The Voice for Real Estate: Condos, Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief, Net Neutrality

n the latest The Voice for Real Estate, NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque looks at Fannie Mae changes to condo financing rules, the impact on net neutrality of President Obama’s remarks, NAR efforts to push mortgage debt cancellation relief, the latest home sales numbers, and the resources available from the 2014 conference in New Orleans.

And the Winners Are …..The Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® 2014 Annual Awards

Congratulations to the following members who were honored Saturday at the Virginia Peninsula Association of REALTORS® Annual Awards Banquet !!

 
kimi dornanRealtor of the Year:

Kim Dornan, Century 21 Nachman Realty
THIS HIGHEST OF HONORS IS BESTOWED UPON THE REALTOR® WHO BEST REPRESENTS ALL THAT WE HOLD IN HIGH REGARD: SPIRIT, COMMITMENT, INTEGRITY, INVOLVEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.

 

 

Sheila DannManager of the Year:

Sheila Dann, Abbitt Realty Company
THIS AWARD IS BASED ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN SEVERAL AREAS INCLUDING ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATION, CIVIC SERVICE, OFFICE SALES PERFORMANCE AND PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE.

 

 

 

Diana RondinelliVic-RondinelliSales Team of the Year:

Diana and Vic Rondinelli, Liz Moore & Associates
THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IS GIVEN TO A REALTOR® TEAM BASED UPON INTEGRITY, SALES ACHIEVEMENTS, CHARACTER, SERVICE, PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT.

 

 

Michelle PollockSalesperson of the Year:

Michelle Pollock, Keller Williams Elite
THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD IS GIVEN TO A REALTOR® BASED UPON HIS OR HER INTEGRITY, SALES ACHIEVEMENTS, CHARACTER, SERVICE, PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT.

 

 

Amy ThorstadCommunity Service Award:

Amy Thorstad, Abbitt Realty Company
THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO A REALTOR® WHO HAS SHOWN OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE ACHIEVEMENT AND SERVICE

 

 

Nina EfirdAffiliate of the Year:

Nina Efird, Fidelity Bank Mortgage
THIS AWARD IS GIVEN ON AN ANNUAL BASIS RECOGNIZING THE AFFILIATE MEMBER WHO HAS EXEMPLIFIED THE MOST OUTSTANDING SERVICE WITHIN THE REALTOR® FAMILY.

 

 

Marvin AdamsCode of Ethics Award:

Marvin Adams, greg garrett realty.com
THIS AWARD IS GIVEN TO THE REALTOR® WHO HAS SHOWN A CONSISTENT LEVEL OF UPHOLDING THE REALTOR® CODE OF ETHICS WHILE SERVING CLIENTS AND HELPING PEERS WITHIN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY.

 

 

Thank you to the Awards and Banquet Committees for the many hours of service and their hard work on a wonderful event !!

The Brokerage of the Future – Notable Quotes by Nobu Hata, National Association of REALTORS

Hatapic2The Brokerage of the Future…… is the same as the brokerage of the present.”

 

“This is a time of specialists, collaboration & constant change.”

 

“Attract Serve Retain Agents. Attract Serve Retain Clients.”

 

THINK AGENT TRANSITIONS & ATTRACTION not recruitment.”

 

PROVIDE RESOURCES not more stuff your agentswon’t use.

 

TOUT YOUR TRUST PROPOSITION and forget the traffic battle.”

 

“Change is driven by: Consolidation. Humanization”

 

“Stop! treating people like leads.”

 

“Be relevant to them. Win the trust battle.”

 

“DO: Embrace change. Invite the naysayers.Be decisive & implement.
Marketing: ! Mobile. Shareable. Buzzworthy.
Consistent bursts of info.
Shrines to them, not you.
Invest in long-term“ trustworthy” solutions.
Have your clients become part of the process. ”

 

Face to face interaction is so important in this increasingly complicated world. – Edward Glaeser, Harvard University.”

 

Many thanks to Nobu for moderating our 2014 Brokers Retreat at Founders Pointe and our wonderful panel of speakers including:

AmandaMWalshAmanda Walsh Patierno, Amanda M. Walsh Real Estate

Susan Swink (2)Susan Swink, Managing Broker, Long & Foster Realtors, Beverly Hills Sales Office

Brian F. SaundersBrian F. Saunders, Brian F. Saunders, Brian F. Saunders & Associates

 

Many Thanks to our Program Sponsors:
Atlantic Bay Mortgage
EXIT Real Estate Solutions
HMS Home Warranty
National Exterminating
REIN

Special thanks also to East West Communities for hosting this event for us at Founders Pointe, 1302 Founders Pointe Trail, Carrollton, VA 23314

Here’s the link to the presentation: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ry4klar8d4hnthv/BrokerageoftheFuture.pdf?dl=0

The virtual tour: https://my.matterport.com/webgl_player/#model=MWgF8v65MFG

And some cool brokers: http://fireflyliving.com/
http://www.hawaiilife.com/
http://www.theboutiquere.com/

Nobu Hata, National Association of REALTORS
nhata@realtors.org | @nobuhata

Urge Congress to Extend TRIA -Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002

Realtor PartyWhile 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.

Take Action Now
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.
Take Action Now

Call To Action – Urge Congress to Extend Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief

Realtor PartyNAR 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 !