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...

Maryland General Assembly Acts on Key Real Estate Issues

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year.  Click below for an update on some of MAR's key issues, including: Open House Legislation and Septic Tank Requirements.

2017 Capitol Hill Visits during NAR Mid-Year Meetings

Have you signed up yet?  The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) sets aside time during the 2017 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings (formerly known as MidYear) so that members may discuss key REALTOR® priorities with their Member of Congress. MAR members will be making Capitol Hill visits on Wednesday, 5/17, from 11:30am - 5pm (Lunch will be provided to attendees).

Leadership/Volunteer Professional Development Resources (CS)

Whether you’re new to the board of directors, already in an association leadership role, or are considering a volunteer position, this online course in the REALTOR® Leadership Program will give you the necessary tools to make your experience positive and rewarding.

HUD Suspends Mortgage Insurance Rate Cut for FHA Loans

The Mortgage Insurance Rate Cut for FHA-insured mortgages was suspended indefinitely by HUD.  The rate reduction was scheduled to take effect January 27th.

Septic Legislation HB 281/SB 266

MAR opposes HB 281/SB 266 which expands the Best Available Technology (BAT) septic systems outside of Maryland's Critical Areas.

Homebuyer Savings Accounts

MAR is supporting legislation that will create tax-free homebuyer savings accounts.  The accounts would only apply to state taxes.

Automatic Fire Sprinklers

MAR is supporting legislation to provide assistance to some homebuyers buying new property with automatic fire sprinklers.

Open House Legislation

MAR is supporting legislation to give seller's agents the ability to discuss other properties with buyers at open houses.

Septic Rule Changes Take Effect November 24th

A regulation limiting Best Available Technology (BAT) septic systems will take effect on November 24th, 2016.

MAR Supports Septic Regulation

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) submitted a comment letter to the Maryland Department of Environment in support of a proposed septic regulation.   MAR believes the regulation will improve housing affordability, preserve important pollution protections, and strengthen the legal authority for the current septic program.

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