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On Common Ground: Summer 2016 Issue Now Available

America is experiencing a housing problem, and failure to meet our housing goals occurs on many levels of the income spectrum. The need for affordable housing is at an all-time high and REALTORS® are doing their part in this time of need. Learn more in the Summer 2016 issue of On Common Ground.

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On The Go: Crowdfunding and Real Estate

Adriann Murawski, NAR’s State and Local Government Affairs Representative discusses some of the issues surrounding crowdfunding and real estate. She talks with the CoFounder and CEO of Fundrise, a pioneer of real estate crowdfunding platforms. Adriann also talks with NAR’s Commercial Regulatory Policy Representative, Stephanie Spear. And finally, ioby's CoFounder and Executive Director Erin Barnes explains the difference between crowdfunding and crowdresourcing in this podcast on real estate and crowdfunding.

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2016 GAD Institute Registration is Now Open

The Government Affairs Directors’ Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs, political affairs, legislative or regulatory affairs, lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and/or all REALTOR® Party initiatives. This year's 2016 GAD Institute is being held July 13 – 16 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel. Register today!

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Job Growth Creates Housing Opportunity

It’s the kind of “problem” that most cities wouldn’t mind having: companies like Amazon, IKEA and Mars Candy opening or expanding facilities within city limits. Joliet, Illinois is experiencing impressive job growth, and is seeking to convert commuters and renters into local homeowners with a new down payment assistance program, the help of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® and a Housing Opportunity Grant.MORE>

Every Vote Counted in electing REALTOR® Keith McCracken to Local School Board

They say every vote counts, and in April's School Board race in Monett, MO, that was certainly the case. REALTOR® Champion Keith McCracken was seeking a seat on the local Board of Education to further serve his community. With the help of the Southwest Missouri Board of REALTORS® and a REALTOR® Party independent expenditure, he won that seat—by a single vote.MORE>