Record Turnout for REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill
On June 8, REALTORS® from across the Bay State marched on Beacon Hill, filling the Massachusetts State House’s Great Hall of Flags to capacity to publicly tout the organization’s legislative agenda for 2011. Tops on this year’s agenda is passage of legislation, (H.123), which would increase from 12 to 20 the number of hours of continuing education (CE) instruction agents and brokers must receive to renew their real estate license.
Participants at REALTOR® Day on the Hill also urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would provide communities the option of selling municipally-owned vacant and abandoned properties on the open market through the use of real estate brokers, an initiative that would not only create new business opportunities for REALTORS® but provide a more efficient and cost-effective process for getting properties in the hands of buyers and thereby generating property tax revenues.
Over 300 REALTORS®, including more than 60 GBAR members, attended the program, which featured remarks by Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, and a luncheon at the GBAR offices attended by Senator James Eldridge (D-Acton), and Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham) and Rep. John Lawn (D-Watertown).
As part of the REALTOR® organization’s long-standing objection to transfer taxes as inequitable and discriminatory tax policy, association members voiced opposition to H.3313, which would authorize a transfer tax on the sale of property in Provincetown. In addition, REALTORS® spoke out against S.1698, a bill that proposes mandatory energy audits for homes through a requirement that all homeowners provide prospective buyers with a completed energy evaluation as a condition of sale/transfer. To learn more about these legislative priorities and others, see the 2011 Legislative Agenda & Talking Points and/or visit the Government Affairs section of marealtor.com.