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In this week’s Advocate we are unveiling two new sections: Meet the Government Affairs Team and Regulatory Review. Make sure to check them out and look for more in the coming weeks.

What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. Meet the Government Affairs Team
  3. Regulatory Review
  4. Lobbyist at your door
Happening on Jones Street

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

As the budget impasse reaches into its third week, the General Assembly took a brief break in their work this week with only votes being taken in the House of Representatives. But even though not much is happening at one end of Jones Street, the other end is still taking some action with the Governor signing multiple bills, including a couple which the NC REALTORS® team has been working on. Learn more in this week’s Jones Street Update.



Meet the Government Affairs Team

Learn a little more about all of the great people working on your behalf

In this new section we will feature profiles of each of the members of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team. We will be going in order from our newest employees to those who have been on the team for many years. So, we start off with Porter Graham who joined the team in April.

Name: Porter Graham
Title: Local Government Affairs Director, Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (Shared with Outer Banks Homebuilders Association)
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Alma Mater: The George Washington University
Favorite Quote or Something that Inspires you: “Some ask for the world and are diminished in the receiving of it. You gave me only this small pool that the more I drink from, the more overflows me with sourceless light.”-Gift (poem) by R.S. Thomas
Favorite Book: Blood Meridian by Cormack McCarthy
Why did you want to join the NC REALTORS® team? NC REALTORS’® decentralized, non-programmatic approach allows affairs government affairs staff the latitude to bring its superb resources and reputation to bear in ways creatively tailored to diverse problems of both practical and ideological importance.
Fun fact about yourself: I can make a Ramos Gin Fizz.


Regulatory Review

An inside look at the activities of boards and commissions

In this new section we take an inside look at what is going on at various boards and commissions across the state.

From time to time, licensing and regulatory boards engage in rulemaking activities to amend the administrative code which dictates their operation. Some of these activities are simple, making only technical modifications while others are complex. This week we are focusing on the NC Real Estate Commission’s current rulemaking activity.

The Commission is currently considering updates to two rules: the Attendance & Participation requirements for the Broker-In-Charge course AND overall modifications to the Broker-In-Charge course. These changes are in response to a new structure for the Broker-In-Charge course which will allow for the class to be split into two modules: an on-line and an in-person.

You can learn more about the proposed rules and how you can submit comments for the Commission to consider here.

Lobbyist at your door

Invite NC REALTORS® Government Affairs staff to your next meeting

With summer membership meeting season kicking off, NC REALTORS® is reopening the Lobbyist at your Door program. This program allows you the opportunity to invite a member of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team to your next local association or brokerage meeting. Attendees will get the inside scoop on what is going on in Raleigh and how the decisions of elected officials impact your business, your clients, and your industry.

Interested? Email Seth Palmer [] to get on the calendar.

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