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...

Voting is not just a right -- it’s a privilege!

Early Voting for Maryland’s Primary is June 12, 2014.  Not sure if you are registered? Need to make an address change?  You can look it up here.   To register, complete and print the Maryland Voter Registration Application according to the instructions provided. Original signature is required before mailing, and must be postmarked no later than 5/21/14.

FEMA Issues Immediate Flood Rate Relief Bulletin

On April 15, 2014, FEMA issued a WYO (Write Your Own) Company Bulletin implementing the first provisions of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act and providing immediate rate relief to homebuyers.

SB 850 Prevails within Minutes of Sine Die at Midnight

SB 850, protects the housing and financial markets from an investor scheme that attempts to use state and local governments' condemnation authority -- also know as eminent domain -- from seizing performing, underwater mortgages or deeds of trust.  This bill passed within minutes of Sine Die at Midnight...

The Long Awaited Dog-Bite Bill Passes both Houses

After three attempts to reach a consensus regarding Maryland's controversial dog-bite law, Maryland's 2014 Dog-Bite Bill (SB247/HB73), has passed both the House and the Senate and will be sent to the Governor for signature.

Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act -DC Print Ad

In anticipation of the Senate Finance Committee markup of the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act on Thursday, April 3, NAR is sponsoring a DC print ad that will appear in select editions of Roll Call, Politico, The Hill, and NJ Daily publications on Wednesday and Thursday.

Senate Passes Flood Insurance

On March 13, 2014, the United States Senate voted 72-22 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370). The Senate acted quickly to pass the bill as amended by the House to avoid the need for a conference committee to reconcile any differences.

MAR SB 850 Testimony

MAR's testimony for SB 850, prohibiting the use of eminent domain to seize performing, underwater mortgages which would destabilize a slowly improving housing and financial market which is essential for a strong, economic recovery in Maryland.

Realtors® Oppose Federal Tax Plan to Limit Mortgage Interest Deduction

Earlier this week, House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited plan to reform the federal tax system. NAR president Steve Brown expressed the association’s strong opposition and extreme disappointment in a statement released shortly after the proposal was unveiled...

FEMA Delays Provision Regarding NFIP "Grandfathering" to 2015

On February 5, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released guidance related to flood insurance and delaying the grandfather provision, Section 207 of Biggert-Waters Reform Act, passed in 2012 (BW12).

Maryland Sustainable Growth Challenge Student Competition

As recipients of an NAR Smart Growth Action Grant, MAR -- along with the Howard County Association of REALTORS -- is proud to support the Maryland 2014 Sustainable Growth Challenge, Student Competition Awards Ceremony.  MAR's President Russ Boyce will help preside in the Awards Presentation Ceremony on February 5 in Annapolis.
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