October 17th is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia for the upcoming November General Election. While more than 86 percent of Virginia REALTORS® are registered to vote, we can do better. So if you’re not registered to vote or you’ve moved and need to update your registration, the deadline is approaching.
Eligible residents can visit vote.virginia.gov and register online with the Virginia Department of Elections. On the site you can also check your registration status, find out information on absentee voting, and learn about what items will appear on your November 8th ballot.
Our goal is to have 100% of our members registered and at their polling place on Election Day. Register today so you can vote for candidates who support REALTOR® issues and policies that protect your business, community, and the rights of private property owners.
Encourage your members to take action and urge the Senate to follow the House’s lead by passing H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016.” The bill makes needed reforms to the FHA condominium loan program, federal assisted housing programs and Rural Housing Service loan programs. Letter to Senate.
Today is Election Day in Virginia. All 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly and many local government offices will be up for grabs. As a REALTOR®, you see the impact of policy maker decisions on a daily basis. It is essential that you participate in the process to make sure we have people in office who understand the importance of promoting home ownership and protecting property rights.
All regular voting locations will be open on Tuesday, November 3rd from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remember to bring a valid Photo ID when you go to vote. To find out more voter information, visit http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/voter-info/.
VAR President Deborah Baisden’s motto for the past year has been “Engage in 2015.” As the end of the year approaches, let’s take this opportunity to show the power of the REALTOR® voice and vote on November 3rd.
Congress is considering a proposal that would create a tax on all potential homeowners and consumers looking to purchase or refinance a mortgage.
By increasing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs, Congress would disturb the housing recovery. Now is not the time to raise the cost to purchase or refinance a home.
NAR strongly believes that taxing homeowners to pay for transportation programs places an unnecessary long-term burden on consumers and this action will disproportionately impact low and moderate income borrowers, as well as first-time homebuyers.
Link for the Call For Action – https://goo.gl/TIQUpj
NAR Issue Brief – http://www.ksefocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/6/2443.pdf