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Call for Action: Pass HR 3700

Take action now to urge your Senators to pass H.R. 3700.  The “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016,” makes needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium loan program, federal assisted housing programs and Rural Housing Service loan programs. Simply, this bill makes buying a condo A LOT easier by expanding opportunities for first time home buyers and streamlining rural housing programs for low income rental residents. The House of Representatives passed this bill unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 427-0 and now we need the Senate to act!

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Housing For All Symposium

Join NAR, REALTORS® and other affordable housing industry leaders and practitioners in Washington, DC on July 18-19 for Housing for All.  Come hear from leaders making strides to fight homelessness and develop effective affordable housing solutions; share innovative ideas, partnerships and experiences; and formulate a plan of action in your community.  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. Register today!

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2016 GAD Institute, July 13 – 16

The Government Affairs Directors’ Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs, political affairs, legislative or regulatory affairs, lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and/or all REALTOR® Party initiatives. This year's 2016 GAD Institute is being held July 13 – 16 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel. Registration is now closed.

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Hot Topic Alert: Backyard Farming

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get a bigger house with a better chicken coop. Backyard Farming is the thing to do these days. Not just in rural America but in cities of all sizes. What are some of the land use ordinances for those road crossing chickens? 

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#REALTORParty: Sharing your REALTOR® Party Story Online

Since 2012, 1,000 state and local associations—including EVERY State Association—have put nearly 13,000 REALTOR® Party programs and resources to work across the country. It’s time that we start sharing REALTOR® Party stories, photos and videos on social media using the hashtags #REALTORParty and #ST (your state abbreviation).

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Phone-a-Friend for RPAC: The National Phone Bank Initiative

We call on our friends for favors. We call on our friends to lend a hand. Now, let’s call our REALTOR® friends to invest in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).

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Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS®

Nearly 600 REALTORS® from the Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) participated in its second annual REALTOR® Action Day—aka "RAD." From playing music at senior centers to planting plants and clean-up and landscaping projects, RAD was full of WRAR members working to improve their community. Nearly 100 participants built a community garden with park benches and a tool shed using a $3,000 Placemaking Micro-grant. MORE>

Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS® Plant a Sense of Community with Garden Project

The 2,500-member Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS® (PASS) has a strong and vital charitable arm that is accustomed to giving back, but past April 16, and again on Earth Day, about 20 members couldn’t resist an opportunity to by get out in the fresh air and get their hands dirty with a community garden placemaking project.MORE>