Government Affairs News

MAR represents Maryland REALTORS® by making your voice heard in Congress and at the State Legislature. Our primary concern is protecting your professional and business interests. Our Legislative and Public Policy Committees develop a straightforward political agenda to: support and develop legislation that helps our industry and oppose legislation that hurts the free transfer of real estate. The Legislative Committee typically reviews over 200 pieces of legislation and regulations each year...

Reminder of Upcoming TRID Changes

New Laws Taking Effect October 1

Click below for a list of new real estate laws taking effect in Maryland on October 1.

Governor Hogan Cuts Real Estate Licensing Fees

Updated (9/16/15) - The Maryland Real Estate Commission voted on September 14, 2015, to modify the regualtion that controls the licensing fees.  As with any proposed regulation, the written proposal must be published in the Maryland Register and then must have a public comment period.

Patent Troll HR 9 Call for Action Still Ongoing

Thank You Maryland REALTOR® First Responders! With your efforts, we’ve successfully achieved and exceeded NAR’s advocacy goal response rate of 20% (23%, click on Maryland to see your Local participation). If you have not responded yet, there's still time to please email and urge your Member of Congress here to support HR 9 ...

Real Estate Report from 2015 General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 13th.  For a quick summary of some key real estate issues, click below.

FHA Slashing Mortgage Insurance Premiums by $900 a Year

According to Inman News, after raising them six times during the housing bust, the Obama administration is reversing course and rolling back mortgage insurance premiums charged by the Federal Housing Administration by enough to save homeowners an average of $900 a year.

New Legislative Districts/Reps for the Upcoming Session

Do you know who your Maryland General Assembly legislators are for 2015?  Help us help you advocate about REALTOR issues for the upcoming General Session by being an informed REALTOR advocate.

Realtors® Applaud Final Passage of Legislation to Extend Key Real Estate Tax Provisions

National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron stated today (12/17/14), "The package of tax extensions approved by the U.S. House and Senate late last night, and headed to the President’s desk for signature, includes important provisions that will help distressed homeowners and commercial property investors with transactions made during 2014."

Lead Paint Law Changes Taking Effect in January

Are you a property manager or owner of pre-1978 residential rental units?  Click below to read the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document regarding the new lead paint law changes taking effect January 1, 2015. 

USDA Update Response to Rural Lending Delays

See updated, official response from USDA to 2014 MAR President Russ Boyce per Senator Mikulski's outreach.  In USDA's response letter, dated September 24th, Administrator Hernandez states, "To mitigate processing time delay in Maryland, additional staff is temporarily assigned to assist with this effort."
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