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As CDC, White House Unveil Eviction Moratorium Executive Order, NAR Urges Immediate Congressional Action on Rental Assistance

posted: 09/02/2020

WASHINGTON (September 1, 2020) – National Association of Realtors® President Vince Malta, along with CCIM and the Institute of Real Estate Management, released the following statement Tuesday evening in response to a new CDC and White House executive order halting virtually all evictions nationwide through the end of the year.

"While NAR appreciates and is supportive of administration efforts to ensure struggling Americans can remain in their homes, this order as-written will bring chaos to our nation's critical rental housing sector and put countless property owners out of business," said Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, CA.

"Any eviction moratorium must also come with rental assistance for property owners, the vast majority of which are mom-and-pop investors and are still required to meet their financial obligations even as they cease to receive income on their properties.

"An untailored eviction moratorium will bring more havoc to our economy, not less, and will put America's 43 million renter households at significant risk. NAR strongly encourages Congress to pass immediate legislation that would instead provide emergency rental assistance programs directly to housing providers, protecting Americans' access to affordable housing and our nation's critical rental housing sector."

The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.


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Restart Our Community

posted: 06/04/2020

To help build momentum for restarting our local economy, the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, the City of Meridian and Lauderdale County are announcing a Restart, Restore, Recover campaign.

Goal for this campaign is to help build momentum and confidence as we reopen and support local businesses in Meridian and Lauderdale County.

“We want to responsibly restart our local economy, help restore jobs and services, and recover our quality of life,” said EMBDC President and CEO Bill Hannah.

Promotion of this campaign includes a newly created logo for Restart, Restore, Recover. We’re encouraging businesses, individuals, governmental agencies and other interested parties to use the logo on their websites, mailings, ads, invoices and promotional materials, etc. Displaying this logo is one way for everyone to show support for restarting our local economy.

Support Meridian and Lauderdale County businesses as we Restart, Restore, Recover. It’s easy! Just click on the link and download the Restart, Restore, Recover logo. Put it on your website, your mailings, your ads, your invoices, your promotional materials, your forehead – wherever you can to boost our local economy and community.

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Congress Clears Latest Coronavirus Relief Bill to Replenish Funding

posted: 04/24/2020

The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday, April 23, providing a fresh round of funding for coronavirus small-business relief programs championed by the National Association of REALTORS® and available to REALTORS® through the CARES Act. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, April 21.

President Trump is expected to sign the measure, which will clear the way for lending to resume as early as Friday, April 24 under two Small Business Administration programs, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program.

Under the agreement, the PPP will receive $310 billion in new cash, while the EIDL fund will receive an additional $60 billion. The bill sets aside $60 billion of the PPP funding for small and medium-sized community banks, which will provide extra help for self-employed individuals and small businesses that don’t have relationships with larger banks.


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Coronavirus: SBA CARES Act FAQs

posted: 04/10/2020

NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19. Many REALTORS® are small businesses, or work with them as clients. In the most recent relief package passed into law, the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act, there were significant provisions aimed at assisting small businesses during this difficult time. The CARES Act appropriates more than $360 billion total for new Small Business Administration (SBA) programs - the 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) advance grants program.

Provided below are a number of Q&As to address frequent questions about who is eligible and how to apply for these brand new programs created by the Administration. We continue to learn more about these relief measures daily and will update this document as events warrant.


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posted: 04/06/2020

During this unprecedented time, the National Association of REALTORS® understands that access to health care options may be top of mind for members. Telemedicine is playing an essential role today as we navigate uncharted territory and the need for virtual healthcare.

NAR is supporting members by funding 2 months of Members TeleHealth as a benefit for those who do not currently have access to telemedicine, with an ongoing significantly-reduced rate available for members thereafter.

Enrollment is limited*. Sign-up by April 15th.


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Congress Clears Coronavirus Rescue Bill Filled with REALTOR® Benefits

posted: 03/27/2020

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic $2.2 trillion COVID-19 rescue package Friday, sending it to President Trump for his signature.
The bill contains numerous benefits for REALTORS® that NAR fought hard for during the past three weeks, including unemployment eligibility for the self-employed and independent contractors; unprecedented aid for small businesses; and a delay in business payroll tax payments.

NAR has compiled a comprehensive guide to all benefits for REALTORS® and their customers found in this legislation.

“This bill will go a long way to help people through these next weeks until the economy can open up again,” said Shannon McGahn, senior vice president of government affairs for NAR. “This is the third and largest rescue package to-date, and we are already working with Congressional leaders on round four.”

“The real estate industry supports nearly 10 million jobs in the United States and makes up 17% of our economy,” McGahn continued. “Congress understands that a strong housing market will lead the economic recovery.”




posted: 03/26/2020

Mississippi REALTORS®, MAR Staff and General Counsel Ron Farris, have been working diligently through the Standard Forms Advisory Committee to draft and post forms designed to cover commonly occurring or anticipated scenarios caused by the current Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Four new forms have been created and will be posted for member access on the MAR Web site and on zipForms and dotloop. The Addendum to the F1 Contract is currently accessible, and it is expected the other three forms will follow within 24 to 48 hours.

  • COVID-19 Addendum to the F1 Contract for the Sale and Purchase of Real Estate (F1)
  • COVID-19 Addendum to the Mississippi REALTORS® Residential Lease Agreement (F3)
  • COVID-19 Addendum to the Mississippi REALTORS® Listing Agreement (F4)
  • COVID-19 Disclosure and Waiver Regarding Physical Property Showing or Inspection


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Introducing Virtual Open Houses & Tours of Homes

posted: 03/25/2020

During this period of rapid change and uncertainty, we’re here to help you serve your customers while also keeping yourself, your family and community healthy and safe. The necessary restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic make customary, in-person, interactions like Open Houses and Home Tours difficult if not impossible (or even illegal in some markets). Adapting to these restrictions while continuing to make the market work, many MLSs are cancelling in-person open houses and exploring all possibilities to hold “virtual” open houses online. To facilitate, we’ve added the ability for you to schedule virtual open houses and tours of homes in Flexmls Web.


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posted: 03/24/2020

Cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified in U.S. states and in Mississippi. This is a rapidly changing situation that is continually being monitored by the CDC and MSDH as more cases in the U.S. are expected.

Mississippians are advised to take health precautions to prevent the possible transmission of disease, and stay in touch for the latest information on the situation in Mississippi.

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WE ARE OPEN! Meridian Businesses

posted: 03/23/2020

Our local business community is feeling the impacts of the coronavirus. Some restaurants and retailers have been forced to close, cut store hours, lay off employees and cut services.

Those business, both locally-owned establishments and national chain franchises, need our help to survive the financial fallout during these unprecedented times.

Businesses can fill out the form below to share information about their services. Consumers can see the status of those businesses by clicking on the categories.

"We Are Open!" is just one more way WTOK is helping our community during these challenging times.

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Closings due to Covid-19

posted: 03/23/2020

Several schools and organizations in the east Mississippi and west Alabama area have closed due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 


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NAR Virtual Solutions for 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo

posted: 03/22/2020

We are all watching the development of the coronavirus pandemic with uncertainty and serious concern.

On behalf of the NAR Leadership Team, CEO Bob Goldberg, and the NAR staff, your well-being and your business are of paramount importance to us at this unprecedented time.

Due to recent restrictions and recommendations implemented by the federal and Washington, D.C. governments, NAR will deliver previously-planned programming and committee meetings virtually.


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Report: 8.3M First-Time Buyers Are Coming

posted: 11/18/2019

A surge in first-time home buyers is expected to hit the housing market over the next three years. About 8.3 million first-time buyers are projected to enter the mortgage market between 2020 and 2022, predicts a new report from TransUnion. That marks a jump from the 7.6 million first-time buyers that were added in the previous three-year period between 2016 and 2018.  Read More Opens in New window

Why Homeownership Makes People Happier

posted: 09/15/2019

Most Americans have no regrets about buying a home. In fact, it’s made them happier, a new survey shows.

Ninety-three percent of Americans say they are happier after buying a home, and 83% would never go back to renting, according to Bank of America’s latest Homebuyer Insights Report, based on a survey of nearly 2,000 consumers. Most owners say they have an emotional attachment to their home, and ownership also has improved their lifestyle and variety of hobbies.  Read More


What Millennials Want, Don’t Want – New Homebuilder Study Says

posted: 08/20/2019

Millennials say yes to extra space – patios and garage storage – but say no to wine cellars, golf courses, and pet washing stations. And for please sake, don’t show them homes with the only shower stall in the master bath! Read More


Top 10 Issues Impacting the Real Estate Industry: Annual Forecast Reveals

posted: 08/20/2019

As a data junkie, I love Top 10 lists. So, when The Counselors of Real Estate releases its member survey of current and emerging issues that will have the biggest impact on real estate in 2019 and 2020, I’m all ears – and eyes.   Read More



posted: 08/16/2019

The U.S. Department of Labor is tapping the real estate industry for more information that could bolster its guidance for a national association health plan, even as the rule continues to face legal challenges.

National Association of REALTORS® CEO Bob Goldberg, along with eight other association executives, met with Acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella on Thursday to discuss a host of issues impacting the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS®. Goldberg specifically highlighted NAR’s support for AHPs and the Labor Department as the department defends its rule in court.  Read More


Affordable Housing

posted: 06/27/2019

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NAR Midyear 2019 Recap

posted: 06/08/2019

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in Washington D.C. have become a mainstay on our WAV Group travel calendar. I guess that is why we still refer to it as “Midyear.” The meetings provide a dual opportunity to gain insight into the important policy issues and the ability to spend some face-to-face time with clients.  Read More


2019 Meridian Star Readers' Choice

posted: 06/03/2019

We are pleased to acknowledge the following Members and affiliates who placed in the 2019 Meridian Star Reader's Choice.


There's no I in the word REALTOR

posted: 05/20/2019

As leaders of Associations and MLSs, it is imperative that every Board member, CEO and Association Executive remember their core goal – to help REALTORS® thrive for the long haul by arming them with the best information, service, and support we can.  Read More

Preach to the Converted

posted: 05/20/2019

The real estate industry has been led astray by advertising portals. Today, there seems to be a shift happening in syndication strategy, MLS strategy, advertising strategy, and CRM strategy that puts brokers and agents back on course– and it’s about time. Let me share this perspective with you.