Resource Center

Don't Be a Target for Harassment or Stalking

Real estate professionals have been victims of harassment or stalking behavior from clients and potential clients. Harassment occurs when a person subjects another to alarm by conveying a telephonic or written threat to inflict serious physical injury on that person or to commit a felony involving that person or their property. Stalking is when a person knowingly alarms or coerces another person or a member of that person’s family or household by engaging in REPEATED and UNWANTED contact with the other person.

Law Protecting Legal Rights of REALTORS® Passes Senate

On Friday, March 27th the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 153, the unauthorized practice of law bill by 48-0. The passage of HB 153 is a huge success for the REALTORS®, significantly strengthening the authority of our members to advise clients.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

On Thursday, February 26 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new "net neutrality" rules, which gives the Commission strong legal authority to regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restrict their power to control download speeds on the web. The new rules ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies, known as paid prioritization, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers. The new rules are a victory for consumers, and for REALTORS® who embrace technology and online resources to meet the needs of their clients.

Congratulations to the 2014 Circle of Honor and Award Recipients!

Congratulations, to all the members of the 2014 Circle of Honor, held on Wednesday, March 4th, at the Calhoun Convention Center.  The event featured great weather and fine food for all this years Circle of Honor recipients and special awards recipients. Thank you to the hard work of our Awards Committee, led by Lori Thomason, and to the outstanding sponsors. Please support our sponsors like they support us. We congratulate all of our Circle of Honor recipients!

Introducing GAR's Newest Member Service: The Legal Helpline

The Legal Helpline is a FREE service for Georgia REALTORS® which will help you with questions regarding contract forms, ethics/arbitration, and license law. Additionally, members may inquire about basic legal questions.

Safety Webinars

NAR is scheduling new webinars on REALTOR® Safety throughout the year, presented by safety experts.

National RPAC Breakdown: Where the Dollars went in 2014

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) was the largest contributor to candidates during the 2014 federal election cycle, disbursing roughly $4.9 million in direct contributions to federal candidates, Leadership Political Action Committees (PACs) and National Political Party Committees. Direct contributions made by RPAC were given to both Republican (51%) and Democratic candidates (49%) making the REALTORS® PAC the most bipartisan major PAC in the country. Thanks again for all of your efforts in helping to make it such a great year for the REALTOR® Party!

Federal Issues and Election Review
State & Federal

As a supporter of expanded regional transportation options, the Board is pleased to report that Cobb County voted to extend their SPLOST referendum for an additional six years beginning in 2016. On the heels of this success, a bus rapid transit line down the Cobb Parkway is now being discussed as a separate March 2016 referendum. Also on Nov. 4, nearly 70% of Clayton County voters agreed to join the MARTA regional transit service through a SPLOST ballot measure.

Georgia Association of REALTORS® Reviews the 2014 Legislative Session
State Issues Update

A quick Georgia legislative session ended at midnight on Thursday, March 20th. Keith Hatcher and John Barbour played great defense to protect our membership and the foundations of our industry.

The Economic Impact of an Existing Home Purchase
The National Association of REALTORS® estimates that each home sale at the median generates $68,106 of economic impact (2013).
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