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On Common Ground, Winter 2018: The New Neighborhood

There is currently a big focus in both the private and public sectors on re-examining and re-doing existing buildings and communities. New shopping malls are not being built—but underperforming malls are being redeveloped. To meet the demand for affordable homes in existing neighborhoods, accessory dwelling units are being added into the mix of housing options. Cities are retrofitting their streets to meet growth by making them more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly. The new neighborhood—whether a community newly constructed or an older place reimagined.

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The REALTORParty.Com Launches Dec. 29

On Dec. 29, NAR will launch a new website, REALTORParty.Com, replacing the REALTOR® Action Center.  The new REALTORParty.com will be a holistic website that provides advocacy materials for state and local REALTOR® Association staff, and facilitates two-way opportunities to engage individual REALTORS® and associations in the REALTOR® Party. Learn more.

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It is Not Too Late to Influence Congress on Tax Reform

Thanks to our members’ engagement, REALTORS have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas.  For example, both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000, and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments. Take Action Now!

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Updated Growth Management Factbook Now Available

The 5th edition of the Growth Management Fact Book is now available! This resource provides REALTORS® with factual information and analyses concerning modern growth management (aka Smart Growth), and includes a new section on Vacant Property Regulations. This publication reflects NAR’s belief that REALTORS® must be able to engage with citizens, legislators and government officials effectively on regulatory issues of importance to the real estate industry.

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Future of the REALTOR® Party PAG Recommendations

Earilier this year, 2017 NAR President Bill Brown appointed a PAG to analyze the first five years of the REALTOR® Party Initiative and to recommend ways to make the resources provided to state and local associations more efficient and effective. Check out the PAG's recommendations and FAQs.

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Quad Cities REALTORS® Put Their Marketing & Negotiation Skills to Work to Promote Schools

Since school quality plays such a large role in home buying decisions, the Quad Cities Area REALTOR® Association decided to put their marketing and negotiation skills to work to promote their area schools. They began by inviting major employers, mayors and school superintendents in the 23-community area to a conference to have a frank discussion about diversity, inclusion and steering. The conference resulted in plans to build a robust website featuring comprehensive information on each school that will help families make informed decisions about where they want to live.MORE>

REALTORS® in Ottumwa, Iowa Help Bring Life Back to Their Downtown

With a Smart Growth Action Grant, money of their own, elbow grease and lots of enthusiasm, the South East Iowa Regional Board of REALTORS® partnered with the Better Block Foundation and other community leaders to host the Main Street Ottumwa Better Block Party, October 12-15. “Overnight, our quiet and struggling downtown commercial area became a place to come together to shop, to eat, to play games, to enjoy some music, and even dance!” The next steps are to transform what they learned from the weekend event into lasting improvements for Ottumwa’s downtown commercial area.MORE>