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July 14, 2016
  • Home Owners, Renters See Housing Differently
  • Urge Senate Action on H.R. 3700
  • Attend Housing For All Symposium
  • Follow Rules When Using Consumer Ad Material
  • Changes to Appraiser Requirements
  • House Panel Approves ADA Updates
  • Proposed Changes to Water Regulations
  • Fill Out Survey About Communications Plan
  • Voice for Real Estate: Brexit, Drones, Flood Ins.
  • Save With Budget® This Summer
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Home Owners, Renters See Housing Differently
Despite lackluster economic growth and stark home-price appreciation in several parts of the country in recent months, roughly three-quarters of surveyed households still believe now is a good time to buy a home, but there's a considerable gap in morale between home owners and renters, according to NAR's Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) survey for the second quarter of 2016.

Urge Senate Action on H.R. 3700
Ask your members to join the more than 131,000 REALTORS® who have responded to NAR's Call for Action and urged their  Senators to pass H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016. The bill makes needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration condominium loan program, federal assisted housing programs and Rural Housing Service loan programs. The House of Representatives passed this bill unanimously earlier this year with a bipartisan vote of 427-0. NAR was among a coalition of organizations that recently released an advertisement that calls on the Senate to take action on the bill. 

Attend Housing For All Symposium 
REALTORS® and affordable housing leaders will explore efforts to combat homelessness and housing insecurity during a symposium in Washington, D.C, on July 18 and 19. Leaders will share strategies for taking action in your communities. The symposium, called Housing For All, builds on NAR’s recently approved policy that urges state and local REALTOR® Associations to work with community stakeholders to develop innovative and proactive strategies to aid citizens experiencing homelessness or facing housing insecurity. Share registration link with your members.

Follow Rules When Using Consumer Ad Material
Reminder: If you're interested in using ad spots from NAR's consumer advertising campaign, which features the Phil Dunphy character on Modern Family, familiarize yourself with the usage guidelines that accompany the ads. Restrictions apply to how you can use them.



Changes to Appraiser Requirements
Supervisory Appraisers no longer need to be state certified and in good standing in the jurisdiction where a Trainee Appraiser they supervise conducts appraisals under changes made by the Appraiser Qualifications Board. Supervisory Appraisers must still be state certified appraisers in good standing for a minimum of three years prior to supervising other appraisers. The changes, which took effect July 1, are in line with previous requests made by NAR. More.

House Panel Approves ADA Updates
The House Judiciary Committee on July 7 approved a bill, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3765), that would curb the practice of so-called “drive-by” lawsuits, in which litigants attempt to force settlements that consist primarily of attorneys’ fees for easily correctable violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. NAR, along with IREM and CCIM, joined a coalition letter sent to the committee in support of the bill, known as H.R. 3765. Details.

Proposed Changes to Water Regulations
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed changes to the process it uses to issue streamlined authorizations for dredge-and-fill activities that the Corps has determined will have minimal adverse effects on the aquatic environment. NAR will be commenting on the proposed revisions. More.



Fill Out Survey About Communications Plan
Later this week, Association Executives attending the Leadership Summit will receive a brief survey regarding your association’s communications plan. Participation will take less than 5 minutes of your time. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Lisa Herceg, Director, Marketing Research. We appreciate your participation!

Voice for Real Estate: Brexit, Drones, Flood Ins.
In case you missed it: The latest Voice for Real Estate news video looks at the Brexit impact on U.S. real estate, the federal government’s final rule on the commercial use of drones, testimony from a REALTOR® on federal flood insurance, and the Call for Action on condo financing, The video also excerpts from, and links to, the recent tax planning webcast. Share with members.

Save With Budget® This Summer
You and your members can take advantage of savings with Budget®, a REALTOR Benefits® Program partner. Right now, save $25 off your next weekly car rental. For additional savings, use NAR’s BCD discount code every time you rent from Budget®. See offer for terms and conditions.

Earn 2016 Swanepoel Trends Report from MVP
Are you active on RARE? The REALTOR® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) is a collection of strategic plans, association programs, and more, contributed by Associations for Associations. Submit a sample through the MVP Program by July 31 and receive a copy of the 2016 Swanepoel Trends Report.

Enter .REALTOR Contest
Show how you’re using your .REALTOR web addresses for a chance to win a $2,000 shopping spree at NAR's Members' Gift Galleria.

Help Your Members Accurately Price Properties
The Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification course is specifically designed to help residential real estate agents and brokers enhance their skills in pricing properties, creating comparative market analyses (CMAs), and guiding clients through the complexities of valuation.  If you’re interested in hosting a course, please contact Dawn Headtke. Learn more.

New Issue of Commercial Connections
Tell your commercial members to download the latest edition of Commercial Connections for a recap of the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. This special edition of the publication features summaries of commercial governance meetings and Hill meetings between REALTORS® and elected officials as well as first-person testimonials from commercial members who were in attendance.

Wisconsin Association Awarded Innovation Grant
Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin has been awarded a 2016 Commercial Innovation Grant to help it host an event devoted to the topic of Building Communities Through Innovation in Commercial Real Estate. Learn about applying for a commercial innovation grant for your association. The deadline for applications is July 31.

Podcast on Backyard Farming
Learn about the growing interest in backyard farming in urban and rural areas in a REALTOR® Party podcast. The program examines the land use ordinances and zoning laws that apply to backyard farming as well as the benefits of larger scale community gardens. Although your jurisdiction may not have ordinances in regard to specific backyard farming practices, it may be something coming down the pike.

New Elizabeth Banks Campaign Gives Agents New Content
Introduce your agents to the new Elizabeth Banks campaign, which features sharable content to entice home buyers and sellers.

August RLI Course Registration Open
Registration is now open for three August online courses from the REALTORS® Land Institute: Essentials of Negotiation, Timberland Real Estate and Intro to Land Valuation.

Webinar Focuses on Property Management Software
Vince Coley of property management software company AppFolio talks about ways to replace software without disrupting workflow in a webinar on July 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Share registration link.

Honor Your REALTOR® of the Year
State AEs: Submit information using the online submission form on your state's REALTOR® of the Year Award recipient for recognition at the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando using the online submission form.



Deductibility of Dues and RPAC Contributions
A memo from NAR explains the federal income tax implications of political and legislative activity by state and local REALTOR® associations.

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


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