CAAR REALTORS® Represent Industry, Association, & Clients During CAAR Day on the Hill
More than 45 members of the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) attended the CAAR Day on the Hill on Wed., Jan. 25th in Richmond, Virginia.
CAAR Day on the Hill gave REALTORS® the opportunity to represent their industry, Association and clients, and influence Virginia housing policy in-person. They met with key legislators including Jane Dittmar, Chief of Staff to Delegate David Toscano, Delegate Rob Bell, and Commerce Secretary Todd Haymore.
During these important meetings, CAAR REALTORS® asked Senate and House members for their support on the Virginia REALTORS® Legislative Agenda and other bills affecting homeownership and property owner rights.
“CAAR's involvement in Day on the Hill is largely important as it is a means to get in front of our local representatives and make our REALTOR® voice heard,” said Georgia Lindsey, CAAR Public Affairs Master Group Chair. “We came together, drove to Richmond, and met face-to-face with legislators on their grounds. This year was especially monumental as we asked for support on the Condo Act amendment, which featured legislature inspired by one of our own local agents, a member from the CAAR Public Affairs Group. It was a clear reminder to all of us in attendance that each of us can indeed make a difference, and if we can band together, we can even make a bigger difference!”
The Virginia REALTORS® Legislative Advocacy Conference will be on Tues., Feb. 7th – Thurs., Feb. 9th in Richmond, Virginia. During the conference, CAAR will be awarded the National Association of REALTORS® Triple Crown Award for surpassing its REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) fundraising, participation, and major investor goals. This is the second year in a row that CAAR has received this accolade. RPAC dollars help support legislators who are aligned with REALTORS® business interests and the rights of property owners.
Picture above: CAAR President Anthony McGhee talked with Jane Dittmar during the CAAR Day on the Hill visit to Richmond.
“REALTORS® in Charlottesville have been incredibly supportive of our national, state and local advocacy efforts on behalf of our clients and our real estate profession,” said CAAR RPAC Chair Denise Ramey. “More than 50% of our local REALTORS® contributed their hard earned money to ensure that our property rights issues were considered and supported at the state and national level. We were challenged to meet very aggressive goals and exceeded all three for the second year in a row. Our RPAC dollars support the campaigns of candidates who understand the real estate business and ensure that our interests are represented when laws, ordinances, and regulations are being considered. RPAC supports the campaigns of candidates whose decisions and positions are compatible with those of REALTORS® and property owners. When RPAC decides whether to contribute to candidates, the only consideration is how supportive they are on real estate issues property rights issues.”
To review the complete list of proposed Virginia REALTORS® legislation, visit www.virginiarealtorschoose.com.
CAAR Publishes 2016 Year-End Home Sales
Charlottesville Area 2016 Year-End Highlights:
• Home sales rose 12.7% over Q4 2015, led by a significant increase of 34.0% in attached home sales.
• Greater Charlottesville median sales price increased slightly to $268,000 (1.1%) compared to this time last year ($265,000).
• The median days on the market in the 4th Quarter was 31, 19-days lower than in Q4 2015.
• New listings dipped 1.3% (815) compared to 2015 year-end (826), while inventory of homes for sale marked a 14.6% decline.
• Pending sales climbed 11.4% compared to Q4 2015, driven by a high demand in attached homes (36.9%).
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