On February 9 we need you to tell your legislator...
... to stop re-taxing people -- no more recordation taxes on refis!
... not to hold you responsible if public records are wrong!
... that toxic drywall needs to be disclosed!
...to pass agency laws that protect you and your clients!
It's our best chance all year to get our message across -- and we need bodies to do it. We want to crowd their offices with Realtors® so it's crystal clear: We care about property rights, the economy, and our industry.
Know some outstanding real estate professionals? Now is the time to nominate them for the Virginia Real Estate Awards.Most nominations are due January 10.
Presented at the Get Active Legislative & Education Conference in February, the Virginia Real Estate Awards highlight excellence in a number of real estate categories, including
Awards Deadline: January 10, 2011
Know some great real estate pros?
Consider nominating him or her for one of the Virginia Real Estate Awards. Nominations for many of VAR's awards can be submitted using interactive online forms. Open the form you need; fill in the blanks, then print or save and e-mail the completed application to awards@VARealtor.com.
Can a buyer's agent use the terms of the purchase contract to negotiate a fee change? This question is one of the most commonly asked on VAR's Legal Hotline, and is also the subject of the first installment in a series of The Code is Good Business videos that you can use to quiz yourself (or your agents) on the finer points of the REALTOR Code of Ethics.
Do you tend to select clients who have unreasonable expectations in today's market? Is negotiating with clients and other agents a source of significant stress in your work? Do you find it difficult to negotiate with and for your clients in a way that everyone feels like they've won? If so, check out Fundamentals of Negotiating with nationally-known real estate trainer Roger Turcotte.
Brokers: Sensing a lack of enthusiasm during sales meetings? Do you have agents who like to use meetings as an opportunity to complain against management in front of an audience? Feel like your agents and employees aren't engaged in company goals? VAR can help.
Watch this video with nationally-known real estate trainer Roger Turcotte, part of VAR's eight-part Management Mastery Series for brokers, to help you learn how to turn ineffective sales meetings into opportunities to strengthen camaraderie and teamwork at your agency.
The Realtor profession stands ready to respond swiftly and decisively to oppose any specific proposal in Congress to reduce or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction. After all, there's a lot at risk. However, at this point in time, there is no specific proposal in Congress to curb the popular tax break.
This is how rumors are started. Yesterday several major media outlets (WaPo, NYT) ran stories about a sneak peek of a draft report from the Deficit Reduction Commission (DRC), a bipartisan commission charged with recommending steps to reduce the federal debt. The draft report contains a recommendation that the popular Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) tax break be reduced or repealed in order to bring the government's expenses in line with its revenues.
Certain localities within the boundaries of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) have levied a special tax on certain property owners to finance needed and costly transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, like Metro to Dulles. Here's the rub: the special tax applies only to commercial property owners, and not residential property owners.
Got a strong military clientele? The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) has a website just for you and your clients.