The Legislative Minute Jan- 2020

CCR Talks 2020 Legislation at Legislative Lunch, Lobby Day

What’s on tap for 2020? Carroll County REALTORS® talked shop with our state and local officials last month about issues ranging from education funding to industry professionalism and many more. Here’s a peak at the issues we’ll be following in the General Assembly this year:

The Kirwan Commission—The state’s plan to reform education standards in the state has garnered headlines, but so far has been quiet on how to fund it’s ambitious proposals. REALTORS® want to ensure that our industry won’t be a target for additional taxes.

Professionalism—REALTORS® support legislation that will require teachers to add a professionalism component to the ethics class and broaden the topic of predatory lending to fraudulent real estate practices.

Notice of Easements in Title Searches—There are times where title searches fail to discover old restrictive covenants and easements. This bill would allow a notice to be placed in the land records alerting title companies to the presence of these conditions on the property.

Real Estate Auctions—REALTORS® support requiring auctioneers to hold a real estate license if selling real property so that the consumer is protected by the real estate guarantee fund and is represented by a fiduciary who has a legal duty to represent their interest above all others.

Property Management—Though there has been support for licensing property managers in the state, there is currently very little data on how many exist in Maryland. REALTORS® support a registration program for property managers so that we may determine whether a licensing board is feasible and offer consumers at least minimal oversight of managers.

Want to join in on the conversation?
Register today for the Maryland REALTORS® Lobby Day in Annapolis on January 14. The event is FREE and bus transportation is available from Carroll County. Click here to learn more.

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