Data from Traverse REALTORS® Proves Invaluable to Downtown Development Planning for Affordable Housing


December, 06, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

In the highly desirable downtown neighborhoods of Traverse City, Michigan, affordable housing is scarce. Bounded by a beautiful bay of Lake Michigan on one side, and Boardman Lake on the other, the city’s land base is already largely built, and development is further limited by zoning that restricts building height to 65′.  According to Kim […]

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Summit County REALTORS® Use Education to Prevent Wildfires & Costly Legislative Mandates


December, 06, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

Wildfires are a serious threat to Colorado’s Summit County, where more than 23,000 homes are within the Wildland-Urban Interface, a government-designated zone indicating high wildfire potential. “Insurance companies have told us that Summit County is ‘Ground Zero’ for wildfire risk, despite never having had a major wildfire,” says Sarah Thorsteinson, Chief Executive Officer of the […]

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Greater Lansing REALTORS® Help Elect a City Council Candidate for Much-Needed Change


December, 06, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

East Lansing, Michigan, home of Michigan State University, is a town with serious budget troubles. Escalating legacy costs had been kicked down the road for years, explains Mark Dickens, Vice President of Policy and Operations at the 1,000-member Greater Lansing Association of REALTORS® (GLAR), adding that the City Council, mired in various divisive issues, had […]

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It is Not Too Late to Influence Congress on Tax Reform


December, 03, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

Thanks to our members’ engagement, REALTORS have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas.  For example, both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000, and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments. Take Action Now! […]

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The REALTORParty.Com Launches Dec. 29


December, 03, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

On Dec. 29, NAR will launch a new website, REALTORParty.Com, replacing the REALTOR® Action Center.  The new REALTORParty.com will be a holistic website that provides advocacy materials for state and local REALTOR® Association staff, and facilitates two-way opportunities to engage individual REALTORS® and associations in the REALTOR® Party. Learn more. Source: REALTOR Action Center News

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Updated Growth Management Factbook Now Available


November, 16, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

The 5th edition of the Growth Management Fact Book is now available! This resource provides REALTORS® with factual information and analyses concerning modern growth management (aka Smart Growth), and includes a new section on Vacant Property Regulations. This publication reflects NAR’s belief that REALTORS® must be able to engage with citizens, legislators and government officials […]

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Quad Cities REALTORS® Put Their Marketing & Negotiation Skills to Work to Promote Schools


November, 06, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

REALTORS® are good at promoting communities. Some might say it’s in their DNA. After all, almost every successful home sale includes touting the qualities of the neighborhood, as well as the house.  The 920-member Quad Cities Area REALTOR® Association (QCARA), which covers Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, as well as Rock Island and Moline, Illinois, decided […]

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Oklahoma City REALTORS® Help Shore Up Their City and Secure Property Values


November, 05, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

Oklahoma City is experiencing a huge downtown boom, but its infrastructure has not kept up: roads, sewers, and parks are in dire need of improvement, and growth on the outer edges of the metropolis has been stretching available funds away from the city center. As a major General Obligation (GO) Bond and a temporary penny-sales […]

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REALTORS® in Ottumwa, Iowa Help Bring Life Back to Their Downtown


November, 05, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

http://malsup.github.com/jquery.cycle2.js “The vision became real – if only for a short time – and we saw what it would be like to bring our Main Street back to life.”  Those were the words of Steve Campbell, an Ottumwa, Iowa, REALTOR® from who spearheaded his board’s involvement in a highly successful Better Block Project in his […]

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Future of the REALTOR® Party PAG Recommendations


November, 01, 2017 by: Tags: 0 Comments

In early 2017, the NAR Leadership Team created a Presidential Advosory Group (PAG) on the Future of the REALTOR® Party, and charged its 21 members with five responsibilities. Analyze the results of the REALTOR® Party’s first five years of performance (2012-2016); Identify and recommend improvements to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the management of […]

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