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EBCBOR Members Meet With Lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Friday, June 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS Leadership makes their way to Washington D.C. to meet with Lawmakers during NAR’s Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo

  

Hasbrouck Heights — The Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors (EBCBOR) Leadership joined thousands of Realtors from across the nation for NAR’s Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington D.C to meet with lawmakers to discuss some of the pressing issues for businesses, communities, and consumers. This year, NAR celebrated the 50th year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The meetings launched with a moving commemoration to the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and a history of fair housing in the United States.

During the Capitol Hill visits, EBCBOR members, led by Federal Political Coordinators (FPC), Randy Ketive of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s and (FPC) Robert Oppenhiemer of RE/MAX Fortune Properties met with members of Congress Josh Gottheimer, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Albio Sires and their staff to discuss some of the most important issues affecting homewoners and Realtors both on a state and national level. Among the topics discussed were Tax Policy, Net Neutrality, NFIP, and Equal Access to Housing Opportunities. Members of Congress were asked to support legislation to adjust homeownership tax incentives (SALT cap, MID loan limit and capital gain exclusions) to future inflation. Members of Congress and staff were reminded that Long-Term Reauthorization Is Critical, and asked not to let NFIP lapse, as each lapse costs 40,000 property sales per month.

Net neutrality is important to small, Main Street businesses-like REALTORS®-that depend on open internet access every day to run their businesses and serve their customers.

Removing net neutrality rules could make it impossible for small real estate firms to compete with larger entities on the internet. Members were asked to support The 21st Century Internet Act when introduced by Representative Coffman. Lastly, the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act was highlighted throughout the meeting, as a result, members were asked to support H.R. 1447, sponsored by Reps. Taylor (R-VA) and Schneider (D-IL), that will protect Americans from housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

EBCBOR 2018 President Basil C. Singh of Century 21 All-stars said, “ Our board was well represented at this year’s NAR Legislative Meetings & Expo with over 25 members in attendance. Our members played an important role during the hill visits where they met with New Jersey Senators and Congressmen to have a conversation about the issues affecting the realtors and homeowners in the state. Additionally, it was great to be able to connect with other Realtor members across the country.”

Additionally, this year was very special for the state of New Jersey as Past NJ Realtors and EBCBOR President Charlie Oppler was voted in as the 2019 NAR First-Vice President. Charlie Oppler, Broker/Owner of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s said, "I am honored to have been elected as the 2019 NAR First Vice President in Washington DC during the mid-year Legislative meetings. I am proud to a part of the leadership team that represents the 1.3 Realtor members nationwide. I will always be proud of where I came from. The Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors and the New Jersey Realtors will always be my home. We have a lot of work to do to protect private property rights and the Realtors ability to make a living. These values will remain at the core of all we do."

EBCBOR, chartered in 1923, has served Realtors and consumers in Bergen County for more than 90 years. As a not-for-profit trade organization, it represents over 4,200 Realtor members in Bergen and Hudson Counties. EBCBOR is dedicated to enhancing the business opportunities of its membership by providing them with industry information, political advocacy and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.bergenboard.com

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