What’s in this edition?

  1. NC REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Day
  2. Congratulations to NC REALTORS® Advocacy Award Winners
  3. Happening on Jones Street
  4. THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER! NC REALTORS® State of Real Estate
 
NC REALTORS® Legislative Day

NC REALTORS® rallied in Raleigh

Thank you to everyone who came to Raleigh this week for NC REALTORS® Legislative Day! We were ecstatic to have some many of you from all corners of our state.

This year we focused our Legislative Talking Points on 3 important and actionable areas:

  • Private Road Maintenance Agreements
  • Health Insurance for Independent Contractors
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credits

You can see the entire Talking Points here.

During Wednesday’s Legislative Briefing, we were fortunate to have a great panel of legislative leaders who discussed their perspectives on our priorities. Thank you to Speaker Tim Moore, Senator Phil Berger, and Representative Robert Reives for joining us for a great conversation.

You can see a complete album of pictures from all of the events of NC REALTORS® Legislative Meetings on the NC REALTORS® Facebook page.
 

Congratulations to NC REALTORS® Advocacy Award Winners

REALTOR® Champions Recognized

On Tuesday afternoon at the Legislative Forum during NC REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, two REALTOR® advocacy leaders were recognized for their contributions to our efforts at the federal, state, and local level.

Connie Corey, Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for Congressman G.K. Butterfield was awarded with the 2019 NC REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinator of the Year Award in recognition for her years of service to REALTOR® Advocacy. Connie has been Congressman Butterfield’s FPC for over 15 years for Congressman G.K. Butterfield. She has even pulled double duty, serving as the FPC for Congressman Butterfield and the late Congressman Walter Jones at the same time. Congratulations Connie!



And, Cady Thomas was awarded with the inaugural NC REALTORS® Advocacy Champion award. This award recognizes the significant contributions of an individual to the Association’s advocacy efforts. The award will be given annually at the Legislative Forum during NC REALTORS Legislative Meetings. Cady has been involved in all aspect of NC REALTORS®’ advocacy efforts for more than a decade. She most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for NC REALTORS® and currently serves as our Chief Lobbyist, leading our efforts at the North Carolina General Assembly. Congrats Cady on this deserved recognition!

Happening on Jones Street

What’s on the General Assembly’s mind this week?

Even with the halls of the General Assembly filled with REALTORS® on Wednesday, legislators were still able to get a lot of legislation filed. One of those pieces of legislation is the House companion to the Senate’s previously filed “Small Business Health Care Act.” House Bill 464 was filed by Representative Kyle Hall, a REALTOR® from Stokes County. It is also co-sponsored by Representatives Josh Dobson, Holly Grange, and Brian Turner, a commercial REALTOR® from Asheville.

This legislation has some distinct differences from the Senate’s proposal (Senate Bill 86), but if passed it would, like Senate Bill 86, create an option for health insurance for independent contractors.

Keep watching the REALTOR® Advocate for updates as the important bill moves forward.

NC REALTORS® State of Real Estate

Make plans to join us in Wilmington April 11 and 12!

NC REALTORS® State of Real Estate is back and better than ever this year. We will return to historic downtown Wilmington, April 11 and 12 for an in-depth discussion of one of the biggest issues facing our industry: the state of housing. Make plans to join us for local tours, panels featuring nationally-recognized experts like Dr. Lawrence Yun from NAR, and opportunities to network with fellow REALTORS® and thought leaders from across the state.

We are also proud to announce our keynote speaker, announce author, professor, blogger and activist, Ilya Somin.



Ilya Somin is a professor of law at George Mason University whose research focuses heavily on property and constitutional law. His work has been published in many popular press outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNN and USA Today. He is considered a leading national authority on property law.

During his keynote session titled “Zoning vs. Affordable Housing,” Somin will discuss the impact of land use regulations on housing supply, affordability and economic growth. Land use regulations can make housing more expensive and restrict the growth of successful metropolitan areas. What does this mean for the future of real estate in North Carolina?

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