Conference Report: The
document presenting an agreement reached by a joint temporary committee
(a conference committee) appointed to negotiate a compromise between
the House and Senate.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 202-383-1021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com or 202-383-1021.
Tips of the Trade
This Week: Email to Congressional Staff
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.
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!
thank and not just to “spank.”
- Always thank the staff for their assistance now matter where they stand on the issue.
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.
**FPC Weekly Newsletters are now online!