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We Need YOUR Voice to Protect REALTORS® From Patent Troll Abuse
Click here to contact your U.S. Representative and urge them to support H.R. 9- The Innovation Act
THE ISSUE: Patent trolls purchase outdated patents and use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses. Across the country, small businesses including Brokers, REALTORS® and MLSs are targeted for using common business technology like dropdown menus and search functions on your website or scanning a contract on a scanner that sends the file to your computer. In Nevada alone, patent trolls have filed 66 lawsuits against 41 companies between 2005 and 2014, with nearly 80% of those filed in the past 5 years. HR 9 will take vital steps to protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits brought by patent trolls. It is critical that you urge your member of Congress to support this important legislation – don’t let the trolls win!
NVAR Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Awards
The Nevada Association of REALTORS® is now accepting nominations for 2015 Nevada Distinguished REALTOR® Award (NDRA), REALTOR® of the Year Award (ROTY), and REALTOR® Active in Politics award (RAP). The deadline for ROTY nominations is August 15th. The deadline for the NDRA and RAP awards is October 1st. Nominate a deserving REALTOR® today! Click here to submit a nomination
What's Causing the Record Home Prices?
The housing market was on a tear in June, as home sales hit their highest pace in eight years and the national median sales price marched to a record $236,400. What is driving this strong sales activity
The 8 Biggest Concerns for REALTORS®
REALTORS® are "strongly confident" about the housing market's outlook over the next six months, although confidence has eased since the beginning of this spring, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index. The survey also revealed REALTORS®' top 8 concerns
A Town's Walkability Becomes More Key
You may want to highlight the walkability of a neighborhood and area, particularly when you're working with first-time buyers and young adult clients. Millennials are showing a strong preference to walking over driving, and by substantially wider margins than any other generation, according to a new poll of 3,000 adults living in the 50 largest metro areas
Hot Legal Issues
NVAR's Legal Counsel write articles and updates on important legal topics. You can find these articles here.
Real Estate Today Radio
Real Estate Today is an-NAR produced national radio show that offers listeners an opportunity to
exchange information and learn from some of the nation’s most recognized
experts on a variety of real estate related topics such as buying and
selling homes, obtaining mortgages, seasonal markets, home improvements
and more. The show also airs nationwide on XM Satellite Radio, and worldwide at www.RETRadio.com. Click here to listen to current or past programs.
Foreclosure help for Nevadans
Did you know that the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has provided a Foreclosure Prevention and Response (FPR) Grant Program to aid REALTORS®, their clients, and the nation’s communities in facing the challenges of the current market? The Nevada Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) received the grant to aid Nevada communities in facing the current foreclosure challenges. NVAR, in conjunction with the local REALTOR® associations, has created a website that offers foreclosure counseling and information to help Nevadans develop coordinated plans of action to prevent foreclosures and respond to their adverse effects.
Click here to visit foreclosurehelpfornevadans.org
Nevada rental deposit
Did you know there are funds available to assist individuals with their initial security deposit through a no interest loan program to move into rental property that the Housing Authority owns or manages? The Nevada Association of REALTORS®, in partnership with local Associations and Nevada Housing Authorities, has created the NVrentaldepositprogram.org website to assist working individuals who meet specific qualifications to tap into this Security Deposit grant money.
Click here to visit nvrentaldepositprogram.org and find out more.