Simply complete the online submission form.


Legal

Creating Data Security Program
NAR Associate Counsel Jessica Edgerton talks about creating a data security program for your brokerage in a video.

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