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July 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Prices Up, Unit Sales Increasing, Markets Continue to Tighten

August 19, 2019

Overview The median price of homes sold in Loudoun County in July 2019 increased 8.5% compared to July 2018. Month over year price gains were stronger for attached dwellings with a 7.0 percent gain than detached homes at 3.4% increase in median prices compared to July 2018. Active listings continue to decline both month over […]

Slate of Directors for 2020 and Consideration of Bylaw Changes Announced

August 19, 2019

Slate of Directors for 2020 and Consideration of Bylaw Changes Announced TO:   All DAAR Members FROM: Barry Allbright, 2020 Nomination Committee Chair Phyllis Stakem, 2019 DAAR President RE: Slate of Officer’s & Directors for 2020 and Bylaw Changes This memo serves as official notice to the DAAR membership of the Slate of Directors for election […]

NAR Moves to Dismiss Antitrust Lawsuits; Shows Lawsuits Are Self-Contradictory, Ignore Precedent and Lack Economic Sense

August 16, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) moved last week to dismiss the Moehrl v. NAR lawsuit and the copycat Sitzer v. NAR lawsuit because both amended complaints fail to show how NAR rules for the operation of Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) inhibit competition or cause the plaintiffs any harm. Moreover, the complaints misrepresent rules which […]

New FHA Condo Rule Expected to Yield Thousands of New Homeownership Opportunities

August 14, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to release new Federal Housing Authority (FHA) condominium financing policies. The new rules should benefit your real estate clients and customers by allowing more buyers to obtain low down-payment mortgages on affordable housing options. Specifically, the rule will extend certifications from two years to three, […]

Sometimes You Have to Say No

August 14, 2019

  Bad bills, aka pieces of legislation, pop up regularly. Listen to the latest Real Politics Podcast from the Virginia REALTORS® to find out what happens when they are introduced and what we do to fight bills that don’t benefit members. Click to hear the Bad Bills Real Politics Podcast.

What to Tell Clients About That Leaky Basement

August 14, 2019

Whether you’re working with a buyer or seller, it’s important to guide customers through steps to ensure the foundational soundness of a basement that tends to flood. To help you, NAR has compiled a list of action steps that both buyers and sellers can use to evaluate spaces prone to seepage. What to Tell a […]

In Memoriam: Barry Harlowe

August 14, 2019

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Barry Harlowe of Lovettsville, who recently passed away. Barry was an associate broker and team leader with Keller Williams in Reston.  A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Thursday, September 12th, 11AM-12PM, Cornerstone Church, 650 Battlefield Pkwy SE, Leesburg and […]

Potential Opening Date Set for Metro to Loudoun

August 8, 2019

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), the six-stations, as part of the second phase of the 23-mile Silver to Loudoun County, are projected to open on or about July 16th, 2020. They’ll offer one-seat, no-transfer rides from Loudoun to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. This is the first time MWAA […]

Get the Most Out of Your SentriKey App!

August 7, 2019

The new SentriKey Real Estate app features a simple design and action-based layout that helps you get things done quickly. Visit the SentriLock video page for a collection of short tutorials on how to perform key tasks with the app. Learn How To: Open the Key Compartment on our Bluetooth®Lockbox Enable Touch ID Release the […]

You’re Invited: Learn What Happens Inside the U.S. House of Representatives, 9/13, 9:30AM

August 6, 2019

Are you interested in understanding how federal laws impact your real estate business? Join us on Friday, September 13, 2019, for a discussion with our Northern Virginia Congressional delegation about issues such as health care reform, transportation infrastructure, and the National Flood Insurance Program. Bring your questions!The Town Hall is free but pre-registration is required. Light […]

DAAR YPN Chair Kathleen Stakem Named to Loudoun 40 Under 40

August 2, 2019

DAAR YPN Chair Kathleen Stakem, RE/MAX Select Properties in Ashburn was recently named to the prestigious Loudoun 40 Under 40. In its seventh year, the Loudoun 40 Under 40 awards recognize Loudoun’s rising business and community leaders. The selection committee, comprised of former 40 Under 40 honorees, received more than 150 nominations for this year’s […]

Never Work for Free Again with the ABR Designation – September 11th & 12th @ DAAR

August 1, 2019

Build loyalty from homebuyers, obtain the skills you need and elevate your knowledge! Get your ABR certification on September 11 & 12 and “Never Work for Free Again”! For more information visit https://dullesarea.com/abr-2/

New SentriCard® Renewal Period

July 25, 2019

Did you forget to renew your SentriCard® today? Don’t worry, you will now you have a week to renew it. In response to issues raised regarding the 24-hour renewal period for your SentriCard®, you will now only need to renew your SentriCard® every seven (7) days effective Monday, July 29th. No need to worry about forgetting […]

2018 DAAR Major Investors Included in the RPAC 50th Anniversary Artwork

July 24, 2019

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), a 10-foot-high drawing of the National Association of REALTORS® Washington, D.C. building was commissioned. Not only is the drawing beautiful, it is drawn entirely with the names of nearly 10,000 RPAC Major Investors! If you look closely, you’ll find the names of the […]

Are You Using Your Listing Photos Legally? Learn How to Protect Your Agents from Copyright Violations.

July 24, 2019

Listing photos are a key piece of your agents’ marketing plans. They’re so important that a lot of agents will hire a professional photographer to capture the features of the listing in all the right ways. Posting the pictures that a photographer has taken isn’t always as straightforward or simple as one might think. It […]

Loudoun County Approves Expanding Route 15 North of Leesburg

July 24, 2019

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved plans to expand Route 15 north of Leesburg. The four-lane road will run from the Leesburg Bypass to the north side of Lucketts. Improvements to Route 15 also include a bypass around Lucketts and shoulders further north toward Maryland. Supervisors were presented with a Route 15 Safety and […]

USDA Makes Changes to its Single-Family Housing Loan Programs

July 18, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) loan programs enable people who live in rural areas and small towns to obtain safe, affordable housing. The following changes to the guaranteed and direct single-family loan programs will go into effect this summer: Revise the definition of very low-, low-, and moderate-income to allow for […]

Benefits of Membership Spotlight: Free Continuing Education

July 18, 2019

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) works to provide members with effective business tools, consistent support and lifelong professional development.  As a unique member-only benefit, we offer comprehensive and timely FREE CE and discounted PLE to meet your real estate education requirements for licensure.  *Please note that online courses, designation, and special seminar/events are […]

Bright MLS Update: Directions Field will soon be Required on All Listings

July 18, 2019

We’ve all been there: three different map apps on your phone, and they take you to a commercial parking lot instead of the house you are trying to visit. While it may seem unusual in the age of GPSs and smartphones, additional driving directions are often required for properties located in rural areas or in […]

You’re Invited: Learn How to Research Land Records – September 13th, 3-5PM

July 16, 2019

Join us at the Loudoun County Court House in Leesburg, VA on September 13th from 3-5PM for a private session and tour with the Honorable Gary Clemens, Clerk of the Circuit Court in Loudoun County. You will hear about the important services provided by the clerk’s office, how to get copies of land records, and […]

Let’s Support Mobile Hope! Attend Pints and Pool – 10/10, 4PM

July 15, 2019

DAAR members are cordially invited to DAAR’s Community Service Committee’s (CSC) Pints & Pool at Bungalow Ale House in Ashburn on Thursday, October 10, 2019, 4-6PM. The Community Services Committee will host a silent auction to support Loudoun Mobile Hope.  Join us for appetizers, beer, wine, pool, darts and lively conversations at the Ale House. Registration fees: Member […]

June 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Housing Market Continues to Tighten

July 15, 2019

Overview Inventories of for-sale homes continue to decrease in Loudoun County. The number of active listings dropped 10.2 percent in June 2019 compared to one year earlier. Loudoun County residential listings have declined more than 50 percent since the peak in 2015. June closed sales decreased almost 10 percent from the previous year dropping to […]

New educational toolbox for the SentriKey™ Real Estate app!

July 12, 2019

Access the new educational toolbox for the SentriKey™ Real Estate app! The new SentriKey™ Real Estate app offers you a simple design and action-based layout so you can get potential buyers in the home and get it sold. Simply download the app at Google Play or the App Store and get those showings scheduled. You […]

Tips to Comply with the Do Not Call Registry

July 12, 2019

While telemarketing and cold calls can be an effective way to grow your business, REALTORS® should make sure that those calls don’t violate telemarketing laws. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act prohibits telemarketing calls to consumers who place their personal phone number on the national Do-Not-Call registry. The Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act also protects consumers […]

Are You Looking for a Way to Share Your Talents with Others?

July 11, 2019

Serving on a Loudoun County advisory board, commission, or committee is a great way to share your expertise, broaden your exposure, and contribute to the growth and future success of Loudoun County. If you have a passion for art, then the Art Advisory Committee might be for you. Those who have experience preserving historic areas […]

Bright MLS Progress Update – Summer 2019

July 8, 2019

Over the course of this year, Bright has been working to enhance products, services, and the organizational framework to provide subscribers with the most useful data for your business. While these efforts are ongoing, they are reporting that the following improvements have been made: Reports: New reports were added based on subscriber requests, including the […]

DAAR Affiliates: Service and Knowledge You Can Rely On!

July 3, 2019

DAAR offers its members a vital community of active professionals and a full array of services, with over 100 Affiliate Members. The association is a one-stop shop to help you build a provider network where you can find what you need for your clients. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Looking for a finance, settlement insurance or legal professional? […]

DAAR Makes the Washington Business Journal’s “Top 25 Largest Business Advocacy Groups in Greater D.C.”

July 2, 2019

DAAR is honored to make the Washington Business Journal’s Top 25 “Largest Business Advocacy Groups in Greater D.C.” for the first time!  View the entire list.  For more information, click here.  

Are you Ready to Achieve Excellence? Start Your Journey and Earn Recognition

July 2, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS recently rolled out a Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) program designed to empower REALTORS® via a self-assessment tool that measures proficiency in elements of professionalism, known as the C2EX Competencies. Based on the results, the platform generates customized learning paths, recommends experiences, and provides tools and resources to increase knowledge and […]

It’s Your Time to Lead: Join DAAR’s Board of Directors – Apply by Friday, August 8th

June 28, 2019

TAKE THE LEAD! Join DAAR’s Board of Directors Deadline to Apply: Friday, August 8th, 2019 DAAR is seeking candidates to become part of our 2020 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 online! Valuable benefits […]

Effective July 1, 2019, Unlicensed Assistants Can Either be Employees OR Independent Contractors

June 28, 2019

If you think this is a new law, you are right. July 1st marks the enactment of this and other new laws in Virginia. While the 2019 General Assembly Session ended in February, there was still some back and forth between the Governor and legislators through early May. This year’s legislative changes covered several areas […]

Loudoun County Short-Term Rental Registration Opens July 1, 2019: Real Estate Licensees Exempt

June 27, 2019

Many operators of short-term residential rental property in Loudoun County are required to register their rental property every year with the county. Real estate licensees and people represented by a real estate licensee are exempted from the registration process. A short-term residential rental is “the provision of a room or space that is suitable or […]

Virginia REALTORS® Select 2020 Leadership Team

June 27, 2019

At the Summer 2019 Board of Directors meeting, elections were held to determine two spots on the Virginia REALTORS® 2020 Leadership Team. Beth Dalton of the New River Valley Association of REALTORS® was elected President-Elect, and Denise Ramey of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® was elected Vice President. The two will serve alongside the […]

Download the New SentriKey™ Real Estate app

June 27, 2019

You’re on the move…and so is the SentriKey™ Real Estate app. It’s a new, updated version of the SentriSmart® mobile app that makes showings go smoothly and professionally to help ensure your success. Best of all, it’s a mobile app that’s a pleasure to use because it offers so much: fresh views and capabilities, enhanced […]

What’s in the Loudoun 2019 Comprehensive Plan for the Real Estate Industry?

June 24, 2019

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors finalized the Loudoun County 2019 Comprehensive Plan on June 20, 2019. The plan includes policies on land development, transportation, capital improvements, and public programs in Loudoun County through the year 2040. The new plan: Includes policies that are designed to increase residential density in the eastern part of the […]

Calling All Members: Donate Your Cell Phone for LAWS

June 24, 2019

REALTORS® and Affiliates give their time, talents and resources to the causes that matter most to them. This year the DAAR Community Service Committee is supporting the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS).  LAWS has provided emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups, legal services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence completely free of […]

Last Call for 2020 State Committee Applications

June 24, 2019

Time is running out to become a vital part of your association. Virginia REALTORS® is currently accepting applications for 2020 State Committee Volunteers for all Virginia REALTORS® committees including RPAC Trustees. The completed form is due to Virginia REALTORS® by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 28, 2019. If you are interested in this unique opportunity […]

DAAR partners with NAR in Supporting AHP Efforts

June 20, 2019

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® supports the National Association of REALTORS® defense of the Department of Labor’s Association Health Plan rule. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that provisions of the DOL’s rule were unlawful, a ruling that adversely impacts REALTORS® seeking more cost effective and comprehensive health insurance solutions through AHP options. […]

Continuing Education in July Focuses on Industry Leading Topics

June 19, 2019

DAAR’s Real Estate School is dedicated to meeting the needs of your professional development by offering more classes and seminars designed to give you the resources and knowledge to stay on top of your business. DAAR is offering in-classroom industry leading CE courses designed to fulfill all 16 required hours within two days for Sales Agents. […]

Bright MLS Subscription Fees Decrease for DAAR REALTOR Members on 7/1

June 18, 2019

Bright MLS fees are set to decrease next month for DAAR REALTOR members and other REALTORS belonging to a shareholder association. Starting on July 1, your fees will decrease to the following amounts: Member of REALTOR® shareholder association (includes DAAR): $35 per month ($105/quarter) Non-REALTOR® or member of a non-shareholder association: $53 per month ($159/quarter) […]

May 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory Tightening Slows

June 14, 2019

Overview While inventory continues to hover near historically lows, the year-over-year decline in the number of active listings was notably smaller than in previous months. The number of active listings declined 5.7 percent from May 2018 to May 2019, the smallest year-over-year decline since July 2015, the same month that the current inventory tightening cycle […]

Coming Soon: Understanding this Status in Bright

June 14, 2019

Properties in the Coming Soon status are listings that are getting ready to be shown, but aren’t yet available for showing appointments. Listings may be in Coming Soon status for a maximum of 21 days. They also display an Expected on Market Date, which is the first date that the property is expected to be […]

Join Us and Commemorate National Homeownership Month

June 13, 2019

  June is National Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home. Homeownership changes lives and enhances futures, and many Americans see it as one of their greatest hopes. These individuals are counting on the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS® to champion and protect homeownership and help make it more […]

75 Years of VA Home Loans: New Changes to the Process for Appraisal Requests

June 12, 2019

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill, which provides financial resources to veterans who aspire to become homeowners and serves as an avenue bringing military business your way. The milestone comes at a symbolic time, as June is National Homeownership Month. Since becoming law in 1944, the GI Bill’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan […]

June 2019 Primary Results for Loudoun County

June 12, 2019

Congratulations to the following candidates for winning their primary elections. Democratic Party primaries: Member, Senate of Virginia, District 31 Barbara A. Favola Member, Senate of Virginia, District 33 Jennifer B. Boysko Member, Virginia House of Delegates, District 87 Suhas Subramanyam Member, Board of Supervisors, Sterling District Koran T. Saines Sheriff  Justin P. Hannah Republican Party […]

NVAR Standard Forms Changes Effective July 1, 2019; Attend Class on 6/27

June 10, 2019

You’re invited to learn about updates to NVAR Contract Forms on Thursday, June 27, 2019, 10AM-12PM, DAAR, Ashburn.  Featured speaker Sarah Louppe Petcher, S & T Law Group, will review and answer key questions regarding the changes effective July 1st, 2019.  Free for DAAR Members.  Register online here. For more information, view the flyer. NVAR forms changes effective July 1st, 2019: 1. Residential Sales […]

Coming Soon: The SentriKey Real Estate Mobile APP Live on June 27th

June 6, 2019

On June 27, SentriLock will launch the new, updated version of SentriSmart® mobile app called the SentriKey™ Real Estate app. It’s bolder and better than the current app—designed to help your members access properties in a flash and get their clients’ homes sold! Here’s the timeline for implementation: Tuesday, June 18th: Subscribers will receive an […]

Ready to RECHARGE®? We R®!

June 6, 2019

Are you ready to RECHARGE? We R®! Make plans to attend the 2019 REALTOR® Recharge Conference & Expo Empowering Your Future on Thursday, September 26th, 8:30AM-4PM at the Holiday Inn Dulles. Join more than 200 real estate professionals, affiliates and expert speakers for a full day of educational classes, hot-topic sessions, DAAR’s annual meeting membership update and […]

NAR Legal Webinar: The MLS Hour: Off-MLS Listings – Thursday, June 20th

June 6, 2019

Off-MLS Listings have quickly become a hot button issue across the country. Join NAR Associate General Counsel Charlie Lee and NAR MLS experts on Thursday, June 20th, 2PM for a webinar discussion about how NAR MLS Policy addresses these types of listings. They’ll also cover legal considerations and other operational concerns when dealing with these […]

Social Media Boot Camp: Develop your Game Plan on June 7th

May 31, 2019

Do you want to ramp up your social media marketing? Join us for a FREE in-person training on Friday, June 7th, 10AM-12PM or 1PM-3PM at DAAR, Ashburn where you’ll learn how you can successfully use social media in your real estate business. Designed exclusively for real estate professionals, topics will include: Introduction to social media for the real […]

It’s Time to Vote – 6/11 Primary Election

May 30, 2019

It’s Primary Election time in Loudoun County. On Tuesday, June 11th, voters in Loudoun County will head to the polls to nominate candidates for offices to be voted on in the November 5th General Election. Democratic Party primaries will be held for the following offices: Member, Senate of Virginia, District 31 Member, Senate of Virginia, […]

REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI): Low Inventory Major Issue Affecting Transactions

May 30, 2019

REALTORS® have long reported low inventory as a major issue affecting transactions. That continued in April, according to the REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey. The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions. The […]

FHA Commissioner: New Rules Coming to Ease Condo Policies

May 24, 2019

Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Brian Montgomery said that the agency will be finalizing new condo policies—long-awaited by the real estate industry–that could lift some restrictions and streamline processes to give a boost to the condo sector. Montgomery said that condos represent an opportunity to help boost affordable housing for first-time homeowners and seniors. “We anticipate […]

Plan to Attend NVAR’s Contract Form Changes Class on 6/27

May 23, 2019

You’re invited to learn about updates to NVAR Contract Forms on Thursday, June 27, 2019, 10AM-12PM, DAAR, Ashburn.  Featured speaker Sarah Louppe Petcher, S & T Law Group, will review and answer key questions regarding the changes effective July 1st, 2019.  Free for DAAR Members.  Register online here. For more information, view the flyer.

Do You Want to Become a Broker? Real Estate Law Course Begins on 5/29!

May 23, 2019

Are you interested in elevating your knowledge, earning distinction as an expert or gaining a competitive edge?  You may want to consider working toward your broker’s license. To become a broker in the state of Virginia, you must: Be a licensed agent for 36 out of 48 months consecutively Complete 180 classroom hours of real […]

Donation to Mobile Hope Presented on Behalf of JNCLA Recipient Gwen Pangle

May 23, 2019

Earlier this year, Gwen Pangle, Pangle and Associates, was announced as the second recipient of the Jeanette Newton Community Leadership Award (JNCLA) during the 2019 DAAR Awards Ceremony. 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 […]

NAR Files Motion to Dismiss Buyer-Side Lawsuit

May 23, 2019

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced it has asked a judge to dismiss the bombshell class-action lawsuit that accuses both the trade group and major real estate companies of conspiring to determine buyers’ agents’ compensation. NAR moved to dismiss the Moehrl v. NAR lawsuit on the basis that the complaint misrepresents NAR rules for […]

HUD to Strengthen Landlords’ Rights in Service Animal Requests

May 16, 2019

Landlords and property managers are entitled to “reliable verification” of a tenant’s need for a service animal and can require proof beyond an online certification, a Department of Housing and Urban Development official said Tuesday at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Lynn Grosso, director of HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal […]

House Approves Another Short-Term Flood Insurance Extension

May 16, 2019

The House voted Tuesday to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through Sept. 30. The Senate must also approve the measure before May 31—when the NFIP is set to expire—to avoid lapses in government-backed flood insurance policies. “Thanks to REALTORS®, the Senate is well aware of the deadline for flood insurance,” Austin Perez, senior policy […]

April 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory Tightening Continues

May 15, 2019

Overview Inventory remains near historically low levels. There were only 970 active listings in Loudoun County in April 2019, the fewest number of April active listings in Loudoun County in at least a decade. While the number of active listings has increased off of the decade low set in January, the number of April active […]

Supervisors Pursue Ways to Address the County’s Unmet Housing Needs

May 14, 2019

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took a step forward toward addressing one of the most critical needs in the County: the need for housing that is affordable. County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) recommended that the county create an Unmet Housing Needs Strategic Plan after the Loudoun […]

Affordable Health Insurance Option is Vetoed by Governor

May 13, 2019

Earlier this year, more than 3,000 Virginia REALTORS® responded to a Call For Action in support of legislation that would open the door for our association to pool together our nearly 34,000 members to negotiate better, more affordable health insurance options for you and your families. Our research indicates that nearly 7,000 of you go […]

You’re Invited: Broadband Town Hall Meeting in Purcellville 5/16

May 10, 2019

Delegate LaRock and Mayor Fraser will host a Broadband Town Hall Meeting on May 16th in Purcellville. The event will take place at the Carver Center, with doors opening at 6:30p.m., and formal presentation and discussion from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The event will bring state and local elected officials together with the public and […]

Add DAAR to Your Office Meeting Agenda!

May 10, 2019

Would you like to have executive staff and/or leadership speak at one of your upcoming office meetings? Your agents can learn about leveraging REALTOR® organization benefits, upcoming educational and event opportunities, the latest legislative and industry updates, local market conditions, benefits of association involvement, SentriLock® and Bright MLS updates, as well as RPAC and what […]

It’s Not Too Late – Register NOW for the NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo (5/14-5/18)

May 8, 2019

Registration for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is open and it’s FREE!  Attend to hear the latest on the market, policy and regulatory issues impacting the real estate industry and the association as well as the industry’s leading trade show during NAR’s Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., May 14-18, 2019. The Expo is free for all NAR […]

DAAR Committee Involvement: Ignite Your Potential

May 7, 2019

DAAR members who serve on committees and work groups make the policy decisions that help shape the Association’s direction and the real estate industry. What’s in it for you? Association leadership offers a host of personal and professional growth opportunities! Here are just a few: Ignite Your Potential: Develop organizational, decision-making, and leadership skills Be […]

Are You Ready to Vote on June 11, 2019 in the Primary Election?

May 3, 2019

It’s Primary Election time in Loudoun County. On Tuesday, June 11th, voters in Loudoun County will head to the polls to nominate candidates for offices to be voted on in the November 5th General Election. Democratic Party primaries will be held for the following offices: Member, Senate of Virginia, District 31 Member, Senate of Virginia, […]

Find Out How Real Estate is Valued for Local Taxation

May 3, 2019

The Loudoun Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office has developed a presentation for the public to help explain how real estate is valued for local taxation. The presentation is scheduled to be given at the following times and locations: • Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Cascades Library Room B, 21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls • Monday, […]

Get Involved on the State Level: Join a Virginia REALTORS® Committee!

May 3, 2019

Now is the time to step up, stand out, and help shape the future of Virginia’s real estate industry! Virginia REALTORS® is always looking for great volunteers to participate in numerous standing and non-standing committees, councils, workgroups and more. If you are interested in taking an active part in your state REALTOR® association, please take […]

Virginia REALTORS® President Bolle Appointed to VHDA Task Force to Address Housing Gap

April 29, 2019

Virginia REALTORS® 2019 President Beckwith Bolle, who also served as 2013 President of DAAR, was recently appointed to the Virginia Housing Development Authority’s (VHDA) Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Task Force. The purpose of this task force is to provide input on VHDA’s REACH Virginia resources allocated to the region in support of Virginia’s investment in […]

You’re Invited: Learn What Happens Inside the Virginia General Assembly, 5/1, 9:30AM

April 26, 2019

Are you interested in understanding how state laws impact your real estate business?  Join us Wednesday, May 1, 2019, when the DAAR Government Affairs Committee meets with Delegate Dave LaRock (33rd) for a discussion on workings of the General Assembly, upcoming priorities and ways to address transportation challenges in our region. Bring your questions! The […]

Fair Housing & Love Letters: How Sharing Can Get You in Trouble

April 26, 2019

Check out the latest video from the Virginia REALTORS®. Taking a look at the common practice of “love letters” through the lens of Fair Housing can keep you from a lot of trouble. Find out how to make sure all parties involved are still protected.

Fair Housing Month Proclamation!

April 19, 2019

Last night, DAAR members received the Fair Housing Month Proclamation from the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Thank you for the renewed commitment to fair housing and equal housing opportunities in Loudoun County.

Reminder: Don’t Let the Doors Close to Loudoun’s Future!

April 18, 2019

Supervisors are hearing a lot from people who do not want another home built in Loudoun County. People who oppose future residential development are mobilized and they are vocal. Don’t let others decide to close the door to Loudoun County’s future. Sign up to speak at one of the Loudoun County Public Hearings on the […]

Loudoun County Offers Homebuyer Assistance Programs

April 18, 2019

Loudoun County offers two homeownership loan programs to assist buyers with down payments and closing costs when purchasing a home in the county. Down Payment/Closing Costs Assistance Program  The Down Payment/Closing Costs Assistance Program offers eligible borrowers the opportunity to borrow up to $25,000 or 10 percent of the home sale price – whichever is […]

Tools to Help Keep You Safe

April 18, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is committed to the safety of its members. There are a wealth of resources available to help agents, brokers, and associations better understand and educate each other about the safety risks they face. Free Member Safety Webinar  NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program hosts a webinar on the role of intuition and […]

Calling All DAAR Members: New Opportunities for You During Fair Housing Month!

April 16, 2019

April is Fair Housing Month! Come out and show your support for the real estate industry in Loudoun County during this historic month. Join with other DAAR members this Thursday as the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors issue and present to DAAR a Proclamation to commemorate Fair Housing Month. Please plan on showing your support […]

March 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory Remains Tight While Prices Stabilize

April 15, 2019

Overview Inventory continues to decline, with new active listings providing no sign of future easing. New active listings declined 13.8 percent year-over-year, from 1,053 in March 2018 to 908 in March 2019. There were only 861 active listings in Loudoun County in March 2019. The number of active listings was 15.8 percent fewer active listings […]

Spring Training: Bright MLS Back to Basics and Advanced Classes Available

April 12, 2019

Make plans to attend a basic or advanced onsite Bright Training Clinics with expert instructor Kim Mingo in April, May or June at DAAR! Basic Bright Training Classes What is Bright and how can you efficiently use it for your business? This class will cover setting up your account, create a contact list, basic searching […]

Ready, Set, Speak! Say Yes for Homes in Loudoun County!

April 11, 2019

DAAR members are ready to see residential opportunities increase in Loudoun County. Our members know that a Plan could be set in place to help address the lack of housing affordability. It’s time for you to speak up and support the housing policies and strategies in the draft Plan that will help address the availability […]

Bright MLS: An Update on the Subdivision Normalization Project

April 11, 2019

According to Bright MLS, significant progress has been made in the review of all of the subdivisions that were imported from MRIS and the Central PA MLSs. So far, this review has resulted in us normalizing this data by removing the alternate spellings and misspellings of over 138,000 subdivisions on over 949,000 listings. As part of this process, […]

Bright MLS: Online Help Receives Upgrade

April 11, 2019

Bright MLS recently launched a new, easier to use online help system. Simply ask a question using the new mobile-compatible Knowledgebase. You can try it now by going to support.brightmls.com.  And, you can also access it from the Support menu via the same Search Help Topics link you’re accustomed to. The Knowledgebase contains helpful information, such as: How-to and […]

Deadline Approaching: Don’t Forget to Apply for a NAR 2020 Committee

April 10, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on 2020 committees. This is a unique opportunity to have a direct impact across the country and we invite you to apply for a committee that you are interested in and passionate about serving. The 2020 committee application website is now open […]

The Time is NOW: Say Yes for Homes in Loudoun County!

April 4, 2019

It’s time for you to Say Yes for Homes! and tell the Board of Supervisors that you support housing policies to help build vibrant communities by addressing the housing shortage. Sign up to speak at one of the Loudoun County Public Hearings about the draft Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Supervisors are hearing a lot from […]

Federal Court Vacates AHP Rule Provisions

April 4, 2019

On March 28, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down parts of the Association Health Plan (AHP) rule finalized by the Department of Labor last summer that expanded access to health insurance benefits through these plans. In this case, twelve attorney generals (AGs) filed suit against DOL challenging the final […]

New Approved Development Plans Near Future Rail include Greenway Alternatives

April 3, 2019

At the March 21, 2019, meeting, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved the Silver District West development by a vote of 8 to 1, with Leesburg District Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd voting no. The approved applications are for development of a 158-acre, transit-oriented, mixed-use community between Loudoun’s two new Metro stations that includes a […]

Full Package CE in April Focuses on Industry Leading Topics

March 27, 2019

DAAR’s Real Estate School is dedicated to meeting the needs of your professional development by offering more classes and seminars designed to give you the resources and knowledge to stay on top of your business. DAAR is offering in-classroom industry leading CE courses designed to fulfill all 16 required hours within two days for Sales Agents […]

Update on Requested Changes and Known Issues with Bright MLS

March 27, 2019

The lists below are key requests and known issues that have been found in Bright MLS within the last few months as of March 26th, 2019.  It is not an exhaustive list.  Bright MLS prioritizes each item and provided timeframes for when each change will be completed. These are noted in the following ways: 30: Within 30 […]

DAAR’s Economic Summit to Feature Top Regional Leaders and Economists

March 26, 2019

Join us for DAAR’s Economic Summit on Friday, April 5, 8-11AM at Loudoun County School Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, Ashburn, VA. The event offers an opportunity for REALTORS® in the Northern Virginia and Loudoun County area to understand housing and economic trends and forecast for 2019 and beyond. Featured speakers include: The Honorable Phyllis […]

DAAR Members Say Yes! For Homes in Loudoun County: Housing Helps Build Vibrant Communities

March 21, 2019

Several DAAR members helped encourage the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to approve a Comprehensive Plan that would increase housing availability and help continue providing vibrant communities in Loudoun County. Members gathered at the Board’s March 21st Business Meeting where Supervisors were presented with the County’s Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan for review. “We strongly believe […]

April is Fair Housing Month: Important Resources Available

March 21, 2019

April 2019 marks the 51st anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination and draws attention to both the challenges that remain in housing and the achievements to ensure Americans equal access to housing options. This is a momentous occasion for the real estate industry. Because community is so central to […]

NAR Responds to Class Action Anti-Competitive Lawsuit

March 19, 2019

A class action lawsuit was filed on March 6th in the Northern District of Illinois against the National Association of REALTORS® and four large brokerage companies alleging that the defendants conspired to restrain price competition among buyer brokers via promulgation of NAR’s MLS rules.  NAR is sharing the following official statement: The complaint is baseless […]

February 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Loudoun County Housing Market Remains Tight, May Ease

March 16, 2019

Overview The number of active listings in Loudoun County in February was the fewest February active listings in over a decade. As compared with data from January, however, there is some indication that the market may ease. Active listings increased from February 2018 to February 2019 in three of the eight zip codes analyzed. Furthermore, […]

Advocates in Action – We Need You to Say Yes! For Homes in Loudoun County

March 14, 2019

CALLING ALL DAAR MEMBERS! We need you to join with DAAR President Phyllis Stakem and stand up for the real estate industry in Loudoun County on Thursday, March 21st! That evening, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hear about the draft Loudoun 2040 plan. DAAR wants to make sure they know that we say […]

You Can Help Improve the System of Care in Loudoun County

March 14, 2019

There is a spectrum of effective human services in Loudoun County. What’s missing is a coordinated system of care that meet the county’s human service needs. You can help by attending a meeting aimed at drafting a Human Services Strategic Plan and make your voice heard. The Plan will focus on the following areas: mental […]

Make Your Voice Heard: Apply for a 2020 NAR Committee Appointment

March 14, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® is now accepting applications for volunteers to serve on 2020 committees. This is a unique opportunity to have a direct impact across the country and we invite you to apply for a committee that you are interested in and passionate about serving. The 2020 committee application website is now open […]

The TIME IS NOW… Ask Governor Northam to Allow YOU Lower Cost Health Insurance

March 13, 2019

Dear REALTOR®, We are so close to having the chance to offer YOU health insurance as a member of the Virginia REALTORS®. As you may know, over 7,000 of your colleagues – Virginia REALTORS® – go without health insurance, largely because it is too expensive. You probably know them. You may even be one. Several […]

Effort to Track Changes and Improvements within Bright MLS Moves Forward

March 13, 2019

As previously reported, to expedite communication and advocate for solutions to growing challenges with the system, DAAR, NVAR and PWAR are now working together as part of a joint work group to help advocate improvements. Two videos from the CEOs and Presidents were produced raising awareness about the importance of this issue and efforts to work together. The joint DAAR, […]

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

March 8, 2019

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® recognized several REALTORS® who reached exceptional levels in the real estate industry in 2018. They were honored and celebrated at the DAAR REALTOR® Awards Reception on Thursday, March 8, 2019, at the 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn.  View the pictures from the event. The awards include the annual REALTOR® […]

Bright MLS Update: Release Notes and Improvements as of March 7th

March 7, 2019

Bright MLS announced the following  release notes and other improvements this week: Release Notes – As of March 5th Bright status definitions automatically display now in Listing Management. To assist you in understanding Bright statuses and their effect on Days on Market (DOM) and Cumulative Days on Market (CDOM), we have added listing status definitions […]

Members Help Transform The Resourceful Woman Thrift Store

March 1, 2019

Members of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) demonstrated their commitment to community service by lending their time and talents to helping transform The Resourceful Woman Thrift Store which is a program of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). Over 30 DAAR members and their families and friends, led by Judy McHenry, DAAR Community […]

Big Wins from the 2019 Virginia General Assembly Session

March 1, 2019

The Virginia General Assembly has wrapped up the 2019 Session. The 47-day legislative gathering was tumultuous to say the least, but one that concluded successfully for the Virginia REALTORS®. Your Virginia REALTORS® staff and Public Policy Committee (PPC) sifted through the 3128 bills and resolutions introduced this year to assess each’s potential impact on the […]

You’re Invited: Learn All About Tax Assessments on Real Property in Loudoun County, 3/6, 9:30AM

February 28, 2019

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, members of the Government Affairs Committee will meet with Bob Wertz, Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue. The Committee invited Bob in order to give us an update on programs in his office, including real property assessments, land use assessment program, real property tax relief for the elderly and disabled, […]

President’s Message: Addressing Challenges with Bright Remains a Top Priority

February 28, 2019

Following our conversion to Bright MLS in late 2018, challenges appeared within the system related to listing management, search, reports and exports, public records, client portal, statistics, dashboard navigation and subscriber accounts. In response, the DAAR Board of Directors appointed a Bright MLS Work Group, comprised of REALTOR® members who led the charge raising awareness […]

Bright MLS: Release Notes and System Updates as of 2/26

February 26, 2019

Recently Bright MLS provided the following update on release notes and a variety of updates with the system: Release Notes – As of 2/26/19 Listing alerts now are displayed on your dashboard. Alerts have been added to your Bright dashboard that will remind you when your listings are about to close, are past their closing date, […]

NAR Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness with Consumers about the REALTOR® Role

February 26, 2019

The National Association of REALTORS® recently launched a new national ad campaign showcasing the passion and dedication of REALTORS® for their work, while telling the story of their role as advisors, advocates, volunteers, neighbors—and real estate professionals committed to a Code of Ethics. The That’s Who We R® campaign outlines, through thoughtful messaging and storylines, […]

Updates to Days on Market for Listings Imported from MRIS

February 20, 2019

According to Bright MLS, as of late last week, 529,442 recently closed and older, off-market listings that contained Contingent w/o Kickout (CNTG/No KO) in their history were updated. These listings were initially imported from MRIS as Active Under Contract, which created an extended Days on Market (DOM/CDOM), compared to what was previously showing in MRIS. […]

You’re Invited: DAAR REALTOR Awards Ceremony is March 7th!

February 15, 2019

You’re cordially invited to join us as we recognize REALTOR® professionals who have reached exceptional levels in various categories above during DAAR’s Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 7th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at 1757 Golf Club, 45120 Waxpool Road, Dulles, VA  20166. Early-bird registration of $35 for members until February 28th, 2019 includes two drink […]

January 2019 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory Tightest in Over a Decade

February 15, 2019

Overview Active listings in Loudoun County reached a decade low in January after declining 17.1 percent from January 2018 to just 727 homes in January 2019. The number of active listings in January was the fewest active listings of any month over the past ten years. Active listings in January declined among all home types […]

Bright MLS Update: Leadership Livestream Recording and Latest Improvements

February 15, 2019

Bright MLS communicated that they have a renewed focus to make sure subscribers obtain the right data, statistics and tools when and where they need it. View the two-hour Bright Leadership Update livestream recording from Friday, February 15th here. This latest update touches on several key areas that subscribers throughout the Bright territory have told […]

Here’s Your Chance to Weigh in on the Loudoun County Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

February 15, 2019

County Administrator Tim Hemstreet presented a Fiscal Year 2020 (FY 2020) proposed budget for Loudoun County to the Board of Supervisors on February 13, 2019. The budget totals $3.2 billion in appropriations for the county government and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). FY 2020 begins July 1, 2019. The proposed budget is based on the […]

Register Now for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in May

February 14, 2019

Registration for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is open! If you want to take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy, and the association, make sure you attend the Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., May 13-18, 2019. You’ll join with thousands of REALTORS® from across the […]

Important: Changes to Dotloop Access for REALTOR®Subscribers

February 12, 2019

A recent change was implemented regarding access to NVAR forms through dotloop®. This security measure is intended to ensure that only REALTOR® subscribers or their authorized designees have access to this proprietary professional resource. Subscribers are now required to enter a valid NRDS ID. Because the authentication system only recognizes NVAR NRDS numbers, DAAR members […]

Apply for a DAAR REALTOR Award: It Makes Good Business Sense!

February 12, 2019

Each year the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® recognizes REALTOR® professionals who have reached exceptional levels in various categories. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 15th, 2019. Why applying for a REALTOR® Award makes Good Business Sense: Professional Distinction: Prospective clients are often more likely to consider REALTORS® who are top in their fields. Third-party Validation: It’s always good […]

Join Us: Bright MLS Leadership Update via Livestream – Friday, 2/15

February 12, 2019

Join leadership from Bright MLS and our neighboring REALTOR associations for an opportunity to ask questions in a dedicated livestream member forum on Friday, February 15th, 1-3PM. Bright MLS Interim CEO Brian Donnellan, Chief Technology Officer Frank Major and David Howell, Member, Bright MLS Board of Directors, will discuss plans for moving the system forward […]

FEMA Revises Loudoun County Flood Insurance Rate Map

February 8, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is responsible for floodplain mapping and regulation throughout the United States, is revising the Loudoun County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The revision will result in changes to the boundary and designation of the FEMA-delineated flood hazard areas within the Selma Estates development. To learn more about this […]

DAAR Members Joined with Hundreds of REALTORS® at the 2019 Virginia REALTORS® Economic and Advocacy Summit

February 8, 2019

Members the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) joined with Virginia REALTORS® President Beckwith Bolle, 2013 DAAR President, and hundreds of REALTORS® in downtown Richmond for the 2019 Virginia REALTORS® Economic and Advocacy Summit. The Summit offered insights from industry experts and town hall sessions with local legislators. Several members from the DAAR Board of […]

Bright MLS Update: Leadership Changes and Improvements Expected

February 7, 2019

Bright MLS recently issued the following update to shareholder associations: Good afternoon Shareholders, We have been very busy with lots of change this week, but we continue to move forward, implementing updates that you and your members are requesting. Our goal with these updates is to provide you with the necessary information to communicate with […]

Loop in Your Clients with Homeowner Notifications!

February 6, 2019

New Feature Lets Clients Know When Home is Entered and Exited! SentriLock continues to improve the features of the electronic lockbox system and a much requested action has just been rolled out.  The new Homeowner Notification feature provides real-time notifications of when the key compartment is opened and when prospective buyers exit the property.  Set […]

Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist Helps You Prepare Clients for Changes in the Federal Tax Rate

February 1, 2019

Many clients aren’t going to be aware of what Federal tax rate hikes might do to their buying and selling experiences. Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist, Lisa Sturtevant, explains how these rate changes can impact the housing market and why these shifts might be a shock to clients. The Potential Impact of the Fed’s Actions on Interest […]

Bright MLS Launches New Online Help Tool

January 31, 2019

Bright MLS launched a new online help system   that serves as a knowledge base for the system. Their support team intends to add help topics to this database to use as an ongoing resource. It is purposely designed for ease of use, so you can quickly find information and related articles based on your search criteria […]

Bright MLS Release Notes as of January 31st: Corrections and Improvements

January 31, 2019

The following release notes describing corrections and improvements to the Bright MLS system were made as of January 31st: Agent and Client Gallery Reports. Because of your feedback, we’ve added the Agent and Client Gallery Reports to your report options in Bright. These reports offer more listing information than the Thumbnail Report in a format […]

Register NOW: Bright MLS Onsite Training Clinics in February and March!

January 29, 2019

We are pleased to offer onsite Bright MLS Training Clinics conducted by Kim Mingo at DAAR, 21720 Red Rum Drive, #177, Ashburn, VA in February and March: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 10AM-12PM:  Working with Buyers:  Learn to set your branding, how to search efficiently, work with reports & emails – Register online 1PM – 3PM:    Working with […]

Virginia REALTORS® Advocate on Behalf of the Industry

January 26, 2019

The 2019 Virginia General Assembly Session has begun and all of the bills advanced by the Virginia REALTORS® are moving! This session will be ‘short,’ only lasting 46 days. It is scheduled to end on Saturday, February 23rd. Join us in Richmond to help advocate on behalf of your business at the 2019 Virginia REALTORS® […]

Call for Action: Virginia Assembly Health Insurance Legislation

January 25, 2019

On Friday, January 25, 2019, the Virginia REALTORS® launched an all-member Call For Action on several health insurance related bills being considered by the Virginia General Assembly.  While these bills approach the problem in different ways, each could open the door for more coverage options for our members. Senate Bill 1689 (Dunnavant) – Allows certain […]

Treasury, IRS Give Big Win to Real Estate Professionals in Qualified Business Income Rule; Safe Harbor for Rental Income

January 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2019) – Late last week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the new 20 percent deduction on qualified business income. As Americans begin preparations for the 2018 tax filing season, real estate professionals have been uncertain about the true impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and […]

Updates to Days on Market for Listings Imported From MRIS

January 24, 2019

Bright MLS forwarded the following update on 1/21/19 related to Days on Market to subscribers: There is no industry standard on DOM calculations.  Each MLS and each third party site uses a different methodology for counting, pausing and stopping this number. Theses differences create confusion for consumers. Having a uniform methodology for DOM that works […]

Obtain Answers and Insight in the Bright MLS Community Facebook Group

January 24, 2019

Bright MLS recently launched a closed Facebook group for the Bright MLS community, created and moderated by expert Bright MLS staff.  Bright MLS subscribers can join by clicking here and providing their subscriber ID https://www.facebook.com/groups/BrightMLSCommunity The description reads: Think of this group as a two-way platform where Bright can share with you, and you with […]

Important Bright MLS Update: Feedback and Advocacy Leads to Progress

January 20, 2019

To move forward with improving the data, technical and functional aspects of the Bright MLS system, DAAR and NVAR are working jointly in a work group to help advocate for improvements to the system. For more information, view this recent video from DAAR President Phyllis Stakem and NVAR President Christine Richardson. As part of that effort, DAAR REALTOR […]

DAAR Member Chrissie Goodrum Appointed to Loudoun County Board of Equalization

January 17, 2019

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that Chrissie Goodrum, Century 21 Redwood Realty, has been appointed to the Loudoun County Board of Equalization. “As an active REALTOR® and a long-term Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Goodrum contributes her financial skills and expertise here at DAAR,” said Phyllis Stakem, DAAR 2019 President. “We […]

Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist Breaks Down the Truth About HQ2

January 17, 2019

The announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 coming to Virginia has been dominating media stories across the Commonwealth. Reports of dramatic changes ahead for the housing market have REALTORS® and sellers on the edge of their seats… but are those reports accurate? Virginia REALTORS® new Chief Economist, Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, recently attended a forum on Amazon and […]

Did you Know? Listing Agents Can Use a CBS Code for Extra Layer of Security

January 16, 2019

  The call before showing code (CBS code) is an additional code you may need to enter before you can access the key compartment of a lockbox. It is an extra layer of security on the lockbox requiring an additional code before the key compartment will open.  Not all lockboxes use a CBS code. A […]

DAAR Member Linda Thornell Earns GRI Designation

January 15, 2019

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce that Linda Thornell, McEnearney Associates, Lessburg, completed the REALTORS® Institute of Virginia program and have earned the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation. “Completion of the coursework for the GRI designation represents a commitment to industry knowledge and professionalism that not all agents make,” said Beckwith […]

December 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Active Listings Lowest in Over a Decade

January 15, 2019

Overview Inventory continued to tighten in December, despite a modest increase in new listings in November. There were only 786 active listings in Loudoun County in December 2018, the fewest active listings in over a decade for any month. The number of active listings declined 12.1 percent from December 2017 to December 2018; declines were […]

What a Government Shutdown Means for REALTORS®

January 14, 2019

(As of January 14, 2019) As of midnight on December 21, 2018, the President and Congress were unable to agree on the provisions of a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government. As a result, a partial shutdown of some government operations has occurred. This partial shutdown includes some federal housing, mortgage and other […]

What’s the difference between canceled vs. withdrawn in Bright?

January 14, 2019

Bright’s listing statuses are different than what you were used to in MRIS. One important difference to know is when to use the cancelled status and when to use withdrawn. Here’s how it works.  Download the Bright MLS Status Cheat Sheet  Want to learn more about all of our statuses? Then you’ll want to download Bright’s MLS Status […]

Register NOW: Bright MLS Hands-On Training Clinic – January 28th

January 13, 2019

We are pleased to offer two onsite Bright MLS Training Clinics conducted by Kim Mingo at DAAR in January: Monday, January 28, 2019 10AM-12PM:  Working with Buyers:  Learn to set your branding, how to search efficiently, work with reports & emails – Register online 1PM – 3PM:    Working with Sellers:  Work with Public Records, build a CMA […]

It’s Time to Share Your Ideas on How to Fix Legislative or Regulatory Issues

January 11, 2019

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 2020 Legislative Positions and we’d like to hear from you! The legislative positions address local, state, and […]

We’re in Session: Join us in Richmond for the Chance to Advocate on Behalf of Your Business

January 9, 2019

Learn what’s ahead for your industry, engage with lawmakers and join Virginia REALTORS President Beckwith Bolle (2013 DAAR President) by taking part in the Virginia REALTORS 2019 Economic & Advocacy Summit on February 6th in Richmond, VA. This event offers education from industry experts and the chance to participate in town hall sessions with local legislators […]

Bright MLS: Legal Subdivision Now Available on Reports and in Listing Search

January 9, 2019

Based on your feedback, Legal Subdivision is now available on the main search screen. It has also been added to listings, where the information was previously available in MRIS and will autofill from the Bright tax record in Listing Management going forward. This is a non-editable field which contains information from a listing’s county assessment […]

HELP WANTED: Volunteers Needed for Updating LAWS Resourceful Woman Thrift Store

January 9, 2019

DAAR’s Community Service Committee is updating the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) Resourceful Woman Thrift Store. LAWS has provided emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups, legal services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence completely free of charge for over 30 years.  The Resourceful Woman is a program of LAWS that features gently […]

Bright Launches LIVE YouTube Hands-on Clinics in January

January 4, 2019

Bright is launching interactive Training Clinics on YouTube! Join Bright as they host these virtual “hands-on” clinics that will cover time-saving tips and tricks, answers to top support center questions, and a live Q&A from bright instructors. Monday, January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at […]

NVAR and DAAR: Working on Your Behalf

January 4, 2019

Learn more about how NVAR and DAAR are working together on a variety of programs, projects and events to benefit you, our respective members, throughout the entire region.

You’re Invited: Learn about Key Transportation Issues in our Region on 1/9, 9:30AM

January 3, 2019

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, members of the Government Affairs Committee will meet with Jason Stanford, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance. The Committee invited Jason in order to learn more about the Alliance’s 2019 legislative and regional priorities, other transportation-related issues that could surface during the 2019 Virginia General Assembly session, and […]

National Flood Insurance Program Re-Opens for Business

December 30, 2018

As a result of the economic impact data provided by REALTORS®, and with the help of Congress and the White House, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reversed its decision! On Friday, December 28, 2018, FEMA announced that it will resume the sale of new flood insurance policies and the renewal of expiring policies. Click […]

What a Government Shutdown Means for REALTORS®

December 27, 2018

A Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government was not approved on Friday, December 21st, 2018 leading to a partial shutdown of some government operations. This partial shutdown, which includes some federal housing and mortgage programs, could cause settlement and financing delays. Here are a few ways loans may be impacted: Federal Housing Administration HUD’s Contingency Plan […]

Bright MLS Release Notes as of December 19th: Corrections and Improvements

December 20, 2018

The following release notes describing corrections and improvements to the Bright MLS system were made as of December 19: Importing photos and documents using Google Drive. Recently, we added a shortcut to Listing Management for importing photos and documents from OneDrive. Now you can do the same using Google Drive. Many subscribers use Google Drive to […]

Act Now to Protect Association Health Plans

December 20, 2018

Virginia REALTORS® Action Alert We need your help to protect lower cost health options for you and your family! Earlier this year, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring entered Virginia in a lawsuit against a U.S. Department of Labor ruling that expanded the definition of “employer” to include “working owner” in Association Health Plans (AHP). Virginia […]

Above Board: Community Service Committee’s Growing Impact in Loudoun and Beyond

December 17, 2018

The Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, founded in 1962 and serving over 1,400 REALTOR® and Affiliate members, works to safeguard and advance the mutual interests of the public, property owners, and real estate professionals for real estate-related matters. DAAR has donated over $300,000 to local charities since 1992 and looks forward to continuing this tradition […]

NVAR Standard Forms Changes Effective January 1, 2019; Attend Class on 1/7

December 16, 2018

You’re invited to learn about updates to NVAR Standard Forms on Monday, January 7, 2019, 10AM-12PM, DAAR, Ashburn.  Featured speaker Keith Barrett, Esq, Vesta Settlements, will review and answer key questions regarding the changes below effective January 1st, 2019:  Free for DAAR Members.  Register online here.  For more information, view the flyer. NVAR forms changes effective January 1st, 2019: 1. K1343 – Inspection Contingency […]

November 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory Remains Tight and Sales Prices Remain High

December 14, 2018

Overview There was further tightening in already low inventory levels with active listings declining in November. There were 967 active listings in Loudoun County in November, 12.6 percent fewer than the same month last year. Active listings have declined compared to the same month in the prior year for 41 consecutive months. Active listings last […]

Known Issues and Tips for Using Bright MLS

December 13, 2018

A message from Bright MLS on December 6th, 2018: With a major system conversion like this, there will be continued work in some areas to finalize information and ensure everything is working as expected. Please know that we are actively working to resolve the following items in Bright. In the meantime, we’ve provided some tips […]

What REALTORS® Need to Know About the New Tax Law

December 13, 2018

Changes to the U.S. Tax Code that potentially can save you thousands of dollars were enacted last year as part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. The changes include a new deduction available to you as an independent contractor or sole proprietor for reducing your tax liability by 20 percent. How to take this […]

Important Notice: Pay Dues for SentriLock by 12/20 to Avoid Late Fee

December 12, 2018

To streamline the process for obtaining access to SentriLock keyholder services, members received an invoice directly from SentriLock for your key service renewal.  Accordingly, key service renewal fees are no longer be paid directly to the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® as it will be paid to SentriLock. Beginning in November, you received several emails from SentriLock notifying […]

You’re Invited: NVAR Standard Forms Updates Class – Monday, 1/7, 10AM-12PM

December 6, 2018

You’re invited to learn about updates to NVAR Standard Forms on Monday, January 7, 2019, 10AM-12PM, DAAR, Ashburn.  Featured speaker Keith Barrett, Esq, Vesta Settlements, will review and answer questions regarding the latest changes effective January 1st, 2019.  Free for DAAR Members.  Register online here. For more information, view the flyer.  

Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® 2019 Officers and Directors Installed

December 6, 2018

Phyllis Stakem, Principal Broker at RE/MAX Select Properties, Inc., Ashburn, VA, was installed as the 2019 President of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) at the annual Holiday Party and Board Installation. The event took place on December 6, 2018 and included the installation of the eighteen local area REALTORS® and two Affiliate members […]

Update from Bright MLS: 7 Need-to-Know Rules, Listing Status Changes, DOM and More

December 6, 2018

Now that you’ve been using Bright as your MLS, you may have noticed some differences that weren’t quite so obvious when you first logged in, especially when you consider the rules, statuses and available property types. It’s important that you become familiar with these nuances, as well as the new rules and definitions that impact […]

Thank You for Making the 2018 Winter Warmth Drive a Success!!

November 28, 2018

The 2018 Winter Warmth cold weather clothing and blanket drive organized by the Community Service Committee was a great success! DAAR members dropped off coats from the end of September through November 12th. The Community Service Committee collected and distributed 20 huge bags of clothing, sheets and blankets to Mobile Hope, LAWS and The Loudoun […]

Conforming Loan Limits to Rise 6.9%

November 28, 2018

The maximum conforming loan amount that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can back will increase to $484,350 from $453,100 in 2019, a 6.9 percent increase, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced today. NAR President John Smaby applauded the action, saying it will help keep homeownership within reach for many households by ensuring loan limits keep pace […]

Active Under Contract vs. Pending Status: What You Need to Know

November 28, 2018

There are two statuses in Bright that seem similar, but have different meanings: Active Under Contract and Pending. While both of these statuses are used when a contract is in place, there are a few differences you’ll need to know about. The difference between Active Under Contract and Pending Status in Bright When a listing is in Active Under […]

Virginia REALTORS: Provide Your Opinion about the VREB Regulations

November 27, 2018

Now is the time to have your voice heard! The Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) has begun the process of looking at and possibly amending the regulations that you, as a REALTOR®, are required to follow. The Virginia REALTORS has created a survey for you to take where you will have the chance to voice your […]

REALTORS: You May be Eligible for Group Health Insurance thanks to a New Virginia Law

November 26, 2018

This year, an important new law in Virginia approved expanding health insurance options for self- employed individuals, including REALTORS® who meet the self-employed eligibility definition. Effective July 1st, 2018, SB 672 , introduced by Senator Creigh Deeds, changed the definition of a group for the purposes of purchasing health insurance to allow a one-person single […]

Bright MLS Resources and Support

November 20, 2018

  Welcome to DAAR’s Bright MLS page, your one-stop for submitting a technical or data related issue, accessing training resources and reviewing the latest updates on the system. DAAR Advocates for You To submit an technical or data related issue with the system, click on the image to the right and let us know!  Progress on […]

Do You Golf? We’d Like to Know!

November 19, 2018

Attention All Golfers! We are pleased to announce that the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® will conduct a Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Habitat for Humanity and the Dulles Area REALTORS® Political Action Committee in 2019. DAAR will continue the tradition of supporting these pro-homeownership groups by conducting the tournament once again for the twentieth year. […]

Gift Card Donation and Cell Phone Recycling for Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS)

November 18, 2018

REALTORS® and Affiliates give their time, talents and resources to the causes that matter most to them. This year the DAAR Community Service Committee is supporting LAWS.  LAWS has provided emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups, legal services and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence completely free of charge for over 30 years. […]

October 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Prices Remain High as Inventory Continues to Tighten

November 15, 2018

Overview October active listings continued to decline. October listings declined 16.7 percent from 1,312 in 2017 to 1,093 in 2018. October active listings in 2018 are less than half their 2014 peak of 2,209. Declines in active listings are widespread with active listings increasing in only one of the eight zip codes with more than […]

DAAR Staff Appointed to the Loudoun County Economic Development Advisory Commission

November 15, 2018

DAAR Government Affairs and Communications Manager, Brenda Morton, was appointed to serve on the 2019 Economic Development Advisory Commission (EDAC). EDAC helps promote the long-term economic growth and development of Loudoun County by providing valuable business intelligence to the Board of Supervisors and the Department of Economic Development. She joins with other DAAR members and […]

Bright MLS Conversion is 11/20: Attend Training Classes at DAAR on November 19 & 20!

November 14, 2018

Bright’s Search and Listing Management are different than what you are used to. That’s why learning the differences before you convert to Bright MLS on Tuesday, November 20th will help you — and your clients — with the conversion. If you have not attended a conversion class, there are two more classes offered at DAAR, 21720 Red […]

DAAR REALTOR Members! Your Bright conversion is on Tuesday, 11/20. Are you ready?

November 14, 2018

DAAR REALTOR Members! Your conversion to Bright MLS is on Tuesday, November 20th.  Your MRIS account will no longer be valid.  Now that you’ve logged into Bright, you have probably noticed that you will now be using “Search” to locate listings and “My Listings” to enter listings. These may look familiar to you, but there are some […]

It’s Official: Virginia’s National Capital Region Will Be Home to Amazon’s 25,000 New Employees

November 14, 2018

Following Amazon’s announcement that Arlington, VA will split duties with New York City to house their second headquarters, Virginia REALTORS®, including members of DAAR, are preparing to begin working with state and local policy makers to ensure the housing needs of Amazon’s future employees—estimated at more than 25,000—will be met. “We are very excited to welcome […]

Top Bright Conversion Questions and Answers

November 14, 2018

Bright MLS created the following list of Frequently Asked Questions for both MRIS subscribers.  It’s updated on a regular basis here https://www.brightmls.com/#/article/8661 General questions Q: Will my Auto Emails convert? A: Your Auto Emails will appear as Saved Searches in Bright until you review and manually convert them to Auto Emails. You can find them under […]

Don’t Delay – NAR Code of Ethics Required by 12/31/18. Take the Course on 11/30

November 11, 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, […]

Urgent: Essential Tasks Before You Convert to Bright MLS

November 9, 2018

Now that you, as a DAAR REALTOR member, started the Bright MLS preview, it’s important to log in now to learn the system before you convert on Tuesday, November 20th. There are a variety of resources located on the Bright Power Up Page to help you prepare.  LOGIN IN NOW Essential tasks to complete before you convert: Here is […]

DAAR Members Speak for Housing that is Affordable and Attainable!

November 9, 2018

Several DAAR members attended the November 7th Loudoun County Planning Commission Public Hearing and urged the county to provide housing that is affordable and attainable in Loudoun County. The hearing was held so that Commissioners would hear the public’s views on the county’s draft Comprehensive Plan – Loudoun 2040. This plan will guide the future […]

Advocates in Action: Attend the Nov. 7th Planning Commission Hearing!

November 2, 2018

We need you to join with DAAR President Holly Weatherwax and stand up for the real estate industry in Loudoun County on November 7th! That evening, the Loudoun County Planning Commission has scheduled a Public Input Session on the draft Loudoun 2040 plan and DAAR wants to make sure they know that we say YES! […]

November Government Affairs Committee Meeting Guest Speaker: Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins

November 2, 2018

On November 7, 2018, members of the Government Affairs Committee will meet with Supervisor Geary Higgins. The Committee invited Supervisor Higgins in order to learn more about his priorities and areas of focus on the Board of Supervisors and as Chairman of the Transportation and Land Use Committee, as well as the critical issue of […]

It’s Time to Vote!

November 2, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6th, a General Election will be held at all precincts in Loudoun County. On the ballot will be candidates for United State Senator, United States House of Representatives, two Constitutional Amendments, and two Loudoun County bond questions. Additionally, some residents will vote to fill Town Mayor or Town Council seats. To verify […]

Register for Bright MLS Training Classes!

October 31, 2018

Bright MLS is excited to offer Conversion to Bright training classes to help you get to know the new Bright system. All Bright classes are free and walk-ins are welcome.  For more information about the conversion, click here. You can register for the following classes by logging into https://www.brightmls.com/#/home with your Bright MLS ID and […]

Join us for Bright MLS Conversion Training on November 1st and 2nd!

October 31, 2018

Important for all REALTORS: Bright MLS Conversion Training Begins Tomorrow! Join us for training at DAAR, on Thursday, Nov 1 and Friday, Nov 2, specifically designed to help you learn how to use the Bright System for your day-to-day tasks: Thursday, Nov 1 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Conversion to Bright: Search and More 12:00 PM […]

New Education Requirements in 2019 for Brokers and New Licensees

October 26, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2019, all brokers and new licensees (1 year or less) will have new education requirements! No hours were added to either broker requirements or PLE, however both have some of the existing hours allocated to specific topics. Brokers Next year, as part of the already required 8 hours of Broker Management & […]

Power Up: Bright MLS Preview Begins October 29th!

October 25, 2018

DAAR Members! Your estimated conversion date of Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 to Bright MLS is about four weeks away! Bright is excited to bring you onboard so you can take advantage of some of the innovative features Bright offers to help drive your business forward. It’s time to Power Up! Here’s what to expect. Your transition to Bright […]

DAAR Members Say Yes! for Housing that is Affordable and Attainable in Loudoun County

October 23, 2018

CALLING ALL DAAR MEMBERS! We need you to join with DAAR President Holly Weatherwax and stand up for the real estate industry in Loudoun County on November 7th! That evening, the Loudoun County Planning Commission has scheduled a Public Input Session on the draft Loudoun 2040 plan and DAAR wants to make sure they know […]

September 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Inventory continues to tighten as prices increase and closed sales decline

October 16, 2018

Overview Continuing the recent trend, inventory in Loudoun County tightens further. There were 1,240 active listings in September, the fewest September listings in over a decade. Monthly active listings have continued their decline from the same month the year prior since July 2015. Likely a signal that inventory will tighten even further, new listings declined 24.7 […]

Last Chance! Weigh in on the Proposals to Route 15

October 15, 2018

Loudoun County wants your feedback on three proposals for Route 15 between Montresor Road and the Point of Rocks Bridge. Time is limited as the survey will only be open through Wednesday, October 17th! The survey presents three options for consideration: • No Build – Keep the road as is. • Option A – Keep […]

Need to Know: New Law Regulating Real Estate Teams – Effective 1/1/19

October 11, 2018

Are you working as a real estate team?  A new law approved during 2018 Virginia General Assembly session, and supported by the Virginia REALTORS®, as part of their legislative agenda, clarifies the definition of teams, requires teams to obtain a business entity license and requires brokerage agreements to include the name and contact information of the […]

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

October 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: […]

Bright MLS Numbers will Soon include a Geographic Identifier

October 5, 2018

After hearing feedback from subscribers and area associations on the benefits of having a geographic identifier within the Listing Number format, they are planning to reintroduce this in Bright. Because there are several duplicate county names in different states (for example Montgomery MD and PA, Kent, MD and DE) 2 character codes cannot be used […]

IRS to Issue Clarification on Client Meal Deductibility under New Tax Law

October 4, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service is working on guidance that would clarify the deductibility of expenses for client meals under the new tax law, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the report, this guidance is expected to say that the cost of business meals will be 50 percent deductible, even when those meals are purchased […]

You’re Invited to the Rural Summit: November 16, 2018

October 4, 2018

Please join Chair Phyllis Randall at a Rural Summit in Middleburg, VA. Here’s your chance to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing rural Loudoun County. You’ll also hear some ideas and ways to preserve and maintain this area. Residents are invited and encouraged to attend. Save your seat by sending an RSVP to […]

Are You Election Ready? In-Person Absentee Voting Available

October 3, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6th, a General Election will be held at all precincts in Loudoun County. On the ballot will be candidates for United State Senator, United States House of Representatives, two Constitutional Amendments, and two Loudoun County bond questions. Additionally, some residents will vote to fill Town Mayor or Town Council seats. To verify your […]

Slate of Directors for 2019 Announced

October 3, 2018

TO:    All DAAR Members FROM: Barry Allbright, 2018 Nomination Committee Chair Holly Weatherwax, 2018 DAAR President RE:  Slate of Directors for 2019 This memo serves as official notice to the DAAR membership of the Slate of Directors for election at the October 25th, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting to be held at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles, 45425 […]

DAAR Member Beckwith Bolle Installed as the 2019 President of the Virginia REALTORS®

September 27, 2018

On September 26, 2018, DAAR joined with hundreds of REALTORS® from across Virginia and celebrated the installation of Beckwith Bolle as the 2019 President of the Virginia REALTORS®. Bolle, a member of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR), was installed during the Virginia REALTORS® convention ACCELERATE 2018 in Norfolk, VA. Beckwith Bolle, Principal Broker […]

DAAR Applauds Kathy Jones as She Receives the Code of Ethics Leadership Award

September 27, 2018

Members of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) celebrated on September 26, 2018 as Kathy Jones received the Virginia REALTORS® Code of Ethics Leadership Award. Jones, with Long and Foster Real Estate, received this prestigious award during the Virginia REALTORS® convention ACCELERATE 2018 in Norfolk, VA. For almost thirty years, Jones has voluntarily taught […]

DAAR Members Appointed to National and State Association Posts

September 26, 2018

Congratulations to the following DAAR REALTOR® members and staff appointed to various committees and leadership positions within the National Association of REALTORS® and Virginia REALTORS® for 2019!  Your service is very much appreciated. National Association of REALTORS® Brad Boland, Keller Williams Dulles, Board of Directors and Business Issues Policy Committee Beckwith Bolle, Carter Braxton Preferred Properties, […]

August 2018 Loudoun County Market Trends Report: Despite persistent low inventory, sales continue to rise, August prices reach highest in over a decade

September 20, 2018

Overview The inventory in Loudoun County continues to tighten. Active listings have declined, year over year, every month since July 2015. In August, there were 1,233 active listings, fewer than any August in the past decade. As a result of the low inventory, supply heading into September was 2.2 months. New listing activity increased in […]

USDA Proposes Changes to Ease Rural Loan Eligibility Requirements

September 20, 2018

More households are expected to get Rural Housing Service (RHS) loans under a proposed rule released on August 31, 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes changes to its single-family direct and guaranteed loan and grant programs that includes a two-tier system for determining eligibility. The rule also proposes revisions to how it calculates household […]

October Government Affairs Committee Meeting Guest Speakers: Representatives from the Virginia REALTORS®

September 20, 2018

On October 3, 2018, members of the Government Affairs Committee will meet with two Representatives from the Virginia REALTORS® – Martin Johnson, Senior VP of Government Relations and Erin Barton, Deputy General Counsel. The Committee invited Martin and Erin in order to learn more about their advocacy efforts, the process of developing legislative proposals for the […]

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

September 18, 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® this week. The annual installation and awards ceremony will take place at the […]

New Law Video: Copyrights and Your Listing Photographs

September 12, 2018

 Check out the latest Window to the Law video from the Legal Affairs division of the National Associations of REALTORS®.  Watch and learn copyright best practices for listing photographs, including obtaining the necessary rights to photos and understanding the rights granted to third parties, such as MLSs. You may also view the slide presentation. […]

REALTOR Safety Tip: Showing Strategies 101

September 12, 2018

When showing a home, always have your prospect walk in front of you. Don’t lead them, but rather, direct them from a position slightly behind them. You can gesture for them to go ahead of you and say, for example, “The master suite is in the back of the house.” Visit NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Web […]

Become an Online Winner – Get Started with Your REALTOR.COM® Profile Today

September 12, 2018

Did you know you can claim REALTOR.COM® profile as part of your REALTOR® membership? Your online presence matters and your REALTOR.COM® agent profile lets you easily manage and maximize your professional online image. Key benefits for… Listing Agents  New agent profiles on realtor.com® ensure you are easily discoverable by consumers searching for your expertise online. Plus, you’ll […]

Coming Soon: 5 Can’t Miss Features in Bright MLS

September 7, 2018

While subscribers wait for MRIS and Bright MLS to merge their systems in October and November (exact dates TBD), we will begin highlighting features of the new upcoming system that you will be able to use for your business! According to Bright MLS, here are 5 innovative features you’ll be able to access: Matrix 360: […]

REALTOR Safety: 10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open House

September 7, 2018

Open houses can be a great sales tool—but hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Take these steps to stay safe: 1. If possible, always try to have at least one other person working with you at the open house. 2. Check your cell phone’s strength and signal prior to the […]

Loudoun County Honors Lars Henriksen with a Resolution of Appreciation

September 5, 2018

Last evening, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors commended members of the Envision Loudoun Stakeholders Committee for their hard work and dedication to serving. During the past two years, DAAR Past President Lars Henriksen and other stakeholders volunteered their time and expertise toward creating a new vision for the future growth and development in Loudoun […]

DAAR Public Policy Forum: Future of Health Insurance for REALTORS®

August 31, 2018

Do not miss this unique opportunity to receive the latest updates on national legislative and regulatory efforts to expand access to affordable health insurance coverage. You will also gain valuable insight about navigating health insurance options. Join us on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10-11:30 am. Attendance is free for DAAR members, $20 for Non-Members: […]

Special Forms Update: Private Well and/or Septic Inspection Contingency Addendum Revised

August 31, 2018

Effective September 15, 2018, NVAR’s K1360 – Private Well and/or Septic Inspection Contingency Addendum has been updated to permit the parties to designate either the Buyer or Seller as the responsible party for the Septic Inspection. The form was also revised to create additional protections for the Buyer in the event the Seller is responsible for the […]

Join DAAR as the County Honors Lars Henriksen with a Resolution of Appreciation

August 30, 2018

Two years ago, a small group of dedicated volunteers were given the tremendous task of creating a new road map and vision for the future growth and development in Loudoun County.  DAAR was honored to have our Past President, Lars Henriksen, participate as a member of the Envision Loudoun Stakeholders Committee. He and his fellow […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

DAAR’s Fall Mix and Mingle @ Dog Money -Thursday, 10/4, 4-6pm

August 1, 2018

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

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 24th! 10AM-12PM

July 19, 2018

Join us for Safety Matters: Safe Business is Smart Business on Monday, September 24th, 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 […]

Shape the Future of the Industry: Join a DAAR Committee

August 15, 2019

DAAR members who serve on committees and work groups make the policy decisions that help shape the Association’s direction and the real estate industry. What’s in it for you? Association leadership offers a host of personal and professional growth opportunities! Here are just a few: Ignite Your Potential: Develop organizational, decision-making, and leadership skills Be […]