Field Guides From NAR

NAR Logo .orgDo you need to learn about subjects like opening a real estate brokerage, TRID, or the effects of power lines on property values? NAR’s Information Services has done the research for you! Check out Field Guides, one-stop resource packages filled with statistics, articles, books, websites, and more, on subjects of interest to REALTORS®. Visit www.realtor.org/field-guides to explore over 150 topics. Contact NAR’s Information Services at (800) 874-6500 for more information.

Your WorkSmart Sales Meeting Kit is here:

Enhance your next sales meeting — and make sure your agents are up-to-date — with this 10-minute meeting kit.

Fair Housing

Federal fair housing law consists of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act. As of 1988, the Act provides that no protected class can be discriminated against in the sale, rental, or financing of residential dwellings. Federal law also states that all U.S. citizens have the same rights to “inherit, purchase, sell, hold, and convey real and personal property.” The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Fair Housing Act to cover private real estate transactions.

What’s included:

The kit comes complete with a presentation (including a short video and Q&A), a broker’s guide (only two pages), agent handout, and a printable poster for your bulletin board or fridge.

Check it out — you have to be logged in — and bookmark it today: www.VARealtor.com/worksmart/fair-housing.

September is National Preparedness Month

Preparedness2Virginia Association of REALTORS® (VAR) is encouraging Virginians to ready themselves for hurricane season as well as other disasters by making plans for how to stay safe and communicate during an emergency. Preparedness Month, observed nationwide in September, reminds Virginians to collect supplies as well as make and share a plan for the protection of their families, homes, and communities. To assist Virginians with all hazard disaster planning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and its Ready Virginia app offer resources that include check lists of essential supplies, step-by-step guides for staying safe in emergency conditions, and instructions to stay informed of critical community updates. Take the time today to review these helpful tips then sit down with your family and “make a plan” .

Website: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan

New CFPB Tool for Real Estate Professionals

In our continuing efforts to keep you abreast of the latest news on the implementation of the Truth in Lending RESPA Integrated Document (TRID) rule by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), NAR is pleased to announce new resources to help REALTORS® prepare for the changes. Today, after close collaboration with NAR, the CFPB has launched a new online toolkit for real estate professionals as part of its “Know Before You Owe” campaign. CFPB uses the term “Know Before You Owe” for its consumer facing communications regarding TRID. The new website is designed to help real estate professionals understand the changes to the closing process, that will go into effect on October 3, 2015, and how to explain the changes to clients. The site also includes resources that real estate professionals can provide to their clients.

You can visit www.realtor.org to get additional information about the new website or visit the CFPB website directly

If you have any questions please contact John DiBiase, Government Affairs Communications Director, jdibiase@realtors.org or 202-383-1037

Complete Links:
http://www.realtor.org/articles/cfpb-releases-new-trid-tools

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/know-before-you-owe/real-estate-professionals/