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We’re back! After an extended break, the REALTOR® Advocate is back on its weekly schedule, bringing you important updates on all of NC REALTORS®’ Government Affairs activities. You will notice some new sections and even a new design in the coming weeks, but for now, we will stick to the traditional format to kick things off.

What’s in this edition?

  1. It’s not winter…Elections are coming
  2. An ID is not necessary
  3. Let’s talk about the State of Housing
  4. NAR talks housing too
  5. It’s gone all to the dogs
 
ELECTIONS ARE COMING

Exactly what the North Carolina Groundhog saw

Election Day is less than one month away and we want to make sure that you have all the information before you head to the polls.

Here are a couple of important dates:

TODAY (February 7)— Last day to register to vote to be eligible for the March 3 primary. Iif you miss this deadline; you can still register during one-stop early voting but you can’t make any changes to your party registration

February 13 thru 29One Stop Early Voting

February 25— Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail (check out the Absentee Voting section for more details)

March 3 — Election Day

A complete rundown of all #NCREALTORSVote2020 information, including the list of NC REALTORS® PAC-supported candidates is available at ncrealtors.org/ncrealtorsvote.

 

NO ID REQUIRED FOR VOTING

But don’t forget that you will need a Real ID to fly in October

Voters are not required to show photo ID for the March 2020 primary election. A December 31 federal district court blocked the implementation of the voter ID requirement from taking effect. It is possible that it will be reinstated for the November elections, so stay tuned.

For more information, visit ncsbe.gov/Voter-ID
 

WHAT IS THE STATE OF OUR HOUSING MARKET?

Is it strong or in need of some assistance?

Housing is facing a critical turning point. As we enter a new decade, we face affordability and inventory challenges but also innovative design and planning opportunities. As the voice of real estate, NC REALTORS® will convene a comprehensive conversation on the state of North Carolina's housing market today, tomorrow and in the years to come.

Join us for the 2020 NC REALTORS® State of Real Estate, Tuesday, September 15, in Durham for a day-long discussion with nationally-recognized speakers and leaders from across the state.

Learn more and register today!

WE AREN’T THE ONLY ONES TALKING HOUSING

A quick recap of the NAR Policy Forum

On Thursday, NAR hosted their second annual Policy Forum in Washington, DC. The topic of the day: housing affordability.

“As America confronts low housing inventory and a persistent lack of affordable housing options, NAR was grateful to bring together some of the brightest minds in our industry at today’s Policy Forum,” said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco. “With housing affordability set to be one of the defining policy issues of this decade, it is imperative for NAR – along with economists, lawmakers and other industry stakeholders – to lead discussions that will generate solutions to these far-reaching problems.”

Check out more information about the event and watch the video from the complete Forum.

HAVE THINGS REALLY GONE TO THE DOGS?

HUD provides additional guidance on assistance animals

On January 28, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued additional guidance regarding the Fair Housing Act and assistance animals. As stated in the release, this guidance provides clarification on “how housing providers can comply with the Fair Housing Act when assessing a person’s request to have an animal in housing to provide assistance because of a disability.”

Check out the full release and the guidance document here.
 

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