Support the 2016 VAR Legislative Agenda

REALTORS® Please Take Action Today and Ask Your State Representatives to Support the VAR Legislative Agenda!

On Wednesday, January 13th, all 140 members of the General Assembly convened in Richmond to begin the annual legislative session.  As the business advocate for real estate professionals, the Virginia Association of REALTORS® has introduced a cohesive legislative package to promote homeownership and protect REALTORS® just like you!

ACT NOW to help homeownership thrive in Virginia, take action by clicking the link below and emailing your legislator to support the VAR Legislative Agenda!

Email your legislators and ask them to SUPPORT the VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA!

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REALTOR® Action Alert: Election Day is November 3rd!

Vote Here TodayToday 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.

Tell Congress to stop taking money from homeowners. ‪#‎gfees‬‬‬‬ #REALTORS https://goo.gl/n7xGra

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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

Stop Patent Trolls

cfaMobileHeaderTell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.  

REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits.

H.R. 9 is scheduled for House floor consideration later this summer. Congress must pass this common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.

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NAR Call For Action to support H.R. 9, The Innovation Act

NAR Call For Action

In the next couple of weeks, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 9 – The Innovation Act of 2015, which will take vital steps to protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls. The National Association of Realtors is supporting H.R. 9.

REALTORS® are targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates for simply using common business technologies like drop down menus and search functions on websites or scan-to-email technologies found in every office scanner. Patent trolls exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses. Congress must pass common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.

Contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support H.R. 9, The Innovation Act

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