AdvocacyProtecting our members’ ability to conduct business and also the rights of millions of property owners.
How do we advocate on your behalf?
The Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors® (FAAR) represents REALTOR® and affiliate members throughout the Fredericksburg area including the City of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline. Our members also work in the neighboring counties of Louisa, Orange, Prince William, and Westmoreland. FAAR focuses on protecting our members’ ability to conduct business and also the rights of millions of property owners across the region. FAAR works to build relationships with local elected officials to ensure that the real estate industry has a seat at the table when important decisions that impact the industry are being made.
Policy and Advocacy News
The Realtor® organization at all levels is advocating on your behalf during this unprecedented market disruption caused by the COVID-19 virus. Read on to see what NAR, VAR, and FAAR are doing to keep you safe and keep your business on track. National Association of...
Bright MLS announces “Bright Steps Initiative” to support its subscribers and their clients during the Covid-19 outbreak
Introducing Bright Steps Bright Steps Offers a Variety of Data, Tools, Tips, and Special Allowances Aimed Toward Keeping theMarket Moving During This Challenging Period Bright MLS, the leading multiple listing service (MLS) in the Mid-Atlantic US representing 95,000...
During the March 19, 2020 NVAR Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved the new COVID-19 Addendum (the “Addendum”). The form is available for immediate use (see education version here) and has been provided to all standard forms vendors for immediate release.
See below for a copy of the COVID-19 Addendum that VAR has published. Thank you to Ekko Title for this summary. This document does a couple of key things: Paragraph 1:This allows the parties in the contract to agree to extend ALL CONTRACT DEADLINES for a certain...
We want to know how you feel about signs! Background Information on Signs Spotsylvania County has changed the way it enforces its sign policy. The underlying zoning ordinance on signs is not changing. It has always been illegal to place signs in the VDOT...
Approximately 7,000 Virginia REALTORS® go without health insurance each year and many others struggle to pay the high costs for coverage. The Virginia General Assembly has passed two Virginia REALTORS® supported bills that could allow REALTORS® to obtain more...
Public Policy Committee
The FAAR Public Policy Committee consists of Realtor® and affiliate members who are interested in politics and policy. The group meets monthly to discuss issues of concern that impact the real estate profession. These issues are related to specific policies at the local, state, or federal level and also local elections. The Committee members work to develop solid relationships with local elected officials so that our Association has a seat the table when important decisions are being made that will impact the real estate market.
FAAR Standing Positions
The FAAR Public Policy Committee reviews individual issues that agents are facing on a rolling basis. FAAR will ensure that agents get answers to their questions. If the Committee identifies an issue that has implications for the real estate market as a whole, we will submit that issue to the Virginia Realtors® for potential inclusion in our statewide legislative platform before the General Assembly. Interested in submitting an issue of concern? Do it here through our simple online form.
The Committee also frequently reviews and updates our Standing Positions. We refer back to these positions when we are asked to support or oppose something specific. These positions guide the response and engagement of our Association on issues in our local communities. Click here to view our current Standing Positions.
FAAR hosts events throughout the year that give members the opportunity to engage in advocacy efforts. Each February, Realtors® and affiliate members descend on Capitol Square in Richmond to lobby their members of the General Assembly on issues of importance to real estate. FAAR hosts roundtables 3-4 times per year throughout the region to address specific local issues and hot topics such sign regulations and economic development. FAAR frequently hosts events with local elected officials to give our members a chance to interact with those individuals who represent them.
Fredericksburg Area Market Statistics
FAAR has access to a wealth of statistical information that you can use in your publications, market research, and listing presentations. Want to know how the market is faring throughout the region? Read the latest FAAR reports and review market statistics by clicking on the links below.