Archive for June, 2012
Realtor Rally 2012: We were there!
NAI FMA Realty’s President Drew Stange was one of the 14,000+ Realtors in attendance at the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) Rally to Protect the American Dream in Washington, D.C. on May 17th. Click here to see a picture from the Rally FanCam with Drew in the middle!
The Realtor Rally was part of NAR’s legislative outreach and provided opportunities for Drew and other Realtors to speak directly to our Congresspeople on specific issues facing property owners today. Why was this rally important? NAR reports that approximately $60,000 is pumped back into the economy with every home sale. Businesses want to be in a market that is vibrant and small businesses depend on a healthy housing market. All reasons why NAR advocates on behalf of Realtors and the communities they live in.
Congress heard from our representatives on a number of issues but those specifically affecting the commercial real estate market were:
- Further extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides affordable flood insurance. Floods are not just a costal issue; flood disasters have been delcared in all fifty states, and commercial properties are affected no less than residential. Take for example the floods last summer along I-29. NAR urges Congress to take up a five-year NFIP reauthorization measure to remove the uncertainty that has plagued the program as of late.
- Need for liquidity in the commercial real estate and multifamily markets. A shortage of available credit to small businesses and property owners can be by expanding credit unions’ small business lending and to create a covered bond market. A large wave of loans are set to mature in a few years and can result in higher loan defaults and delinquncies. Expanding access to credit is critical to allowing for further economic recovery.
NAR and Realtors…collectively working to keep the communities that we all live and work in vibrant.
The Fallbrook Farmers’ Market starts today! Come get fresh produce, jewelry, homemade bread, cupcakes, jerky, rootbeer and so much more from 3:30pm to 7:00pm. While you are out there, stop by and have dinner and a drink at Toast!
Jisa’s Farmstead Cheese, Wolff Farms, Snazzy Sisters Designs, Smoking Gun Jerky, Rootbeer Guy, Rollling Fire Catering, Prairieview Farms, Pop Art, Page’s Produce, Naber’s Produce, Medinger’s Market, Lomah Acres, KD Designs, Karen Lamb, Italian Fusion, Groovy Granola, Great Harvest Bread, Erick’s Enchiladas, Emerald Acres, Diane’s Cupcakes, Brynn’s Beautiful Bows and Beyond the Dish.
Property valuations have been sent out and if you wish to protest, you can file a protest in Nebraska beginning today, June 1st. Protests can be filed electronically at http://lancaster.ne.gov/clerk/prop.htm, by mail or in person. The Lancaster County Clerk’s Office is located at: 555 S. 10th Street, Room 108, Lincoln, NE 68508. This year, the final day to file is July 2nd.
As in the past, citizens will have an opportunity to meet with an independent appraiser to review their protest. As a result of budgetary constraints, this year there will be 6,000 appointments available for those protesting residential and agricultural values. Other property classes will have a referee review of the protest filing without a meeting. Evening and Saturday appointments will once again be offered.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the County Clerk’s Office at 402-441-8724 or visit the above web site.