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Hot Topic Alert: Sales Tax on Professional Services

Professional services are broadly taxed in five states. In 2017, elected leaders in at least four states considered expanding sales taxes to include professional services. Opponents of a sales tax on services, including REALTORS®, highlight that a new tax of five or 10 percent on real estate transactions would have a major disruptive impact on markets while also creating higher consumer costs. Learn more about sales tax on professional services in this Hot Topic Alert.

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On Common Ground, Summer 2017: Sustainability

NAR has been supporting sustainability efforts for years in several ways, including through its Green Designation for REALTORS® who have completed training on sustainability and green homes; and its Smart Growth Program, which assists state and local REALTOR® associations in becoming leaders in sustainable land use and transportation. In this issue of On Common Ground learn more how others are planning for a sustainable future.

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Celebrate National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month, which recognizes the important relationship between homeownership and the American Dream. Each week HomeOwnershipMatters, the public face of NAR’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program, will be sharing the latest news, interesting stories and informative videos designed to inspire homeowners to take action. Encourage your members to share these stories with their clients on Facebook and Twitter!

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2017 GAD Institute, July 11 – 14. REGISTER TODAY!

The Government Affairs Directors’ Institute is an annual professional development conference for state and local real estate association professionals who provide guidance to and work for associations in the areas of government affairs, political affairs, legislative or regulatory affairs, lobbying, advocacy, RPAC fundraising, campaigns, community outreach and/or all REALTOR® Party initiatives. This year's 2017 GAD Institute is being held July 11 – 14 in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Hilton West Palm Beach. Registration today!

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Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association REALTORS

To prevent an extreme proposition that would curtail development in Los Angeles, the REALTORS® of Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles used the power of the REALTOR® Party's Land Use Initiative and Issues Mobilization Grant programs. These resources and an unlikely partnership helped defeat the measure and secure housing opportunities across the city. MORE>

Texas REALTORS® Bring Clarity to Voting Process

Ballots in Texas were mired in a confusing, unregulated free-for-all where proposition names were concerned. There was no systematic order, and sometimes duplicate proposition names appeared on a single ballot. But with help from the Texas REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Party, the enactment of a new Election Transparency law made all clear. MORE>