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2023 Legislative Summary
The 2023 Washington State Legislature adjourned Sine Die on April 23. Washington REALTORS® entered the session with a lengthy to-do list, asking the Legislature to update and correct several real estate brokerage issues, and to make this session the year of housing policy. It is well known that Washington State ranks last in the number of housing units per family nationally, and the dream of homeownership is getting farther away from families in our state.
Tomorrow's Forecast: Back to Basics with a Focus on ACTION!
Savvy brokers don't sit still for very long. They know that inaction and worrying about one's business can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But when a market that was already challenging due to the inventory crisis became even more-challenging due to rising interest rates, business for many became downright scarce...
2023 Social Media DOs & DON'Ts
As we move into 2023, it's clear that social media is not just a trend, but a crucial aspect of our daily lives. As real estate professionals in Washington, it's important to stay up to date on the latest social media trends and techniques to best serve our clients and stay competitive in the market.
April Showers Bring May Flowers?
We have heard that expression before—that April showers bring May flowers. It is the premise that when the soil is watered, the flowers, vegetation, and crops will grow. Our business and our lives are very similar. When we invest in that which matters to us, we often find grows, builds, and blooms in kind.
Artificial Intelligence Revolution
Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized numerous industries in recent years, and the real estate sector is no exception. With the help of AI technology, real estate professionals can automate and streamline many processes, making their work more efficient and effective.
Industry Evolution: A Better Future for Consumers & Brokers
The theme of the Bill is transparency. The revisions to the Act suggested by the association will increase transparency for buyers with respect to the services and compensation of the buyer's broker; increase transparency for buyers and sellers who work with a dual agent regarding the limitations of a dual agent's advocacy; and improve understanding of brokerage relationships for consumers and brokers alike with a rewriting and simplification of the Agency Law pamphlet (the "Pamphlet")...
WR’s Search Team will be looking for a new CEO to build upon the many successes achieved by Washington REALTORS®
June is Homeownership Month!
During Homeownership Month, the National Association of REALTORS® is shedding light on the invaluable role of REALTORS® in assisting millions of Americans in achieving their dream of homeownership....
NAR 2025 Elected Office Applications Now Open
The National Association of REALTORS® is accepting applications for 2025 elected offices....
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: The Impact on Washington State Real Estate
May is a month of celebration as we honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual observance supplies an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the rich contributions and cultural diversity of Asian Pacific Americans...
NAR Welcomes FHFA’s Cancellation of August 1 LLPA Fee Increase
National Association of REALTORS®, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) rescinded its proposed loan level pricing adjustment (LLPA) upfront fee on borrowers with debt-to-income ratios...
Governor Inslee Signs Major Housing Bills Into Law
On Monday May 8, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a number of major housing supply bills before a group of legislative sponsors and housing advocates...
Governor Signs Agency Law Bill
Governor Inslee signed the REALTOR® Supported Agency Law Reforms Bill (SB 5191) into law...
WR CEO Steve Francks to Retire
After more than 26 years of extraordinary service, Washington REALTORS® CEO Steve Francks has announced that he will retire from WR on July 14, 2023.
Session Ends: Historic Housing Wins
The housing-heavy Legislative Session ended on April 23rd, showcasing huge wins on REALTOR® Legislative Priorities.
Celebrating WR Leaders During Women's History Month
Women's History Month is about commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history, including our own REALTOR® history!
Remembering Janice Hall Matteo
Washington REALTORS® is sad to announce the passing of Washington and Clark County Association of REALTORS® leader Janice Hall Matteo...
Mongolia Home Stay Program Success!
So grateful for this opportunity to host 8 Mongolian REALTORS this year for our first homestay program. Participants in the program got to stay with their host families for a few days last week..
Margo Wheeler Path to Leadership Grant
The Margo Wheeler Path to Leadership Grant was created on January 22, 2019. It is with great honor that Women's Council of REALTORS - Washington State has opened up applications for 2023 awards to encourage higher leadership in memory of leader, Margo...