2018 Legislative Session (Week 5)

As we gear up for the state's legislative conference, week 5 update reports on the activity of the bills being followed related to inclusionary zoning and the regulation of boards and commissions. 

2018 Legislative Session (Week 4)

Week 4 reports movement on several issues including Residential Property Disclosure and changes to security deposits for residential leases. Ongoing issues being watched is on inclusionary zoning and the regulation of the state's boards and commissions. Read more for what took place at the Capitol

2018 Legislative Session (Week 3)

This was a busy week at the Capitol and lots of bills are in various phases of the legislative process. The following provides an update on key pieces of legislation that the LR Lobbying Team is following and actively monitoring.

2018 Legislative Bill Tracker

Louisiana REALTORS® convened a group of legislative volunteers and the lobbying team for a review of over a hundred pieces of legislation filed for the 2018 regular session. Each bill is reviewed and considered by whether it impacts the real estate industry, it's practitioners, or if it impacts the property rights for Louisiana's citizens.

2019 LR Officer Candidatesf

There are two candidates for Louisiana REALTORS Officer positions. View their applications. Vote will take place at the April 26 Board of Directors meeting. 

HB 383 Advances out of House Ways and Means Committee

House Bill 383 by Representative Paula Davis was reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee by a 9 to 4 vote. Today's success can be attributed to the support of a great bill author, a great lobbying team, and the effort by REALTOR® members responding to the Call for Action and contacting their legislators for support of this bill.

RECAP: 2018 Legislative Session (Week 1)

The first week of the 2018 Legislative Regular Session is over and very few substantive bills have been moved to the House or Senate floor.  It is expected that many bills will be heard in committee next week and things will start moving at a faster pace. Louisiana REALTORS® will provide regular updates on items throughout session. 

Introducing Louisiana First Home

Introducing Louisiana First Home

Many aspiring first-time homebuyers find it hard to save for a down payment, especially with young families that are heavily burdened by student debt. The Louisiana First-Time Home Buyer Program would offer the help families need to buy their first home by reimbursing a portion of the first-time homebuyer’s closing costs and down payment and ultimately help boost our economy.

Louisiana REALTORS® Resource - (03-05-2018)

A copy of content and information provided in the March 5, 2018 email of the Louisiana REALTOR®  Resource - the publication for REALTORS striving for excellence! 

LOUISIANA REALTORS® RESOURCE (02- 19-2018)

A copy of content and information provided in the February 19, 2018 email of the Louisiana REALTOR®  Resource - the publication for REALTORS striving for excellence! 

2018 Legislative Special Session

Norman Morris, CEO along with 2018 LR President, Pam Testroet and Director of Legal & Government Affairs, Kim Callaway take a quick minute to discuss why REALTORS® need to ENGAGE and be READY to ACT as the state legislature convenes for a Special Session beginning Monday, February 19 to address the state's $1B budget deficit.

Residential Agreement to Buy or Sell Revision

Louisiana REALTORS® along with the Louisiana Real Estate Commission will convene a group to review the Residential Agreement to Buy or Sell and address revisions or additions to the form

How to Get the Most Out of the New Tax Laws

Louisiana REALTORS® is providing a webinar with Former IRS attorney, Sandy Botkin as part of a member benefit partnership with TaxBot. The Tax Cuts Act was the biggest overhaul to the tax system in 3 decades. And it has fundamentally changed the tax game for self-employed people. Registration is open and we anticipate the demand for this timely information to be high. 

Government Shut Down and REALTORS

Congress has failed to approve a Continuing Resolution (CR) providing funding for most government operations. Therefore, spending authority for most of the government expired at midnight on January 19, 2018. Until legislation providing for funding is signed into law, many offices and programs of the federal government are now shut down.

Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for Louisiana REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year & Lawrence R. DeMarcay, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Nominees can be submitted and recipients will be recognized at a luncheon during the Spring Into Action Conference held in April. Both awards are aimed to showcase an individual who has volunteered their time in service of the real estate industry. Deadline to submit nomindations is March 1, 2018.

2018 LR Leadership Application - Now Available

Louisiana REALTORS® LR Leadership program is now taking applicants for the 2018 class. This highly regarded leadership program has been in place since 2000 and has graduated over 200 alumni that represent practitioners in all aspects of the real estate industry.

LREC Revises Property Disclosure Document

LR has prepared a Legal Line article highlighting key changes to the Property Disclosure form as well as link to an article summarizing the legal case that gave rise to the changes to the form. In addition to these articles, you can access a clean copy of the new form and a “red-lined” version of the form so you can see what changes were made to the form.