Virginia 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!
Click here to email your legislators and ask them to SUPPORT the VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA!
To view the VAR Legislative Agenda, and track the bills as they make their way through the committee process, visit: VARRealtorsChoose.com
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
PLAN NOW TO ATTEND THIS ANNUAL EVENT FILLED WITH LEGISLATIVE AND POLITICAL MEETINGS, INFORMATION and TOURS!
REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL IN RICHMOND!
BE PART OF THE DISCUSSION & HELP US ADVOCATE OUR 2015 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA!
Visiting with local legislators, hearing from political insiders and top administration officials, touring the Capitol and visiting the Executive Mansion.
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS INCLUDE:
This event is FREE and open to all VPAR members. Make your reservation today by calling 757-599-5222 !
If you would like to attend the VAR RPAC Luncheon and the VAR Legislative Reception, you must register with VAR at http://www.varealtor.com/GetActive.
While many of your members may not consider themselves a Commercial Real Estate Practitioner, many residential specialists may have some commercial business as well. We are asking for your help in identifying REALTORS® in your association who would want to add their names to the thousands of Commercial Real Estate Practitioners who will be sending a Call for Action to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program.
Created following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program filled the void created when private insurers withdrew from the terrorism insurance market. That disruption caused construction projects to come to a halt and commercial property values dropped. The Commercial Real Estate market simply can’t afford the uncertainty an expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program would create.
Fortunately there is bipartisan legislation which passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin of 93-4, and takes a balanced approach to renewing the program created by the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (TRIA). S.2244, the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014,” renews TRIA for seven years, providing certainty in the market that terrorism insurance will be available at affordable rates through the year 2021. In addition, it has a Congressional Budget Office score of “zero.” Now it is up to the House of Representatives to act on the bill the Senate has approved.
NAR has launched a Call for Action to all Realtor members nationwide. The income tax exemption on mortgage debt forgiven in a short sale or a workout for principal residences expired at the end of 2013. Without immediate action by Congress, distressed homeowners will have to pay tax on “phantom income” from forgiven debt.
Urge Congress Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief by Using the following link to respond: RESPOND TO CALL FOR ACTION HERE !