2015 FPC News

 Whip: The Majority Whip is, in effect, the assistant majority leader, in either the House or Senate. His job is to help marshal majority forces in support of party strategies and legislation. The party caucus elects the Whip. The Minority Whip performs duties of whip for the minority party. Members of the minority party elect the Minority Whip.Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), who addressed the group during policy conference was Chief Deputy Majority Whip until 2014.

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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 2017 NAR FPC Training and Federal Policy Conference Re-Cap

Last week, over 450 FPCs joined NAR in Washington, D.C. for FPC training and NAR's annual Federal Policy Conference. Thanks to all if you that attended! During training, FPCs heard from Phil Flewallen at the Congressional Management Foundation, former Congressman Dennis Cardoza, Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Directors from Capitol Hill and Stephanie Vance, “The Advocacy Guru.” Veteran FPCs learned how to take their advocacy skills to the next level, whether through engaging with Members of Congress on social media, wrangling tough members of Congress or employing new and creative ideas for their next meeting or hosted event with legislators.

The biggest hit during both the new and veteran FPC sessions was the interactive role-play by our very own lobbyists, Ken Wingert, Colin Allen and Joe Harris on a good and bad Hill meeting. Broadway is calling! It was a packed and fruitful few days. We look forward to seeing how you all will use what you learned in the field.

Key FPC Training Takeaways

A significant amount of material was presented during the conference.

Key takeaways include:

NAR Research Resources – presentation by Jessica Lautz

VIDEO: RPR Economic Area Report Video: How To Guide

Tax Policy Talking Points

1031 Like Kind Exchange Talking Points

2017 FPC Roster

2017 RPMIC Roster

FPC Team Toolkit

New FPC Training - Complete Slide Deck

Veteran FPC Training - Complete Slide Deck

Find your Member of Congress’s Facebook and Twitter Accounts

Social Media Breakout Presentation


New FPCs         Role Play

       The 117 new FPCs enjoying their training in D.C.               NAR lobbyists role-play good and bad Hill Meeting

Victoria Training             Cardoza

              Victoria Givens walking FPCs through Nuts and Bolts         Former Rep. Dennis Cardoza addresses the FPCs

To see more photos of the training and policy conference click here.

If you attended the FPC Training Conference and have not yet given us your feedback, please do so now! We love to hear what you think. You can take the survey HERE.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Submit Your Expenses for FPC Training and Policy Conference

For those of you that incurred additional expenses or booked your travel on your own. Please fill out the member expense report and email it to expenses@realtors.org.  If you have any questions need access to other information you learned at the training, please contact Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

NAR Member Travel Policy and Procedures

Member Expense Report

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Make-Up Training Webinars Feb 28 & March 2, 2017

If you missed this required training for FPCs last week in D.C., the FPC make-up webinars will be held on February 28th (10am EST) and March 2nd (10am EST). You must attend one of these trainings if you were absent or you will incur a strike on your record. Details with webinar information will be forthcoming.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Tax Reform Dominates NAR Policy Conference Agenda

Between the new and veteran FPC Training Conference, NAR hosted its annual 2017 Federal Policy Conference. During the conference, Congressman Kevin Brady (R- TX), Chairman of the tax-writing House Ways & Means Committee urged REALTORS to stay engaged over the next year while lawmakers in Congress look at a full-scale reform of the country’s tax code. This year, tax reform is expected to be high on the list of priorities Congress and the new Administration are expected to take up. Reform of the secondary mortgage market is also on the agenda for later in the year, along with flood insurance reauthorization and reform. Brady introduced REALTORS® to a tax reform blueprint that Republicans in the House are working on and which stands a good chance of being the main vehicle for any tax reform effort that gets taken up in the House. At the conference, REALTORS® also heard about the prospects for secondary mortgage market reform. The big ideological debate on that issue centers around whether the federal government should continue to back mortgages sold in the secondary market.

For more on the policy conference click here.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Registration for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Now Open

All FPCs should have received an email on February 15th to register for the REALTORS Legislative meetings and Trade Expo. Please register and book your rooms now. Early birds get the worm and you don’t want to wait until May and end up staying out in Virginia. This year, the FPC room block will be at the Hyatt Place on Capitol Hill. FPCs can choose to stay here or book a hotel closer to the headquarter hotels (the Marriott Wardman and Omni Shoreham). Assess your schedule and determine what is most convenient for you. Please be aware of the following key events for FPCs during the May conference.

To register for the conference HERE.

The deadline for any attendee to reserve housing through the NAR registration system is April 14. Visit the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo website for travel information and the event schedule to help further plan your trip.

Important FPC May Meetings

May 16

8:00am            Federal Legislative and Political Forum

10:00am          FPC Lobbyist Salons

2:00pm            FPC Roundtable

4:00pm            NAR 360

May 17

All Day           Capitol Hill Visits

6:00pm          FPC Reception

May 18

All Day          Remaining Capitol Hill Visits

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC Contact Team Deadline April 3

As many of you know, if you do not already have an FPC contact team, your new team must be built by April 3rd. Once you have identified your team members, please report their contact information to your RPMIC representative. 

A new FPC Team Toolkit has been developed with guidelines and tips on how to build and manage your contact team.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Meritorious Service Award Nomination Form Online

The Meritorious Service Award nomination form is NOW ONLINE through the Realtor Action Center. To access the new online form, click here. For more information about the MSA award and process, please contact Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org. 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.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  RPR Reports and How to Generate Them

RPR reports provide you as an FPC an outreach tool to use with your legislators that highlight demographic and economic trends within your congressional district or state that complement what is already being provided by NAR. The reports provide Members of Congress insights into the demographics and trends they might not otherwise be aware of. The reports focus on consumer metrics, economics trends and demographic change, and take advantage of RPR’s wealth of neighborhood and demographic data, making insightful economic analyses accessible. The FPC login information for RPR is your email address and the default password is REALTOR (if you haven't changed it). You can always click on "forgot password" to reset it or call the Help Desk at 877-977-7576.

For detailed instructions on how to create an Economic Report, follow these steps.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Connecting with your Member of Congress on Social Media

According to a recent questionnaire circulated by the Congressional Management Foundation, 77% of staff respondents on the Hill say that social media posts directed to their office have influence on a Member of Congress’s decisions.  Knowing this information, it is increasingly important to reinforce you are in person communications with Members of Congress by interacting on social media.

Not sure where to start, what social media channels to be on, who to follow or what to post?  NAR has you covered! Here are three quick steps you can take:

  1. Follow Us! NAR has accounts on Facebook and Twitter as elected officials primarily use these channels to communicate with constituents and REALTORS as a whole tend to interact on these platforms. You can find us at www.facebook.com/RealtorActionCenter and on Twitter @RealtorAction. NAR Federal Political Coordinators also have a Closed Group on Facebook where you can share tips with each other – simply search “NAR Federal Political Coordinators” in the Facebook search box when you log in and ask to join.
  2. Follow Your Members of Congress! Find your Member of Congress’s Facebook and Twitter accounts here and use the sample thank you post below following a visit:

Thank you, @EleanorNorton for meeting on important real estate issues in our community and nationwide.  #RealtorParty @RealtorAction

  • Tag your Legislator’s account
  • Use the hashtag #RealtorParty
  • Tag our @RealtorAction account
  • Post any pictures you took with your Member of Congress
  1. When NAR launches a call for action, visit www.realtoractioncenter.com/cfatoolkit and post to your social media accounts encouraging your colleagues to contact their legislators!

For more information on social media trends and NAR best practices, contact Melissa Horn, NAR Online Advocacy Manager at mhorn@realtors.org.


Tips of the Trade

This Week: FPC Resources 

Please bookmark the following links in your browser to access quick useful links for your advocacy efforts. For example, Members will be back in the district next week and many Town Halls will be taking place. Access the Congressional calendars to remind yourself when important district work periosds like this one will be taking place.

Legislator Vote Record

Congressional House Calendar

Congressional Senate Calendar

NAR Key Issues



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