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REALTORS® Meet with National Legislators
Federal

What did the REALTORS® visit to Washington D.C. accomplish?

Fight or Flight? Consider the Best Response to a Physical Attack

If you were to find yourself alone in a property with a client who indicated they wanted to harm you or rob you, what would you do? Would you put up a fight or try to escape?

Law Protecting Legal Rights of REALTORS® Passes Senate
State

On Friday, March 27th the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 153, the unauthorized practice of law bill by 48-0. The passage of HB 153 is a huge success for the REALTORS®, significantly strengthening the authority of our members to advise clients.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
Federal

On Thursday, February 26 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new "net neutrality" rules, which gives the Commission strong legal authority to regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restrict their power to control download speeds on the web. The new rules ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies, known as paid prioritization, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers. The new rules are a victory for consumers, and for REALTORS® who embrace technology and online resources to meet the needs of their clients.

Introducing GAR's Newest Member Service: The Legal Helpline

The Legal Helpline is a FREE service for Georgia REALTORS® which will help you with questions regarding contract forms, ethics/arbitration, and license law. Additionally, members may inquire about basic legal questions.

Safety Webinars

NAR is scheduling new webinars on REALTOR® Safety throughout the year, presented by safety experts.

National RPAC Breakdown: Where the Dollars went in 2014
Federal

The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) was the largest contributor to candidates during the 2014 federal election cycle, disbursing roughly $4.9 million in direct contributions to federal candidates, Leadership Political Action Committees (PACs) and National Political Party Committees. Direct contributions made by RPAC were given to both Republican (51%) and Democratic candidates (49%) making the REALTORS® PAC the most bipartisan major PAC in the country. Thanks again for all of your efforts in helping to make it such a great year for the REALTOR® Party!

Federal Issues and Election Review
State & Federal

As a supporter of expanded regional transportation options, the Board is pleased to report that Cobb County voted to extend their SPLOST referendum for an additional six years beginning in 2016. On the heels of this success, a bus rapid transit line down the Cobb Parkway is now being discussed as a separate March 2016 referendum. Also on Nov. 4, nearly 70% of Clayton County voters agreed to join the MARTA regional transit service through a SPLOST ballot measure.

HUD Chooses Atlanta as second site of Location Affordability Portal Rollout
Local

The new HUD portal provides great tools and we encourage each of you to use it when available. You can provide this new information to your clients who are trying to make tough neighborhood and home buying decisions. The REALTORS® will be co-hosting a roll-out event for the Location Affordability Portal with HUD on July 17th. This event will provide further information on these tools and will feature expert panels regarding all the ways in which this data can impact our industry and your business.

Georgia Association of REALTORS® Reviews the 2014 Legislative Session
State Issues Update

A quick Georgia legislative session ended at midnight on Thursday, March 20th. Keith Hatcher and John Barbour played great defense to protect our membership and the foundations of our industry.

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