Government Affairs

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Government Affairs

The WA State RE Commission Would Like to Hear From You - SSB 5399

​The Commission is collecting information to assess impacts related to Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5399 – Concerning future listing right purchase contracts (RCW – 61.38.901), formerly known as 40-year listings.

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What's Happening This June

June is a busy month for REALTORS® ! Here you can find a brief recap of the NAR and WR campaigns, resources, and information you should be aware of this month all in one convenient place.

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Partner with WR and Junior Achievement at the Seattle Mariners Raffle Night

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Junior Achievement with Washington is seeking volunteers!

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Breaking: VA Signals Temporary Suspension of Buyer Agent Payment Ban

The Department of Veterans Affairs will temporarily lift its ban on VA buyers directly compensating their real estate agents, pending a formal rulemaking process. This move, announced by a VA official, is a big relief for the real estate industry, ensuring veterans have access to professional representation in the housing market.

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The WA State RE Commission Would Like to Hear From You

The commission is collecting information to assess impacts related to Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5399 – Concerning future listing right purchase contracts (RCW – 61.38.901), formerly known as 40-year contracts.

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NAR Celebrates 4 Washington REALTORS® at RPAC Hall of Fame Ceremony

NAR celebrated 4 Washington REALTORS® at its REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame Ceremony Monday evening during this week’s 2024 Legislative Meetings in DC.

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Washington REALTOR® Members Are Invested…And It Shows!

THANK YOU to our Washington REALTOR® Members who are extremely invested in the future of real estate! Your commitment to RPAC shows as WR is one of only 21 states to meet/exceed all of the following fundraising goals...

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AAPI Heritage Month Resources

In the month of May, we take time to reflect and celebrate the important role that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have played in our history.

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FAQ: Preliminary Approval of NAR Settlement

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Congratulations to our Newly Elected Officers

Last week at the 2024 Spring Business Conference Board of Directors meeting, the following wonderful individuals were elected into office:

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Partner with WR and Junior Achievement

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Junior Achievement with Washington is seeking volunteers to support financial literacy with our youth. The current needs are at the Auburn campus. Please sign up and help support the Washington Realtors / Junior Achievement partnership.

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New Class Regarding NAR's Proposed Settlement

Dive deep into the implications of industry changes including NAR's proposed settlement and Agency Law revisions with our brand-new clock-hour class, 'At the Intersection of NAR’s Settlement, Escrow Closings and Residential Lending', led by Annie Fitzsimmons.

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WASHINGTON REALTORS® TOP TAKEAWAYS FROM THE NAR SETTLEMENT

The proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) was announced Friday, March 15 but the settlement must be approved by the court before it will be final.

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National Association of REALTORS® Reaches Agreement to Resolve Nationwide Claims Brought by Home Sellers

NAR has reached an agreement that would end litigation of claims brought on behalf of home sellers related to broker commissions. You most likely have inquiries about what this entails, what the next steps are, and how it could impact you.

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Important Announcement from the Appraisers' Coalition of Washington

In recent months, there has been confusion over how local or state increases to residential zoning could impact the ability of residential appraisers to appraise residential properties that currently have 1 to 4 dwelling units, but have been upzoned to allow redevelopment of 5 or more dwelling units.

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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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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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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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Register Now For 2024 Legislative Days

Registration is now live so don't wait to secure your spot for this exciting two-day event designed for members to be a part of the advocacy effort as we meet with Washington lawmakers to help them understand the challenges REALTORS® and consumers face in the market.

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Statement from Washington REALTORS® President Alisha Harrison on the Burnett v. NAR et al Jury Verdict

Following the Burnett v. NAR verdict, Washington REALTORS® highlights its proactive approach to industry changes, emphasizing the forthcoming transparency-focused Agency Law effective January 1, 2024. The association provides resources and educational tools to assist brokers with the transition. Washington REALTORS® President, Alisha Harrison, expresses gratitude to members and reaffirms the organization's commitment to excellence.

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