As a REALTOR you have no doubt heard about tax reform plans from Washington, DC. Now Congress is threatening tax incentives for homeowners, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local property tax deduction. These incentives are critical for a strong housing market that creates jobs and builds stable communities. Do not let tax reform become a tax increase for middle class homeowners. 

 


ALERT: City of Huntsville Sign Enforcement
We have been notified that the City of Huntsville will be taking up signs this weekend and next weekend. If you utilize weekend signs to attract business, please be aware of the enforcement by the City of Huntsville the next two weekends. Do not put signs on public property - the City of Huntsville will confiscate them. This applies to directional signage, open house signs, or any other material in the public right of way. Temporary signage in front of private properties for sale is allowed. If you have questions, please email Governmental Affairs Liaison Joanna White at joanna@hbrmls.com.
At the North Alabama MLS, we are committed to providing our members with everything they need to succeed. We've listened closely to your feedback and have exciting news; the North Alabama MLS Dashboard is launching in December! This dashboard will be the new center of your work day, bringing you a more modern, convenient  and easy way to access all your applications. Don't worry - you'll still easily log into the same MLS, it will just be easier with this new Dashboard - nothing new to learn! LEARN MORE

 

Join us on Friday, November 17th for REALTOR®
Roundtable! REALTOR® Roundtable is an event where YOU control the topics, agenda and discussions. What that means - REALTOR® Roundtable is not structured like a typical planned event. Sessions are not planned out in advance. No one is paid to deliver a session. Anyone can deliver a session and attendees are strongly encouraged to participate.
REALTOR Roundtable
November 17, 2017 / 11:00am-4:00pm
Cost:FREE / Location: Amendment XXI, 123 North Side Square, Huntsville, AL 35801

 

 


HAAR CEO Josh McFall Earns His REALTOR Association Certified Executive (RCE) Designation
The Huntsville Area Association of REALTORS is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer Josh McFall has received his Realtor Association Certified Executive (RCE) designation from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The Realtor Association Certified Executive is the only professional designation designed specifically for Realtor association executives. It exemplifies goal-oriented association executives with drive, experience and commitment to professional growth.
December 12th we will not only go to the polls to elect a new U.S. Senator for the State of Alabama, but an important tax renewal to fund all three public schools systems within the County will be on the ballot as well. These Ad Valorem taxes are currently on the books and are NOT NEW TAXES, but a RENEWAL.  This tax renewal is on property and will not increase but keep funding consistent that goes directly to school systems to fund teachers and programs. According to school officials, Huntsville City receives $27-28 million annually through ad valorem taxes while Madison County receives about $14.3 million and Madison City $6.5 million. See More HERE.
Tax reform discussions took a major step forward this afternoon as leaders on the House Ways and Means Committee released its legislative proposal for an overhaul of the American tax code. The National Association of Realtors® believes the bill represents a tax increase on middle-class homeowners.
"This legislation closely tracks with the House Republican Blueprint for tax reform, which threatens home values and takes money straight from the pockets of homeowners," said NAR President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. "Realtors® believe in the promise of lower tax rates, but this bill is nowhere near as good a deal as the one middle-class homeowners get under current law. Tax hikes and falling home prices are a one-two punch that homeowners simply can't afford." READ MORE
Get Us to the Goal
We are SO CLOSE to meeting this year's ARPAC goal! Please make your investment today as we prepare for next year's election cycle. Your investment keeps REALTORS at the table, instead of on the menu! 
For questions or concerns about Governmental Affairs please contact Governmental Affairs Liaison Joanna White at joanna@hbrmls.com or Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Tim Brown at  tbrown@thefavourgroup.com.
Despite tight housing inventories and rising home prices, the homeownership rate rose slightly in the third quarter and reaching the highest level since 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported TuesdayThe homeownership rate rose to 63.9 percent in the third quarter, up slightly from 63.5 percent a year ago, the Census Bureau reported. While the uptick isn't considered statistically significantly, economists were still somewhat upbeat that the homeownership rate has now moved up for a second consecutive quarter. Also, more Americans are showing a preference for owning: The number of owner households increased by 755,000 from a year ago, while the number of renter households fell 348,000, according to the Census Bureau report. READ MORE
The NAR Board of Directors met on Monday, November 6th during the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Chicago. At the meeting, NAR CEO Bob Goldberg and Iona Harrison, chair of the NAR Federal Taxation Committee, outlined NAR's opposition to the tax reform bill being considered by federal lawmakers. Key actions taken by the board include easing the MLS participation requirement and changing the criteria used to settle jurisdictional disputes between associations. Find out more about all the decisions in Monday's Special INS report by clicking HERE. 
Broker/Past President Meeting is November 16th
The next Broker and Past President meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16th at HAAR. All Brokers and Past Presidents are encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin at 9:30am