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SECTION 1: Washington Update—GRIDLOCK Day…
SECTION 2: What is the state of the North Carolina real estate industry?
SECTION 3: Meet the Government Affairs Team
SECTION 4: Stand up and be counted—2020 Census
SECTION 5: We all need a laugh—Politics and Cat Videos 2.0

What is going on in DC?

The answer will likely not surprise you…

With the General Assembly on hiatus until September, we decided to shift our focus to Washington, DC to see what is (or is not) happening in the halls of Congress.

Check out NAR’s weekly REALTOR® Resilience Report for more insights and details.

On Monday (July 27), Senate leaders released a series of bills that will offer relief to individuals, families, and businesses still facing hardships posed by the pandemic. The eight bills make up the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection and Schools (HEALS Act). This proposal dovetails with the House of Representatives’ HEROES Act that passed in May.


NAR continues to convey its opposition to HUD’s move to retreat 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. In a statement provided to the media earlier this week, NAR stressed its “commitment to fair housing, and the property rights of all, is unwavering.”


Additionally, we want to give you an “update” on the progress (or lack thereof) of the lawsuit challenging the US Department of Labor’s rules on Association Health Plans. As you may remember, these are the rules which are needed to allow North Carolina’s AHP program to move forward. According to, a health policy newsletter, a decision from the DC federal court remains imminent, but without a specific timeline. We will continue to follow this important topic and provide additional details as we have them.

What is the state of the North Carolina real estate industry?

Live in your home or office, the State of Real Estate returns in September

What is the state of the North Carolina real estate industry? We know that this question is always top of mind for REALTORS® and other industry participants. But, as we've experienced numerous challenges from COVID-19 and the resulting shutdowns of various parts of our economy, it has become all the more salient.

Even though we can't come together in person for this year's State of Real Estate event, it doesn't diminish the essential nature of this discussion. For that reason, we shifted the 2020 State of Real Estate event to a virtual platform.

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 for conversations with nationally-recognized speakers and state leaders. We are almost ready to make some announcements on our speaker lineup and registration, so make sure to watch and other NC REALTORS® communications.

The Government Affairs Team is BIGGER than EVER

Meet the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team!

The NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team has made some excellent additions to our team. And we are proud to kick off our feature with two of our newest Field Team members, Michael Cooper and Joel Gillison. Thanks to the support of local associations and NC REALTORS® leadership, we have been able to grow our local Government Affairs Director (GAD) program.

Michael Cooper
Regional Government Affairs Director—High Country

Hometown: North Wilkesboro, NC (birthplace of NASCAR, Lowe’s and Zack Galifianakis).

Education: Appalachian State University, Charlotte School of Law

If you were not in Government Affairs, you would be… a foreign correspondent

My favorite quarantine activity is… a sanity drive around the countryside. At first that was around the City of Raleigh (I’m now an expert on the neighborhoods) but since moving back to the High Country I’m able to get on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the evenings. Next, it’ll be dirt roads.

The last movie I saw was… Greyhound, the new Tom Hanks movie. The last movie I saw in theatres was 1917 which was phenomenal.

My default Zoom background is… the wall in one of the coffee shops here in town. But now that I’m moving into a house there is a screened in porch you’ll get to see.

Joel Gillison
Shared Government Affairs Director – Greensboro Regional REALTORS® Association and High Point Regional Association of REALTORS®

Hometown: Concord, NC

Education: Public Policy and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill

If you were not in Government Affairs, you would be… A Basketball Commentator

My favorite quarantine activity is… Playing Catan

The last movie I saw was… Hamilton

My default Zoom background is… Literally whatever is in the background haha

Stand up and be counted—2020 Census

2 minutes for the next ten years

Every decade, we are faced with the essential responsibility to participate in the national decennial Census. We could honestly spend an entire multipage newsletter on the value of participation in the 2020 Census, but instead, we will summarize it in one sentence…

The data compiled by the Census drives A LOT of the decisions made by governments at ALL LEVELS for at a MINIMUM the next 10 YEARS!

Or more simply—RESPOND TO THE CENSUS!!

NAR has compiled a comprehensive resource page that details the essential role that this Census data plays for the real estate industry. NC REALTORS® will also be posting a lot of content on social media over the next few weeks promoting participation.

And before we go, one time more—RESPOND TO THE CENSUS!!

Politics and Cat Videos

You asked and we responded…the return of Politics and...Not a Cat Video

In these times of constant uncertainty, we all need a laugh from time to time. So, back by popular demand, we bring you Politics and [NOT] Cat Videos 2.0. Enjoy!


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