Lottery Open for May Meetings
You all should have received an
email earlier this week notifying you that the housing lottery is now open for
the NAR Realtor Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, taking place May
15-20, 2017. NAR has blocked rooms for
attendees at 15 other hotels in Washington, DC. However, demand for rooms at
the two Headquarter Hotels – the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and Omni Shoreham
Hotel – exceeds the number of rooms available. In order to assign rooms at
these hotels as conveniently and equitably as possible, NAR uses a housing
If you would like to try for a
room at one of the headquarter hotels, please register and take advantage of
the opportunity afforded you as FPC to participate in the lottery system. The
hotel lottery will close January 27 at 5:00pm CST.
Hotel Lottery Registration
entry per person. All lottery entrants will receive an email by Feb. 6
notifying them of their lottery status.
2017 President’s Circle Reminder
Circle launched its first round of targets for 2017 to President’s Circle
members earlier this month. During this round, President’s Circle members may
invest $500 in one of the four national party committees in honor of any Member
of Congress. FPCs have the option of contributing $500 directly to the Member of
Congress they serve as FPC. (An FPC must choose either a
$500 contribution to their Member of Congress OR a National Party Committee –
they cannot do both).
FPCs Leading the Way with President's Circle
Did you know 168 FPCs
are already 2017 President’s Circle members (up from 147 last year)? That’s 31% of you
who are taking advantage of this unique opportunity! You further strengthen the
REALTOR® Party beyond what we can do with RPAC dollars alone by investing directly in the Member of
Congress you serve as FPC.
If you have questions please contact Kelly O’Donnell at KO'Donnell@realtors.org
/ 202-383-7510 or Maggie Fitzgerald at email@example.com
Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS Case
The Supreme Court has agreed to take
up the dispute over which lower courts have jurisdiction to hear challenges to
the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule. The Court will reconsider the
6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to hear legal challenges over the
rule, which is also known as Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS. More than 30 states
and many industry and farm groups, including NAR, have challenged the
joint U.S. EPA-Army Corps of Engineers rule redefining what waterways and
wetlands receive protection under the Clean Water Act. …… Read More
FHA Lowers Premiums
Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)
announced it would reduce FHA annual mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) by 25
basis points. This reduction is a victory for the National Association of
REALTORS® whose members have called for lower fees on FHA loans given the
ongoing strength of the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund, which exceeded the
required reserve ratio for the second year in a row. To read more on this issue,
Private Flood Insurance Regulation Update
Last week, several Federal agencies (including the Federal
Reserve and FDIC) jointly proposed to ease their regulations of private flood
insurance. To read further, click here.
Service Award Process and Deadline
are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Meritorious Service Award.
Each year, NAR recognizes two outstanding Federal Political Coordinators for
their exceptional service to the National Association of REALTORS® with
this esteemed award. These recipients will be the best of the best of our
FPCs, those who truly believe in and advocate on behalf of the REALTOR®
Party. Recipients meet a rigorous set of criteria that set them apart from
other FPCs. To see a list of criteria for the MSA award click
Meritorious Service Award nomination form is now online through the Realtor
Action Center. For more
information about the MSA award and process, please contact Victoria Givens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips of the Trade
This Week: How To File a Field Report
Field reports are a very important part of the FPC
duties. These reports provide valuable
information to NAR on the issues important to the real estate
industry and help us make the most out of the important work you are
doing in the district. The reports provide necessary information to the
NAR grassroots team, lobbyists and policy staff that we may not have
previously been aware. You are the ones on the ground and usually the
first to know if a Member has changed his or her mind on an issue or
perhaps is co-sponsoring a piece of legislation critical to our public
If you have been struggling with how to file your field report, the
following tips will help you navigate the process step by step.
- Go to:
www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtors/fpc/fpc-field-reports. Or you can just click HERE.
- In the
box that says “Search Legislators,” type in your Member of Congress’ last
name and click on
the Member of Congress’ last name.
- This will
bring up the Member of Congress information as well as your information as the
FPC. Please make sure all of your information is correct and then
click “confirm.” This will then bring up
the field reporting form.
- Enter the
date of the interaction you had with your Member of Congress.
the type of interaction from the drop down menu. This could be an event, in person meeting,
phone call etc.
- Fill in your
field report information in the box. Please describe the conversation you had
with your Member of Congress and any Realtor® issues that came up. It is
especially important to note if your Member of Congress agreed with the NAR
position or if they disagreed.
- If you
are only filing one field report, click “Submit Note.” If you will be filing additional field
reports, click on the choice “Submit Note & Create New.”
simple! You’ve just filed a field
report! And, you’ll notice that the report
is in the system almost immediately. If
you have any questions please reach out to Victoria Givens at email@example.com or (202)383-1021
are filing a field report for a Member of Congress other than your own assigned
Member (say you filled in for that FPC at a meeting he or she was unable to
attend), you can still file the report.
Simply click on “Choose Other FPC” and enter your name and email address
in the box. Then continue with steps 4
**FPC Weekly Newsletters are now online!