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http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Major Success


Pictured: FPC Kathy Fowler and team with Rep. Frank Lucas (OK); FPC Diana Galavis and team with Rep. John Rutherford (FL); and FPC Beth Dalton with Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA).

Last week, over 9,000 REALTORs® from all over the country joined together in Washington D.C. to continue a tradition that goes back throughout NAR’s 100+ year history. Every single Member of Congress and Senator heard from REALTORs® on legislative issues affecting real estate. Much of that effort was thanks to you, our incredible FPCs who did an excellent job of conveying our talking points. Please give yourselves a big pat on the back. We had a full house at the FPC Roundtable with Frank Luntz and a great turnout at the FPC Reception. Thanks to all of you for your hard work.

Congratulations to our Meritorious Service Award Winners!

Each year two outstanding FPCs are chosen after a rigerous nomination process to receive the FPC Meritorious Service Award. This year, Mr. John Nichols, FPC for Rep. John Culberson (TX) and Mr. Lou Baldwin FPC to Senator Richard Burr (NC), received the 2017 MSA Award for their exceptional service as FPCs. They now join other esteemed FPCs before them on plaques atop the NAR building. Please congratulate these gentlement on a job well done and their well deserved awards.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Hill Visit Recap with NAR Lobbyist Joe Harris; What’s Next?


Pictured (left-right): Sarah Gustafson, Steve Medeiros, Joe Harris (NAR) and Rita Coffey, FPC  for Rep. Bill Keating (MA)

NAR Lobbyist Joe Harris gives a breif overview of all the hard work and accomplishments during last week's 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo:

What messages did FPCs and REALTORS® take to Capitol Hill?

The REALTORS® spoke to their Members of Congress about the importance of preserving the tax benefits of homeownership as Congress continues to discuss ways to simplify and improve the tax code; the importance of reauthorizing the NFIP on-time and on a long-term basis; and why preventing the use of GSE guarantee fees for non-housing related spending is crucial to protecting sustainable homeownership.

Why is it important for REALTORS® made the effort to come to DC and go on Hill Visits?

Members of Congress and their staff want to hear from REALTORS® about the real estate market back home, since it is such an important indicator of economic growth in the state. It is very important that Members of Congress hear directly from their constituents, who are also practitioners who can speak directly to the challenges REALTORS® face back home in a way that complements the work that NAR does here in Washington, DC.

What’s next?

The next step is to take advantage of the momentum that has been created by the presence of nearly 10,000 REALTORS® in DC to fuel our advocacy here at NAR.

What does that look like?

Finding a way forward on a sustainable and affordable flood insurance program that is reauthorized on time and making sure that tax reform is not paid for on the backs of homeowners remains our focus.

Quick Links

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

Thank you for all of your great work last week. As many of you have already experienced, 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.If you have any questions or trouble logging in, you can reach out to Victoria Givens at vgivens@realtors.org or 202-383-1021.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC $1000 Stipend Details

FPCs will once again be afforded a stipend of up to $1,000 per FPC. The reimbursement process will be the same as in previous years: FPCs, following state reimbursement rules, should file their expense report with your state immediately after your trip. States then should submit one invoice to NAR for the entire state FPC delegation that attended the meetings and are requesting the stipend. The invoice should list the name of each FPC requesting assistance, and the amount (they may vary) being requested for each FPC. Invoices should be submitted to NAR by July 3, 2017. Please email your invoice to govcpapay@realtors.org.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif Congratulations to the 2017 FPC Advocacy Academy Graduates!

Congratulations to the 25 freshmen FPCs who recently completed NAR's innaugural 2017 FPC Advocacy Academy. The Advocacy Academy is a joint venture between NAR and the Congressional Management Foundation to bring our most important grassroots advocates, our FPCs, to the top of their game. Through hours of dedication, training and homework, these new FPCs worked to bolster their advocacy skills from that of an average citizen to a top flight grassroots power broker, an indispensable asset for our premier REALTOR grassroots network. The 2017 FPC Advocacy Academy was conducted from January through May, 2017. Academy participants took part in both online and offline components including four webinars, interactive exercises, and small-group learning led by at CMF. Each FPC had access to a personal coach for any questions they had along the way. Below is a link to the full syllabus of their tenure:

2017 FPC Advocacy Academy Syllabus: http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/site/DocServer/Advocacy_Academy_Syllubus.pdf?docID=36867&autologin=true

Please congratulate them all on their great work. They're the ones to watch as rising stars in this session of Congress.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif FPC 100% RPAC Challenge- We're Close!

We are only 42 FPCs away from achieving 100% RPAC participation this year. As you know, President Bill Brown has continued the tradition of challenging each NAR Committee to reach 100% in RPAC participation. While the FPCs are not considered a formal Committee, I’d like us to continue to aim for 100% participation since we all know it's importance. Committees that reach 100% RPAC participation will receive the 100% Committee Challenge ribbons. 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.


“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 Happening on The Hill (Week of May 22)

Both the Senate and House are in session this week focused on several issues of importance to REALTORS®. Issues highlighted include new e-commerce technology delivery systems, the role of States in EPA rulemaking, and flood insurance. The Financial Services Committee held a hearing on flood insurance. The Science, Space, & Technology Committee discussed expanding the role of States in EPA rulemaking. The Energy & Commerce Committee discussed how new technologies (i.e. drones) have impacted delivery services available to consumers and businesses, and regulatory challenges at the federal, state, and local levels for deploying new delivery services.

Read this week's committee schedule details

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif NAR Reaffirms Support of Project Upstream

On May 20, 2017, during the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, the NAR Board of Directors voted to continue its support of Upstream, the technology developed to give brokers and agents a better way to manage their listing data and direct its distribution to MLSs, vendors, and third-party listing aggregators. Spearheaded by the broker-run UpstreamRE LLC, the technology has been successfully demonstrated by RMLS, a REALTOR® owned MLS operating in the Portland, Oregon area. Several other demonstrations are planned for this summer with brokers and MLSs around the country. The vote authorizes NAR to fund $1.5 million for administrative costs through 2018, as well as up to $7.5 million to support deployment of the technology by REALTORS® Property Resource, the NAR subsidiary that developed the technology. Earlier in the week, UpstreamRE announced a new "broker of choice" model, which will enable listing data to be input directly into Upstream or flow to Upstream from the MLS.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif MLS Policy Changes

On May 20, 2017, the NAR Board of Directors updated the NAR Lockbox Security Requirements to reflect technology changes, particularly the increasing use of mobile devices. In addition, the Board approved the use of voice-activated services to deliver IDX listing information and changed the model IDX rules to require that listing brokers be identified in all IDX displays; previously, listing broker attribution was optional.

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif NAR Comments on Appraiser Qualifications

On May 9, 2017, NAR submitted a comment letter to the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) in response to the Third Exposure Draft concerning proposed changes to the AQB's Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. NAR agreed with the AQB's removal of the degree requirement for licensed residential appraisers, the basic appraiser qualification, and to instead require completion of 150 AQB Core Curriculum credit hours. NAR also agrees with the AQB's proposed removal of the minimum time limits on obtaining experience hours for all appraisers... Read More

http://www2.realtoractioncenter.com/images/content/pagebuilder/28022.gif E-Fairness Bills Introduced

On April 27, both S. 976, "The Marketplace Fairness Act," and H.R. 2193, "The Remote Transactions Parity Act," were introduced in the Senate and House.  Both bills are the same as versions introduced in the previous Congress that NAR supported. Read More

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

Tips of the Trade


This Week:  Email to Congressional Staff

Do you ever wonder what EXACTLY makes for a great e-mail to Congressional staff when conveying your NAR talking points or the best time of day to send it? Below you will find a few tips from the experts at the Congressional Management Foundation to help.

Keep it short and be sure to address it to the relevant staff person.
  • (Legislative Assistant on Tax Policy or Legislative Assistant on Financial Services etc.)
Send only pertinent information at the right time.
  • Don't get bogged down in historical details. Keep it timely and to the point
The subject line is VERY important.
  • Write a captivating subjectline!
Remember to thank and not just to “spank.”
  • Always thank the staff for their assistance now matter where they stand on the issue.
Key time: nights and weekends!
  • It might not seem obvious, but staffers are most likely to read your email if you send it at night or on the weekend.


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