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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Register for the NAR Town Hall Webcast

On May 10 at 2 PM EDT, NAR will conduct a live Town Hall Meeting for REALTORS® who are planning to attend the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. NAR's Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello will be accompanied by NAR lobbyists highlighting the issues REALTORS® are to present during meetings in Capitol Hill offices. Jerry and the lobbyists will also answer questions to be submitted by the attendees.  In addition, a set of talking points to help you prepare for your Hill visits with your members of Congress will be available for download on May 3 at www.nar.realtor/hillvisitmaterials. We advise you to download the talking points prior to attending the webcast on May 10.

Register for the NAR Town Hall Webcast

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  IMPORTANT! Field Reports Now Password Protected

Your field reports are now password protected. Due to this new level of security for your privacy, 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  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 3rd through the REALTOR® Action Center FPC page at http://www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtors/fpc/e-packet-2017/

Your electronic packets will include the following:

Hill Day Prep

    • Talking Points – Coming May 3rd!
    • What to Know Before You Go
    • VIDEO: How to Talk to Congress: SPIT Technique
    • Capitol Hill Checklist
    • Legislator Bios - Coming May 3rd

FPC Key Meetings and Agendas

NAR Congressional District Map Reports

→ VIDEO: How to Build Your RPR Report

Hill Meeting Best Practices

→ VIDEO: What Not to Say

Other Helpful Tips

  • 2017 FPC Lodging Detail
  • Navigating Capitol Hill
  • Restaurants and Dining
  • Weather Forecast
  • Contact information for the 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  May is REALTOR Advocacy Month!

REALTOR® Advocacy Month is a celebration designed to engage and educate REALTORS® to Vote, Act and Invest in advocacy. Throughout three weeks in May, the National Association of REALTORS® invites you to use the more than 80 programs, services and grants offered by the REALTOR® Party to demonstrate the importance of advocacy at the national, state and local levels.

Each week has a Vote, Act or Invest theme that offers state and local associations opportunities to tout their candidate and issue campaign success, hold a voter registration drive, hold a community outreach event, or educate members on RPAC (the REALTORS® Political Action Committee). Feel free to use examples of activities to hold throughout the year. We encourage you to consult NAR and your state association to confirm if your activities meet the Core Standards advocacy requirements.

As you are holding activities, post photos and videos of your association’s advocacy efforts on social media using the hashtag #REALTORParty. Be sure to tag us (REALTOR® Action Center on Facebook and @REALTORAction on Twitter) in your post. Submit your advocacy activities using the feedback form.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  REMINDER: Check Out The FPC Advocacy Classroom

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:

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  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 & Political Forum
Marriott Wardman Park
Marriott Ballroom/Lobby Level
   
9:00am-2:00pm REALTORS® FPC Advocacy Academy
Marriott Wardman Park
Taylor Room/Mezzanine Level
   
9:30am-10:30am

FPC Lobbyist Salons

Salon 1: Helen Devlin

 Virginia Suite A/Lobby Level
Salon 2: Jamie Gregory

Virginia Suite B/Lobby Level
Salon 3: Jerry Giovaniello

Virginia Suite C/Lobby Level
Salon 4: Dan Blair

Delaware Suite A/Lobby Level
Salon 5: Joe Harris

Delaware Suite B/Lobby Level
Salon 6:Ken Wingert

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom North/Mezzanine Level
Salon 7: Colin Allen

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom East/Mezzanine Level

   
   
1:45pm-3:45pm FPC Roundtable
Omni Shoreham
Regency Ballroom/Lower Level
   
4:00pm-5:00pm NAR 360
Marriott Wardman Park, Marriott Ballroom/Lobby Level
   
May 17  
7:00am-8:00am Federal Priority Issues Briefing
Marriott Wardman Park
Marriott Ballroom/Lobby Level
   
All Day Capitol Hill Visits
   
6:00pm FPC Reception
Omni Shoreham
Empire Room/Lower Level
   
12:00pm-5:00pm 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  Submit Your Pictures for the FPC Reception Slideshow
If you are planning to attend the FPC Reception on May 11th, please send photos to Victoria at vgivens@reators.org. We are looking for pictures of you with your Member of Congress or doing great advocacy work in your district, so we can be sure to feature you in our slideshow during the reception. Any photos you’ve added to the FPC Facebook page will also be included in the slideshow.  Thanks in advance for participating!

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  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 reached 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. We did not make the cut to wear the ribbons in May, but I'm optimistic we can get this done for our Convention in November.

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.”

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  NAR Submits Statement:  Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say REALTORS®

According to National Association of REALTORS® President Bill Brown, major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. Brown said in a statement this week, that while the President’s tax proposal released today is well-intentioned, it’s a non-starter for homeowners and real estate professionals who see the benefits of housing and real estate investment at work every day.  By doubling the standard deduction and repealing the state and local tax deduction, the plan would effectively nullify the current tax benefits of owning a home for the vast majority of tax filers. Read more....

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif  Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

Existing-home sales took off in March to their highest pace in over 10 years, and severe supply shortages resulted in the typical home coming off the market significantly faster than in February and a year ago, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Only the West saw a decline in sales activity in March. 

Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, ascended 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million in March from a downwardly revised 5.47 million in February. March's sales pace is 5.9 percent above a year ago and surpasses January as the strongest month of sales since February 2007 (5.79 million). Read more...

Tips of the Trade

 This Week: Where Should Personalized Content be in Form Emails?

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) wanted to know where constituents should place their personalized content within form emails –  the top, middle, or bottom of a message. CMF surveyed legislative correspondents working in House and Senate offices. They asked the following question."If constituents want to personalize form email messages, at what location in the letter should they include this personalization?"

LESSON: Start with the personal. More than one-third (67%) of legislative correspondents indicated that THE BEGINNING OF THE MESSAGE is the best place for constituents to place their individualized content in form messages – only 8% said to personalize at the end of the message. CMF's experience and research indicates congressional staff do not read the entirety of many messages, especially form email. So personalization must be done at the top of the message or it won't get noticed by Congress.

 

 

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