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What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. NC REALTORS® Vote
  3. Meet the Government Affairs Team
  4. Join the NC Property Rights Fund Board of Directors
  5. Let’s Talk Opportunity Zones
  6. Lobbyist at Your Door 2.0
 
Happening on Jones Street

As has been the trend for the past couple of months, activity on Jones Street was pretty quiet this week. Legislators are still waiting for a decision from the three-judge panel regarding their proposal for new legislative district maps. And late last week, a lawsuit was filed challenging the state's Congressional district maps, setting up what could be a new fight in advance of the 2020 elections.

Legislators are also continuing their work on "mini-budget" plans. As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, these plans break up the fiscal proposals included in the vetoed 2019 Appropriations Bill into singular or like-focused bills. Earlier mini-plans dealing with disaster relief monies and salary increases for educators have passed by bipartisan margins and signed by the Governor. We expect to see additional bills, including one which would include the extension of the sunset on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit, unveiled next week.

 

NC REALTORS® Vote

In many communities across the state, the 2019 elections are just weeks away. But even if you don’t have any elections this year, the 2020 primary is only six months away. The REALTOR® voice is vital in every election so every NC REALTORS® member must be registered to vote.

39,262 NC REALTORS® (86.8 percent) members are registered to vote in North Carolina. While that is an awesome achievement, that still means that thousands of you are not currently registered to cast a ballot in the state. We are starting a concerted effort to help get us to 100% registered.

You can check your voter registration on the NC State Board of elections website. There you can also access the voter registration form too!

Meet the Government Affairs Team

Learn a little more about all of the great people working for you and with you

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. This week, you get the chance to meet another one of our Local Government Affairs Directors, Nick Scarci.

NAME Nick Scarci
TITLE Local Government Affairs Director, representing the Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and the High Point Regional Association of REALTORS®
HOMETOWN Boston, MA
ALMA MATER University of Pittsburgh
FAVORITE QUOTE OR SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES YOU "To go north, you must journey south. To reach the west, you must go east. To go forward, you must go back, and to touch the light, you must pass beneath the shadow."—George R.R. Martin
FAVORITE MOVIE Deadpool
WHY DID YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NC REALTORS® TEAM? The job description online sounded like a great opportunity, even for a place I had never lived before. Since then, the job itself has lived up to that expectation, and I love it here.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF I played guitar in a Classic Rock cover band in Pittsburgh for three years before moving to North Carolina.
 

Join the NC Property Rights Fund Board of Directors

Accepting applications for at-large director

The NC REALTORS® PAC Trustees are now accepting applications from interested persons that wish to serve on the NC Property Rights Fund, INC., as an at-large director for a two-year term. It has been the practice of the NC REALTORS® PAC Trustees to select nominees based on "political acumen," meaning the person shall be defined as having substantial and varied political experience in the form of prior service within the REALTOR® organization as an NC REALTORS® PAC Trustee, a Federal Political Coordinator, Legislative Committee member or Statewide Leadership. Additional qualifications can include demonstrated support of NC REALTORS® PAC as a significant contributor, involvement and/or service on a political campaign as either a candidate or a volunteer, or service on a government board or commission.

Applications are due by Monday, December 2. You can find the application here.


 

Let’s Talk Opportunity Zones

This week, the High Point Regional Association of REALTORS® (HPRAR), in partnership with the City of High Point, hosted a successful Opportunity Zone event and tour. With the help of a grant from the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR), the event featured a presentation on the technical details of the tax incentive, a bus tour through the zone, and site visits within the zone.


The half-day event attracted a wide variety of interested parties and will help bring development to the city.

As information about the uses for Opportunity Zones grows, be on the lookout for more of these events across the state. Are you hosting one in your local area? Let us know!

Lobbyist at your Door 2.0

As we move into the fall meeting schedule, we wanted to revamp our Lobbyist at Your Door program to provide local associations and brokerages with some new opportunities to learn more about all of the services provided by the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs Department. From the goings-on at the General Assembly (FYI, they are still in session), the 2020 election season, or even how you can get more involved with our work on issues affecting your clients, your business, and your industry, we want to provide this resource to you. Contact Seth Palmer to get your association or office on our schedule. And keep watching for additional educational offerings through this and other Department programs.


 

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