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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 […]

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 […]

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® […]

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 […]

Dedicated Funding Plan for Metro Receives Final Approval in Virginia

April 19, 2018

Virginia will provide $154 million a year to support the Metro transit system. On April 18th, the Virginia General Assembly approved funding for Metro through a combination of existing sources, without an increase in the grantors’ tax (“congestion relief fee”). Throughout the process of approving Metro funding, members of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® […]

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 […]

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, […]

Virginia REALTORS®Offers Legal Hotline to All REALTOR® Members

January 14, 2018

Did you hear about the latest NEW BENEFIT for REALTOR® members? The Virginia REALTORS® now offers a Legal Hotline to all REALTOR® members. This new Legal Hotline benefit is a web-based submission process to address your legal questions. To submit a question, you’ll need to be logged into the website with your Username and Password. Your broker will […]

Know the Rules: Real Estate Signs – Permits, Placement & Penalties – Monday, 10/2

September 21, 2017

Join us for a panel discussion on the rules governing real estate signs on Monday, October 2, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at DAAR, 21720 Red Rum Drive, #177, Ashburn, VA. Learn about the licensee print advertising requirements established by the Virginia Real Estate Board and receive an overview of Loudoun County’s new […]