Stay Informed on Sustainability
The National Association of REALTORS® aims to become a leader in real estate sustainability by championing programs and legislation that promote the many facets of sustainability in real estate, from energy-efficient appliances and solar panels to smart growth and better public transportation.
Home buyers’ interest in sustainability is growing. In the “REALTORS® and Sustainability 2017 Report,” released in April, 71 percent of REALTORS® said that promoting energy efficiency in their listings is important, and 60 percent perceived that consumers had at least some interest in sustainability factors.
NAR hosted the 2017 Sustainability Summit in Washington, D.C., in July, where President-elect Elizabeth Mendenhall said REALTORS® and consumers have been showing an increasing desire for sustainability and energy-efficient features in their homes as awareness about these offerings grows.
More MLSs are including data fields highlighting green features such as LED lighting, smart thermostats, and green home certifications.
NAR’s member-driven REALTOR® Sustainability initiative is designed to deliver resources to help you understand green issues and real estate and assist buyers and sellers with their needs and questions. Find out more at nar.realtor/sustainability.
Amplify Your Influence
Voicing your views on local, state, and national legislative and regulatory real estate issues will be easier than ever through new advocacy technology and services from the National Association of REALTORS®. Beginning in 2018, you’ll respond to calls for action that you receive via email, text message, or social media through a new user-friendly online system. NAR expects its new program, Advocacy Everywhere, to expand REALTORS®’ influence on public policy at the local, state, and federal level by empowering members and consumers to quickly and easily take action. Advocacy Everywhere lets your local association participate more fully in local legislative and regulatory processes. Learn more at realtoractioncenter.com/advocacyeverywhere.
REALTORS® Dental Insurance Plans Expanded
NAR’s group dental plans for members and their families now offer 100 percent coverage for preventive in-network care. REALTORS® Dental Insurance is available through REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace in three plans—Platinum, Gold, and Value. Next-day coverage is available, and benefits are available for more than 370 procedures. If you currently have a REALTORS® Dental plan, you can keep your plan. SASid Inc., the administrator of REALTORS® Dental and a proud partner in the REALTOR Benefits® Program, has licensed benefit specialists available to answer your questions at 877-433-5845, or you can visit realtorsinsurancemarketplace.com/dental for more details.