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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

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Working for REALTOR® Issues

GCAAR’s Government Affairs is your watchdog! Here’s what we do for our members:

  • Research new regulations and bills for relevance to real estate
  • Educate elected officials and their staff on the real estate industry
  • Advocate for your business interests
  • Raise funds for the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC, also known as the REALTOR® Party)

 

The latest news from your GCAAR Government Affairs team

View past issues of Real Advocacy, GCAAR's monthly legislative e-newsletter.

Issues you want us to investigate or questions? Email mdlegislative@gcaar.com or dclegislative@gcaar.com.

News and Updates 

New radon law has no measurable impact on home-sale market metrics

In 2015, thanks in part to GCAAR’s advocacy in collaboration with the American Lung Association, Montgomery County became the first jurisdiction in the nation to pass a law requiring that homes for sale be tested for radon. Shortly after, the American Lung Association set out to determine whether there was any significant effect of this required testing on home-sale volume or median sales price – and how much the new law affected the number of radon tests being done in the county. 

Now, the results are in. The research has shown that the testing requirement has NO significant effect on these factors compared to the five years before the law went into effect. The evidence did, however, find a significant increase in radon testing. Take a look at the full report.