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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Local Elections Taking Place Aug. 3 in Kansas

July 29, 2021 in Government Affairs

Local primary elections will be held in Kansas on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Candidates who will advance after Tuesday’s primary elections will meet with KCRAR’s RPAC Trustees for interviews about their views on real estate issues, as they do each election cycle. Depending on the results […]

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Biden Focuses on Tackling Inventory Crisis

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REALTOR® Magazine Home sales and affordability are falling due to severely constrained inventory. As such, more government leaders are putting greater focus on the inventory crisis. President Joe Biden recently reiterated his administration’s focus on housing as part of its broader infrastructure push. He’s called for a “historic investment” in housing that could generate 2 […]

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NAR, KCRAR Advocate to Preserve 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

June 24, 2021 in Government Affairs

Recently, the Biden Administration proposed a $500,000 cap on the 1031 like-kind exchange, which is a section of the U.S. tax code that allows investors to avoid paying capital gains taxes when selling an investment property and reinvesting the proceeds into a similar property. The National Association of REALTORS® and KCRAR are both advocating against […]

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Registration Open for REALTORS® to Meet with Representative Sharice Davids and Senator Jerry Moran

June 10, 2021 in Government Affairs

REALTORS® will meet with U.S. Representative Sharice Davids and Senator Jerry Moran via Zoom on June 22 to lobby for homeownership and property issues as a part of the Kansas Association of REALTORS’® (KAR) Virtual Hill Visit. This annual event is usually held in-person in Washington D.C., so this year’s virtual event presents an opportunity […]

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Governor Kelly Signs Kansas First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts Bill into Law

June 3, 2021 in Government Affairs

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Kansas House Bill 2187 into law this week, making homeownership more attainable for first-time home buyers. The legislation will create a first-time home buyer savings account program that would allow tax-free contributions up to $3,000 for individuals and $6,000 for joint tax filers. This has been a priority of both […]

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Registration Open for REALTORS® to Meet with Senator Roger Marshall

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REALTORS® will meet with U.S. Senator Roger Marshall via Zoom on June 8 to lobby for homeownership and property issues as a part of the Kansas Association of REALTORS’® (KAR) Virtual Hill Visit. This annual event is usually held in-person in Washington D.C., so this year’s virtual event presents an opportunity for REALTORS® who may […]

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Local REALTORS® to Meet with Members of Congress at NAR Virtual Legislative Conference

May 7, 2021 in Guest Columns

By Derek Ramsay, KCRAR VP of REALTOR® Advocacy Most buildings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. remain closed to the public, so for the second year in a row, NAR Legislative meetings are being held virtually this month. Despite this challenge, the advocacy efforts of the REALTOR® Party continue uninterrupted as they have throughout the […]

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KAR Secures Big Win for Kansas Homeowners

May 6, 2021 in Government Affairs

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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