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...

Thank You for Another Successful MAR Lobby Day

Over 200 REALTORS® came from all over Maryland for MAR’s 2016 Lobby Day in Annapolis and met with over 168 of 188 Members of the General Assembly.  MAR thanks you for your Advocacy efforts!

MAR 2016 Lobby Day Legislator Reports by District

Please follow the District link for your respective Legislators Talking Points to emphasize for MAR's 2016 Lobby Day. 

The 2016 MD Legislative Session

The 436th session of the Maryland Legislature commenced January 13th. Here's what we'll be working on for MAR members & property owners this session. 

Nonresident Real Estate Withholding Tax Increase

The 7% nonresident real estate withholding tax for individuals will increase to 7.5% starting  January 1st, 2016.  The entity rate (commercial rate) of 8.25% remains unchanged.

Lead Paint Law - Are you in Compliance?

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 lead paint changes that took effect January 1, 2015. 

Tax Relief for Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Extended

"Tax Extenders" legislation was passed by Congress and signed by the President.  The legislation includes a number of important real estate provisions, including a two-year extension of tax relief for mortgage debt forgiveness (2015-2016). 

Congress Approves 5 Year Transportation Package

Many thanks to all REALTORS who responded to the G-Fee Call for Action.  On Dec. 3rd, the House approved HR. 22, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) by a vote of 359-65, successfully without G Fees. The Senate quickly followed as well with an approval vote of 83-16. 

Maryland Regulatory Reform Commission Requests Feedback

FEEDBACK REQUESTED - The Regulatory Reform Commission established by Governor Larry Hogan seeks input from MAR members on regulations they believe place Maryland at a competitive disadvantage compared to other states. Please share any ideas you may have.  

Reminder of Upcoming TRID Changes

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.
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