THE LEGISLATIVE LINE Number 3 January 29, 2017

VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE

The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 3                              January 29, 2017

 

As we enter the last full week before Crossover, the official halfway mark of Session on February 7th, the speed of the legislative process has picked up considerable pace. Committees and subcommittee in the House and Senate are wrapping up their dockets, with some holding their final pre-Crossover meeting late last week.

But, true to form, some of the more contentious issues have yet to be vetted in the Committee structure. Broadband reform, retrieval of hunting dogs on private property and historic tax credits all remain in the queue for action this week. And the state budget continues to be studied and analyzed, with hundreds of budget amendments being heard in the various subcommittees of both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

REALTOR® bills have gained considerable traction and are advancing with little controversy.

For a full review of the 2017 VAR legislative agenda, go to:

http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/legislativeupdates/

Transfer of Security Deposits upon the Sale of a Dwelling Unit

HB 1623           

DELEGATE YANCEY

PASSED THE HOUSE 99-0 and NOW IS IN THE SENATE

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HB1623+pdf

 

SB 991

SENATOR DANCE       

WILL BE HEARD IN SENATE GENERAL LAWS & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 1/30

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB991+pdf

 

Allows a property manager to transfer a security deposit to the owner and to simply provide notice to the tenants, versus having to obtain the written consent of the owner and tenants.

 

Licensee Responsibilities – Transfer of Escrow Funds and Foreclosures

HB 2281                        DELEGATE LEFTWICH

REPORTED 21-0 OUT OF THE HOUSE COURTS COMMITTEE; ON TO THE HOUSE FLOOR

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HB2281+pdf

 

SB 966             SENATOR OBENSHAIN

WILL BE HEARD IN SENATE GENERAL LAWS & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 1/30

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB966+pdf

 

Allows for a smoother transition for an existing tenant and a new owner following a foreclosure.

 

Allows the tenant to continue to pay rent to the: (i) new landlord, (ii) the property manager at the time of the foreclosure, or (iii) the courts, through an escrow account.

 

Allows for the written property management agreement to continue in place following a foreclosure on a month-to-month basis until terminated by either the property manager or the new owner, unless a shorter period is provided for in the property management agreement.

 

This legislation does not change Virginia Code Section 55-248.15:1 that places the responsibility on the landlord at the lease termination to make disposition of the tenant’s security deposit, regardless of whether that landlord received the tenant’s security deposit from a prior landlord.

 

POA Act Amendments

HB 2045                        DELEGATE (and REALTOR®!) MILLER

REPORTED FROM HOUSE GENERAL LAWS 21-0; ON TO THE HOUSE FLOOR

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HB2045+pdf

 

SB 1231                        SENATOR BILL STANLEY

WILL BE HEARD IN SENATE GENERAL LAWS & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 1/30

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB1231+pdf

 

Condo Act Amendments

HB 2274                        DELEGATE DANNY MARSHALL

REPORTED FROM HOUSE GENERAL LAWS 21-0; ON TO THE HOUSE FLOOR

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HB2274+pdf

 

SB 1255                        SENATOR BILL DeSTEPH

WILL BE HEARD IN SENATE GENERAL LAWS & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE 1/30

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+SB1255+pdf

Associations cannot condition, limit or prohibit for sale signs other than limiting signs to those that are in compliance with the VREB regulations.

 

Associations cannot require a formal power of attorney from a real estate licensee to represent their clients before the association and are required to accept a document from the real estate licensee signed by the owner that confirms representation.

 

Adds that failure to deliver the association disclosure packet within the 14-day requirement subjects the association to up to $1,000 fine imposed by the Common Interest Community Board.

 

 

Residential Property Disclosure Act Amendments

HB 2034                        DELEGATE (and REALTOR®!) MILLER

PASSED THE HOUSE 99-0 and NOW IS IN THE SENATE

http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?171+ful+HB2034+pdf

 

Renames the “red-flag” disclosure statement the “buyer to beware” statement.

Adds the following buyer to beware statements:

Owner makes no representations with respect to underlying conservation or other easements.

Owner makes no representations with respect to an underlying community development authority.

Allows for electronic delivery of the form to the potential purchaser.

Generally, “cleans up” the Residential Disclosure Act.

 

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/collection_cf32e4ff-910b-59ad-ae1a-6340ececdff5.html

 

 

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information

 

Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091   DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098   DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064   DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093   delmmullin@house.virginia.gov

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096  DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095   DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094   DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502   district02@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503   district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

 

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST

 

We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:

 

 

In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

 

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

 

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)

http://lis.virginia.gov/

 

Who’s My Legislator?

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

Governor of Virginia

https://governor.virginia.gov/

 

Governor’s Cabinet

https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

 

Lt. Governor

http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

 

Attorney General

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

 

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!

 

For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com. We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf .

 

The Legislative Update from VPAR

VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE

The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 2 – January 22, 2017

 

Day 12 of the 45-day “short session” is in the books. Only 15 days until Crossover, the halfway mark of the Session. And then, just 18 days after that until adjournment. But who’s counting?

Senate Committee assignments just were finalized last week, as the “upper chamber” welcomed two new members, Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-9th) and Sen Mark Peake (R-22nd).  Sen. McClellan was elected in a special election to fill the term of former Virginia Senator Donald McEachin, who was elected in November to the 4th Congressional District, while Sen. Peake won the seat of former Virginia Senator Tom Garrett, who now represents the 5th Congressional District. VPAR REALTORS® will be happy to note that Sen. Monty Mason (D-1st) was appointed to the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology, which is where the majority of our housing and real estate legislation is referred. With these committees now fully seated, the real work in the Senate will begin to speed up a bit.

Friday marked the last day for bills to be introduced, so more legislation will be reviewed as the week moves along. As of now, 2,355 bills have been submitted. It’s NFL football season (GO PATS!!!! – CEO’s prerogative there…), and college basketball season (GO KENTUCKY WILDCATS!!! – the writer’s prerogative here..), so many of us are “stats oriented” right now. In keeping with our focus on sports data, below is an interesting breakdown of how the 217 General Assembly Session legislative stats are stacking up:

AS OF SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd

 

1084    House Bills Introduced                       806      Senate Bills Introduced

271      House Joint Resolutions Introduced  118      Senate Joint Resolutions Introduced

55        House Resolutions Introduced                       21        Senate Resolutions Introduced

 

131      Bills PASSED

313      Bills FAILED

2135    PENDING ACTION

Meanwhile, the REALTOR® Legislative Agenda gained traction this past week. Two Virginia REALTORS® bills – HB 1623, dealing with the transfer of security deposits during the sale of a rental unit, and HB 2034, providing clarifications to the list of items real estate buyers should research before purchasing property – passed out of committee unanimously and will be considered by the full House early next week. Two other bills, HB 2045 and HB 2274, legislation protecting certain homeowners’ rights within property and condo owners associations, were taken up in the House General Laws housing subcommittee and will be considered again next Tuesday.

Another bill of interest to our Virginia REALTORS® property managers is HB 2006, which sets out the rights and responsibilities under the Virginia Fair Housing Law with respect to maintaining an assistance animal in a dwelling. The legislation is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. Watch one of VAR’s most recent Legal Lessons for clarification on the Virginia Real Estate Board’s latest guidance document regarding assistance animals.

For a full review of the 2017 VAR legislative agenda, go to: http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/legislativeupdates/

And for an interesting PHOTO MONTAGE of recent days during Session, go to:

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/collection_c2ca3131-a58f-5ef0-b1f2-82adeca7480c.html

 

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/general-assembly/collection_4f82b933-a73d-524e-8e2d-02609f0a40a3.html

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information

 

Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091   DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098   DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064   DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093   delmmullin@house.virginia.gov

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096  DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095   DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094   DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502   district02@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503   district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST

 

We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:

 

 

In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

 

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

 

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)

http://lis.virginia.gov/

 

Who’s My Legislator?

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

Governor of Virginia

https://governor.virginia.gov/

 

Governor’s Cabinet

https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

 

Lt. Governor

http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

 

Attorney General

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

 

 

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!

 

For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com. We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VPAREALTORS/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf .

 

VIRGINIA PENINSULA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

THE LEGISLATIVE LINE

The Legislative Update from VPAR

Number 1 – January 16, 2017

 

And, so it begins…the 2017 General Assembly Session of Virginia! We are day #7 into a 45-day “short” session, one which is highlighted by Governor McAuliffe’s last year of office, statewide candidates clambering for the limelight, all 100 House of Delegates’ seats up in November, and a new White House as of later this week…all of which will translate into a Session of election politics and posturing.

As of this writing, over 2,000 bills (2,035, to be exact) have been introduced, with more to come over the next few days. Budget amendments are swirling in the background, Senate Committee assignments have yet to be finalized, new members of the House and Senate – courtesy of many special elections — just have been sworn in, and Committee and Subcommittee meetings are in full swing.

All with 2017 being THE LAST YEAR IN THE CURRENT GENERAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING! Yes, that place is being razed! Don’t know who’s happier: legislators, lobbyists, legislative staff, or the mice.

In the meantime, the REALTOR® Legislative Agenda is moving along this week, with three bills being heard in the Housing Subcommittee of the House General Laws Committee as soon as tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17th. There will be more to report later this week over social media and an additional update coming soon, but for now, check out the latest in the REALTOR® Party Legislative Agenda! http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

THE 2017 VAR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA CAN BE FOUND HERE:

http://www.virginiarealtorschoose.com/2017-bills/

 

 

VPAR’s General Assembly Delegation Contact Information

 

 

Del. Gordon Helsel, R-91st , Poquoson               (804) 698-1091   DelGHelsel@house.virginia.gov

Del. Keith Hodges, R-98th  Urbanna                    (804) 698-1098   DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov

Del. Rick Morris, R-64th, Carrollton                      (804) 698-1064   DelRMorris@house.virginia.gov

Del. Mike Mullin, D-93rd, Newport News               (804) 698-1093   delmmullin@house.virginia.gov

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-96th, Yorktown                 (804) 698-1096  DelBPogge@house.virginia.gov

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-95th, Newport News     (804) 698-1095   DelMPrice@house.virginia.gov

Del. Jeoin Ward, D-92nd, Hampton                      (804) 698-1092 DelJWard@house.virginia.gov

Del. David Yancey, R-94th, Newport News           (804) 698-1094   DelDYancey@house.virginia.gov

Sen. Mamie Locke, D-2nd, Hampton                    (804) 698-7502   district02@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Monty Mason, D-1st, Williamsburg             (804) 698-7501 district01@senate.virginia.gov

Sen. Tommy Norment, R-3rd, James City             (804) 698-7503   district03@senate.virginia.gov

 

 

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY WEBSITES OF INTEREST

 

We would like to share with you some very valuable (and helpful) information regarding General Assembly Resources:

 

 

In order to prepare for the 2017 session, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with a few helpful websites and other relevant information. Our goal is for you to be able to follow the action here in Richmond as well as to participate in the process.

 

To watch the House of Delegates in Session live at Noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-house.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

To watch the Virginia Senate in Session live at noon each day, click here:  http://virginia-senate.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=3

 

Subscribe to receive daily e-mails with news articles highlighting major political and legislative happenings. http://www.vpap.org/vanews

 

Virginia Legislative Information System (list of General Assembly members, all legislation, committee action, daily meeting schedule and daily floor calendars)

http://lis.virginia.gov/

 

Who’s My Legislator?

http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/

 

Governor of Virginia

https://governor.virginia.gov/

 

Governor’s Cabinet

https://governor.virginia.gov/the-administration/the-cabinet/

 

Lt. Governor

http://www.ltgov.virginia.gov/

 

Attorney General

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

 

 

REALTOR® DAY ON THE HILL – FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Mark your calendars now for February 8th so that you can attend VPAR’s Annual REALTOR® Day on the Hill! Join REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth as they descend upon the General Assembly to tout the Association’s legislative agenda. Visit with legislators from the region, hear from “in the know” politicos on current issues and tour the Capitol and the Executive Mansion. Join us for a highly beneficial day!

 

For additional information or other details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445, or by e-mail at susan@gastongroup.com. We also encourage our members to follow the General Assembly on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GreaterPiedmont/?fref=ts.

 

The Monitor – November 2016

Susan Gaston at CapitalVirginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS®

Monthly Public Policy Report

“THE MONITOR”

November 2016

“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”

Walter H. Judd, American Politician and Physician

 

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8th!

GET OUT THE VOTE, VPAR MEMBERS!

RPAC of Virginia and the National RPAC Trustees have endorsed Delegate Scott Taylor for the 2nd Congressional District seat left open with the retirement of Congressman Scott Rigell. A current member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 85th District that covers a portion of Virginia Beach, Taylor, a Republican, and his opponent, Democrat Shaun Brown, both were interviewed in September by a panel of REALTORS® from the various associations that the 2nd District covers. Representing VPAR on that interview panel were President Andy Cohen and PPC Member Peggy Todd.

 

Delegate Taylor, a real estate investor and former Navy Seal, has been a REALTOR® Champion in the state House, and sits on two House Committees in Richmond that are extremely important to the housing industry: The Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns; and the Transportation Committee. We are confident that he will continue to be an advocate for us in Washington!

 

If you live in the 2nd District, RPAC of Virginia encourages you to support Delegate Taylor!

 

Local Issues

 

 

VPAR’s Legislative Consultant maintains strong relationships with local government decision makers!

 

Regular one-on-one meetings and frequent discussions with County Administrators, Planners, Zoning Administrators, Economic Development Directors and other municipal officials take place each and every day to put VPAR front and center as a trusted resource and engaged community stakeholder.

 

See details below for the latest details on current issues in the VPAR localities.

 

 

Hampton

VPAR’s Legislative Consultant met recently with Councilwoman Teresa Schmidt, at the request of the Councilwoman, to discuss flooding issues in the City. Specific discussions focused on FEMA’s requirement that property owners in the City who upgrade their property at a cost that is equal to or greater than 50% of the value of the property register the property with FEMA. The concern is that this will have a chilling effect on owners who want to make improvements. The Legislative Consultant has advised NAR staff of this issue and is waiting feedback and counsel on any NAR positions or advice.

Other Hampton issues include:

  • VPAR continues toward efforts to set a meeting with the Mayor, Council, City Manager and relevant department heads to have a “check-up” meeting on the rental inspection program.
  • The City has reached out to your Legislative Consultant requesting assistance in disaggregating and analyzing rental data in the City. VPAR will be asking Dr. Tom Hall to include this in his housing needs study and market analysis that will be conducted for VPAR.
  • CEO Wetzel and your Legislative Consultant met on October 26th with Dr. Hall to outline his scope of work for the Hampton housing study that will be funded by an NAR Housing Opportunity Program grant that was awarded to the Association.
  • VPAR’s Legislative Consultant continues to reach out to the Circuit Court Clerk to arrange for a VPAR member tour of the new Courthouse, along with a tutorial on the role of the Court and the Clerk’s office in real estate transactions.
  • The Neighborhood Office has asked that VPAR work with them to host a Hampton Neighborhood Tour in the Spring of 2017. More details to come.

 

Isle of Wight County

The County has appointed Randy Keaton as its new County Administrator. Formerly with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Keaton brings 26 years of experience as the County Administrator in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. VPAR’s Legislative Consultant and Mr. Keaton, joined by Deputy County Administrator Don Robertson, will be meeting on November 7th to outline how VPAR can be a resource to the Administrator and his goals for the County.

 

Newport News

Piggybacking on the very positive meeting that VPAR held with City Manager Bourey, Assistant City Manager Cynthia Rohlf, Planning Director Sheila McAllister and Assistant Planning Director Claudia Cotton, along with President Cohen, Chairman Burt, CEO Wetzel and the VPAR Legislative Consultant back in September, VPAR will be moving forward on the following issues as a result of a follow-up meeting with your Consultant, the Assistant City Manager and the City’s Communications Director held on October 11th:

  1. Marketing Opportunity/Grant for a video production on the City
  2. REALTOR® 101 Class (It will be designed to mirror the Hampton 101 Class!)

 

Other Newport News issues include:

 

  • WHAT A SPECIAL DAY! If you missed the September 27th visit with Newport News Pubic Schools, you missed out on a wonderful opportunity! See the photos below that show what a special connection VPAR has with our schools. Schools and housing and quality of life all are connected! We hope to repeat this in the Spring at the request of the school division!
  • In late October, the City designated the Southeast community a rental inspection district. The Legislative Consultant has reached out to the City to ask that the Association be part of a stakeholders group, if one is formed, so that we can provide significant input into the development of the guidelines and processes that will be needed to implement the program and follow state Code. Program guidelines and details have not been developed at this point.
  • The City is making a push to implement workforce housing opportunities, particularly in the Southeast community, as part of a greater investment focusing on enhanced development and redevelopment as well as improved economic development. The City would like to have an incentive-based program to attract builders; VPAR has suggested the workforce housing/affordable dwelling unit (ADU) program to the City and has provided them with the language from the Code of Virginia that outlines that program at the local level.
  • VPAR continues to work with Councilwoman Tina Vick to outline a VPAR tour of the Southeast community, aiming for the Spring.
  • VPAR had a great showing at the recent STATE OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT NEWS Event! Check out these photos!

 

Poquoson 

The City held its first public input meeting on the Comprehensive Plan on October 18th at 7:00 PM.  More information about the Plan and the process can be found here: http://www.poquoson-va.gov/346/Comprehensive-Plan-Update.

 

Regional

  • The Ft. Eustis JLUS Update stakeholders group has not yet met and is waiting on information from the City of Newport News, which is taking the lead on the study. Hampton has asked that, given the joint base status with Langley Air Force Base, the study also include a review of the current flooding issues associated with Langley. VPAR has been asked to participate via your Legislative Consultant.
  • The October 18th General Membership Meeting with the Peninsula’s local school division Superintendents was extremely informative, enjoyable and beneficial. All of the area school leaders attended and provided a wealth of knowledge regarding many ongoing issues in public education – from SOL tests to the budget to new schools and programs to student success. What a fun morning!
  • The Hampton Roads Third Crossing options recently were revised at the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC). Historically, VPAR has taken a position to support greater regional transportation improvements without specifically supporting a single route or funding methodology while making it clear that the funding to support such projects cannot be borne on the backs of homeowners in the form of increased recordation or grantors taxes. Your Consultant is reaching out to each locality in the VPAR footprint to assess their position and insight.

 

State

The VAR Public Policy Committee continues to put final touches on the 2017 VAR Legislative Agenda. It is expected that the various issues regarding teams, team advertising and continuing education may be postponed until 2018 so that a VAR work group can be formed that will focus on the real-time issues facing practitioners. Also, several POA/COA issues likely will go forward in 2017, many of the ongoing and perennial concerns that members and your clients express also will be remanded to a special work group next year so that a comprehensive review of the POA/COA statutes can be reviewed. Stay tuned for details in the next edition of THE MONITOR for a full report on the 2017 Legislative Agenda.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW for the 2017 REALTOR® Day event! Scheduled for February 8th, the room is reserved, approval is in from the House Clerk’s office to allow us to have food and beverages, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore is confirmed as a guest speaker, the bus has been confirmed and more details are coming together!  Plus, the VAR Luncheon Speaker has been announced: UVA’s DR. LARRY SABATO!  Look for registration details and more to come soon.

Federal

FEDERAL CONDO OWNER-OCCUPANCY UPDATE

On October 26th, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a mortgagee letter making changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) owner-occupancy requirement for condominiums in accordance with the requirements of H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA). Under the new provisions, FHA approved condominium projects require at least 50% of the units to be owner-occupied, but will allow for the owner-occupancy requirement to be lowered down to 35% if:

  • The project has replacement reserves of at least 20% of the budget,
  • No more than 10% of the units are in arrears (more than 60 days past due), and
  • The condo has three years of acceptable financial documents.

 

 

Should you have questions on these or other issues, or for additional details, please contact Susan Gaston, VPAR’s Legislative Consultant, at 757-871-1445 or at susan@gastongroup.com.