2018 Highlights of Membership

2018-10-01T09:01:18+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Highlights of 2018

“RAR continues to provide education, legislation and technological advancements for its members. They strive to support us and are there as a resource to help members succeed.” – 2018 RAR and CVR MLS President Susan Swink

 

Your local, state and national associations (RAR, Virginia REALTORS®, NAR) are all at work for you year-round.

Dues breakdown: RAR $170, VR $155, NAR $185

The Federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 eliminated state and federal tax deductions for any portion of dues used for lobbying activities.  The estimated portions allocated for lobbying on behalf of real estate interests are listed below. These figures should be communicated to your tax consultant.

2018 estimated non-deductible portions of dues:

RAR: 7.7% or $13.09, VR: 11.2% or $17.36, NAR: 38% or $57.00

Note that the NAR Consumer Advertising Campaign special assessment of $35 is considered a deductible expense.

 

Boutique Style Education Opportunities

  • 214 classes, totaling 684 CE credit hours/380 PLE credit hours
  • 40 free MLS classes with 84 total hours of credit
  • 10 designation and certification classes (10 total designations (ABR, NHC, PSA, SRS, CRB, RE Invest, MRP, SRES, ePRO, RENE) and 13 distinct classes (ABR, RE Invest & PSA offered twice))
  • 180 hours of pre-broker education with the Broker Fast Track program
  • 2018 Leadership Development Academy
  • Free quarterly Fair Housing classes, with CE/PLE credit
  • 12 free sessions of NAR Biennial Ethics
  • Summer CE Cruise Week & Shamrock Week—each featuring 5 unique classes offering up to 10 hours of CE

 

Events Designed for You

  • Outstanding Production Awards Reception
  • REALTOR Road Trip
  • REALTORfest
  • Installation Ceremony and Annual Awards Reception
  • Two convenient REALTOR® headshot days

 

Member & Consumer Communications (New this year)

  • The consumer campaign focused on the production of a stock photography & video library available to members
  • There are over 1000 high-quality photos, graphics, and videos available for Realtors to download and use for free
  • All marketing content for Realtors’ is now hosted at RARealtors.com/MarketingContent

 

Government Affairs (2018 Accomplishments)

  • Produced the Senior Housing Study to quantify the existing senior housing affordability gap and the challenges that lie ahead
  • Worked with Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, and Powhatan on planning for future growth
  • Spearheaded legislation requiring HOA’s and POA’s to place a cover sheet on their disclosure packets or resale certificate. The sheet outlines Association policies that can lead to triggering the three day right of rescission. This includes annual dues, special assessments, rental restrictions, parking or vehicle restrictions, pet restrictions, and architectural restrictions

 

Community Development  (2018 Accomplishments)

  • Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT)  has been designated as the City of Richmond’s land bank
  • The MWCLT has grown from one home to over two dozen in development/under contract
  • RAR hosted forums on senior housing
  • RAR serves on the New Jefferson David Implementation steering committee