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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.

 

Current events

7-31-2020

Let us stand together in support of fair housing: A statement from 2020 GCAAR President Danai Mattison Sky

GCAAR is troubled by statements from the president regarding the recent termination of the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule (AFFH). In a tweet, he suggested that low-income housing should not be a goal and priority of our federal housing programs in the suburbs.

As REALTORS®, NAR’s Code of Ethics helps us lead the way in supporting the tenets of fair housing every day as we serve our communities: “The term REALTOR® has come to connote competency, fairness and high integrity resulting from adherence to a lofty ideal of moral conduct in business relations.”  

But the REALTOR® accreditation is only as strong as the foundation on which its ideals and standards are set. The termination of AFFH – and the rhetoric surrounding it - is disappointing and unacceptable.

GCAAR believes in fair housing laws and in creating pathways for everyone to own a home. Though we have come a long way in making this a reality, there is far more left to do.

Let us stand together – as REALTORS®, as professionals and as Americans – and make our voices heard to ensure every American continues to have the opportunity to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Statement from the National Association of REALTORS®

NAR is disappointed that HUD is retreating on its decades-long policy requiring that communities receiving taxpayer money address discrimination and segregation. We previously communicated that disapproval to the industry and to the public, and our stance remains unchanged. Our commitment to fair housing and the property rights of all is unwavering. Discrimination and bias have absolutely no place in housing. We will continue to push all policymakers in Washington to ensure that the federal government promotes equality and eliminates discrimination in the housing market, for the benefit of all."

 

June 2020

Replays of GCAAR’s Montgomery County Board of Education At Large candidate forums

Thanks to all who participated in GCAAR’s Montgomery County Board of Education forums for the At Large candidates in spring 2020, leading up to the 2020 primary election. If you missed the live events, please review the recordings below to help inform your decision in preparation for the November election.