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Welcome To The ‘Jump Start Value’ Edition Of Commercial Connections

All of the news in this First Quarter edition is directly related to one of the many benefits REALTORS® receive from their membership with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

NAR Wants To Reward You Through The MVP Program

Starting April 2, the National Association of REALTORS® will offer a valuable rewards program called Member Value Plus (MVP) that incentivizes members who take action in NAR initiatives during a specific time period. Those who participate will be rewarded with resources to help strengthen their business. Whether it’s customizing your homepage or registering for the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo, these actions will earn you a designated reward like free or discounted e-products, and other valuable tools. Under the MVP Program, you’ll have two weeks to complete the action, and a month to claim the specified reward. After that two week period, a new action will be announced and a new reward offered.

NAR Mid-Year Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 14-19, 2012

Be an advocate for issues impacting the commercial real estate industry and join thousands of REALTORS® as they visit Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives at the 2012 Mid-Year Legislative Meetings. Members meet to discuss and debate public policy as well as attend the trade expo to learn about the latest services in the real estate industry. The NAR Commercial Committee meets on Wednesday, May 16 at 10:30 AM. Finally, participate in the first ever REALTOR® Rally at the Capitol on May 17th!

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REALTOR® University Master Of Real Estate Approved!

REALTOR® University, established by NAR, was recently granted operating and degree authority by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. REALTOR® University will now offer a Master of Real Estate (MRE) degree for real estate professionals who are interested in expanding their education to advance their career and improve their business. The MRE will include a concentration in commercial real estate providing the student with an in-depth and rigorous course of study focusing on relevant issues in the field. The concentration will consist of 12 semester credit hours of coursework specific to commercial real estate. Students in the commercial real estate concentration apply case studies of actual situations to examine such topics as market analysis, economic and capital market dynamics, financing strategies, taxation, and portfolio strategies.

Realtor Rally To Protect The American Dream

May 17, 2012 • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Washington, DC

REALTORS® will rally in the shadows of the Nation’s Capital to advance real property issues. “Let’s show Congress that no one cares more about revitalizing real estate for future generations than REALTORS® do.” That is the call to action from Moe Veissi, NAR’s 2012 President, as he asks REALTORS® from around the country participate in The REALTOR® Party rally on May 17 in Washington, DC. “I want us all to stand together and defend the American Dream from the doubters who say home ownership and real estate have run their course,” Moe states. Please stand and be counted. The REALTOR® Rally will be held during NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

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To find out how you can participate, and to let us know you plan to attend, visit the REALTOR® Rally website at:


Tax Reform

Pending tax reform plans threaten to wipe out the tax benefits of owning a home for 95% of American families.