Why the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Rules are important to the US Economy

What, Exactly, Is the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange? Even if you never use Section 1031 of the Tax Code, it can impact you — in a positive way. It’s often referred to as the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange.

July 5, 2015

Gulf Coast REALTORS® to Sponsor Flood-Insurance Conference

Property owners in Mississippi’s Gulf Coast region have suffered a number of hardships over the last 10 years, and the Gulf Coast Association of REALTORS® has been working to help them deal with issues arising from those hardships.

July 1, 2015

Chicago REALTORS® Help Homeowners Reduce Property Taxes

Chicago homeowners are taking control of their property taxes, thanks to the efforts of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. “We’re doing something a little different to help homeowners with property taxes here in Chicago,” says Brian Bernardoni, the …

July 1, 2015

Connecticut Plan to Tax Home Sales Quashed

It seems like each year Connecticut legislators try to increase taxes on homeowners. Well, every year is close to accurate, at least for the last decade. Every year since 2003, Connecticut lawmakers extended what was supposed to be a temporary conveyan …

July 1, 2015

Charlotte REALTORS® Help Make Building Permit Process More Efficient, Less Costly

With Charlotte, N.C., being one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association has been working to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the city and surrounding Mecklenburg County by encourag …

July 1, 2015

Michigan REALTORS® Promote Fairness in Transfer Tax

Real estate transfer taxes make buying and selling a home more expensive. Michigan REALTORS® are working to change a part of their state’s transfer tax law that is unfair to buyers and sellers. Michigan imposes a state tax of 0.75% on the sale of real …

July 1, 2015

Vermont REALTORS® Group Works for a Fair Property Tax System

Vermont REALTORS® is dedicated to making home ownership equitable and affordable in Vermont. One way it helps do this is by working to reform Vermont’s property-tax structure. Currently, Vermont has the third-highest property taxes in the nation. Vermo …

July 1, 2015

Charleston Trident REALTORS® Seek to Increase Quality of Life for Area

The Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® has more than 4,000 members in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkley counties in South Carolina. In an area composed of suburban, downtown and industrial selling markets, the Association focuses on improving …

July 1, 2015

REALTORS® Alliance Fights Point-Of-Sale Inspection Ordinances

For decades, many local governments in southeastern Pennsylvania have had ordinances requiring point-of-sale inspections for residential real estate. The Suburban REALTORS® Alliance, a subsidiary corporation of the Bucks County Association of REALTORS® …

July 1, 2015

Seattle REALTORS® Protect Homeowners From Mortgage Credit Crunch

Seattle King County REALTORS® ensured that the mayor and city officials understood the negative impacts of the city’s proposed foreclosure relief program on homeowners and the local housing market. Current and prospective homeowners in the Greater Seat …

July 1, 2015

Kanawha Valley Board of REALTORS® Educates the Public About Credit Scores

The Kanawha Valley Board of REALTORS® in West Virginia is an organization that advocates on the local level for many different issues, including property rights, flooding rezoning, and other consumer protections. The Board has also taken the lead in ed …

July 1, 2015

REALTORS® Help Nevada Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

One way that the Nevada Association of REALTORS® has helped keep these numbers moving in the right direction has been by providing homeowners with access to information about avoiding foreclosure.

July 1, 2015

Kentucky REALTORS® Know Homes Matter

State governments are always looking for ways to raise revenue, especially in today’s economy. The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® is working overtime to make sure those efforts don’t interfere with home ownership. In 2012, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshea …

July 1, 2015

Maryland REALTORS® Promote Home Savings Accounts

There is no question that buying a home is expensive. Although a monthly mortgage payment may be reasonable, and may be no more than a family might pay to rent a home, buyers have to come up with cash for a down payment and for closing costs. The Maryl …

July 1, 2015

Maine REALTORS® Help Demystify Home Buying

Buying a home can be an intimidating process. A home is the most expensive purchase most people will ever make. The process is complicated, with stacks of papers to read and sign, and rules to follow at every step. To help make the process of buying a …

July 1, 2015

Virginia REALTORS® Promote First-Time Homebuyer Accounts

The first-time homebuyer savings account is a unique way to allow parents, grandparents and other relatives to help family members save for their first home.

July 1, 2015

St. Louis REALTORS® Promote Diversity in Homeownership

The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® is committed to making its city a welcoming and affordable place to live for all people. Home buyers and home sellers benefit from the association’s many programs and resources and dedication to the community. Eve …

July 1, 2015

Long Island REALTORS® Fight Discrimination in Cooperative Housing

The Long Island Board of REALTORS® is working hard to ensure fair housing for all, and to eliminate the last bastion of institutional discrimination: cooperative housing. Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, national origi …

July 1, 2015

Montana Realtors® Work to Protect Consumer Privacy

MAR campaigned successfully against language in a bill that would have mandated public disclosure of real estate sales prices for tax appraisals. With data privacy a growing concern for all Americans, the Montana Association of REALTORS® has taken an a …

July 1, 2015

North Dakota REALTORS® Help Defeat Transfer Taxes

The North Dakota Association of REALTORS® recently helped eliminate a real estate “transfer tax” that burdened homebuyers and sellers across the state.

July 1, 2015

REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches Fights Tax Hike

Property taxes help fund local governments, but they also drive up the costs of home ownership. The REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches is working hard to keep taxes in the Florida communities they serve from spiraling out of control. In the summ …

July 1, 2015

Phoenix REALTORS® Work With City to Improve Neighborhoods

Phoenix REALTORS® worked with the city council to address blight. Blighted and abandoned homes have been costly for the city of Phoenix, Arizona, and some homeowners, which is why the Phoenix Association of REALTORS® has worked with the city government …

July 1, 2015

Minneapolis REALTORS® Fight Mandatory Home Inspections

The Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® is working to repeal point-of-sale inspection ordinances enacted in some of the 200 cities in the Minneapolis metropolitan area.

July 1, 2015

Oregon REALTORS® Improve Vets’ Access to Housing

The Oregon Association of REALTORS® is continuing a strong history of supporting affordable housing opportunities in their state.

July 1, 2015

Idaho’s Ada County REALTORS® Train Communities in ‘Placemaking’

The Ada County Association of REALTORS® in Idaho knows that quality of life is key to building a strong community and its real estate market. A good quality of life attracts new residents and incentivizes current residents to stay and contribute to the community.

July 1, 2015

New Mexico REALTORS® Push to Reinstate Seller Financing

Seller financing is an important option for many buyers and sellers in New Mexico. In Albuquerque alone, there are more than 1,500 seller-financed transactions every year.

July 1, 2015

Greater Manchester REALTORS® Reward Community Service

To encourage greater community involvement by REALTORS® and to provide support for community organizations, projects and activities, the Greater Manchester/Nashua County Board of REALTORS® in New Hampshire each year presents the Good Neighbor Award to …

July 1, 2015

Knoxville REALTORS® Focus on Diversity, Urban Agriculture

As the largest REALTORS® association in Tennessee, with approximately 3,400 members in 12 counties, the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® is an advocate for the approximately 400,000 households in its area. KAAR’s top priority is to make sure its …

July 1, 2015

Little Rock REALTORS® Fight Burdensome Impact Fees

One of the ways the Little Rock REALTORS® Association is helping to make sure that home buying is affordable is to fight against burdensome fees imposed by local governments. In the Summer of 2013, the City of Little Rock began debating the merits of i …

July 1, 2015

Atlanta REALTORS® Help Veterans Buy Dream Homes

The Atlanta Board of REALTORS® has been helping veterans to own the homes of their dreams by working to remove a common obstacle veterans have faced in the home-buying process. REALTOR® Maura Neill, a member of the ABR, brought the issue to the attenti …

July 1, 2015

Nebraska REALTORS® Work to End Contract Notarization Law

The Nebraska REALTORS® Association is working hard to get rid of unnecessary legal requirements for contracts used for the sale of a home.

July 1, 2015

REALTORS® Fight to Protect L.A. Property Owners From Sidewalk Repairs

In Los Angeles, over 40 percent of the city’s 10,750 miles of sidewalks are in disrepair. It’s a big problem that the city has tried to push off onto property owners.

July 1, 2015

Wildfire Hazards Are a Hot Topic for Colorado REALTORS®

The Colorado Association of REALTORS® is helping to fight destructive wildfires through a new statewide education initiative called Project Wildfire.

July 1, 2015

Indiana REALTORS® Keep Consumers Informed

The Indiana Association of REALTORS®knows it’s not enough to help people buy and sell homes. The Association provides buyers and sellers with the tools necessary to make the most of every real estate transaction. One of the most useful tools to help co …

July 1, 2015

North Central Jersey REALTORS® Volunteer to Fix Homes

The North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS® is dedicated to supporting housing and home ownership in the communities it serves. One way that the Association serves the community is through the REALTORS® Care Day, sponsored jointly by the North Ce …

July 1, 2015

Teton REALTORS® Help Pass Fair Housing Law

During the 2015 legislative session, the Teton Board of REALTORS® joined with other groups to support a Senate bill, SF 132, that proposed creating a Wyoming fair housing act.

July 1, 2015

Providence REALTORS® Train to Help Consumers

The real estate marketplace can be a confusing place, especially for first-time homebuyers. The Greater Providence Board of REALTORS® is helping to ease that confusion by preparing member REALTORS® to work better with the consumers they represent. The …

July 1, 2015

San Antonio REALTORS® Fight Unfair Disclosure Requirements

The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® is working against a disclosure bill in the state Legislature that only masks a problem for homeowners. The bill, HB 1639, would require people who sell property in certain areas to disclose whether the property is in …

July 1, 2015

Omaha REALTORS® Serve Their Community

The Omaha Area Board of REALTORS® is dedicated to the Omaha community. This dedication is demonstrated through its support of programs and projects intended to benefit the citizens of the Omaha area. Every year, the Omaha Area Board of REALTORS’® spons …

July 1, 2015

Sioux Falls REALTORS® Offer Education for Buyers, Sellers

The REALTORS® association has partnered with the Sioux Empire Housing Partnership and Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota to assist first-time home buyers.

July 1, 2015