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  Celebrating Home Ownership Through Advocacy

National Home Ownership Month is a good time to reflect on our commitment to helping others realize the American dream of real property ownership. Our job as REALTORS® goes beyond listing and selling property. We protect and promote home ownership and property interest in real and tangible ways through the REALTOR® Party. readmore

Puerto Rico REALTORS® Pull Out All the Stops to Fight a Tax on Services and Win

The REALTORS® of Puerto Rico are no strangers to challenge, with a higher than average unemployment rate and foreclosures up almost 90 percent since 2008. But the 350-member association stepped up in a big way, successfully leading the fight to repeal a 10.5 percent tax on services that was going into effect.readmore

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800mil The estimated number of urban dwellers who are practicing some form of backyard farming. Backyard or urban farming has become a significant part of modern living, especially in the U.S. Find out what's driving this renewed interest in growing food and the laws of backyard farming in the latest Hot Topic Alert.readmore

600 The number of homeless people on any given night in the U.S . There are success stories coming from local communities, states, nonprofit organizations and REALTOR® Associations. The summer 2016 issue of On Common Ground reports on many approaches that might be used where you live.readmore

 

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  The percentage of condominiums nationwide that are eligible for purchase with FHA mortgage insurance. This leaves first-time homebuyers, urban dwellers and seniors wanting to downsize without access to what is often the most affordable home ownership option. H.R. 3700 makes common sense adjustments to these burdensome restrictions, will expand housing opportunities and will protect taxpayers.readmore

 

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Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are cataloged in the Success Stories section of the REALTOR® Action Center.

MA 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 this past April 16, and again on Earth Day, about 20 members couldn't resist an opportunity to get out in the fresh air and get their hands dirty with a community garden placemaking project.readmore

 challengeAustin (TX) REALTORS® Accept Mayor's Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness
Last summer, Mayor Steve Adler issued a challenge to the city of Austin to end homelessness among its U.S. veterans by Veterans Day. The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) answered the call in a big way. With a $15,000 Housing Opportunity Grant, ABoR was an integral part of transitioning homeless veterans into longer-term housing arrangements. The association also provided $5,000 to a fund called Housing for Heroes that would mitigate risk for potential landlords.readmore



Wilmington (NC) REALTORS® Know How to Have a "RAD" Day
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.readmore

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 voiceof real NAR Protecting Commercial Mortgage Availability

A rule coming out at the end of the year that will require lenders to retain 5 percent of the money they lend for offices, retail centers and other commercial projects whose mortgages are packaged into securities and sold to investors on Wall Street. The risk-retention requirement is part of the qualified mortgage provisions included in the Dodd-Frank banking reform law enacted in 2010, but its application to commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) raises liquidity concerns. NAR's effort is a top story in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video. Also covered is NAR's latest effort to stop patent trolls. NAR has filed a petition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office challenging the validity of a patent that a patent troll is using to try to coax money out of real estate businesses.

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Residential Rentals: Housing Market, Regulations & Property Rights
From construction and investment to tourism, residential rental homes are an integral part of our economy across the U.S. As long-term residential rental markets expand and certain short-term rental markets explode, local governments are increasing initiatives to regulate them. If rental restriction ordinances arise locally, understanding the implications will better equip REALTORS® and their clients.readmore

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 Share Your Boys & Girls Club Stories with NAR
Now that NAR and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) have joined forces to make a difference in communities across America, we want to learn how the REALTOR® family is getting involved and making a difference. Associations and members should send their engagement stories to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some stories will be featured on the NAR/BGCA website, providing inspiration for others to get involved with their local Club. The website also has a toolkit on how to get started, a sample press release and photos of involvement in action. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 312-329-8359. readmore

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  2016 REALTOR® Party Resource Guide Is Available
 Check out the 2016 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide. Get brief descriptions of each REALTOR® Party Association Resource including grants, campaign services, RPAC and grassroots tools and more. It's all available for you to download as a PDF.
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