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REALTORS® Rally in the Rotunda and for Marshall County

 
We had four tremendous days of work, advocacy and philanthropy in Lexington and Frankfort at our annual Legislative and Business Meeting this week.  First, Kentucky REALTORS® took our message of promoting Homeownership to the Capitol.  On Wednesday, approximately 200 of our members started the day at a Rally in the Rotunda.  During the rally, Senator John Schickel was recognized for his outstanding work on behalf of REALTORS® and the real estate industry.  He was presented the Jess Kinman Award - the highest award given to a state lawmaker by KYR.  The group then dispersed and spent several hours meeting in groups and one-on-one with legislators from every corner of Kentucky.  In the end, we visited with more than one-half of the 138 member General Assembly.
 
On the final day, KYR Immediate Past President Mike Becker presented a motion to the Board of Directors asking attending members to make contributions and have KYR provide an additional $500 to whatever s collected, to support the families of the victims of the recent mass shooting at Marshall County High School in Western Kentucky.  REALTORS®  are known to be generous and more than $800 was collected from the attendees during the meeting.  Following the collection, a challenge was issued by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association to all of the other Kentucky local associations, asking them to contribute an additional $500 each.  The response was also generous, as more than half of the state’s locals agreed to meet the challenge.  In March, a citizen’s organization now known as:  “Marshall Strong” will be meeting in Benton, KY to organize support efforts.  KYR President Steve Cline will attend to announce our support and present a check for the state’s contribution.  Our local associations will be getting approvals from their board and will pay their funds directly to Marshall Strong.  The funds will be used to help pay for medical and funeral expenses for the victims.  THANK YOU Kentucky REALTORS®!  We are am appreciative of the great attendance and hard work by our members!  

HOW TAX REFORM IMPACTS HOMEOWNERS IN EACH STATE

State-by-state data on tax deductions, capital gains exemptions, and the impact on housing prices from the 2017 tax reform framework.

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Fair housing makes us stronger

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Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. Fair Housing Makes US Stronger.

An Overview of the Fair Housing Act
Join NAR’s commemoration of the Fair Housing Act. Watch this video to learn about the law, how it makes our industry and country stronger, and the work that is still to be done. We ask all members of the REALTOR® family to join us in this commemoration and stand together with us in this commitment.

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

In 2018 the National Association of REALTORS® will join with our partners and allies in a year-long commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The commemoration will focus on three key elements of Fair Housing:

  • Acknowledging the organization’s past role in the fight for fair housing;
  • Understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing; and
  • Embracing REALTORS®’ role at the forefront of advancing fair housing, leading efforts to address community fair housing issues.

See a full transcript of this video here

 

Flood Insurance Extended to Jan. 19th

On December 21, 2017, Congress extended the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as part of the continuing resolution to keep the government open through January 19. NAR will continue working with Congress to ensure that the NFIP does not lapse while the Senate works on its version of the 5-year reauthorization and reform measure.

Read NAR’s letters to both the House(link is external) and Senate(link is external) urging the extension.

Learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program 

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