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 […]

NAR Code of Ethics: Completion Required by Dec. 31, 2018

March 2, 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, to ensure your […]

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 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 […]

February 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report

March 14, 2018

DAAR Housing Market Update – Loudoun February 2018 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 32st consecutive month, active […]