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2017 REALTOR® Party Resource Guide

Check out the 2017 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide to learn more about community outreach, campaign services, RPAC and political fundraising and grassroots grant, program, education opportunities and much more. Also, review what programs and resources qualify for the new Vote, Act and Invest Core Standards’ requirements.

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On Common Ground: Winter 2017

Demand for walkable neighborhoods is increasing and this demand is changing real estate. People of all ages are recognizing the benefits of living in a place where they can walk to nearby shops, restaurants, recreation and public transportation. The benefits are many—convenience, reduced time spent driving, and the health benefit of building walking into your day. But more than that, being walkable may be a major factor in your community staying economically competitive. In this issue of On Common Ground, learn more about why walkability is becoming a necessity.

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South Padre Island REALTORS® Uses Land Use Initiative to Overturn Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance

South Padre Island, Texas is such a popular resort area that when a new Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance was adopted, it affected the vast majority of the island's residential properties. Thanks to the REALTOR® Party’s Land Use Initiative, the South Padre Island Board of REALTORS® (SPIBOR) was able to overturn several overly restrictive provisions. In doing so, the 120-member board succeeded in protecting the rights of property owners and gained new respect from the city, making SPIBOR the voice of real estate in the community.

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Huntsville REALTORS® Build Partnerships and Promote Diversity in Northern Alabama

Recognizing that minority representation in its leadership didn’t accurately reflect the diversity of its membership, its community and the real estate industry at large, the Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS® (HAAR) used a Diversity Grant to help revive the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the historic organization founded by African-American industry professionals in 1947. In partnership, the REALTORS® and the REALTISTS®, as NAREB members are known, are moving toward a stronger future in northern Alabama.MORE>

Virginia REALTORS® Join in Partnership to Address Rural Housing Opportunities

The Virginia Association of REALTORS® was first struck by the isolation and vulnerability of many rural regions across the Commonwealth when a string of tornados hit. So, when the non-profit organization Housing Virginia approached VAR to partner in a Rural Housing Initiative grant it had received from the USDA, the association agreed wholeheartedly. With 5 of its local associations and the use of Housing Opportunity Grants, the two organizations conducted a series of Rural Housing Forums across the state to address housing challenges particular to rural areas. MORE>