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LRC posts legislative updates through YouTube
January 19, 2016

The Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort offers a weekly wrap up of the activities of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. The videos cover everything from issues legislators see as most important in the coming session - from the biennial state budget to Second Amendment issues - as well as educational videos on how legislation moves through the system.

 

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zipLogix is new member benefit in 2016
January 19, 2016

In 2016, NAR will be providing zipForm® Plus real estate forms software and zipTMS™ transaction management solution as a member benefit nationwide with the goal of providing REALTORS® access to the forms they want, when and where they need them. REALTORS® will benefit from zipLogix’ state of-the art technology, which ensures data integrity, security and disaster recovery and a standardized technology platform designed to create efficiencies and streamline processes.

This new NAR member benefit includes zipLogix’ robust transaction management system, an exclusive NAR national forms library, and state and local forms libraries provided the forms are licensed by the association or board to which the member belongs. With this step toward a comprehensive transaction platform, NAR is committed to making sure REALTORS® have the tools they need to succeed in today's dynamic real estate environment and remain at the center of the real estate transaction. Read More

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2016 forecast: home sale increase expected
January 19, 2016

Following the housing market's best year in nearly a decade, existing-home sales are forecasted to expand in 2016 at a more moderate pace as pent-up buyer demand combats affordability pressures and meager economic growth, according to National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a newly-released video on his 2016 housing market expectations.

 

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Kentucky jobless rates down in 109 counties
January 5, 2016

Unemployment rates fell in 109 Kentucky counties between October 2014 and October 2015, rose in seven counties and remained the same in four, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.8 percent. It was followed by Fayette County, 3.1 percent; Oldham, Scott and Spencer counties, 3.2 percent each; Owen and Shelby counties, 3.3 percent each; and Boone, Campbell and Madison counties, 3.4 percent each. Read More

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Lexington named top 20 small city for college students
January 5, 2016

The city of Lexington has been ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER)as one of the top 20 small cities for American college students for 2016.

AIER, an independent economic research organization, says that in addition to the educational benefits colleges have to offer, students also look at “essential supplements to formal education.” Those supplements, such as the people students meet, places they go and the school and employment opportunities that may await them after graduation, are tied to the cities where the college or university resides. Read More

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Louisville council approves 'Airbnb' ordinance
January 5, 2016

After a nearly two hour debate with multiple threats of further delay, Metro Council pushed through an ordinance regulating Louisville short-term rentals Thursday evening by a 20-6 vote.

"The ordinance allows this growing industry to operate in Louisville, levels the playing field with hotels and motels on transient occupancy taxes and protects neighborhoods by limiting the number of occupants and other provisions,” said Councilman Bill Hollander, an original sponsor. Read More

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