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...

First Annual RPAC “Walk the Walk”- Sep. 7, 2014

Registration opens at 7:15AM * Walk starts at 8:00AM. The starting line and registration desk will be located in front of the Ocean City Life Saving Museum (on the Boardwalk at 813 Atlantic Ave.)  Registration fee is $25.00 and can be paid at the event (make checks payable to RPAC).  


MAR Seeks Immediate Senate Help with Rural Lending Delays

In response to numerous calls from members and local boards, MAR 2014 President Russ Boyce reaches out to Senator Mikulski for help in addressing inordinate lending processing times for Rural Housing Loans.

RPAC is Back at Conference




Sunday, September 7, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hooper's Crab House
12913 Ocean Gateway
Ocean City, MD 21842     

Real Estate Commission Adopts New Reg on Contractor Recommendations

The Maryland Real Estate Commission has adopted a final version of  a proposed new regulation that will require agents who recommend contractors to verify whether the contractor is licensed. The new regulation will be effective after it is republished in the Maryland Register, which is expected in September.  MAR's formal comment on the proposed regulation prompted the Commission to revise the original proposal making it clear that the rule applies only "in the provision of real estate brokerage services."

MAR Endorsed Candidates Status for 2014 Primary

Win or lose -- our congratulations to ALL 2014 Primary candidates for your sense of public service, leadership and commitment!  To review the 2014 election results...

FEMA Flood Rate Relief Effective May 1

Update, reminder: Effective May 1, 2014, all buyers of older properties (“pre-FIRM”) will see a premium rate reduction under the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. 

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.

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.
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