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RISMEDIA, April 20, 2011—This week’s headlines from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS? include: exclusive OfficeMax® discounts available; errors and omissions protection for brokers and agents now available through the newest REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co., Inc.; and a new bill has been introduced to speed short sales.

Exclusive OfficeMax® Discounts Available to REALTORS®

NAR’s newest REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, OfficeMax, offers you and your office significant discounts on more than 12,000 office supply products and an additional 5% discount on already reduced items, with free shipping. Offices with more than 25 employees are eligible to sign up for the “Business-to-Business Program.” Shop online, at retail stores and through OfficeMax’s commercial catalog, which is not available to the general public. Taking advantage of this program is easy! Simply request a Digital Retail Connect Card by sending an email to or by calling 800-248-6343.

New Insurance Partner Provides Errors and Omissions Protection for Brokers and Agents

NAR is pleased to offer REALTORS® access to an errors and omissions (E&O) insurance program through the newest REALTOR Benefits® Program partner, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co., Inc. Coverage can protect real estate professionals from potential liability throughout their careers. Available through top-rated insurance carrier CNA (Continental Casualty), the E&O program is available to brokers and individual agents in a broad range of real estate specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. E&O coverage can protect against the legal cost of mistakes made by you, your employees and independent contractors. To learn more, call 301-961-9800 or click here.

New Bill Introduced to Speed Short Sales

A new bill to improve the process for approving short sales may soon bring relief to distressed homeowners who are unable to keep their homes and hope to avoid foreclosure. The bill, introduced in the U.S. House on April 12th and strongly supported by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, would impose a deadline of 45 days on lenders to respond to short sale requests.

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