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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 […]

Call for Virginia REALTORS Applications: 2019 Committees

May 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 […]

Take DAAR’s 2018 Membership Satisfaction Survey – Enter to Win a $250 Visa Gift Card!

May 4, 2018

Would you like to help DAAR improve its current programs and services and develop new benefits that will help you succeed? All you need is 7 minutes and your ideas. The 2018 DAAR Membership Survey asks members to rate current benefits and describe their overall level of satisfaction with the association. It also attempts to […]

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 […]

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

April 12, 2018

All REALTORS® must complete two-and-a-half hours of Code of Ethics training within given two-year cycles according to NAR policy. The current cycle ends this year on December 31, 2018. If you complete Ethics training outside of DAAR, please forward a certificate of completion to Teresa Kirkhart, Professional Development and Standards Director, tkirkhart@dullesarea.com to ensure your […]

Apply for an NAR Committee! Deadline is May 1st

April 9, 2018

Applications for committee service at the National Association of REALTORS® are NOW OPEN! Serving on a committee provides an outstanding opportunity to apply your knowledge, skills, and passion toward the betterment of our industry. Applications AND endorsements must be submitted by May 1, 2018. For more information, or to apply, click here.

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 […]