Congratulations to Troy Brinkley of Impera Commercial and Land Company in Virginia Beach. Not only did Troy win the 2012 Platinum Commercial Sales & Leasing Achievement Award from the Hampton Roads REALTOR® Association, but NAR picked up on that. It added Troy to its list of National Commercial Award recipients, who were honored during the NAR Conference & Expo:
The NAR Board of Directors has voted unanimously to “turn the association’s headquarters into a world-class property that is intended to become the next destination building in the iconic Chicago skyline.” The vote allows “exploration” of the project, meaning the association can begin more detailed talks with its unnamed developer partner.
According to the association:
NAR has changed the requirements for qualifying for “REALTOR® Emeritus” status to include at least one year of service to the association. Until now, anyone who was a dues-paying member for 40 years would qualify; 8,149 REALTORS® currently hold the status.
REALTOR emeriti have their national dues — currently $120 per year — waived for life. (Virginia also waives state dues, and some local associations also waive them.)
Starting in 2015, to qualify for REALTOR® Emeritus status a member will have to have served at least one year on a national committee, as an NAR director, or as a Federal Political Coordinator. Through 2019, the requirement can also be met through similar service on the state level.
NAR has had close ties with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade, and this year was no exception. To kick off the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, extreme swimmer (and CEO of REALTOR® of Excellence) Toni Enderli of Cape Town, South Africa will swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 11 (8:00 a.m. EST), with the goal of raising $10,000 for Habitat For Humanity of Greater San Francisco.
Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day — a date America has set aside to honor the men and women who have served our country’s military. It’s a time for all of us to take an extra moment to consider the sacrifices millions of Americans have made for the past 237 years.
From the brave Patriots who answered the call to secure our Country’s independence, to the men and women protecting our liberty and honor in the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of Afghanistan, and around the world today, we should never forget those who have kept us free.
But it is more than the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen we need to think about. The sacrifices of their families — husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, and children — are all too often overlooked.
Key House and Senate members have reached a bipartisan deal to delay the implementation of major parts of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. The agreement — which still must be codified into a bill — will ensure the government continues to subsidize flood-insurance for many homeowners who participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) while the impact of higher rates is studied.
The agreement is a result of concerns over the implementation of Biggert-Waters, and the effect it has had on flood insurance premiums since it was passed in July 2012.
A study by personal finance site Wallet Hub found that Virginia is the state most affected by the government shutdown.
Using data from Realtor.org as well as the Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, FedsDataCenter.com, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Wallet Hub examined a number of factors that would make a state more or less impacted by the shutdown.