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NAR Focused on New Congress

The National Association of REALTORS® is gearing up for what is expected to be a busy first three months of the legislative session as a new Congress and new Administration tackle a number of priorities affecting real estate.

Health Insurance Reform: NAR is prepared to represent the interests of REALTORS® and real estate companies as the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act begins. NAR favors retaining certain aspects of existing laws that benefit REALTORS® -- including not letting insurers deny coverage to people who have a preexisting condition, preventing insurers from charging markedly different premiums based on factors such as age, gender and health status, and allowing people to keep their children on their plans up to age 26.

Tax Reform: NAR's priority is to preserve longstanding tax incentives for home ownership and real estate investments, including the mortgage interest deduction and property tax deductions. On the commercial side, preserving 1031 like-kind exchanges is paramount.

Flood Insurance: Another pressing priority for NAR will be getting the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorized before it expires at the end of September. NAR is seeking another long-term reauthorization combined with additional reforms to increase the accuracy of flood mapping, provide financial assistance for more homeowners to mitigate their risk before a flood occurs, and develop a more robust private insurance market.

 Click here to read more about NAR's legislative efforts.

 
Chandler Installed as RVAR President

Kathy Chandler of MKB, REALTORS was installed as RVAR's President on December 9th at RVAR's Installation and Awards Breakfast. Also installed was Connie Hash of MKB, REALTORS as President-elect.

Five Directors were also installed: Bitsy Davis of Long & Foster, REALTORS; Ashley Donahue of Wainwright & Co.; Becky Fields of BHHS Premier, REALTORS; Jeff Fletcher of BHHS Premier, REALTORS and Renee Wiggins of RE/MAX All Stars Realty. Your 2017 Board of Directors stands ready to serve you!

 
Coffey Named 2016 REALTOR® of the Year

 

Vic Coffey, Broker/Owner for RE/MAX All Stars Realty, received RVAR's REALTOR® of the Year award on December 9th at RVAR's Installation and Awards Breakfast.

Coffey has been a REALTOR® for 31 years, serving in many volunteer capacities for RVAR and VAR. Coffey served as RVAR's President in 2015.

The REALTOR® of the Year award is RVAR's highest honor recognizing a local REALTOR® who demonstrates outstanding REALTOR® spirit, business accomplishments and community involvement.

 
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