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A Successful Legislative Days Event

The two-day event was packed with meetings, networking events, a beautiful installation banquet, guest speakers and more. Furthermore, our members met with 119 Legislators on the Hill to help further REALTOR Legislative Priorities. Read the full recap...

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Get the Facts 12.26.23

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2274

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2274, Consumer Protections for Solicited Real Estate.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2276

Watch Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Mary Hull-Drury give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2276, Real Estate Excise Tax (REET).

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2114

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2114, the bill's potential negative impacts on our state's housing market, and the stress its passage will have on housing providers in our state.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: SB5961

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on Senate Bill 5961, explaining how the passage of this bill in its current state will add pressure to our state's already stressed housing market.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2008

Watch Washington REALTORS Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2008: Creating a Taskforce on Housing Cost Driver Analysis on January 8th, 2024.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2160

Washington REALTORS® Director of Public Policy, Bill Clarke, recently testified on HB 2160, which addresses Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

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Kicking off the 2024 Legislative Session

As the 2024 Legislative Session kicks off, we aim to carry forward the momentum from the historic 2023 Washington Legislative Session, famously dubbed "The Year of Housing." During this period, a record number of pro-housing bills were passed, marking a turning point in our housing initiatives. Now, it's time for REALTORS® to drive housing progress even further!

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Combatting Misinformation

Question: Will upzones driven by 2023s HB 1110 and 1337, or locally-adopted zoning changes, cause existing single-family properties to lose eligibility for conforming financing or FHA- and VA backed loan products on a widespread basis? Find answers here.

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House Passes REALTOR® Priority Residential Lot Splitting Bill on Day 1 of 2024 Session

On January 8, the first day of the 2024 Legislative Session, the House of Representatives passed HB 1245 regarding residential lot splitting, sponsored by Representatives Andrew Barkis and Jessica Bateman.

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DBrief Episode 06: Agency Substitutions and Team Scenarios

There are significant legal changes impacting real estate transactions: the mandatory naming of brokers in brokerage service agreements. Annie Fitzsimmons delves into which forms to use when handling broker absences and asks for feedback regarding team scenarios.

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Get the Facts 12.19.23

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DBrief Episode 05: Listing Brokers and Real Estate Agency Law Changes

DBrief Episode 05 is out and in this episode, Annie Fitzsimmons, your Washington REALTORS® Legal Hotline Lawyer, addresses how listing brokers should approach conversations around the 2024 Agency Law Changes...

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Get the Facts 12.12.23

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Get the Facts 12.05.23

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Congratulations NAR Committee Appointees

Congratulations and thank you to the following Washington REALTOR® Members and staff on their appointment to NAR's 2024 committee!

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DBrief Episode 04: Navigating Risk Reducation with the Code of Ethics

In this episode, we delve into the topic of risk reduction in the real estate industry, featuring two distinguished guests, Bobby Petrone Chipman, Principle Managing Broker with John L. Scott and certified Code of Ethics Instructor and Michael Orbino, a Managing Broker at Compass and the Chair of NAR’s Professional Standards Forum. They discuss the importance of the Code of Ethics in mitigating risks, share insights into current market trends, and explore ethical challenges posed by emerging technologies.

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Remembering Donna Wright

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of Donna Wright's passing on 11/29/2023 in Spokane, Washington. Donna was not only a dedicated REALTOR® but also a true leader in our industry for over 40 years.

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Get the Facts 11.28.23

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