ACAR Executive Inducted Into National Leadership Society

Marc_LebowitzBOISE, March, 27:  
Marc Lebowitz, Executive Director for the Ada County Association of Realtors®, was inducted into the National Association of Realtors Bud Smith Leadership Society last week .

To achieve induction into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society, it must be demonstrated that nominees have brought credit to the profession of association management through their personal involvement in advancing the purposes of the organization at the local, state, and national level; provided leadership in ways that have benefited the organization, the members, or other association executives; or made other significant contributions that have advanced their organization in meaningful ways. To recognize those who excel in the association management profession by demonstrating uncommon leadership, a willingness to help others, and acceptance of a responsibility to constantly improve themselves.

Lebowitz holds a BA in English and Film from the University of Maryland and has earned both the Realtor Certified Association Executive (RCE) from the National Association of Realtors and the Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

Lebowitz serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Housing Services – Southwest.

The Mission of Ada County Association of REALTORS® is to be valued by the real estate profession and the public, to protect private property rights, to better the communities in which we live, and to provide members with tools and resources to conduct their businesses professionally, ethically, and successfully.

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Government Shutdown Ends

Late Wednesday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill ending the shutdown of the federal government. The bill was passed by the Senate earlier in the day. President Obama has signed the bill into law.

Under the agreement reached, a continuing resolution funding government operations through Jan. 15, 2014 is enacted. The measure also raises the debt ceiling to a projected date of Feb. 7, 2014. The Senate will also consider another separate proposal to instruct House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13, 2013 on a long-term blueprint for tax and spending policies over the next decade.

Although the legislation reopens the federal government immediately, there could be residual delays in programs as workers address issues caused by the 16 day lapse. will keep the shutdown information available over the next several days as government operations return to full capacity.


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What does the Government Shutdown mean?

Many, but not all, government programs, including some that impact federal housing and mortgage programs, have been suspended or slowed.

Federal Housing Administration
HUD’s Contingency Plan states that FHA will endorse new loans in the Single Family Mortgage Loan Program, but it will not make new commitments in the Multi-family Program during the shutdown. FHA will maintain operational activities including paying claims and collecting premiums. Management & Marketing (M&M) Contractors managing the REO portfolio can continue to operate. You can expect some delays with FHA processing.

VA Loan Guaranty Program
Lenders will continue to process and guaranty mortgages through the Loan Guaranty program in the event of a government shutdown. Expect some delays during the shutdown.

Flood Insurance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed that the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will not be impacted by a government shutdown, since NFIP is funded by premiums and not tax dollars. Changes to the flood insurance program scheduled to take effect on Oct. 1 will be implemented as scheduled.

Get all the latest via a PDF summary click here. Visit NAR’s page here to see the latest information.


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