Only a handful of organizations get quality time with their representatives. Congratulations -- you're in one. As the largest trade association in the state, we get unparalleled access to our elected officials. That means you. YOU have a chance to influence Virginia housing policy, in person. Join your colleagues from all over the commonwealth for REALTOR® Day on the Hill — part of Get Active, VAR's annual legislative advocacy conference.
And while you're there…
Over the weekend, your Virginia Association of REALTORS® Policy and Advocacy team received confirmation that Governor McAuliffe signed the entire Virginia Association of REALTORS® Legislative Agenda into law. Though the specific provisions of the bills he signed will not come into effect until July 1, 2014, we are pleased that the Governor signed them, exactly as they passed the Virginia General Assembly.
DPOR is experiencing significant delays in processing applications for new and transferring real estate agents.
Monthly applications have been up almost 50 percent this year compared to last, and DPOR simply doesn’t have the staff to handle the increase.
The good news is that DPOR has been approved to pay for overtime — including having staff come in on Saturdays — to catch up on some of the backlog. It’s also received the go-ahead to hire three more staff, and expects to be able to add a fourth as well.
That will make a tremendous difference, but the agency still has had to cut back on phone and e-mail service to focus on processing applications.
The General Assembly has ended its session, and VAR had across-the-board success. Heidi explains what we accomplished this year.
U.S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a draft tax reform plan today, and the National Association of Realtors® was quick to oppose it.
The plan called for limits on both the mortgage interest and capital gains deductions, as well as the repeal of deductions for state and local property taxes.
In a statement, NAR President Steve Brown wrote:
As we've passed the halfway point of the 2014 General Assembly session, our bills look like they're doing well. Heidi provides the update.
May 12-17, 2014
REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo
Formerly called the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, the convention features top-name speakers, meetings with lawmakers and their staff on Capitol Hill, sessions on advancing real estate at the local, state, and federal levels, and a full-sized trade expo with hundreds of vendors. The new name reflects the success REALTORS® have had as bipartisan advocates for healthy real estate markets and thriving communities.
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.
VAR has received great news regarding a Virginia Supreme Court case the VAR Strategic Funding Committee supported with Legal Action Funds.
VAR’s Strategic Funding Committee administers the Legal Action and Issues Mobilization funds to address issues, conflicts, or disputes involving property or development rights, zoning and land use issues, or other actions or policies that adversely affect the business of real estate.
At the request of the Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® and Home Builders Association of Virginia (HBAV), VAR filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the Court”) brief in the Virginia Supreme Court for the case Board of Supervisors of James City County, et al v. Windmill Meadows, LLC, et al.