Ocean City Today

Local association members attend annual Lobby Day

Feb 08, 2018
Members and staff from the Coastal Association of Realtors participate in the 2018 Maryland Realtors Lobby Day in Annapolis on Jan. 17. Pictured, from left, are Sarah Rayne, Austin Whitehead, Joni Williamson, Cameron Drew, Grace Masten, Sen. Jim Mathias, Kate Deckenback, Brandon Johnson, Vicki Harmon, Joel Maher, Page Browning, Rick Proctor and Steve Cohen.

(Feb. 9, 2018) Members and staff from the Coastal Association of Realtors traveled to Annapolis on Jan. 17 to participate in the Maryland Realtors 2018 Lobby Day.

This annual event is an opportunity for Realtors and affiliate members to meet with their individual state senators and delegates to discuss real estate and homeowner issues.

Coastal Association of Realtors joined hundreds of Realtors and affiliates from across the state to meet with their legislators and discuss issues and bills that impact Maryland’s real estate industry.

Brief meetings occurred in individual legislators’ Annapolis offices during the 438th session of the Maryland General Assembly.

Members particularly stressed support for a tax-free homebuyer savings account, regulations pertaining to escrow money held by third parties, replenishment of the Maryland Real Estate Commission Guarantee Fund for consumers, broker succession in the event of a disability, and the continued restriction of Best Available Technology septic system requirements to Maryland’s Critical Areas, or land that is within 1,000 feet of tidally influenced water.

Coastal Association of Realtors members met with Sen. Jim Mathias and Dels. Carl Anderton, Mary Beth Carozza and Sheree Sample-Hughes, as well as with staff from Del. Charles Otto’s office. Members from the Mid-Shore Board of Realtors met with Sen. Adelaide Eckardt and Dels. Chris Adams and Johnny Mautz, among others.

“This annual event is a great opportunity for our members to represent the Lower Eastern Shore in Annapolis on issues that impact us at home and across the state,” said Coastal Association of Realtors President Joel Maher. “We’re grateful to our state legislators for taking time out of their very busy schedules to hear about issues that impact us as professionals, as well as homeowners and prospective buyers and sellers. We’d also like to thank our state association for coordinating another successful Lobby Day, as well as our members who spent an entire day traveling and meeting with their representatives.”

For more information about Coastal Association of Realtors, visit www.coastalrealtors.org.

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