Wednesday, February 15 is REALTOR® Day on the Hill. You won't want to miss this important chance to talk directly with your legislators on issues that affect your business. Stick around for the Housing Policy Forum later in the afternoon, then make your way to the Jefferson for our can't-miss Legislative Reception.
On Wednesday, the annual Political Advocacy Luncheon with special guest speaker David Stevens, who is current CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association and former Federal Housing Administration commissioner. Following lunch, nationally syndicated Washington Post real estate columnist Ken Harney will emcee a special housing policy forum for Virginia REALTORS. Panelists for that forum include Mr. Stevens, National Association of REALTORS’ past president Ron Phipps, and George Mason University economist and Housing Wire contributor Dr. Anthony Sanders. Then, following the panel, we’ll host our 2012 Legislative Reception at the Jefferson Hotel.
VAR’s legislative package this year comes from three main sources:
Real estate is about numbers. Prices, rates, area, bedrooms, and of course, sales. There’s nothing wrong with a good anecdote — or 10 — but our business is one like, say, baseball: Stories are fun, but you learn more by looking at the numbers than by listening to the tales. That’s why we compile them and ponder them, massage them and fret over them, and seek out the trends that will tell us that things are looking up.
Remember, though, to be careful about statistics. “Correlation does not imply causation,” the saying goes — in other words, statistics that seem related may not be.
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VAR's legislative agenda is moving right along through the General Assembly.
Capitol Connections is now on video. Spend a few minutes with VAR's Vice President of Law & Policy (and former delegate), Jay DeBoer, and learn about the progress of VAR's legislation. We are working hard at the General Assembly for you and for your clients on a number of bills.
Real estate is a heavily regulated industry. Realtors® are at the center of many policy decisions at all levels of government. VAR's law and policy team represents Realtor® and homeowner interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas at the state, local, and national levels. Below you'll find information and links to your main resources for legislative information during the General Assembly Session and all year long.
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