Kansas City REALTORS® Discuss Future of Housing with U.S. Senator Jerry Moran

September 9, 2021 in Government Affairs

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran met with KCRAR President’s Circle members this week for a lunch at Mission Hill Country Club, where he discussed the COVID-19 response, inventory and the future of housing in Kansas. Moran has aligned with KCRAR and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) on many issues affecting housing, such as an agreement […]

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NAR to Host Virtual Townhall with FEMA CEO

August 13, 2021 in Government Affairs

To address the many questions members have about the future of the National Flood Insurance Program under Risk Rating 2.0, the National Association of REALTORS® will be hosting a Townhall session with CEO of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) David Maurstad online on Aug. 23. Risk Rating 2.0 was designed by FEMA to modernize […]

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Annual American Dream Auction Brings in Over $67k for RPAC

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The American Dream Auction was held virtually this year, bringing over 300 KCRAR members together to raise funds for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Bidders raised $67,435 throughout the week, after the silent auction kicked off the event on Monday, continuing until after the virtual live auction Thursday night. This was the second year […]

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Eviction Moratorium: Small Housing Providers Head Back to Court

August 5, 2021 in Government Affairs

National Association of REALTORS® Housing providers brought their case back to court Wednesday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the eviction moratorium through October 3.  The Lawsuit The Alabama and Georgia associations of REALTORS® filed an emergency motion Wednesday night with Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, asking her to […]

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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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