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...

Federal Alert Push for Support of HR 3700

Despite passing the U.S. House with NO OBJECTIONS (427-0), the U.S. Senate has not yet acted on H.R. 3700/companion bill S 3083. This legislation provides significant benefits to taxpayers, homebuyers and the real estate market. Maryland REALTORS, please urge your Senator to  cosponsor S 3083 here.  For more background information...

Are You Not Receiving Important Emails or Calls for Actions?

Organizations that wish to receive automated email messaging from the REALTOR/Blackbaud software should "whitelist" the Blackbaud mail servers using these instructions in order to receive important REALTOR information. Or perhaps you can just add them to your Safe Senders' List...

Governor Signs MAR Bills

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

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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.

SMAR Charles County REALTORS Call for Action

Attention Charles County REALTOR®:  As you may or may not have already heard, the Charles County Board of Commissioners have re-introduced the Real Estate Transfer Tax, however, WITHOUT the credit/exemption for first-time home buyers which they agreed to do!! Once again, now, they need to hear from YOU! If you're familiar with the issue, urge Commissioners to Stop the Transfer Tax UNLESS Amended as AGREED here.  If not, for further information and detail...

MAR Bills Headed to Governor for Signature

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) key legislative initiatives are headed to Governor Hogan for signature after being passed by the Maryland General Assembly.  The MAR initiatives include agency reform, license verification, narrowing the attorney exemption in the real estate licensing law and requiring disclosure of private water and sewer fees.

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.

MAR Seeks to Clarify Attorney Exemption

The House of Delegates and State Senate have passed MAR legislation to clarify the attorney exemption in the Real Estate Licensing Law.  

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