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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Senate has voted to delay increases in flood insurance costs for millions of people in flood-prone areas — a bill that NAR has strongly supported.

The background:

In 2012 Congress passed the Biggert-Waters law, which was designed to put the National Flood Insurance Program back on solid financial footing. After a series of major storms, notably Hurricane Katrina and “superstorm” Sandy, the NFIP found itself about $24 billion in the red to taxpayers.

Friday, January 31, 2014

In “Economy Heats Up,” the 2014 forecast from NAR published in REALTOR® magazine, the association sees solid growth in the national housing economy.

Three notable predictions for the next two years:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Brad BolandVirginia Association of REALTORS® 2013 President Bradley J. Boland has been asked by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to sit on the Business Climate and Economic Development Industry Council for Blueprint Virginia: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Keep up with the laws that are going to affect your business with VAR's Heidi Schlicher as she gives her third update on the 2014 General Assembly session.

 

And for more Capitol Connections -- and to keep up with our efforts on Capitol Square -- be sure to visit RealtorsChoose.com.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s new secretary of commerce and trade, is scheduled to speak at Get Active, VAR’s Legislative Conference on Wednesday February 12, following REALTOR® Day on the Hill.

In his new position, Jones will oversee six state agencies including the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) and the Department of Housing and Community Development, making his views on housing and the real estate economy especially important for REALTORS®.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Virginia home sales were 7.58% higher in December 2012 than in December 2013, making a strong finish for the year.  Compared to the previous three years, Virginia sales were higher in every month of 2013 except for November when sales dipped below 2012 levels. Despite a slow pace in November, quarter four sales were up 2.86% year-over-year. Year-over-year increases in sales are evidence of Virginia’s strong and consistent market recovery.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Interesting find for your Friday…

Clear Voice Research surveyed a thousand homeowners to learn how they went about finding, choosing, and using a service professional — that is, a contractor.

It found some interesting things from what it calls “A New Generation of Homeowners” and put them in a rather large infographic.

Here are a few facts worth noting:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Keep up with the laws that are going to affect your business with VAR's Heidi Schlicher as she gives her second update on the 2014 General Assembly session.

And for more Capitol Connections -- and to keep up with our efforts on Capitol Square -- be sure to visit RealtorsChoose.com.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® — following the initiative of its Leadership Academy — has partnered with Virginia Tech to launch a new student internship program for real estate students.

Eighty-two brokers from across the commonwealth have signed up to participate, covering specialties such as residential, commercial, land, and property management.

This program is designed to give students seeking a degree in real estate an opportunity to obtain first-hand, practical knowledge of the industry through direct exposure to day-to-day operations of brokerages across the state, benefiting both the student and the firm.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blake goes over some safety issues facing Realtors® when working with clients, showing properties, and more. Let's be careful out there!