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Need Virginia Law Webinar: Creating & Licensing Teams and Companies – 8/22

August 17, 2018

Are you curious about what a business entity is and how to form one? Register for the Virginia REALTORS upcoming legal webinar on Wednesday, August 22nd, 10-11AM, where you will learn the different types of business entities and how teams can prepare for the new Virginia law effective January 1, 2019. Register today for this free and […]

Beckwith Bolle to be Installed as 2019 President of the Virginia REALTORS® Next Month

August 17, 2018

Beckwith Bolle, Principal Broker and Owner of Carter Braxton Preferred Properties, who served as 2013 DAAR President and held numerous leadership positions within the Virginia REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®, will be installed as the 2019 President of the Virginia REALTORS® next month. The annual installation and awards ceremony will take place at the […]

July 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Despite persistent low inventory, sales continue to rise; condo sales reach record high

August 16, 2018

Overview For the 37th consecutive month, Loudoun County’s active listings declined, reaching the lowest recorded July inventory number in over a decade. At the end of July 2018, inventory was 19.1 percent lower than it was at the same point last year. This left 1,197 homes for sale at month’s end, with 2.1 months of […]

REALTORS® Score Big Win on Business Income Deduction

August 10, 2018

On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the IRS published proposed rules on the 20 percent business income deduction that was created as part of last year’s tax reform law. The rules are a win for real estate because they make clear that broad limitations included in the law will not apply to real estate professionals. Under […]

Make a Difference in Loudoun County by Serving on an Advisory Board

August 9, 2018

You can help Loudoun County make better strategic decisions and provide your expert knowledge of Loudoun County by serving on an advisory board, commission, or committee. There are several opportunities for you to serve that involve a variety of topics. Below is a list of the current vacancies. The name of the committee is linked […]

Access National Bank Offers Great Rates (plus NO FEE any ATM) for REALTOR® Members

August 9, 2018

DAAR REALTOR® members can now take advantage of an exclusive offer from Access National Bank on an above-market interest rate Executive Checking account that offers a ton of great perks. Additionally, members get tailored service and direct access to a personal banker to assist with financial needs from savings plans to mortgage financing. VALUABLE BANKING BENEFITS: […]

It’s Your Time to Lead: Join DAAR’s Board of Directors – Apply by 8/17/18

August 8, 2018

TAKE THE LEAD! Join DAAR’s Board of Directors Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 17th, 2018 DAAR is seeking candidates to become part of our 2019 leadership team. If you or someone you know is interested in taking your membership to the next level, please review the information below and submit your application Valuable benefits include: […]

Another Chance for You to Help Develop the Policies for Short-Term Residential Rentals

August 3, 2018

Loudoun County has launched a second survey to gather public opinion about issues related to short-term residential rentals. Last month, the county began requiring operators of short-term residential rental units to register their property and provide other information, such as their ownership status in the property, the number of bedrooms that could be rented, and […]

Dept. of Labor’s Association Health Plan Rule Challenged in Court

August 3, 2018

As DAAR reported in June, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) expanded access to affordable health coverage options for America’s small businesses and their employees through Association Health Plans. Last week, twelve attorney generals (AGs) filed suit against the DOL challenging the new rule. The state AG’s include New York, Massachusetts, California, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, […]

Three Steps to Getting More Listing Feedback

August 2, 2018

Buyer feedback is essential when selling a home. But too often, feedback requests go unanswered and comment boxes left empty. Asking for (and receiving) feedback doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are three tips to help you get the feedback you need with ShowingTime. 1. Request feedback immediately. You’ve done the hard work of marketing […]

Fall into Giving Back Silent Auction @ Dog Money -Thursday, 10/4, 4-6pm

August 1, 2018

DAAR members are cordially invited to DAAR’s Community Service Committee’s (CSC) Fall into Giving Back Silent Auction at Dog Money Restaurant and Brewery, Leesburg, VA on Thursday, October 4, 2018, 4-6PM. Enjoy beer, wine, light hors d’oeuvres, and networking!  The Community Services Committee will host a silent auction to support DeShong’s Gift Back throughout the evening!  The Early Bird […]

Don’t Delay – NAR Code of Ethics Required by 12/31/18. Take the Course!

August 1, 2018

NEW Two-year Cycle Deadline December 31, 2018 REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within two-year cycles. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®. A new two-year cycle began January 1, 2017. The deadline for this cycle is December 31, […]

Breaking News: Flood Insurance Extension Passes Overwhelmingly

July 31, 2018

In a big win for REALTORS®, the National Flood Insurance Program will continue renewing or issuing new insurance for four more months under legislation overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. Senate today. The bill, which cleared the House last week, is expected to be signed into law before midnight tonight, when the program expires. “We applaud […]

Thank You for Taking Action: Flood Insurance Passes House by Large Margin

July 26, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program  in a bipartisan, 366-52 vote. Action now turns to the Senate. Once the Senate votes, the bill goes to President for his signature. Program authorization expires July 31. About 105,000 REALTORS® sent letters, including many DAAR members, to their members of Congress […]

DAAR Weighs in on Loudoun County’s Housing Future

July 23, 2018

Holly Weatherwax, 2018 Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) President, and Lars Henriksen, DAAR’s representative on the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan Stakeholders group, provided suggestions on ways to address the housing needs in Loudoun County. Speaking before the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, July 19th, Weatherwax and Henriksen supported the effort to plan […]

Safety Matters: Safe Business is Smart Business – September 17th! 10AM-12PM

July 19, 2018

Join us for Safety Matters: Safe Business is Smart Business on Monday, September 17th, 10AM-12PM, DAAR, Ashburn Have you ever shown a home to complete strangers and realized the vulnerability of the situation especially if safety measures aren’t taken into account?  Being alert to danger no matter how benign the situation appears is a good […]

Gene Mock and Beckwith Bolle Receive Virginia REALTORS Honor Society Recognition

July 19, 2018

Congratulations to Beckwith Bolle, Carter Braxton Preferred Properties, Leesburg and Gene Mock, Keller Williams, Leesburg  who have been recognized as a member of the Virginia REALTORS® Honor Society for 2017. The Virginia REALTORS® Honor Society recognizes members for their outstanding commitment, dedication and service to the local, state and national REALTOR® organization. Locally, Beckwith has served […]

Bill Aims to Restore Net Neutrality Provisions

July 19, 2018

The National Association of REALTORS is applauding the introduction in Congress of legislation that would override the Federal Communications Commission’s decision last year to dismantle its net neutrality regulations, which were designed to keep internet service providers from blocking or throttling content and services delivered online. For more information, click here.

June 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Prices reach a record high amid low inventory; Overall sales are up slightly as condo sales soar.

July 13, 2018

Overview Loudoun County’s median home sale price reached $500,000 in June—an increase of 6.4 percent on an annualized basis. This is the highest monthly median sales value on record. For the 36th consecutive month, Loudoun County’s active listings declined, reaching the lowest recorded June inventory number in over a decade. At the end of June […]

Kathy Jones to Receive Virginia REALTORS® Code of Ethics Leadership Award

July 13, 2018

The Virginia REALTORS® announced this week several esteemed 2018 awardees of excellence in various areas of real estate including property management, brokerage, education, and other business achievements, along with notable community contributions. The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that Kathy Jones, Long and Foster Real Estate, Ashburn, will receive the Virginia REALTORS® […]

Gain Exclusive Access to Purchase a .realestate Web Address

July 6, 2018

Introducing .realestate—the newest unrestricted top-level domain for the real estate industry, and a way for you, as a REALTOR, to increase visibility into specific aspects of their business. From beachfrontproperty.realestate to luxuryseattle.realestate, the possibilities are endless. Beginning Sept. 18, REALTORS® with an active .realtor™ domain gain exclusive access to purchase a .realestate web address before it becomes […]

Update: MRIS and TREND Conversion to Bright by the End of Year

July 6, 2018

DAAR was informed this week that kick off meetings are underway for planning the conversions of MRIS and TREND subscribers to the Bright system. Leadership teams of brokers, agents and association executives are being formed to provide insight into their needs and to ensure critical information and capabilities they rely on are in the Bright system when […]

NAR Call for Action: Congress Must Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program

July 5, 2018

The current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on July 31st if there is no Congressional action. Without federal flood insurance, millions of home and small business owners in 22,000 communities nationwide will not be able to obtain insurance to protect their property against flooding! This will cause an estimated delay or cancellation […]

MRIS Bright MLS Subscription Fee Reduction Ahead

June 28, 2018

In a time of rapid change within the real estate industry, the last year, and especially the last six months, have also been a time of change and growth for everyone at MRIS a Bright MLS, including you. While members in our region are not not yet on the Bright MLS system (members still use the MRIS […]

Route 28 Widening, Route 9 Traffic Calming on List of Approved Road Projects

June 28, 2018

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) adopted its first six-year transportation program, which includes dozens of projects designed to reduce traffic congestion throughout the region.  Out of the $1.285 Billion approved, $508.7 million is allocated to projects in Loudoun County including: Dulles West Boulevard Widening: Loudoun County Parkway to Northstar Boulevard Evergreen Mills Road Intersection […]

Weigh in on the Future of Housing Near the Loudoun Gateway Station

June 22, 2018

One of the primary reasons why Loudoun County has not planned new housing developments close to the future Loudoun Gateway Station (Route 606) is because of aircraft noise. The limitation of housing near the Loudoun Gateway Station is based in part on a twenty-year old Airport noise study, the 1995 noise contour lines, and a […]

What the Association Health Plan Rule Means for REALTORS®

June 22, 2018

The U.S Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized its long-awaited Association Health Plan (AHP) rule to expand the definition of “employer” to include “working owners.” This change allows real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals to participate in association health plans. A key provision, forwarded for inclusion in the rule by NAR, will allow many REALTORS® […]

Need to Know: New Laws Effective July 1st Webinar

June 21, 2018

Earlier this month, Virginia REALTORS® Deputy General Counsel, Erin Barton, and Staff Counsel, Jon Haley, provided an update on the laws that passed the 2018 General Assembly.  Learn what you need to know before these new laws go into effect on July 1, 2018. This webinar will last approximately 45 minutes, including a question & answer […]

Check out Recent Caveat REALTOR® Podcasts on EMD and Teams

June 17, 2018

Earnest Money Deposits Laura and Jon talk about the risks involved for real estate licenses with regard to confirming that EMDs have been paid into escrow, particularly when it comes to the potential for identity theft. They also answer some questions from the legal hotline regarding how to handle EMDs, both from the listing and […]

NVAR Standard Form Changes – Effective July 1st, 2018

June 17, 2018

Effective July 1st, 2018, the following changes have been made to the NVAR Forms: K1375 – Assistance Animal Addendum – This is a new form which was created to provide a lease addendum where the landlord has approved a request for an assistance animal in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and […]

May 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Tight Inventory Continues while Price Growth Stagnates; Condo Sales Hit a Record High

June 14, 2018

Overview For the 35th consecutive month, Loudoun County’s active listings declined, reaching the lowest recorded May inventory number in over a decade. At the end of May 2018, inventory was 16.9 percent lower than it was at the same point last year. This left 1,214 homes for sale at month’s end, with 2.2 months of […]

Bright MLS Now Offering Prospecting Tool Remine

June 12, 2018

This week, Bright MLS announced that they will now offer Remine, an innovative map-based search tool that combines data on property and people to help you spend more time prospecting the right clients at the right time. Remine shows you who owns a property, who is living in it, what their mortgage balance is, and […]

Contract Forms Now only $20 Annually via ZipForms®

June 7, 2018

DAAR REALTOR® members can now access NVAR contract forms via zipForms® for $20 a year.   Streamline your workflow and take advantage of this opportunity to gain access to the industry-leading technology that will save you time and deliver your best success. IT’S AS EASY AS 1-2-3! Visit http://www.zipform.com/order/order.asp Visit on http://www.zipform.com/order/order.asp and click on “I’m […]

Need to Know: Advertising Requirements in Virginia

June 6, 2018

The following from the Virginia REALTORS Legal Frequently Asked Questions on Advertising  provides an overview of the current requirements in Virginia: What is considered advertising? The Virginia Real Estate Board’s definition of advertising: “Advertising means all forms of representation, promotion and solicitation disseminated in any manner and by any means of communication to consumers for any […]

June is National Homeownership Month: Spotlight on Local Programs

June 6, 2018

June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home. REALTORS® know that homeownership is the best investment an individual can make to build their personal wealth. June is a time to reiterate what REALTORS® across the country have always known, that it is in the best […]

Call for Virginia REALTORS Applications: 2019 Committees

June 4, 2018

Virginia REALTORS® is now accepting applications for 2019 Committee volunteers. The completed form is due to Virginia REALTORS® by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 29, 2018. If you are interested in this unique opportunity to have a direct impact on the state level, we invite you to apply for a committee that you are interested […]

New Features on the SentriSmart® app! Touch ID and Facial Recognition, Agent Safety

May 31, 2018

We are excited to announce an update to the SentriSmart® app that is available NOW!.  The two new features are: Touch ID and Facial Recognition Agent Safety Touch ID and Facial Recognition Android and iPhone users will now have the ability to set up Touch ID and Facial Recognition to quickly and easily access your […]

How’s Your Broadband?

May 30, 2018

It’s time to let the County know about your broadband service. Loudoun County has launched a survey to help analyze the availability of broadband in the county and the various technologies used to deliver broadband services. Let your voice be heard by taking the survey at www.loudoun.gov/BroadbandSurvey between now and June 29, 2018. Visit the Loudoun […]

Sardone Celebrates 50 Years of Service to the Industry

May 29, 2018

Earlier this month, Jerry Sardone, Jerry Sardone Realty LLC, celebrated fifty years in the business at a First Fifty Years celebration at Greenhill Winery in Middleburg. The Jerry Sardone Realty landmark building on Route 7 in Sterling has served the community for decades. Seven years after the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (originally the Loudoun County Board […]

Which Roads in Loudoun County Need Improvement?

May 24, 2018

You have an opportunity to help Loudoun County Supervisors decide which highway and road projects to submit for funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation. The Board of Supervisors has 18 potential projects to choose from and may only submit funding applications for 10 of these projects. You can help them decide by taking an […]

Donation Presented on Behalf of JNCLA Recipient Brenda MacEoin

May 24, 2018

Earlier this year, Brenda MacEoin, ERA Teachers, was announced as the first recipient of the Jeanette Newton Community Leadership Award (JNCLA). The award, named after former DAAR CEO Jeanette Newton,  recognizes a REALTOR® who portrays a dedication to leadership, community and public service, humanitarianism and courage. Recipients  receive a $500 contribution, in their name, to a […]

Brad Boland Recognized by NAR for His Commitment to Home Ownership

May 23, 2018

DAAR is extremely proud to announce and congratulate Brad Boland for his induction into the 2018 RPAC Hall of Fame. “I am honored to be recognized for my commitment to helping people realize the dream of owning a home,” said Boland, a Broker with Keller Williams Realty Dulles. The Hall of Fame recognizes dedicated members who invest in […]

Virginia REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS® Increase Dues for 2019

May 19, 2018

The Virginia REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® approved an increase in dues for all REALTOR® members for 2019 to provide for the following: Virginia REALTORS® Dues Increase – $120 to $155* Additional resources to serve the membership and profession such as the legal hotline (value = $300/hour), Inman Subscription (value = $199/year) and […]

Weigh in on the Future Growth in Loudoun This Week!

May 17, 2018

Calling all DAAR Members! We need you to make sure Loudoun County officials hear from REALTORS® as they develop a new Comprehensive Plan. It is your chance to help the County address critical issues, such as where new housing developments could be built, what infrastructure improvements are needed, and how to make better use of […]

April 2018 Loudoun Market Stats: Inventory and Sales are Down; Condos and Townhomes see Record Median Sales Prices

May 14, 2018

 Inventory and sales are down; Condos and townhomes see record median sales prices The following analysis of the Loudoun County, Virginia housing market has been prepared for the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® by the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University based on analysis of MRIS multiple listing data from MarketStats by ShowingTime. Overview […]

Loudoun County Short-Term Rental Registration Process Begins in July

May 10, 2018

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors recently adopted a new ordinance that requires some operators of short-term residential rentals to register with the county. Beginning July 1, 2018, property owners who rent their property for 30 days or less will be required to provide county officials with information about their rentals. Real estate licensees and […]

MRIS System Performance and Sold Listing Status Update

May 9, 2018

MRIS System Performance Update  As many know, the MRIS system has experienced overall system slowness as well as specific significant incidents of slowness over the past few months.  According to a recent MRIS Bright MLS update to Associations, several key issues have been identified and addressed.  It is believed that changes made have improved the experience for MRIS subscribers on […]

NAR: More Health Insurance Options Needed for REALTORS

May 9, 2018

NAR recently submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Notice of Proposed Rulemaking amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to extend the maximum period from less than three months to no longer than twelve months. In the comment, NAR advocated for more affordable health insurance options for consumers and specifically REALTORS® […]

Rural Rules: Land Use Assessment Program and Rollback Taxes

May 9, 2018

Did you know that there is a Land Use Assessment Program in Loudoun County that provides a deferral of real estate taxes when a property meets qualifying standards for agricultural, forestry, horticultural or open space uses? The program is administered by the Commissioner of the Revenue’s (COR) office located at the Loudoun County Government Center […]

MRIS Bright MLS Provides Update on Challenges with System Performance

April 26, 2018

Last week, DAAR received communications from several members concerning issues submitted to MRIS Bright MLS including system slowness, auto email malfunction, new listing notification lag to clients, Showing Time and contract status inaccuracies, and customer service center response time.  Members who are experiencing challenges receiving resolutions to these and other issues are welcome to communicate […]

Loudoun County Offers Homeownership Grants for Employees

April 26, 2018

If you are working with a buyer who is an employee of Loudoun County Government, they may be eligible for the Loudoun County’s Public Employee Homeownership Grant Program (PEG).  The program offers a grant of a secured loan to employees of the County of Loudoun, Loudoun County Public Schools and Courts and Constitutional officers. Loudoun […]

Virginia REALTORS® Legal Hotline FAQs: EMD, Advertising, POA and more..

April 26, 2018

Risk management is at the heart of professional real estate practice. The Virginia REALTORS® Legal Resources are designed to keep REALTORS® updated on legal issues relevant to your real estate practices and to reduce exposure to risk.  The Virginia REALTORS® takes time to collect the most commonly asked legal hotline questions and answers covering a […]

Fair Housing and You – An Overview of the Fair Housing Act

April 23, 2018

The Fair Housing Act helps form the foundation of the real estate industry — the right to own property — and the Code of Ethics for REALTORS®. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects the livelihood and business of REALTORS®. Join with DAAR as we learn more […]

March 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report

April 13, 2018

Sales Rise Despite Persistent Low Inventory The following analysis of the Loudoun County, Virginia housing market has been prepared by George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. It was prepared for the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® by analyzing Bright MLS housing data from MarketStats by ShowingTime.  Overview For the 33rd consecutive month, Loudoun County’s […]

NAR Staff Experience a “Day in the Life” at DAAR and Member Offices

April 12, 2018

To become better informed about the real estate business, all National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) staff, beginning this year, are required to spend a day learning about member’s and association’s day-to-day business activities. Earlier this month, DAAR hosted Alan Gromest as part of NAR’s “Day in the Life” program who spent a day with leadership, […]

NAR Leadership Hosts Online Event to Discuss Proposed Budget, Dues Increase

April 12, 2018

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall and other members of the NAR Leadership Team recently discussed the association’s proposed 2019 S.M.A.R.T. Initiatives (Strategic Measures Advancing REALTORS®), during a Facebook Live program rec The budget to support S.M.A.R.T, which includes a proposed $30 dues increase to be voted on by NAR’s Board of Directors on Saturday, May 19th, focuses […]

NAR Hits Pause on Updating Iconic REALTOR® Logo

April 9, 2018

In response to concerns raised by members, the National Association of REALTORS® announced that it’s pausing the rollout of a newly redesigned logo picture to the right. NAR leadership states: Since we announced the brand evolution and logo redesign, we have received a diversity of opinions that ranged from strong support to outright disapproval. Please […]

Virginia General Assembly Wrap-Up

April 6, 2018

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly was extremely successful for the Virginia REALTORS®. VR’s Policy and Advocacy team worked hard to defend the rights of both REALTORS® and property owners. They also reviewed an impressive 213 bills, and all seven of the initiatives introduced as bills by the Virginia REALTORS® have passed. Click here to access the […]

Presentations Available: 2018 Economic Summit – What’s in Store for Housing and Beyond –

April 6, 2018

Over 150 members and guests attended DAAR’s Economic Summit: What’s in Store for Housing and Beyond on Friday, April 6th, 8-11AM at Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA. The event offered an opportunity for REALTORS® in the Northern Virginia and Loudoun County area to understand housing and economic trends and forecast for […]

What Everyone Should Know About Equal Opportunity Housing

April 2, 2018

April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The law recognizes that all Americans should have the right to purchase or rent shelter without being discriminated against because of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Each of us has […]

2018 Flood Insurance Rates Expected to Rise

March 28, 2018

On April 1, 2018, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premium rates are set to rise an average of 8%. This increase is slightly more than last year but consistent with the annual 5-10% increases prior to the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, which made significant reforms to the NFIP. Under 2014 Flood Insurance Affordability amendments, individual property […]

Passage of FY 2018 Spending Bill Critical Step for Affordable Housing Funding and Flood Reauthorization

March 28, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate voted Thursday to fund the federal government through September 30, 2018. The 2,232-page bill contains important provisions related to housing that REALTORS® have been fighting for, including alleviating the weakening of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) from the new tax law, extending the EB5 program, extending the National Flood […]

NAR Webinar: $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan: Opportunities for You?

March 21, 2018

The Trump administration has released details on its plan to leverage $200 billion in federal funds to generate $1.3 trillion in local, state, and private investment to improve infrastructure projects around the country. What needs to happen next for this plan to be enacted? Should it be enacted, in its entirety or in part, what […]

Submit Your Ideas for DAAR’s 2019 Legislative Positions

March 21, 2018

Are you concerned about an issue that impacts the real estate industry? Do you know of a legislative or regulatory way to help address the issue? Now is the time to let us know! DAAR is developing the 2019 Legislative Positions and we’d like to hear from you! The legislative positions address both local and […]

Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

March 21, 2018

Join DAAR in Commemorating the Fair Housing Act April 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of enactment of the Fair Housing Act of 1968. In honor of this tremendous achievement, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will present a Resolution commemorating this historic event. Join DAAR for the presentation on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, starting around […]

Dedicated Funding Plan for Metro Awaits Action by the Governor

March 16, 2018

The fate of providing dedicated funding for Metro is in the hands of Governor Northam. Members of the Virginia General Assembly agreed on a $154 million plan to fund Metro without imposing any new taxes. It is important to note that this plan has not yet been approved by Governor, who has three options: sign, […]

VA Legislative Session Comes to an End – Almost

March 16, 2018

Last week the Virginia General Assembly adjourned for the year. Almost all of the bills advanced by the Virginia REALTORS® this year passed both chambers and were approved by the Governor. Topics include defining Teams, document translations, earnest money deposits, broker education, post-licensing curriculum, civil violations for non-licensed activities, POA/COA summary information, and restrictions to […]

NAR Urges Permanent Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Exclusion

March 15, 2018

The exclusion for forgiven home mortgage debt following a foreclosure, short sale or loan modification should be made permanent to provide relief to troubled borrowers and minimize the damage to families, neighborhoods and communities. That’s according to recent testimony(link is external) from the National Association of Realtors® before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax […]

MRIS: Bright MLS: Ten Things to Know About the New Coming Soon Listing Status

March 15, 2018

MRIS – Bright MLS Corner: Ten Things to Know About the New Coming Soon Listing Status 1. Properties listed under the Coming Soon status are NOT pocket listings. While pocket listings are only marketed to a select few outside of the MLS, properties under the Coming Soon listing status will be viewable within the MLS […]

REALTORS® and Affiliates honored for their Dedication and Service to the Real Estate Industry

March 15, 2018

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) recognized several REALTORS® who reached exceptional levels in the real estate industry in 2017. They were honored and celebrated at the DAAR REALTOR® Awards Reception on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn.  For pictures of the event, click here. The awards include the annual […]

SentriLock Releases Newest Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox

March 9, 2018

SentriLock has released the newest Bluetooth® REALTOR® lockbox.  The enhancements will improve reliability and durability to the lockbox system.  As of March 12, 2018, only the new version of the SentriLock lockbox will be available for purchase at DAAR for $110.95. The key enhancements will include: External Power Port An external power port makes changing the […]

DAAR Weighs in on the Benefit of Additional Staff to Support Housing Programs

March 9, 2018

The FY 2019 Proposed Budget for Loudoun County includes funding for additional staff resources to address one of the most critical needs in Loudoun County – how to provide housing that is affordable. DAAR is pleased to see the inclusion of proposed funds for this purpose. County staff requested funding for five new staff positions […]

Health Insurance Rule Needs Improvement

March 9, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to let more associations offer health plans to their members is encouraging, but changes—such as extending eligibility to self-employed individuals or small-business owners who have access to subsidized insurance through a spouse’s employer plan—are needed, the National Association of REALTORS says in a letter to Secretary of Labor […]

Video: Avoiding Unlicensed Practice of Law

March 9, 2018

The latest Window to the Law video from the National Association of REALTORS Legal Affairs division provides strategies to help real estate licensees avoid activities that could constitute the unlicensed practice of law.   You may also view the slide presentation.   

Charting the Changes: Bright MLS Provides Important Update to Subscribers

March 9, 2018

The message below was sent to all Bright MLS subscribers providing an an update on past, present and future changes to expect with the system: Over the past year we’ve been busy building the foundation of the new Bright MLS system and on continued alignment of fees and policies across the entire Bright footprint. There […]

Call to Action: Support the Association Health Plan Rule!

March 4, 2018

In an effort to expand access to more affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage, on January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a rule allowing self-employed individuals and small employers to purchase health insurance through professional or trade associations by expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHPs). An AHP plan would be treated as […]

Money Laundering in Real Estate: How is it done? How can we stop it? 3/23

March 2, 2018

Sponsored by George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, the National Association of REALTORS is participating in an all-day conference featuring policy makers, law enforcement, academia, financial institutions, and other real estate sector representatives to better understand money laundering in real estate and how to counter the impact. Registration is free and lunch […]

DPOR Now Accepting Applications with Electronic Signatures

March 2, 2018

DPOR is now accepting applications with electronic signatures on them. This update is a significant perk for all REALTORS®, but particularly for firms that have remote offices. All forms can now be signed electronically instead of individuals having to sign a hard copy and then send the document back and forth.  For more information, contact DPOR’s […]

Need Client-Outreach Content? Consumer Facing Articles for You

March 2, 2018

The National Association of REALTORS’ consumer-facing website, HouseLogic, features information and tips for property owners who want smart solutions to enjoy, improve, and maintain their home; for buyers ready to find their happy place; and for sellers ready for their next chapter!  This month, the site has four new feature articles focused on making kitchens and bathrooms […]

New Pricing Structure for Bright MLS Data Feeds Announced

February 26, 2018

Bright’s philosophy is to provide a standard MLS product that offers core tools needed by most agents for a competitive price. In addition to the standard MLS product, Bright MLS also provides premium products, which are optional, and provided at an additional cost for those who want enhanced services for their clients. IDX, VOW or […]

DAAR’s Website Gets a New Look

February 23, 2018

DAAR launched a new www.dullesarea.com that will enable improved communication with members through a variety of different means. With improved navigation and mobile and tablet device compatibility, the site has been redesigned to better serve DAAR members looking for information on member services, education, events, affiliate members and advocacy resources. The new site is redesigned […]

Feedback Needed to Help Improve Your MLS Experience

February 23, 2018

DAAR is aware that as part of the transition from MRIS to BrightMLS to create an improved user experience and more innovative MLS system, many have experienced performance issues with the system. DAAR has been working collaboratively with our neighboring associations NVAR, PWAR, FAAR and GPAAR, all of whom are currently experiencing the same situation. […]

IRS Clarifies Home Equity Loan Interest Deductibility

February 23, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a news release (link is external) clarifying that in many cases, interest paid on home equity loans remains deductible under the new tax reform law.  Many questions have arisen on this issue, as many media reports on the new tax law indicated that as of 2018, interest is no […]

Share Your Broker’s Opens on Facebook with Area REALTORS

August 15, 2018

Are you interested in marketing your broker’s opens to other area REALTORS?  If so, please join DAAR’s Loudoun Broker’s Open group page on Facebook.  The purpose of the group page is to provide an opportunity for area REALTORS® to advertise their Loudoun broker opens to area agents. The following guidelines apply to the Loudoun Broker Opens group page: […]

Doors Opening: NVAR/DAAR Commercial and Residential Bus Tour – 9/14

August 9, 2018

Join NVAR and DAAR to learn about the booming real estate market around Metro stations in Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Hear from developers, executives and public officials about the projects that are shaping the future of Northern Virginia and beyond. Your day will begin at Reston Station with light breakfast and a kick-off from […]

SentriLock FAQ – Regional Lockbox Customization

August 8, 2018

If you are going to place your lockbox on a listing outside of your primary Association’s region or area, you may need to customize the lockbox’s region. Without customizing the region, SentriCard® holders outside of your Association may be unable to access your lockbox. If you are placing your lockbox in an Association that services […]