The Advocate
June 24, 2022

North Carolina REALTORS® Flood the Halls of the General Assembly

NCR hosted our annual State Legislative meetings June 13 - 15. The week culminated on June 15 by REALTORS® taking the halls of the General Assembly to meet with elected officials and be the voice of Real Estate in North Carolina.

The day kicked off with a legislative rally, where REALTORS® had the opportunity to hear from state legislators. They received updates on North Carolina’s legislative priorities and issues facing the industry. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from many REALTOR® legislators from both the commercial and residential sides of the industry. We can’t ask for better advocates at the General Assembly than ones who are part of our profession!

After the legislative rally, State Political Coordinators, our members, and Governmental Affairs Directors (GADs) led the meeting discussions that focused on NCR’s top legislative priorities for the short session.

The conversations included reminding legislators of the need to address our current housing crisis. No one knows the market better than REALTORS® and we want to continue to beat the drum of urgency and encourage lawmakers to continue to look at ways to tackle housing affordability and availability.

Remote Online Notarization (RON) - HB 776, is one of our top issues during this legislative short session. As REALTORS® we know and understand the talking points of why it’s important to pass this legislation in our state. We live in a world dictated by consumer convenience and the ability to conduct business and transactions online. RON is not a replacement for the current process but offers another option that is a consumer friendly, easy, convenient and safe way to notarize documents in real estate transactions.

As REALTORS®, we understand the importance of rental property protection. Property owners should not face restrictions on renting their property and local governments should not be allowed to regulate or place restrictions on how owners choose to rent their property. This is why we came together to advocate for the passage of HB 829 to return our state to a previous policy that was inadvertently changed in 2019. If passed, this legislation will provide necessary protections for those who own rental property.

The third priority issue for NCR is the passage of HB 367, the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. This legislation is an opportunity for the industry to correct a policy that has resulted in the loss of land wealth for so many North Carolinians. The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act protects all parties in a transaction involving heir’s property. To view our priorities that were distributed to legislators during our General Assembly visit, click here.

To view photos of NC REALTORS® being the voice of real estate at the North Carolina General Assembly, click here.


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