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KAR Secures Big Win for Kansas Homeowners

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By Derek Ramsay, KCRAR VP of REALTOR® Advocacy Earlier this week, the Kansas legislature overrode Governor Laura Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 50. In doing so, the lawmakers sent a clear message that homeownership matters in Kansas. Among other provisions, Senate Bill 50 will allow income taxpayers in Kansas to itemize their state tax filing […]

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Judge Vacates CDC’s Eviction Ban, But Appeal Delays Action

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REALTOR® Magazine A U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction moratorium is unlawful, striking down the ban and delivering relief to housing providers who haven’t been able to collect rent from struggling tenants for more than a year. But the struggle for housing […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out Plans for Kansas and Missouri Real Estate Professionals

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Update 3/26/21: It was recently announced that Kansas will be moving to its fifth and final phase in the vaccination rollout on March 29, 2021, making all Kansans ages 16 and over eligible to receive the vaccine. As vaccines become available, the Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® (KCRAR) has been communicating with local municipalities […]

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$324 Million Made Available for Missouri Landlord and Tenant Assistance

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson recently signed legislation which allocates more than $324 million in funding to landlords and tenants in Missouri. This assistance is distributed through the Emergency Rental Arrears Program (ERAP), which reimburses landlords for past due rent payments. “HB 16 will provide much needed assistance to tenants and landlords across the state. COVID-19’s […]

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NAR Joins Coalition Calling for Clarity in Rental Assistance

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Housing groups, including the National Association of REALTORS®, are urging federal agencies to provide more information on the distribution of $25 billion in rental assistance under current COVID-19 relief legislation, which was signed into law in December. The coalition of real estate trade organizations says the funds are critical […]

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Kansas and Missouri REALTOR® Associations Advocate for Homeowner and Real Estate Issues

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Homeowners and real estate professional are not only affected by federal government policies, but also by legislative issues at the state level. The Kansas Association of REALTORS® (KAR) and Missouri REALTORS® (MR) have advocacy teams monitoring the issues coming to state congress to address any that may prove to be critical to REALTORS® and homeowners. […]

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NAR Advocacy to Focus on COVID-19 Relief, Housing Affordability, Racial Equity in 2021

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Political Representative for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Jack Greacen spoke to the KCRAR Advocacy Committees last week, assuring REALTORS® that NAR believes the Biden administration is favorable to housing issues. He said the main focus of the Biden administration and the 117th Congress, at the moment, is COVID-19 relief and vaccination. At the […]

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American Dream Auction Held Virtually for the First Time, Raises Over $56,000

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The American Dream Auction was held virtually this year, bringing over 400 KCRAR members together to raise funds for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Bidders raised $56,000 throughout the week, after the silent auction kicked off the event on Monday, continuing until after the live auction Thursday night. Participants bid on items big and […]

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Vote Kansas City REALTOR® Party on Aug. 4

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On Tuesday, Aug. 4, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots in the 2020 Primary Election. As REALTORS®, our success depends on the ability to promote the benefits of homeownership to buyers and sellers. But too often success as an industry depends on defending those same benefits against government intervention. The Kansas City […]

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Electronic Notary Law Passed in Missouri

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a notary modernization into law on Monday. This law allows for the use of in-person notary on paper, in-person electronic notary and remote electronic notary for the convenience and safety of Notaries Public and those who need notary services. Parson had issued an executive order earlier this year allowing for […]

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