Kentucky REALTOR® News

Kentucky's Red Tape Reduction Initiative backed by KAR
July 7, 2016

Governor Bevin recently announced the Red Tape Reduction Initiative, which will cut through the red tape of excessive and complex regulatory burdens that are a hardship for many business owners and will reduce the amount of government bureaucracy affecting Kentucky businesses, thus making the Commonwealth more employee-friendly.

The governor's office projects that more than 4,500 business regulations will be evaluated as part of the initiative, and Bevin has directed cabinet secretaries to comb through all the business regulations on the books to weed out outdated or inefficient requirements.

Bevin has also called on state employees, businesses and individuals across the state to assist his administration by identifying what they consider burdensome regulations. A website,, has been created to collect feedback and ideas directly from the public and the state's business communities.

The initiative has the support of many business organizations throughout the state, including the Kentucky Association of REALTORS (KAR).

KAR wants to encourage members from across the state to provide assistance to this intitiative as burdensome and unnecessary regulations can hinder economic development and decrease home sales across a region. If you have experience dealing with a regulation that proved to be burdensome, share it in the comments below or, better yet, visit the Red Tape Reduction website and report it using the online submission form (red button in the top right corner).

Red Tape Reduction website

Press release about the initiative

Report a Reg feature


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Top 10 issues affecting real estate
June 24, 2016

Every year, the Counselors of Real Estate, a group of real estate professionals who hold the CRE designation and seek to offer unbiased guidance on real estate topics, offers a list of major issues that they feel could affect the industry. Learn what the implications of these potential shifts could be for your business.

  1. Shifts in the World Economy In response to economic and political uncertainties, the International Monetary Fund amended GDP growth to spiral downward for much of the globe in 2016 and 2017. Implications for real estate: The CRE sees China as the primary competition in this sector, having capped a five-year real estate investment total to more than $110 billion. They caution that economic deceleration could lead to lower investment in infrastructure worldwide. Read More
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FAA changes regulations for commercial drone use
June 23, 2016

Using a drone to capture listing photos and videos or inspect properties is about to become significantly easier now that the federal government has finalized its long-awaited regulations over the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems.

The final rule issued Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration paves the way for people who obtain a remote pilot certificate to operate drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, as long as the aircraft remains within visual line-of-sight. Earning the certificate will involve passing a test of aeronautical knowledge at an FAA-approved testing center - but it will not require applicants to have formal flight training. Read More

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Kentucky's jobless rate drops to 5.1% in May 2016
June 17, 2016

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for May 2016 dropped to 5.1 percent from a revised 5.4 percent in April 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary May 2016 jobless rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the 5.3 percent rate recorded for the state in May 2015. The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for May 2016 was 4.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More

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Jobless rates up in 65 Kentucky counties in March 2016
May 20, 2016

Unemployment rates rose in 65 Kentucky counties between March 2015 and March 2016, fell in 37 counties, and remained the same in 18, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Read More

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Stevens Named CEO for KAR
April 28, 2016

The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® (KAR) has named Steve Stevens as its Chief Executive Officer, effective May 17, 2016.

Stevens had most recently been president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), the 1,200-member chamber of commerce and economic development agency for eastern Washington. In his role, Stevens’ focus was on recruitment and expansion of business and industry, government relations, workforce development and member services. During his tenure, strong legislative advocacy by the organization helped secure over $1.7 billion in new funding for the region.

“We are excited to have Steve on board,” stated Lamont Breland, president of KAR. “His diverse background in public policy and perspectives on business management issues at the local, state and federal levels will serve our Association well going forward.”

Before joining GSI, Stevens served for eight years as president and CEO of the 2,000 member Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce located in Ft. Mitchell. Prior to that appointment, he was the Chamber’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and spent more than 12 years advocating for the advancement of pro-business issues, community priorities and trade development, as well as serving as the Chamber’s legislative agent in Frankfort. Stevens also served the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Government Affairs for three years.

“I am thrilled to be coming home to Kentucky to apply my expertise and years of experience to help support such an important segment of Kentucky’s businesses. Working as a dedicated business advocate for most of my life, it’s been my ‘calling’ and I am energized to be part of this team. Nearly 10,000 members count on KAR’s strong advocacy to advance issues and provide important member services that help them grow and maintain strong businesses in Kentucky.”

Stevens is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, the Institute for Organization Management, the Center for Creative Leadership and Leadership Kentucky. In a volunteer capacity, Stevens served as president of the state association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in Kentucky and has been an active member of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). He earned the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) designation from ACCE and was named Chamber Executive of Year in 2011 by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Stevens and his wife, Marilyn, have two sons, Stewart, who is also a University of Kentucky graduate and Logan, who will soon graduate from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky.

Founded in 1923, KAR represents more than 9,600 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.

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7 benefits of a home's outdoor space
April 25, 2016

It's common today for backyard space to be used as an extension of a home's livable space. Creating an idyllic and cozy outdoor environment can also benefit when it comes time to sell. While there are many functional and financial benefits of maintaining a home's outdoor space, there are also many health benefits.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently shared seven reasons why it pays for owners to have an enjoyable backyard. Read More


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9 neighborhood features that hamper values
April 11, 2016

Certain neighborhood features near a home – like cemeteries and power plants -- could drag down a home’s price.® recently identified which of those features could have the biggest impact.

To calculate,® analyzed home prices and appreciation rates in ZIP codes of the 100 largest metro areas across the country where a specific so-called “drag-me-down facility” – such as power plants or homeless shelter – was present. Read More

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First-time buyers love these home features
April 11, 2016

Mid-Atlantic real estate professionals are bullish on the housing market this spring, particularly due to the growing number of first-time home buyers entering the market.

In its 2016 Mid-Atlantic Housing Market Survey, MRIS – one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services – found that 57 percent of nearly 750 real estate professionals recently surveyed expect this spring to be busier than last year. The majority of the respondents cited low mortgage rates as the main reason they believe buyers will act faster this year than last year. Read More

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Kentucky REALTOR selected as a finalist for NAR's 30 Under 30
March 18, 2016

One of the 50 finalists named to the list of 30 Under 30 with NAR was a Kentucky REALTOR®. Rusty Underwood, with the Lexington Bluegrass Association, is eligible for the 30 Under 30 award, and is up for the Web Choice Award. Now through noon (CST) on March 25, REALTORS®, friends, family members and acquaintances can place daily online votes for Rusty in REALTOR® Magazine’s 2016 “30 Under 30” Web Choice Award.

Vote Now

According to NAR, anyone can vote daily for their choice. The finalist with the most votes after one week will get a spot in 30 Under 30. Once online voting ends, the remaining 29 honorees for this year will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on March 28. For more information on Rusty and all the other finalists from other states, read the REALTOR® Mag story.

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