Shoreland

Shoreland Permitting: What You Need to Know

Effective July 1, 2014, the Vermont Legislature passed the Shoreland Protection Act (Chapter 49A of Title 10, §1441 et seq.), which regulates shoreland development within 250 feet of a lake’s mean water level for all lakes greater than 10 acres in size. The intent of the Act is to prevent degradation of water quality in lakes, preserve habitat and natural stability of shorelines, and maintain the economic benefits of lakes and their shorelands. The Act seeks to balance good shoreland management and shoreland development.

The Vermont Watershed Management Division has developed important resources to help Vermonters understand their responsibilities in helping to protect the state’s shorelands. Please visit their resource page for important information such as which activities need a permit, application resources. shoreland registration, delegated municipal authority, lake encroachment and shoreland permitting event, and much more.

SHORELAND PERMITTING RESOURCES

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Get Low APR & More with the Realtor® Credit Card

Now available in partnership with REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union: NAR’s official REALTOR® Credit Card.

This unique card program is available to existing and new Credit Union members and includes card options for personal and business use. Features of the REALTOR® Credit Card include:

  • Customized real estate-themed designs
  • REALTOR® branding options
  • Competitive interest rates as low as 8% APR*
  • No annual fees, balance transfer or cash advance fees
  • Comprehensive rewards program (points never expire)

realtor-credit-card postManage Personal Purchases and Business Expenses

For record keeping and tax planning, apply for two separate personal consumer cards – one for making personal purchases and a second to track business expenses, and select different card designs for each. Apply online.

Members concerned about credit also have an option of the Secured Credit Card. A minimum balance of $500 is required, and is a great option for Credit Union members seeking to increase their credit worthiness. To see if you qualify for this option, start the application process here.

For Associations and Brokerages

Operate or manage an office with staff? A business (corporate) card option is also available to state and local associations, brokerages, MLSs, and business account holders. To apply, click here and select the Business (Corporate) Expenses option or call 866-295-6038.

Membership and Application

Membership in the Credit Union is required to apply for the REALTOR® Credit Card. REALTORS®, state and local association staff and family members are eligible to enroll in the Credit Union and apply. A complete Eligibility List is available online at REALTORSfcu.org.

If you are not yet a Credit Union member, the process is a streamlined for both Credit Union membership and REALTOR® Credit Card application. Apply today.

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Realtors® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

The REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is where NAR members take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. Join us in Washington, DC, for special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.  Visit the event website here.

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Meeting Schedule
Legislative Activities
Trade Expo

Property Valuation Forum
Uncover how new technology is guiding valuations, including automated valuation models (AVMs), during this forum.
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Risk Management Forum
Examine the law on three hot topics – teams, independent contractors and safety – during this three-prong program. Read

Federal Water Regulations
Do federal water regulations impact real estate activity in your market? Then, you won’t want to miss this session. Read

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April is Fair Housing Month

fair housing coverApril 11 marks the 47th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Fair Housing Act enunciates a national policy of Fair Housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap and national origin, and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.

Download a Fair Housing Poster
Read the 2015 Fair Housing Focus Publication here.