Protecting Property Rights

NVAR develops policy to guide the association in the legislative and regulatory arenas. We then advocate for those policy positions to protect the home owners, buyers and sellers from harmful legislation that would erode private property rights, increase the costs of real estate transactions or place excessive regulations on home owners and buyers, among others.

Tax and deductions

Deductions Aren’t the Only Way to Save on Real Estate Taxes

That’s no surprise. Roughly 9 out of 10 home buyers borrow money to buy a home, meaning they likely pay some form of mortgage interest. And property taxes are a near-universal expense for homeowners. Both deductions are crucial to making homeownership possible for the average buyer. Read More
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LGBT Housing Discrimination: How to Spot It and What to Do

Helping LGBT people combat housing discrimination doesn’t make you immune from it. Read More
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 Buying a Home? What to Know about Down Payments

If you're in the market to buy a home, your down payment is probably top of mind. However, it’s important to understand all your options, particularly if you’ve heard the rule of thumb that you shouldn't pursue homeownership unless you can put 20 percent down. Read More


America’s Growing Housing Affordability Challenge…How Will It Impact You?

Growing housing affordability challenges are unraveling the American Dream for millions.  Even those who can afford a home won’t be immune to the impacts.
Over the past few years, home values have been rising faster than wages in over two-thirds of U.S. real estate markets. Read More

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Millennials, Don’t Forget Estate Planning

Ask millennials to write down a list of their plans, and it’s likely to be chock-full of career accomplishments and vacation experiences. Graduating, getting a great job, getting married, starting a family, buying a home and traveling are likely to be high on the list. Read More

The Early Bird's Guide to Selling a Home


Spring brings out home buyers en masse. But in these waning days of winter, many home sellers are still hibernating. Well, it’s time to wake up! Although technically the peak home-buying period is still a few months away, the time to get your home in shape to sell is right now. Read More

Do You Know Your Home Buyer Rights?


While there are laws to protect buyers from discrimination by lenders, you still should be aware of your home buyer rights—especially if you think a lender may be ignoring them. Read More


Thinking of Buying? The Real Cost of Owning a Home

Owning a home means you can blow out a wall to create a more spacious kitchen or paint your bedroom a flaming fuchsia — things that are certainly deposit-forfeiting and likely eviction-motivating offenses in rental land. Read More

Buying or Refinancing Your Home this Spring? Tips for Success

Buying or Refinancing Your Home this Spring

Many Americans start to think about their housing needs this time of year. For some people spring aligns with the school calendar, given the time it takes to find the right home, arrange financing and move in time for the next academic year. Read More