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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif 1st Quarter FPC Report

We had a nice showing in the first quarter of the 115th Congress. While FPCs didn’t have as many in person meetings with legislators as usual, the quality of the field reports dramatically increased. You have been listening! Thank you! In sum, 217 FPCs met in person with their Member and 35 states reached the goal of having 100% on the field reports. Those states deserve special recognition. They include, AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DC, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SD, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

Just as important as being timely and “on” with your field reports, we’d asked that all FPCs take action and send an important letter to your Member of Congress on tax reform. With 470 letters, we reached 89% FPC participation on the letter. In addition, 25 states had 100% participation from their FPCs and should be very proud. Those states include: AK, AZ, CO, CT, DC, GU, HI, MA, ME, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WI, WY.

While its a solid start to the year, we had hoped to be 100% on the tax letter given the important nature of this issue. If you have not yet sent your letter to your legislator, please take the time to do so as it’s important to get in front of the issue before our meetings in May. Thanks to all of you for the great work you do.   

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif IMPORTANT! New Security Measures When Filing Your Field Report

Beginning Wednesday, April 19, there will be a new, more secure process to filing your field reports. From this date forward, you will now be required to login with your NAR.Realtor username and password before filing your field report. If you do not know your username and password, you can obtain it by contacting NAR’s Information Services at 800-874-6500 or emailing them through this web form. Once logged in, you will need to navigate back to the field report page on the Realtor Action Center and then proceed as usual. This added security measure will ensure that all field reports remain confidential between the FPC and NAR staff.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Introducing the FPC Advocacy Classroom

NAR is excited to announce the launch of our new FPC Advocacy Classroom. We have partnered with Stephanie Vance at Advocacy Associates (who many of you may remember from the FPC training in February) to bring you this tool that will be extremely helpful as you prepare for your May meetings. From reviewing the basics of advocacy to preparing and coordinating other attendees for your meetings, we encourage all FPCs to visit the FPC Advocacy Classroom before your trip to Washington, D.C. The following are highlights you will find inside:

    1. VIDEO: The Four Keys to Effective Advocacy & Making the Ask
    2. What to Know Before You Go
    3. VIDEO: The SPIT Technique
    4. VIDEO: What Not to Say
    5. Checklist for Capitol Hill

Click HERE To Access the FPC Advocacy Classroom.

Enter your name and e-mail and it will take you straight there. If you have any questions or concern, please contact Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Electronic FPC Packets for NAR’s Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo 
This year, your FPC packets will again be electronic, which means you will be able to download and print all of your information in advance. Your electronic packets will be available for download on May 1st through the REALTOR® Action Center FPC page at www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtors/fpc/e-packet-2017/

Your electronic packets will include the following:

    • Talking Points
    • NAR Congressional Map Report
    • RPR Report
    • Capitol Hill Map
    • Do’s and Don’ts of Meeting with Members of Congress
    • D.C. metro map
    • Helpful Tips
      • Important meetings
      • Restaurants around town
      • Contact Information for NAR Grassroots Team

You will have ample opportunities to receive your leave-behind material for your Capitol Hill meetings including: during the FPC Lobbyist Salons and the FPC Roundtable on May 16th, the Federal Issues Briefing on May 17th. Pamphlets will also be available at the FPC Lounge. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Important FPC Meetings During REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Please note the following important meetings as you plan your travel to D.C. in May.    

May 16

8:00am          Federal Legislative and Political Forum

                    (Marriott Wardman)

9:30am          FPC Lobbyist Salons (Marriott Wardman)

1:45pm           FPC Roundtable (Omni Shoreham) Note the time change!

4:00pm          NAR 360 (Marriott Wardman)

May 17

All Day          Capitol Hill Visits

6:00pm          FPC Reception (Omni Shoreham)

12:00pm        FPC Lounge (NAR Building)

May 18

All Day          Remaining Capitol Hill Visits

All Day          FPC Lounge (NAR Building)

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC Stipend/Reimbursement Details

As you are likely aware, each FPC who attends the REALTORS Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. is afforded a stipend of up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of your trip. The reimbursement process will be the same as in previous years: FPCs, following state reimbursement rules, should file your expense report with the state immediately after your trip. States will then submit one invoice to NAR for the entire state FPC delegation that attended the meetings and are requesting the stipend.  

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif NAR Testifies on VA Appraisals

On April 4, 2017, Michelle Bradley, the 2016 NAR Real Property Valuation Committee Chair, testified before the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs – Economic Opportunity Subcommittee at a hearing entitled “Assessing VA Approved Appraisers And How To Improve The Program For The 21st Century.” In the past year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan Guaranty Program has become aware of concerns with long wait times to schedule a VA appraisal and a potential shortage of appraisers, especially in very rural areas. 

In her testimony, Ms. Bradley... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif NAR Publishes Co-Marketing Do's and Don'ts

NAR has published a list of Do’s and Don’ts for real estate professionals when engaging in co-marketing activities via social media and other web-based marketing tools.  The educational piece is intended to help real estate professionals comply with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) when co-marketing.

Do's and Don'ts for Co-Marketing

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif PACE Reform Bills Introduced

Bipartisan legislation supported by NAR was introduced in the Senate and House yesterday that would subject Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans to the same Truth in Lending Act (TILA) consumer protections required of other mortgage products. In the Senate, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the legislation. The House version was introduced by Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Ed Royce (R-CA).

PACE loans allow homeowners to pay for energy efficient home upgrades — such as solar panels and insulation —... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Commercial NFIP Priorities

On Tuesday, April 4, NAR and a coalition of real estate industry groups sent a letter to the House Financial Services Committee outlining priorities for commercial real estate in the upcoming reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The NFIP is scheduled expire on September 30, 2017 unless Congress extends it. Specifically, the letter asks for:

    • Multi-year reauthorization of the NFIP;
    • Improved flood-mapping capabilities;
    • Expanded coverage options, including business interruption and multiple buildings; and

Language... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC 100% RPAC Challenge

As you know, President Bill Brown has continued the tradition of challenging each NAR Committee to reach 100% in RPAC participation and this year, the deadline is in May during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

While the FPCs are not considered a formal Committee, I’d like us to aim for 100% participation. Committees that reach 100% RPAC participation by April 21, 2017 will receive the 100% Committee Challenge ribbons that committee members can proudly wear during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May. If we make the cut, FPCs will also get the ribbons.

A voluntary contribution of $15 is all it takes to be considered an RPAC investor.

INVEST IN RPAC ONLINE

“Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute.  You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Your contribution is split between National RPAC and the State PAC in your state.  Contact your State Association or PAC for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to National RPAC and to the State PAC.  The National RPAC portion is used to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. Federal election law prohibits RPAC from soliciting contributions from persons outside the restricted class. Any contributions received from outside the restricted class will be returned.”

 

Tips of the Trade

This Week: Knowing Your Audience: Legislative Intel Worksheet

It's important that you adequately research your Member of Congress in advance of the May meetings. To be most effective, you'll want to know more than a little something about the people you're talking to. In partnership with Stephanie Vance at Advocacy Associates, below we have provided two short videos on understanding your legislator, and their all important staff. In addition, we have included a legislative intel worksheet to help jumpstart your research and make sure you are as prepared as possible to lead your Hill visits in May. 

VIDEO: Knowing Your Legislator

VIDEO: Knowing Hill Staff

Legislative Intel Worksheet


 

 

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