New FHA Rules Alleviate Affordability Constraints

The Federal Housing Administration has updated its condominium rules allowing for individual unit approval and will be working to improve the process and take a hard look at the requirements for property financing eligibility.

When Uh Oh Becomes an E&O Webinar Recap

Louisiana REALTORS hosted a webinar on August 13th, 2019 titled “When Uh Oh Becomes an E&O.”

A huge thanks to Jason Freas attorney with Galloway Law Firm for presenting this information on some best practices regarding E&O issues and touch on some recent cases involving Equal Housing complaints. If you could not make the webinar, we’ve made the recording available below.

C2EX Wins National Award

Bob Goldberg, CEO announced Monday that the National Association of REALTORS®’ Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) Program has been selected as a 2019 Learning! 100 award winner. This award honors organizations for fostering a culture of professional growth, innovation, and organizational performance.

LR BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATE PROFILES

Elections to fill At Large Director positions and NAR Directors will take place during LR's Annual Fall Governance Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The following candidates have completed the application process and expressed an interest to serve the REALTOR organization and the industry with their time and talents as an At Large Director.

The Laser Factor Webinar with Erin Marcus - Finding Hotter Prospects

Louisiana REALTORS hosted another webinar on August 6th, 2019 titled “The Laser Factor - How to Find Hotter Prospects.” Our guest, Erin Marcus, took us through the four components necessary in any marketing messaging guaranteed to get you more referrals. If you could not make the webinar, we’ve made the recording available to you.

Opportunity Zones Webinar Recap

Opportunity Zones Webinar Recap

Louisiana REALTORS had the privilege of working with three special guests for our Opportunity Zones Webinar on July 24, 2019. Erin Stackley from the National Association of REALTORS, Mandi Mitchell from Louisiana Economic Development, and Jason DeCuir from Ryan, LLC gave very informative presentations This article contains a recap, webinar recording and a download link the the webinar presentation slides. Stay tuned, more webinars to come!

2020 National Association of REALTORS State Elected Director

During the Fall Governance Meeting in New Orleans, the Louisiana REALTORS® Board of Directors will elect one member to serve as a state director on the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® for the years 2020 through 2022.

Legislative Session Ends With Less Fanfare

While previous sessions have ended with a bang and unfinished budgets, the 2019 Regular Legislative Session quietly ended Thursday, June 6 with a state budget passed with a few minutes to spare. This is likely because legislators who are term limited are tired from a very long twelve years and those who will be running this fall did not wish to rock the boat in an election year. Overall, the session only had a few hotly contested issues.

The National Flood Insurance Program Has Been Extended

The National Flood Insurance Program Has Been Extended

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been extended 2 weeks until June 14th.  Thanks go out to our entire Congressional Delegation, your NAR Advocacy Group, and your Louisiana REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinators for making this happen!

Recap NAR 2019 Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C.

Louisiana had a number of representatives attend legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. during the month of May. A number of members serve on national committees and brought back reports of activities and items covered. Valuable information regarding issues are covered in the various meetings and the attendees also took time to hear from Louisiana’s congressional delegation. The following provides a recap of some key items to note.

The Home Stretch of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session

The 2019 Regular Legislative Session must end on Thursday, June 6th so we are in the home stretch now.

Legislators are scurrying to move their bills through the legislative process and the true deal making is at a fever pitch.  House bills have made it to the Senate, but many have not been taken up on the Senate floor and vice versa.  We should start see this happen at lightning speed this week. 

Rental Property - Win and Surprise Amendments - Week 6 of 2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 Legislative Session is about at its midway point where negotiations over proposed legislation are wrapping up and legislation is either going forward or not.  It is unlikely that a bill still sitting in a committee in its house of origin will move at all, but not impossible.  The two major non-real estate related stories of the week include House Bill No. 372 getting hung up in Senate Judiciary A and the state budget moving to the Senate. 

3 Essentials for Preventing Disputes

Procuring cause is defined as “the uninterrupted series of casual events which results in a successful transaction. If a dispute does arise, your claim of entitlement to a commission hinges on several factors. Avoiding trouble is quite simple. Just do the very best job possible! Here are 3 essentials for preventing disputes

Janice Bolton, REALTOR® of the YEAR

The REALTOR® of the Year Award is given to an individual that is not only an outstanding REALTOR®, businessperson and member of the community, but demonstrates REALTOR spirit daily. Louisiana REALTORS® is very excited to name Janice Bolton as the 2018 REALTOR® of the Year. The announcement was made during our 2019 Spring into Action Conference in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Digital Driver's License Available for Free Through End of May

As part of an initiative to provide Louisiana citizens with better personal safety and security practices, the State has worked to offer digital licenses for free until the end of May 2019. This initiative by the State and LA Wallet is an effort to provide Louisiana citizens with better tools to validate another citizen’s identity.