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Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 7

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.

REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo

May 12, 2014 (All day) - May 17, 2014 (All day)
Washington, DC

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.

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 5

Capitol Connections 2014: Episode 3

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

Virginia Supreme Court sides with VAR in important proffer case

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.

VAR’s 2014 Legislative Package

Keep up with VAR's legislative efforts on Don't miss the first edition of Capitol Connections, our weekly video update on the General Assembly session featuring VAR's director of political operations, Heidi Schlicher.

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The VAR Public Policy Committee, composed of 21 volunteer REALTOR® members, works diligently throughout the year to create VAR’s annual Legislative Agenda.

Quick look: VAR's 2014 legislative priorities

The VAR Public Policy Committee, composed of 21 volunteer REALTOR® members, works diligently throughout the year to create VAR’s annual Legislative Agenda.

NAR discounts Military Relocation Professional certification

To help promote its new Military Relocation Professional certification, NAR’s REALTOR® University is offering a discount on the one-day online core course. Instead of the usual $130, it’s only $97.50 through the end of December — a 25 percent discount. (You also need to complete two hour-long webinars and pay the application fee.)

Even better, through March 16, 2014, NAR is offering a $46 discount on that MRP application fee ($149 instead of $195).

REALTOR® Call for Action: Protect the NFIP

BLOCK-CFA-NFIP-11-2013Congress provided a 5-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but severe implementation problems threaten to undermine real estate transactions where flood insurance is required to obtain a mortgage.

VAR CEO named to McAuliffe transition committee

Sec_SuitTerrie Suit, VAR’s Chief Executive Officer, has been named to Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe’s transition committee.

Said McAuliffe:

“The challenges we face require leaders who will put old battles aside and find common ground to move us forward together. I have no doubt that this transition committee will help me build an administration that is ready to hit the ground running on the issues that matter most to Virginia families.”