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Thursday, March 13, 2014

We told you about the plan to restructure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that was introduced by Virginia Senator Mark Warner and his Senate Banking Committee colleague Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). In fact — shameless plug — Sen. Warner outlined that plan for us in Pieces of Home, our Virginia Housing Market Report.

The committee took the Warner/Corker plan, made some tweaks, and ranking members Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced it at a press conference.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Did you know you can give your clients a free 10% coupon for Lowe’s? It’s part of an agreement NAR has with the home improvement chain (for the past nine years!), and it’s just been extended.

The program lets you do three things:

1. Send your clients a coupon good for 10 percent off a purchase at Lowe’s;

2. Purchase and send Lowe’s gift cards for five percent off the card amount; and

3. Subscribe your clients to Lowe’s coupons and Lowe’s “Creative Ideas for Home and Garden,” print and e-mail magazine.

To sign up, you just need your NRDS ID — then head over to LowesRealtorBenefits.com. It’s a great free REALTOR® benefit, and a nice way to help your clients with a few clicks of your mouse.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In late January, VAR President Bradley J. Boland was asked to sit on the statewide Blueprint Virginia council. But what exactly is Blueprint Virginia?

In Pieces of Home, our 2013 Virginia Housing Market Report, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce explains just that — what it is, how it came to be, and why Blueprint Virginia is so important to the state’s economic future.

Have you grabbed your (free) copy yet? If not, head over to VARealtor.com/homesales and download it today.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What kind of electronic "tricks" can make a photograph violate Article 12 of the Code of Ethics? How can praising your competitors be a bad thing? Blake explains.

Monday, March 3, 2014

With the General Assembly session winding down, our bills are doing great -- and Heidi has the latest update, including an interview with Delegate Tag Greason, sponsor of our first-time homebuyers savings plan bill.

Monday, March 3, 2014

In “Modernizing Our Housing Finance System” — part of our Pieces of Home Year-End Home Sales Report — Virginia Senator Mark Warner explains how he, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and the other members of the Senate Banking Committee have introduced a “responsible and bipartisan blueprint to reform the federal government’s role in mortgage finance to make sure that taxpayers will not be asked once again to be the first responders.”

Monday, March 3, 2014

Our signature legislation for the 2014 session (which had passed the House of Delegates 99-0 on February 11), passed the Senate 39-1 and will go to Governor McAuliffe for his signature.

It was a close call after some members of the Senate tried to kill the First Time Homebuyer Savings Plans bill. VAR’s legislative advocacy staff put out an urgent call for action, and nearly 700 Virginia REALTORS® responded. Combined with some one-on-one visits and phone calls, our all-hands-on-deck effort made a huge difference in the outcome.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Neat little infographic from the folks at Keeping Current Matters about what professions have the highest percentage of home ownership.

Not surprisingly, real estate agents were right there at the top — just behind farmers.