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...

Governor Announces Plan to Roll Back Septic Rule

Governor Hogan announced plans to roll back regulations that require best available technology (BAT) septic systems for most new homes in Maryland.

Trump? Clinton? Why not You!! MAR Candidate Training

Interested in running for political office?  Attend the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Candidate Training Academy on September 22nd 2016!  Class size is limited so register early. 

Update Your Email for $100 Gift Card Chance*

August is Data Hygiene Month and YOU can't get the scoop if you're not in the loop! It could be that your email/personal data hasn’t been updated recently and you very well may be missing important, critical information.   Please verify your email information in the REALTOR database and be entered into a drawing for one of three $100 gift cards!* Just follow the outlined simple steps. Remember, MRIS emails terminate in October 2016.

Win for Condo Financing and Rural Housing Loans

On July 29th, the President signed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, into law.  Among other provisions, the law will help improve condo financing and the processing of rural housing loans.

Thank You Maryland REALTORS Who Responded!

Due to the overwhelming response from REALTORS across the country contacting their Senators, we are excited to report that H.R. 3700 passed the U.S. Senate on July 14, 2016! Thank you for your support on this important legislative issue! Read more about this victory: NAR-Backed Condo Legislation Passes U.S. Senate, Offers Relief for Homebuyers

 

Governor Signs MAR Bills

Governor Larry Hogan signed a number of MAR requested bills into law.  The bills all take effect October 1, 2016.  

Texting, texting - 1, 2, 3

Have you text the word 'REALTOR' to 30644 yet (not case sensitive)?  If not, please do.  MAR is trying to increase our text membership participation for Calls for Action via mobile alerts, making it easier for you to advocate/respond.

Water and Sewer Fee Disclosure

The Maryland General Assembly passed a key MAR bill, SB 815/HB 989, which will require sellers to disclose private water and sewer fees.  The Governor must still sign the bill before it becomes law.

License Verification Legislation

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation to simplify the License Verification regulation which requires all agents to verify the license status of certain service providers before making a recommendation.  SB 824/HB 1453 are sponsored by Senator Joan Carter Conway and Delegate Michael Vaughn.  The legislation must be signed by the Governor before it becomes law.

Agency Legislation Summary

MAR is seeking legislation to simplify agency disclosure law in Maryland.  SB 828/HB 1469 sponsored by Senator Joan Carter Conway and Delegate Ned Carey will make three important improvements.

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