NAR chief lobbyist to retire at the end of 2018

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello, a 37-year veteran of the organization, who became its top government liaison in 2001, will retire at the end of the year, he announced Wednesday at the trade group’s midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

NAR celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

The National Association of Realtors is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act at its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C. The trade association is also publicly acknowledging its lack of support for the landma…

5 tips for investors looking to get into the Airbnb game

Airbnb and similar vacation rental portals have changed the game in real estate investment. The benefits of renting an investment property on Airbnb are many, and it’s a trend conscious property managers and owners are jumping into headfirst.

Seattle imposes $275 ‘head tax’ to combat homelessness

Real estate agents and brokers are not tossing their hats in the air this week with the news that the city of Seattle is adding a tax to large businesses of $275 per full-time worker per year to help combat homelessness, which is a big problem in the city.

Ben Carson takes aim at emotional support animals at NAR conference

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson took a shot across the bow at emotional support animals, reaffirming a 2013 agency mandate banning the proliferation of service animals and the questionable online certificates deployed to register them.

New York becomes the first state to join Fair Housing Act lawsuit against HUD

On May 14, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State would be the first state to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for failing to enforce the Fair Housing Act, a measure that provides equal housing opport…

NAR lays out federal policy goals at midyear conference in D.C.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) laid out its legislative policies today, at the trade organization’s annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

HUD fines California landlords over racist renting practices

Property managers at two housing complexes in Lake Elsinore, California, were forced to pay $8,000 each in fines for alleged racial discrimination against prospective tenants, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced yesterday.

NAR, take the high road in Washington, D.C.

This week when the National Association of Realtors board of directors gathers in Washington, D.C., for its annual midyear conference, the NAR leadership has an historic opportunity to bridge the gap within a divided organization. (Among other things, …

Government staffers question Upstream CEO on antitrust ahead of launch

Upstream CEO Alex Lange spoke with staffers from a Senate subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights on Wednesday, ahead of the company’s May 14 product launch and a federal workshop on real estate competition on June 5.