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U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Assist First-Generation Homebuyers

September 27, 2021

“LIFT is among the most effective ways policymakers have to address the nation’s pernicious problem of large and widening economic disparities,” – Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics. On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, a group of U.S. senators introduced the Low-Income First Time Homebuyers (LIFT) Act to help first time and first-generation homebuyers build wealth […]

Kaine and Warner Announce $4 Million from HUD for Affordable Housing Expansion

September 24, 2021

“These federal dollars will help Virginians access safe and affordable housing as our Commonwealth continues to build back better… We are glad to see this funding go toward helping Virginians in need.” On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia announced $4,098,261.60 in federal funding from the U.S. Department […]

DAAR Spotlight: 2021 RPAC Major Investors

September 20, 2021

DAAR wholeheartedly appreciates every single one of our RPAC contributors. Today, there’s one group of investors we’d like to shine a special light upon:   DAAR’s RPAC Major Investors have contributed a minimum of $1,000 each (the Sterling “R” level) in 2021, and we are honored to recognize them for their extraordinary commitment to REALTOR® advocacy […]

NAR Expresses Concern Over Proposed Limitations on Real Estate Investment

September 17, 2021

The limitations could negatively impact the health and growth of the commercial real estate market. On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) raised concerns in a letter issued to Congressional leadership of the tax writing committees regarding the proposed limits to tax benefits for real estate investment. At a time when the […]

2021 Gubernatorial Policy Tracker: McAuliffe vs Youngkin

September 1, 2021

The Commonwealth’s democratic and republican nominees for Governor offer voters a glimpse into their policy platforms. This page will be updated throughout the 2021 election cycle. Virginia’s race for governor is in full gear. The candidates, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, and business leader, Glenn Youngkin, are both vying to occupy the Commonwealth’s top post. Both […]

U.S. Supreme Court Ends Latest CDC Eviction Moratorium

August 27, 2021

The following update comes directly from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) regarding the SCOTUS decision to end the most recent eviction moratorium: The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night [August 26, 2021], giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more […]

Loudoun County Announces Financing Opportunities for First-Time Homebuyers

August 21, 2021

The following is directly from the Loudoun County Government’s website: Loudoun County announces the availability of $10 million provided by Virginia Housing (VH) to help first-time homebuyers. The allocation of funding through VH’s Sponsoring Partnerships and Revitalizing Communities (SPARC) program will provide lower interest rates on home loans in Loudoun County for qualifying buyers.  To qualify for […]

Analysis: Loudoun County’s 2020 Census Results

August 20, 2021

Of Virginia’s 133 counties, Loudoun boasts the largest increase in population size, but struggles with the third lowest housing vacancy rate. The 2020 U.S. Census results are out, which means the once-a-decade redistricting process will begin to unfold as state and local governments begin to review population changes. In Virginia, one of the most significant […]

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 […]

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 […]