NAR Appeals to Congress After Introduction of the ‘Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021’

July 30, 2021 in Government Affairs

Rep. Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House of Financial Services Committee, introduced the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021 on Thursday afternoon, which would extend the CDC Eviction Moratorium through Dec. 31, 2021. The moratorium was put into place last year to assist those who faced housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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Federal Housing Administration Announces Additional COVID-19 Recovery Options for Homeowners

July 29, 2021 in Community

Streamlined COVID-19 Recovery “waterfall” includes broader payment reductions for those most in danger of losing their homes due to COVID-19 financial hardships WASHINGTON – The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) on July 23, 2021 announced streamlined COVID-19 Recovery options to help homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic bring their mortgage current […]

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CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Through July

June 25, 2021 in Government Affairs

National Association of REALTORS® On Thursday, June 24, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended its federal eviction moratorium, previously set to expire on June 30, through July 31, 2021. The agency stated in its announcement that this latest extension of the moratorium, which has been in place since September 2020 under the CDC’s powers […]

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Heartland MLS Ends COVID-19 Special Policies for Listing Statuses

June 17, 2021 in Heartland MLS

In its June meeting, the Heartland MLS Board of Directors voted to end the temporary special status allowances that were put in place last Spring after the COVID-19 stay at home order. Effective immediately, listings are not allowed to stay in Active status if in-person showings are not being allowed due to COVID-19 concerns. If […]

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

May 6, 2021 in Government Affairs

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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KCRAR Education Department Prepares for Post-COVID Education

March 25, 2021 in Education

As the real estate industry and the world learned to adapt to safety practices and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the KCRAR education department was no different. In 2020, the education department, led by Director of Education Alison Trevor, made quick and necessary changes to how they ordinarily offered education to Kansas […]

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

March 12, 2021 in Government Affairs

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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President Lofton: Showing Courtesies 101

March 4, 2021 in Guest Columns

You wake up to review the hot sheet, and a brand-new listing that meets your buyer’s needs is now active! The excitement of rushing to the listing and hoping this is the one has set in. You schedule the showing to realize you are allowed a five-minute window. You will try to work fast but […]

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$324 Million Made Available for Missouri Landlord and Tenant Assistance

February 18, 2021 in Government Affairs

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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Clarification on Use of KCRAR Coronavirus Forms

February 11, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Perry Crume, KCRAR Chief Operating Officer Last March when KCRAR was working tirelessly to ensure real estate activities were deemed as “essential services” by local municipalities, everyone was quickly navigating the new landscape. At that time, KCRAR released two optional Coronavirus forms to assist with the unknown.  Recently, there has been some confusion or […]

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