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Housing Opportunity Committee Recommends Adoption of a “Homelessness” Policy to NAR

This week the Housing Opportunity Committee unanimously voted to recommend that NAR adopt a “homelessness” policy. We heard NAR Vice-President Sherri Meadows speak about her efforts in Florida to raise the level of awareness on the homelessness issue. This...

Commercial Real Estate Research Advisory Board

This NAR Advisory Board monitors, provides feedback, and guides the Commercial Research Division of NAR. The research provides comprehensive reports to our members and the public that include Commercial Lending Trends and the Commercial Member Profile to name a...

OSCAR and ORRA on Capitol Hill

The Osceola County Association of REALTORS® (OSCAR) and the Orlando Regional REALTORS® Association (ORRA) visited Florida Representative Alan Grayson on Capitol Hill and had a robust dialogue about the issues that affect homeowners, real estate property owners, and the...

Commercial Networking at NAR Legislative Conference

One of the tremendous benefits to going to the national conferences is the opportunity to meet and network with industry giants. I had a chance to meet with CCIM National President-Elect Robin Webb and REALTORS® Land Institute 2014 Land...

Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum

According to Mark Vitner, Senior Economist of Wells Fargo Securities, economic growth remains relatively sluggish. The overall outlook is that GDP growth expected in 2016 is only 1.6 percent. Homebuilding and consumer spending is driving growth which is offsetting...

Commercial Legislation and Regulatory Advisory Board

Uncertainty remains regarding 1031 exchanges, capital gains, and depreciation recapture rates especially during this election year. We need to keep beating the drum! If changes do occur to policy, changes are more likely to be prospective rather than retroactive...

NAR 360

Three things stood out to me during the General Session (NAR 360) on Tuesday: 1. President Tom Salamone came across as someone you can relate to. Better yet a president who relates well to our grassroots member. His simplicity...