Government Affairs - HRRA has a well-respected Government Affairs program, active with the local municipalities, as well as a strong presence with the state General Assembly delegation and federal representatives.
Work done on behalf of HRRA includes the defeat of numerous anti-growth measures and proposals to increase transfer taxes. Our assist helped to protect Oceana in the last BRAC review. In 2014, we were successful at the General Assembly in protecting agents from unreasonable accusations of misconduct and in improving the VRLTA. We worked with NAR to maintain and extend the Mortgage Interest Deduction and the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act. We've participated in legislative discussions about flood insurance, FIRM revision, and recurrent flooding. We continue to monitor City Councils, Planning Commissions, and the General Assembly to protect the real estate industry.
Arbitration, Mediation, Ethics, and Professional Standards - HRRA promotes ethical business practices with a forum for complaints and recourse for satisfaction, if justified. This service saves members thousands of dollars in legal costs arbitrating business disputes. In the minds of the consumers, abiding by a Code of Ethics is a prominent reason for using the services of a REALTOR instead of a non-member agent.
Communications - HRRA's website, HRRA.com, is loaded with information on events and other Association news as well as the many services provided by HRRA. In the Members Only section, HRRA members can update information, register for events, and perform a host of other actions.
A weekly email newsletter, sent out every Monday to all subscribing members, and other occasional emails alert members to upcoming events, classes and meetings for HRRA.
"I am one®" Campaign - HRRA continuously promotes awareness to the public that all real estate agents are not REALTORS, and works with the news media to encourage positive and informative reporting about the real estate industry and the fact that REALTORS adhere to a Code of Ethics. Many HRRA members report being asked by clients if they are, in fact, REALTORS. In the mind of the consumer, the REALTOR logo has come to mean professionalism and excellence in real estate services. In addition, many professional designations can only be used by REALTOR members. Statistics and studies prove that REALTORS with professional designations earn more income over those without. Materials at iamone.com are available for all HRRA members to use in their own marketing and promotions.
Member Support - HRRA staff are available from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday, to answer questions, conduct research, and generally assist members in a variety of ways. These professional individuals are also available on call to present items of interest to members through sales meetings and other gatherings.
Councils - HRRA's structure reflects the current diversity that exists in the real estate marketplace. By dividing into specialty councils, HRRA is better equipped to build programs and services that specifically meet the various needs of specialty members. These councils offer regular meetings with education and networking opportunities.