REALTOR® News

Ask the Expert - What is Fair Housing Month?

  • by Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS®
  • Apr 8, 2024, 09:53 AM
A: Fair Housing Month is observed every April to commemorate the passage of the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act which prohibited discrimination in housing. The Fair Housing Act is a federal law which forbids discrimination in most housing-related activities, including buying, selling, renting, or financing, based on such immutable characteristics as race, color, sex, national origin, or religion.
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Get the Facts - Member Updates

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Apr 2, 2024, 16:34 PM
April is Fair Housing Month! Observed to commemorate the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act, this month represents the advancement of equitable opportunities to expand homeownership for all people. To honor this month, WR has gathered helpful and informative resources, including NAR's® toolkit and a poster that you can print and display to promote the REALTOR® commitment to Fair Housing.
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Friday Video Update with Annie Fitzsimmons

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 22, 2024, 16:50 PM
The Friday Videos / Legal Hotline Videos are available in audio formats online. Currently available: Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Soundcloud. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
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Member Alert - Top Takeaways from the NAR Settlement

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 19, 2024, 08:49 AM
In this important update, Washington REALTORS® President Jeff Smart addresses the membership and urges us to tune in as Washington REALTORS® CEO Nathan Gorton and WR Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons discuss key takeaways from the proposed settlement, its potential impact on our members, and how Washington REALTORS® are already steps ahead in adapting to these changes.
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No Cost for ABR® Course

  • by National Association of REALTORS®
  • Mar 18, 2024, 15:39 PM
NAR has announced that it will provide its members with no-cost access to the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation course, helping REALTORS® communicate their value to buyers in this ever-evolving real estate landscape.
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Ask the Expert - What are Zoning Regulations?

  • by Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS®
  • Mar 18, 2024, 08:54 AM
A: For many, zoning regulations seem about as interesting as soy candles and Soviet romance novels. However, zoning can have major impacts on our economy and future housing market developments. These rules which regulate the sorts of development that can take place on specific parcels of land have consequences that reach far beyond the mere aesthetics of a town or city’s skyline.
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Friday Video Update with Annie Fitzsimmons

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 15, 2024, 15:31 PM
This week we're excited to continue our latest Legal Hotline Video Series: A Fresh Look at Fair Housing! Join us as we dive further into this important series hosted by WR Legal Hotline Lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons with special guests Deborah Blom, a Clark County REALTOR® and Adria Buchanan, Executive Director at The Fair Housing Center of Washington.
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Get the Facts - Member Updates

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 15, 2024, 08:39 AM
Free Clock Hours for WR Members Elevate your professionalism with Bias Override! WR members can take this 3.0 clock-hour class for FREE to learn the roots of bias in real estate, master strategies to sidestep fair housing pitfalls & more. Register today!
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Friday Video Update with Annie Fitzsimmons

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 8, 2024, 15:35 PM
LEGAL HOTLINE VIDEO SERIES A Fresh Look at Fair Housing: Advertising & Fair Housing Faux Pas This week we're excited to continue our latest Legal Hotline Video Series: A Fresh Look at Fair Housing! Join us as we dive further into this important series hosted by WR Legal Hotline Lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons with special guests Deborah Blom, a Clark County REALTOR®, and Adria Buchanan, Executive Director at The Fair Housing Center of Washington. Listen as they discuss Fair Housing-focused real estate advertising. You won't want to miss this series—tune in to stay confident and informed as we keep the momentum going in 2024!
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Get the Facts - Member Updates

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Mar 8, 2024, 15:27 PM
Draft Like a Lawyer Seats are Filling up Fast! Join us April 23rd - 24th, 2024 at the Center Place Regional Event Center in Spokane for Draft Like a Lawyer! This two-day in-person course is designed to teach you the necessary drafting skills and integrated use of the most popular statewide forms! Not only will you improve your drafting skills, but you'll also earn 16CE credits as you learn about real estate forms and how to use them in your business. Additionally, the course allows you to catch up on high-demand topics taught by Legal Hotline Lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons!
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Ask the Expert - What are Density Bonuses?

  • by Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS®
  • Feb 29, 2024, 15:41 PM
A: In the face of rapidly expanding urban populations, many questions have arisen about how localities should address the growing demand for housing. In the midst of the shrinking housing supply and affordability problems, the case for density bonuses in urban development has never been more compelling. According to recent data, our nation is facing a housing crisis, with a staggering shortage of 3.8 million housing units. In this context, the role of density bonuses emerges as a potential game-changer. But what exactly is a density bonus? And how can it improve the current predicament?
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Ask the Expert - What is the REALTOR® Difference?

  • by Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS®
  • Jan 10, 2024, 16:38 PM
Understandably, many misunderstand the terms “Real Estate Agent,” “Real Estate Broker,” and “REALTORS®.” So, what is the difference? “Real Estate Agent” is a blanket term used to describe the different types of professionals who buy and sell real estate: agents, brokers, and REALTORS®. And even though they all work in the same industry, they have very different backgrounds.
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Friday Video Update with Annie Fitzsimmons

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Dec 22, 2023, 15:08 PM
Operation Evolve: Buyer Broker Compensation This week we're back with another installment of our latest Legal Hotline Video Series: Operation Evolve! Join us as WR Legal Hotline Lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons, breaks down buyer broker compensation and seller's ability to offer zero compensation to buyer brokers. You won't want to miss this series—tune in to stay confident and informed as we head toward 2024.
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Get the Facts - Member Updates

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Dec 19, 2023, 16:50 PM
Your Voice Matters: Take the NAR Member Survey ​ The National Association of REALTORS® has released a survey to gather members’ inputs about their culture and communication channels. Your feedback is critical and your voice matters! The survey will be open until January 5, 2024, and you can access it with your NAR login here.
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Ask the Expert - What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?

  • by Snohomish County Camano Association of REALTORS®
  • Dec 18, 2023, 16:28 PM
A: According to the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MSRC), an accessory dwelling unit (or ADU) is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as an existing single-family home. Colloquially called “mother-in-law apartments” or “in-law suites” due to the prominence of extended family usage, ADUs have become an increasingly attractive concept for renters and homeowners of differing backgrounds. For many reasons, ADUs have become the subject of much interest to REALTORS®, homeowners, and renters alike.
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Friday Video Update with Annie Fitzsimmons

  • by Washington REALTORS®
  • Dec 15, 2023, 15:38 PM
This week we're back with another installment of our latest Legal Hotline Video Series: Operation Evolve! Join us as WR Legal Hotline Lawyer, Annie Fitzsimmons, breaks down the purchase and sale agreement as it relates to the amount of compensation offered by the seller. You won't want to miss this series—tune in to stay confident and informed as we head toward 2024.
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