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...

USDA Update Response to Rural Lending Delays

USDA has recently updated MAR (091514) regarding  regarding the SFGLP processing delays. MAR will continue efforts to further correct these processing times and focus grassroots efforts on the Maryland House delegation to assist as well.

New Regulation for Recommended Service Providers Effective August 18th

REMINDER - The new regulation regarding real estate licensee "service recommendations" is now final and will take effect August 18, 2014.  If you choose to recommend service providers, the Real Estate Commission has indicated that it is reasonable for you to verify license status of contractors at least once a year.

Are you Registered to Vote?

It's not just a right, it's a privilege.  Early Voting for Maryland’s Gubernatorial is October 23rd through October 30th.  Not sure if you are registered? Need to make an address change?  

A Must-HAVE for Successful REALTORS® on the Go

Engaged REALTORS® are naturally on the go and so should be your advocacy tools. Now they are!  Simply text APP to 30644 to receive the download link for the REALTOR® Action Center mobile app, empowering you to take action on an important REALTOR® issue from anywhere, anytime.  Once downloaded, login to

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. 

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.
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