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Window to the Law: How to Avoid Copyright Infringement

Learn how you can avoid infringing copyrights held by third parties, and review the proper way to license copyrighted materials. View the slide presentation Click below to watch the video, or read the transcript below the video. How to Avoid Copyright Infringement Transcript Welcome to this episode of Window to the Law! The risk management strategies we’ll discuss today will ...

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It’s Not Too Late to Influence Congress on Tax Reform

Thanks to our members’ engagement, REALTORS have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas.  For example, both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000, and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments. BUT OUR WORK IS NOT DONE. REALTORS have an ...

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Get Your Green Designation in Vermont

NAR Green Designation – Get the Expertise You Need Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get your NAR Green Designation in Vermont! This designation comes as a result of the growing demand for REALTORS® to understand green concerns of clients and implement sustainable practices in their day-to-day business. NAR’s Green Designation is a unique program that provides vital training, support, ...

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Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan

Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce and other stakeholders will host two public hearings in January aimed at developing a retirement option for Vermont employers and the self-employed. A 2017 Vermont law authorized the creation of the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, a voluntary Multiple Employer Plan (MEP) retirement option for Vermont self-employed individuals and employers of 50 employees or fewer ...

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FCC Plan to End Net Neutrality Could Hurt Realtors®

The Federal Communications Commission released a plan Tuesday to reverse net neutrality rules, a move that the National Association of REALTORS® is concerned will make it harder for real estate companies, multiple listing services, and property data aggregators to provide their services in a cost-effective way. Learn More About Net Neutrality Visit nar.realtor/net-neutrality for information about what the rules mean ...

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Defend Your Commission to Scrappy Sellers

Young adults are a resourceful bunch. Despite being pegged as financially careless, there’s evidence that many are adept at bargaining for lower prices on goods and services—including negotiating down your commission. First-time sellers who haven’t yet learned the value you bring to the transaction on the selling side may be especially likely to haggle with you. Although some real estate ...

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4 Social Benefits of Homeownership

Improved educational performance, higher civic participation, lower crime rates, and improved health remain the biggest social benefits linked to homeownership, according to a new research paper by NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun and research economist Nadia Evangelou, which appears in The Journal of the Center for Real Estate Studies. Some findings from the latest research cited in the paper include: Health. Children of homeowners ...

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Despite Odds, Ownership Rate Moves Higher

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 Tuesday. The 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, ...

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