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Tech: .REALTOR Domain Update

Tech: .REALTOR Domain Update

We are in the final process of being awarded .REALTOR. Once our license has been secured, we will be able to set a launch date.  At this time, we are anticipating a launch in the third quarter of this year.  As a member of the priority registration list, you will receive advance notice and a [...]

NAR Town Hall Meeting Webcast Invitation

NAR Town Hall Meeting Webcast Invitation

  NAR will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting for REALTORS® who are planning to attend the 2014 REALTOR® Party Convention & Trade Expo.  The Town Hall Meeting will take place on May 8th at 2 PM EST.  During this live webcast NAR Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello will highlight the issues REALTORS® will present during [...]

ACRE: Week in Real Estate (4/4)

See the news for Central Alabama Real Estate   McClellan property sold for $600,000; retail businesses planned Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Birmingham Partner Beau Byrd elected as Fellow of American College of Mortgage Attorneys Splash Adventure price tag was $4.4M UAB to connect campus to Parkside with walkway Brookwood Village sold to Cypress Equities Alagasco will [...]

NAR-backed Mortgage Debt Relief Clears Committee

NAR-backed Mortgage Debt Relief Clears Committee

The Senate Finance Committee has passed a two-year retroactive extension of tax relief for households who’ve had mortgage debt forgiven by a lender as part of a short sale or loan modification.   “We applaud the Senate Finance Committee for approving a bipartisan compromise bill today,” NAR President Steve Brown says. The legislation still needs [...]

NAR: Twitter Call for Action and Mortgage Cancellation Ad

NAR: Twitter Call for Action and Mortgage Cancellation Ad

This week, the U.S. Senate will be considering patent reform legislation that is supported by NAR and our coalition partners of several dozen small business organizations. Realtors and small businesspeople from across the country have been reporting frivolous demand letters from patent assertion entities (aka patent trolls) who have been seeking damages for alleged patent [...]

PUBLIC NOTICE: From Vestavia City Council

PUBLIC NOTICE: From Vestavia City Council

PUBLIC NOTICE   Public Notice is hereby being given of a Special Called Meeting of the Vestavia Hills City Council for the purpose of discussing issues within the City and to enter into an Executive Session to discuss pending litigation. This Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 beginning at 12:00 PM at the Vestavia Hills Municipal Center Council Chambers 513 Montgomery Highway [...]

48 Hours Left to Vote! 30 Under 30

48 Hours Left to Vote! 30 Under 30

There are less than 48 hours left to make sure one of our own here in Birmingham makes it to the final round for the REALTOR® Magazine 30 Under 30. This is a huge deal for Robert “Bo” Draughon of Keller Williams Trussville. VOTE FOR ROBERT ONLINE NOW WITH ONE CLICK!     “With great [...]

AAR: Government Affairs Report

AAR: Government Affairs Report

**FROM THE AAR CAPITOL REPORT FOR MARCH– See original post LANDLORD TENANT PASSES HOUSE 98-0 SENATE VERSION ONE STEP AWAY FROM GOVERNOR’S DESK Tuesday afternoon, the House version of the Landlord Tenant Bill, HB523, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 98-0. Never before has such a bill on such a sensitive subject been [...]

NAR: President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill into Law

NAR: President Obama Signs Flood Insurance Bill into Law

*Report From REALTOR® Action Center:   On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law.   This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bough a property before before FEMA warned them [...]