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...

MAR Supports Septic Regulation

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) submitted a comment letter to the Maryland Department of Environment in support of a proposed septic regulation.   MAR believes the regulation will improve housing affordability, preserve important pollution protections, and strengthen the legal authority for the current septic program.

Helpful Maryland County Local Government and Code Links

One stop research page with Maryland County and Code links via Maryland Manual.

Get Out and VOTE!

Early Voting: Maryland early voting is from Thursday, October 27, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 8 am until 8 pm. Designated polling places will be open 10:00 a.m. EST to 8:00 p.m. EST during the early voting period. Anyone in line at 8 p. m. EST will be allowed to vote.  For more information on early voting please visit

Election Day: On Election Day November 8th, polling places are open continuously from 7 a.m. EST until 8 p. m. EST. Anyone in line at 8 p. m. EST will be allowed to vote.

New Laws Taking Effect in October

A number of new real estate laws take effect October 1st.  Click below for a summary of these new laws, including changes that impact: agency disclosure; the disclosure of private water and sewer fees; and HOA/Condo Fees.

Lead Paint Laws Studied by General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly reviewed a number of bills from the last legislative session that would have changed the lead paint law in Maryland.  The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) presented testimony at the briefing along with a number of other groups.

Foreclosure Study by General Assembly

The Maryland General Assembly held an interim study on foreclosure issues, including expediting foreclosures of abandoned and vacant property.

Governor Announces Plan to Roll Back Septic Rule

UPDATED (083016) - Governor Hogan announced plans to roll back regulations that require best available technology (BAT) septic systems for most new homes in Maryland.

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


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